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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.

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...
3/18/2015
Disabilities, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education, Physical Plant, Reports
Alzheimer’s Disease International has released a new report “Dementia Friendly Communities,” focusing on global examples of neighborhoods, towns, citi...
3/11/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, Ageism, ALFA Conference & Expo
ALFA has begun its fifth annual call for short films on ageism. Many older adults are mentally and physically active well into their 80s and 90s an...
3/3/2015
Active & Engaged Seniors, cheatsheet, Disabilities
The National Coalition on Care Coordination recently published an issue brief “Building the Business Case: Community Organizations Responding to the C...
3/3/2015
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Reports
Scientists have found evidence of the amyloid protein found in Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of people as young as 20. Amyloid is normal in the br...
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...