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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.

7/2/2015
Choice, Engage, Physical Plant, Property Management, Senior Living by Design, Space Planning and Design
Stellar design in senior living is more than local architectural identity. It goes beyond beauty, and transcends into comfort and wellness. It’s impor...
6/30/2015
Disabilities, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
The new report “Status of Women in the States” takes a look at older women across the country and by state including demographics, opportunities, heal...
6/30/2015
Engage, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
Hearthstone’s founder, John Zeisel, is broadcasting a new show on a local Massachusetts cable station called “Hopeful Aging with Dr. John Zeisel.” The...
6/26/2015
Ageism, Career Resources, Job Seekers, Professional Development, Recruiters
“We need someone with a higher energy level,” is one coded way of an employer saying: “I won’t hire you because you are too old.” There are many more ...
6/24/2015
The Health and Human Services Department has unveiled an interactive online tool to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials i...
6/24/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Disabilities, Health and Wellness
The National Council on Aging has offered 10 recommendations to promote healthy aging. Enhance access to family caregiver support programs for vete...
6/17/2015
Communities and advocates for older adults from around the globe participated in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15 to increase awareness of the ...
6/17/2015
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
Doctors discuss optimal eating plans for a woman with early stage Alzheimer’s disease in a CulinaryRx case report. In a lightly edited transcript from...
6/10/2015
Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
Many people misunderstand reverse mortgages after viewing advertisements about them, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found after conducting a...
6/2/2015
Assisted living communities, residents and their loved ones can learn from a new bulletin on financial planning for the future, especially for older a...
5/20/2015
The National Institutes of Health recently released recommendations providing a framework for an Alzheimer’s disease research agenda that was develope...
5/20/2015
National Center on Elder Abuse is hosting a webinar “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Toward a Global Framework on its 10th Anniversary.
5/19/2015
Health and Wellness, Wellness Program
Autumn Leaves, a leading residential memory care provider with more than 40 assisted living communities across the country, has launched its new "chai...
5/13/2015
Accessiblity Issues, Consumer Intelligence, Disabilities, Falls Prevention, Managed Risk
Older adults using mobility devices such as canes, wheelchairs and scooters do not fall more than those who do not use them, according to a new Nation...
5/13/2015
The National Institutes of Health is encouraging people to volunteer for clinical trials that look for ways to prevent, slow and treat Alzheimer’s dis...
4/28/2015
The average American is now spending about 20 years in retirement, noted Consumer Finance Protection Board Director Richard Cordray in remarks at a Wh...
4/28/2015
The Bipartisan Policy Center recently released a white paper recommending creating standardized quality performance measures that are user-friendly, m...
4/21/2015
Cognitive aging is a natural process associated with advancing years and the Institute of Medicine recently released a report assessing the public hea...
4/21/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness
Consumers now have a new way of choosing a hospital and understanding the quality of care thanks to a government website, Hospital Compare, which comp...
4/15/2015
End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness
The White House Conference on Aging has issued a policy brief on healthy aging – the first in a series of briefs it plans to release this year. The...
4/15/2015
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has published online a new information sheet, the Role of Senior Living Community Professionals in Preventing S...
4/15/2015
The National Institute on Aging has created a new online portal offering free clinical practice tools, training materials, and other resources for hea...
4/14/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, cheatsheet, Engage, Family Relations, Resident Engagement
One day left to participate in the 4th Annual 2015 ALFA and Sargent Art Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the tremendous talent of...
4/7/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, Art Showcase In the News, cheatsheet, Engage, Senior Living Art Showcase
Mid-March, ALFA launched the 4th Annual 2015 ALFA and Sargent Art Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the tremendous talent of senio...
4/7/2015
Health and Wellness, Hearings, Managed Risk, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
Two senators last week sent a letter seeking more information from the Health and Human Services Department on its efforts to address the improper pre...
4/2/2015
End of Life, Facts and Figures, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
The Alzheimer’s Association has released its 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease facts and figures report including startling statistics such as one in three sen...
4/2/2015
Disabilities, End of Life, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Risk Management
Standards body CARF International has revised its standards for dementia specialty programs, available in the 2015 editions of the CARF-CCAC and Aging...
3/25/2015
It’s that time of year again to invest in your professional development. Register for the ALFA 2015 Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida and collaborat...
3/25/2015
Affiliate/Chapter Logo, Disabilities, Family Relations, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The National Council on Aging has announced this year’s theme for Falls Prevention Awareness Day, “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls.”
3/18/2015
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Reports
Policy needs and implications of an aging society must be addressed through restructured workplace policies, more efficient public spending to accommo...