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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.

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 ...
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.
Scientists have developed an experimental medication that aids in ameliorating the effects of Alzheimer’s disease by slowing down the aging process. T...
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,...
Ageism, cheatsheet, Elder Abuse, Managed Risk
Busy physicians caring for older adults are likely to encounter a victim of some type of elder abuse on a frequent basis, regardless of whether the ph...
Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Physical Plant, Property Management
President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in 1983 – at a time in the United States when fewer than 2 million...
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Medicare
It’s Medicare open enrollment season through December 7 allowing Medicare recipients to comparison shop and change plans, but it’s also a time when sc...
Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
Early treatment of people 65 and older who are hospitalized with the flu with antiviral medications cuts the duration of their hospital stay and reduc...
cheatsheet, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicaid, Medicare
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is asking for feedback on a proposal to revise the discharge planning requirements that hospitals, incl...
Health and Wellness, Medication Management, Medication Technology & Informatics, Memory Care Best Practices and Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the use of antipsy...
Elder Abuse, Hearings, Medicaid
Criminal enterprises are a pervasive problem in fraud schemes involving home health, durable medical equipment, prescription drugs, transportation and...
Health and Wellness, Medicare, Medication Management
Consumers can expect to see changes in Medicare prescription drug plans (PDP), according to new analysis released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and ...
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
The Administration for Community Living has awarded the first-ever federal grants specifically designated to improve states’ Adult Protective Services...
Active & Engaged Seniors, Social Media
Nearly two-thirds of American adults, or about 65 percent, use social networking sites, up from 7 percent when Pew Research Center began systematicall...
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
The Justice Department and the Corporation for National and Community Service have announced Elder Justice AmeriCorps, a new grant program providing l...
Ageism, Disabilities, Elder Abuse, Memory Care Education
Many holders of long-term care insurance let their policies lapse, even after holding them for years, and a study by the Center for Retirement Researc...
The Pan American Health Organization, which is the World Health Organization’s agency for the Americas, has adopted a regional plan of action on demen...
Accessiblity Issues, Disabilities, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
Bed Handles Inc. has once again announced a recall of its adult portable bed handles due to serious entrapment and strangulation hazards as it has rec...
Active & Engaged Seniors, cheatsheet, Core Principles, Engage, Memory Care Education, Resident Engagement
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent livin...
Health and Wellness, Health Care, Managed Risk
A panel of the Food and Drug Administration has voted to recommend approval of a new flu vaccine designed for older adults. It would be the first s...
Ageism, Reports
Following the curve of the U.S. population, the nation’s workforce is aging but older workers often face age discrimination, reports the Pew Charitabl...
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
A large, national clinical trial to study the effect of resveratrol long-term in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease found that a biomark...
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Managed Risk
The Internet-security focused (ISC)² Foundation has unveiled a program designed to educate older adults about the importance of cyber security.
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...
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...
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...
The Dementia Action Alliance has a released a new report outlining language use related to dementia, noting that these words currently used to describ...
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...
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...
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...