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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.

10/21/2014
Active & Engaged Seniors, Independence, Managed Risk
The American Geriatrics Society and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have teamed up to educate healthcare providers and the public a...
10/21/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Quality of Life
The National Quality Forum is embarking on a new two-year project to create a framework for quality measurement for residents living in a community wh...
10/21/2014
Active & Engaged Seniors, cheatsheet, Family Relations, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
Alzheimer’s is a transformative, thieving disease, robbing its targets of precious memories and much more and affecting women twice as often as men. T...
10/21/2014
cheatsheet, Engage, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
News and information about the recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in the United States is constantly changing. Here’s a roundup of helpful websites a...
10/21/2014
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
The Administration for Community Living is reorganizing, including expanding the Office of Elder Rights to become the Office of Elder Justice and Adul...
10/15/2014
cheatsheet, End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
The National Center for Health Statistics has released its latest data for mortality in the United States in 2012, revealing that life expectancy has ...
10/15/2014
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Managed Risk
Stories and news about Ebola are omnipresent today and whenever there’s a health scare in the headlines, scammers are sure to follow close behind.
10/15/2014
cheatsheet, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued infection prevention and control recommendations for hospitalized patients with known or sus...
10/8/2014
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States and while nearly half of domestic violence victims first experience it between the a...
10/8/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The National Institutes of Health announced a set of investments totaling $46 million to support the goals of the BRAIN initiative, a large-scale effo...
10/8/2014
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department is sponsoring the development of a lower-cost, next-generation portable ventilator that could be used du...
10/1/2014
Active & Engaged Seniors, cheatsheet, Independence, Quality of Life, Science and Technology
The Consumer Electronics Association a few years ago decided it wanted to give back to communities around the country and so created the CEA Foundatio...
10/1/2014
The National Center for Health Statistics is still conducting the 2014 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), which includes a sample of...
10/1/2014
Best of the Best Awards, Choice, Dining, Engage, Health and Wellness, Wellness Program
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent livin...
10/1/2014
Age is the biggest risk factor for forgetfulness – and this can be perfectly normal, says Dr. Thomas Loepfe, a geriatrician with the Mayo Clinic Healt...
9/23/2014
cheatsheet, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Medication Management
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is embarking on a vigorous campaign this flu season, specifically focusing on increasing the number of ...
9/23/2014
Disabilities, End of Life, Health and Wellness
A person-centered, family-oriented approach honoring individual preferences and promoting quality of life through the end of life should be a national...
9/23/2014
End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Informed Consent, Reports
An alarmingly high 95 percent of emergency room patients mistake their emergency contact as their designated medical decision maker for end-of-life ca...
9/23/2014
Learn more about crafting a state plan to address Alzheimer’s disease through a free webinar discussion of the new white paper, From Plan to Practice:...
9/16/2014
Ageism, cheatsheet, Disabilities, Elder Abuse, Health and Wellness, Webinars
The U.S. Justice Department has published an online resource to report elder abuse, the Elder Justice website.
9/2/2014
Ageism, cheatsheet, Elder Abuse
The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection Bureau is launching in early September a campaign designed to spur older Americans and their social...
9/2/2014
End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Memory Care Best Practices and Research
The Food and Drug Administration has announced it plans to take concerted efforts to improve the collection and availability of clinical trial data on...
9/2/2014
Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
Training in “mindfulness,” which is learning how to focus on the present moment, could help improve the emotional wellbeing of those with early-stage ...
8/26/2014
In the last fiscal year, the United States Postal Inspection Service obtained more than 400 arrests and 410 convictions nationwide, and most of those ...
8/26/2014
The U.S Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General operates a hotline accepting tips and complaints from healthcare profession...
8/26/2014
Disabilities, End of Life, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
Three new National Institutes of Health research awards totaling more than $19 million over five years will address the growing proportion of the U.S....
8/19/2014
Hearings, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The Senate Special Committee on Aging ventured outside of Washington, DC to hold a field hearing “”Alzheimer’s Disease: A Big Sky Approach to a Nation...
8/19/2014
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education
States are taking a closer look at their growing rates of residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and moving toward creating statewide plans, si...
8/19/2014
Disabilities, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education
Low vitamin D is associated with a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, although it’s unclear whether low doses of the vit...
8/19/2014
Active & Engaged Seniors, Ageism, Disabilities, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research
It was a man named Henry, confined to a wheelchair, slumping and inactive that changed Michael Rossato-Bennett’s life, and in turn the lives of many o...