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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.

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.
2/1/2016
Geriatrician and memory care expert Dr. G. Allen Power on how senior living can support a much-needed focus on well-being and engagement.
1/26/2016
The Administration for Community Living is hosting a webinar next month “Translating Evidence-Based Practices to Community Settings for People Aging w...
1/26/2016
Ageism, cheatsheet, Elder Abuse
The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging has issued a statement reminding seniors and their families of persistent scams during tax seaso...
1/20/2016
ALFA's Public Policy Positions, CEO, cheatsheet, Dignity, Policy in the States, Regulations
A Utah lawmaker is reviving a bill that would permit residents of assisted living communities, or their representatives, to install cameras in their r...
1/20/2016
End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Medication Management, Reports
Senior living communities could reduce emergency department visits by implementing telemedicine, according to a new study published in Telemedicine an...
1/13/2016
Consumer Intelligence, Disabilities, End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Reports
U.S. healthcare costs are disproportionately concentrated among older adults with multiple chronic conditions or functional limitations, with disparit...
1/5/2016
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness
The White House Conference on Aging has released its final report from a year-long dialogue with older Americans, families, caregivers, and advocates ...
1/5/2016
Active & Engaged Seniors, Community Awareness and Education, Federal Agency Activity
The Administration for Community Living has announced the 2016 Older Americans Month theme – Blaze a Trail.
12/22/2015
As you begin the new year, make sure you don’t miss the biggest senior living stories of 2015. Last year’s most widely read topics include reports on ...
12/21/2015
Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
The National Institutes of Health has released its annual report 2014-2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Advancing Research Toward a Cure,” det...
12/21/2015
The United States needs to strengthen its efforts to better protect the country from new infectious diseases, according to a new study that found stat...
12/14/2015
cheatsheet, Consumer Intelligence, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
The pressure that the aging of America places on the nation is not evenly distributed among all states, according to a new report on healthiest states...
12/14/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education
The National Institute on Aging offers a free toolkit to spur healthy aging and research participation by older adults. NIA, along with the Centers fo...
12/14/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has shared revised survey materials developed for the 2014 Focused Dementia Survey Pilot and 2015 expansi...
12/9/2015
CEO, cheatsheet, Consumer Intelligence, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
The majority of residents living in residential care communities, or 53 percent, are age 85 and older, show the latest data from the 2014 National Stu...
12/9/2015
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which has a mission to protect the investing public against fraud and best practices, has just wrapped up...
12/9/2015
Elder Abuse, Hearings, Medication Management
The Senate Special Committee on Aging this week is holding a hearing on the sudden price spikes in off-patent drugs. Witnesses offering their perspect...
11/23/2015
Health and Wellness, Health Care
U.S. spending on healthcare continues its slow growth rate with an increase of 3.6 percent in 2013 – the lowest growth rate in 50 years, according to ...
11/20/2015
Ageism, Career Resources, Job Seekers, Professional Development, Recruiters
Ageism is a fact of life today, mostly felt by older generations, but in reverse by some members of younger generations, too.
11/17/2015
Scientists have developed an experimental medication that aids in ameliorating the effects of Alzheimer’s disease by slowing down the aging process. T...
11/17/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care
The Centers for Disease Control offers a free, downloadable flu app called FluView, showing flu-like illness activity levels across the United States,...