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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.

4/27/2016
Consumer Intelligence, End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
Over the next 15 years, adopting healthy behaviors, developing better treatments and improving access to high quality care for chronic disease would r...
4/27/2016
Disabilities, Facts and Figures, Falls Prevention, Managed Risk, Reports
An increasing number of people in Europe and North American are expected to use personal emergency response systems (PERS), growing at an annual compo...
4/27/2016
cheatsheet, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The Dementia Friendly America program entered the national stage in July when it was announced at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. DFA cre...
4/20/2016
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Medication Management
The majority of adults over 50 think prescription drugs are too expensive and most says it’s important for politicians to support efforts to make thes...
4/20/2016
Women live longer in areas with more green vegetation, shows new research from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
4/14/2016
Accessiblity Issues, Disabilities, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Legislation
The Older Americans Act Reauthorization is heading to President Obama for his signature after it has passed the House and Senate.
4/14/2016
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The Administration for Community Living has developed a three-part set of materials on medications and the aging brain, available by clicking on the B...
4/6/2016
Career Resources, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness
With an average salary of $443,000 annually, orthopedists are the highest paid physician type, according to a new compensation report from Medscape, f...
4/6/2016
Many relatives and friends providing financial support or care to individuals with dementia are dipping into their retirement savings and sold assets ...
3/30/2016
ALFA Conference & Expo, Continuing Education, Disabilities, Engage, Health and Wellness, Professional Development
Led by Dr. Dilip V. Jeste, one of the preeminent thought leaders in the area of successful aging, this EDLI session shares recent research findings on...
3/29/2016
Active & Engaged Seniors, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports, Science and Technology
The U.S. market for active aging technology includes 85 million Americans, according to a new report from the Consumer Technology Association and its ...
3/22/2016
Consumer Intelligence, End of Life, Health and Wellness, Reports
The increasing burden of chronic disease is the single most important threat to the health of American families and a drain on the U.S. economy, accor...
3/17/2016
Ageism, cheatsheet, Elder Abuse, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
The National Center on Elder Abuse has released a brief focusing on information and research findings related to the mistreatment of African American ...
3/17/2016
Falls Prevention, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The U.S. Administration on Aging is planning on offering up to eight two-year grants for evidence-based falls prevention programs.
3/17/2016
Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
Three million Americans receive care in U.S. nursing homes and skilled nursing communities each year and nearly 1 million reside in assisted living co...
3/1/2016
Disabilities, Falls Prevention, Managed Risk
The National Council on Aging Center for Healthy Aging is holding a webinar March 3 at 3 p.m. ET. "Falls Prevention for Adults Aging with Disabilities...
3/1/2016
Featured Magazine Articles, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Physical Plant, Space Planning and Design
Senior living advocates have a new option to help residents experiencing dementia. This initiative educates the general population about how to help m...
3/1/2016
Exercise has been touted for its many health benefits, but a new study shows it can also help prevent or slow Alzheimer’s disease.
2/24/2016
Ageism, cheatsheet, Elder Abuse, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
In a review of multiple studies on financial abuse conducted in countries around the world, “it appears that financial abuse is either the most or sec...
2/24/2016
Dining, End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
Ninety-four percent of older adults in the United States have age-related damage to at least one sense, with the most prevalent loss related to a sens...
2/17/2016
CEO, cheatsheet, Health and Wellness, Membership, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
One of Argentum’s key imperatives is to more deeply understand best practices in memory care. To help meet that goal, Argentum has launched an initiat...
2/3/2016
Elder Abuse, Managed Risk
The National Institutes of Health has launched a public health campaign on the link between hypertension and cognitive decline and dementia.
2/3/2016
Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
Be sure to wash your hands on Sunday before any high-fives at a Super Bowl party, says a Cornell University economist who found that geographical area...
2/3/2016
Facts and Figures, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
Eating more seafood is not linked to a likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and in fact may help in preventing cognitive decline, according to...
2/3/2016
Argentum has announced a key first step in defining a model for quality and accountability in senior living by introducing a first generation of quali...
2/1/2016
Active & Engaged Seniors, Resident Engagement
Although senior living communities advertise as offering the cruise-ship lifestyle, this lifestyle is not reducing the loneliness and depression that ...
2/1/2016
As nutritional science continues to show connections between successful aging and specific foods, senior living dining executives upgrade and expand m...
2/1/2016
Facts and Figures, Family Caregiver, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Need to Know
At a time when assistive technology devices are being developed to assist aging seniors, family caregivers continue to rely on people and online infor...
2/1/2016
cheatsheet, Featured Magazine Articles, Health and Wellness, Research, Wellness Program
Caring for residents in the 21st century requires monitoring the latest research on the science of aging and keeping up with trends in what it means t...
2/1/2016
Tools for prolonging and improving cognitive ability help many senior living residents stay sharp.