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Community Awareness and Education

Articles on senior living
The following ALFA Update articles are designed to educate and inform the public of reports, research, news and public awareness efforts related to resident engagement, health and wellness, elder abuse and ageism, etc. The more the public is aware of issues affecting elders, the better we can take action to make sure each elder has the quality care and quality life that they deserve. Please share these articles to help educate your colleagues, family and friends on methods of identifying and proactively addressing generational differences and differences in culture, backgrounds and attitudes in order to ensure a safe environment for residents.

8/26/2015
End of Life, Engage, Managed Risk, Membership, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has announced that National Memory Screening Week will take place the first week of November and participating s...
8/26/2015
Facts and Figures, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
There are currently about 46.8 million people around the globe living with dementia with those figures expected to nearly double every 20 years, find...
8/20/2015
Ageism, Disabilities, Elder Abuse, Family Relations, Managed Risk
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to roll out resources to help families and caregivers manage finances of older adults with a new su...
8/20/2015
The Dementia Action Alliance has a released a new report outlining language use related to dementia, noting that these words currently used to describ...
8/20/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, Family Relations, Partnerships, Resident Engagement
The Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with online photography firm Shutterfly to create a photo resources for families coping with Alzheimer’s dis...
8/20/2015
Business Planning, cheatsheet, Disabilities, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Senior Living Options, Value-Added Amenities and Services
Senior living providers are discovering that when it comes to serving residents with cognitive impairments, senior housing needs to do the things it a...
8/11/2015
Disabilities, Falls Prevention, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The National Council on Aging is offering a webinar Aug. 13 on new resources and tools to use in falls prevention efforts and for Falls Prevention Awa...
8/11/2015
End of Life, Engage, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
Volunteers are needed for clinical trials focusing on Alzheimer’s and related research. To find out more, click on a trial name below and contact the ...
8/11/2015
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
US Against Alzheimer’s, the Mayo Clinic and two universities have been approved for a three-year contract of up to $1.56 million by the Patient-Center...
8/5/2015
Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The Administration for Community Living is offering a new online suite of resources related to brain health, including dementia care. The ACL’s Bra...
8/5/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, Consumer Intelligence, Facts and Figures, Marketing Strategy, Reports
Older adults are most likely of all age groups to say they never go online, according to new Pew Research analysis of Internet adoption around the cou...
8/5/2015
Disabilities, Falls Prevention, Federal Agency Activity, Managed Risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is focused on making falls prevention a routine part of clinical care through its initiative called STE...
7/29/2015
Business Planning, Dining, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Property Management, Value-Added Amenities and Services
As Alzheimer’s becomes more prevalent among the nation’s older adults, senior living communities are creating innovative ways to create nurturing envi...
7/29/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Memory Care Education
The National Institutes of Health presented a special budget this week for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to the Health and Human Services ...
7/21/2015
Accessiblity Issues, Disabilities, Managed Risk, Risk Management
The Justice Department has issued additional guidance on the use of service animals in relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The guidanc...
7/21/2015
Accessiblity Issues, Disabilities, Partnerships, Science and Technology
Ride-sharing company Uber launched a program during the White House Conference on Aging to further engage older adults by rolling out a pilot program ...
7/21/2015
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
Errors on memory and thinking tests could signal Alzheimer’s disease up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study from Rush University re...
7/15/2015
cheatsheet, Family Relations, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Partnerships
ALFA is partnering with US Against Alzheimer’s to support Dementia Friendly America, a new national initiative to build a more dementia-friendly natio...
7/7/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care
The White House Conference on Aging will be held July 13 and there are a variety of ways to get involved.
7/7/2015
Elder Abuse, Hearings, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
A top lawmaker on the Senate Special Committee on Aging has launched an examination of products, regulations and retailers in the dietary supplement i...
7/2/2015
Choice, Engage, Physical Plant, Property Management, Senior Living by Design, Space Planning and Design
Stellar design in senior living is more than local architectural identity. It goes beyond beauty, and transcends into comfort and wellness. It’s impor...
7/1/2015
Business Planning, Featured Magazine Articles, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Wellness Program
Providers leverage the latest research on physical exercise, sensory inputs, and more to provide better resident care and delay the onset of Alzheimer...
6/30/2015
Disabilities, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
The new report “Status of Women in the States” takes a look at older women across the country and by state including demographics, opportunities, heal...
6/30/2015
Engage, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
Hearthstone’s founder, John Zeisel, is broadcasting a new show on a local Massachusetts cable station called “Hopeful Aging with Dr. John Zeisel.” The...
6/26/2015
Ageism, Career Resources, Job Seekers, Professional Development, Recruiters
“We need someone with a higher energy level,” is one coded way of an employer saying: “I won’t hire you because you are too old.” There are many more ...
6/24/2015
The Health and Human Services Department has unveiled an interactive online tool to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials i...
6/24/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Disabilities, Health and Wellness
The National Council on Aging has offered 10 recommendations to promote healthy aging. Enhance access to family caregiver support programs for vete...
6/17/2015
Communities and advocates for older adults from around the globe participated in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15 to increase awareness of the ...
6/17/2015
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
Doctors discuss optimal eating plans for a woman with early stage Alzheimer’s disease in a CulinaryRx case report. In a lightly edited transcript from...
6/10/2015
Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
Many people misunderstand reverse mortgages after viewing advertisements about them, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found after conducting a...