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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.

2/24/2015
Ageism, CEO, cheatsheet, Disabilities, Elder Abuse, Hearings, Managed Risk
ALFA recently submitted a statement for the record related to a hearing on financial exploitation of seniors before a U.S. Senate committee, outlining...
2/24/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, Facts and Figures, Quality of Life, Wellness Program
The number of Americans using mind and body approaches to improve health and well-being remains high, according to new data gathered from a National I...
2/18/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness
The Administration for Community Living is seeking to strengthen the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs with a new rule due to prior “significant incon...
2/18/2015
cheatsheet, Disabilities, End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association focusing on the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States cautions that costs could s...
2/6/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, Value-Added Amenities and Services
The National Council on Aging’s Institute of Senior Centers has partnered with the Music Performance Trust Fund and the Film Fund to provide grants fo...
2/4/2015
Ageism, cheatsheet, Family Relations
Lights, camera, action! ALFA has begun its fifth annual call for short films on ageism. Many older adults are mentally and physically active well i...
2/4/2015
Disabilities, Elder Abuse, End of Life, Managed Risk, Memory Care Best Practices and Research
Two departments of the Administration on Community Living are working on a project to build a national training, technical assistance, and resource ce...
2/4/2015
Early onset Alzheimer’s disease is in the spotlight with the new movie “Still Alice.” The film is raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, although i...
1/27/2015
ALFA Conference & Expo, cheatsheet, Community Awareness and Education, Hero Awards, Resident and Family Services
Voting is now open for the ALFA 2015 Hero Awards, a program recognizing individuals who are ideal representatives of the hundreds of thousands of peop...
1/27/2015
Disabilities, Elder Abuse, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
Declining cognition is associated with a significant decline in financial literacy, according to a new study from the Center for Retirement Research.
1/27/2015
End of Life, Falls Prevention, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
Researchers analyzed data among individuals age 65 and over and found an 8 percent increase in falls, or about a 30 percent rise in falls, from 1998-2...
1/7/2015
Congress recently signed a funding bill including the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, enabling scientists at the National Institutes of Health to tell...
1/7/2015
cheatsheet, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data last month showing that the flu is now widespread across the United States, although it’s...
12/23/2014
Ageism, Family Relations
The Administration for Community Living has unveiled its theme for Older Americans Month this May - “Get Into the Act.” The annual event recognize...
12/22/2014
Health and Wellness, Health Care, Hearings, Medication Management
The Senate Special Committee on Aging released a report focusing on ways to increase the use of generic drugs within the Medicare Part D program, and ...
12/22/2014
Best of the Best Awards, Brand Strategy, Choice, Marketing Strategy, Membership, Partnerships
It is a truism in the senior care sector that if you’ve seen one community, you’ve seen (just) one community, because there is such a wide range of ca...
12/22/2014
As you begin the new year, make sure you don’t miss the biggest senior living stories of 2014. Last year’s most widely read topics include innovative ...
12/17/2014
cheatsheet, Consumer Intelligence, Disabilities, End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Reports
The future of disability among older American adults will be affected by how the United States prepares for and manages a complex array of fiscal, med...
12/17/2014
Allied Member, Best of the Best Awards, Business, CEO, cheatsheet, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Community Awareness and Education, Community Leadership, Engage, Hero Awards, Human Resources, Marketing Strategy, Membership, Provider Member
ALFA’s annual awards program is now open for nominations, but the window is closing fast. Please consider nominating your most innovative people, proc...
12/10/2014
Active & Engaged Seniors, Choice, Family Relations, Reports, Senior Living Options
SeniorAdvisor.com, a website showcasing thousands of families’ reviews of assisted living, memory care communities, retirement communities and other s...
12/9/2014
Accessiblity Issues, Disabilities, Falls Prevention, Science and Technology
A new robot research project hopes to provide a solution for people who have limited hand functionality and who rely on wheelchairs for mobility. Rese...
12/9/2014
cheatsheet, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a long-term care toolkit with resources for senior living communities to provide access to...
12/9/2014
Disabilities, Health and Wellness, Policy in the States
New Hampshire recently hosted a conference to address aging issues in New England, attended by political and civic leaders from Maine, Vermont, and Ne...
12/4/2014
Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an official health advisory due to the high frequency in the United States of the H3N2 virus...
12/3/2014
Active & Engaged Seniors, Best of the Best Awards, Engage, Family Relations, Independence, Provider Member, Resident Engagement
Country Meadows Retirement Communities based in Hershey, Pa., took home top honors in the category of Resident and Family Engagement in 2014. Moving f...
12/3/2014
Most people with dementia never have screening, according to a new study published in the online issue of Neurology. “These results suggest that appro...
12/3/2014
Family Relations, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The National Institute on Aging offers holiday hints for caregivers of those who have Alzheimer’s disease. The tip sheet is available as an eBook and ...
11/25/2014
Active & Engaged Seniors, cheatsheet, Engage
Mark Hemingway steeled himself for what he might see on a trip to Vietnam to tour a senior living and orphan campus, paying his own way on invitation ...
11/25/2014
Active & Engaged Seniors, Consumer Intelligence
New data shines a light on saying “I do” in the United States – remarriage is on the rise for Americans ages 55 and older and older newlyweds are amon...
11/25/2014
Best of the Best Awards, Dignity, Dining, Engage, Family Relations, Marketing Strategy, Memory Care Education, Partnerships
The Arbor Company in Atlanta, Ga., took home the top prize in the Dining category in 2014 for its Dining with Dignity program. Dining with DignityF...