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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.

Choice, Physical Plant, Property Management, Senior Living by Design, Senior Living Options, Space Planning and Design
Hotel-like finishes, materials, and spaces become more commonplace. Share your innovations by entering the Senior Living by Design competition.
Disabilities, Health Care, Hearings
The Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act had its day before a Senate subcommittee recently, garnering strong bipartisan support among lawm...
Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The Joint Commission has released an online educational tool designed to help in reducing infections in long-term care settings such as senior living ...
Business Planning, cheatsheet, Choice, Marketing Strategy, Senior Living Options, Strategy
Northstar Senior Living is the latest senior living provider to create a new residence welcoming to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgen...
cheatsheet, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Partnerships, Property Management, Reports
Residents, staff and family help make a senior living community the special place it is, but the design of a building inside and out can be just as im...
The Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of...
Mayor of Boston Martin Walsh announced a new Boston Alzheimer’s initiative, becoming the first large city to join the national Alzheimer’s Workplace A...
California’s 2014-2015 fiscal year budget includes $820,000 of federal funds and legislative authority to implement a three-year Administration on Agi...
End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Reports
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2014 list of best hospitals across the country, including a look at the top hospitals for geriatric care.
Active & Engaged Seniors, cheatsheet, Resident Engagement, Senior Living Options, Value-Added Amenities and Services
Senior living communities have gone way beyond bingo and bocce ball to create engaging, robust activities embracing the talents and interests of their...
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness
Anti elder abuse advocates released a new framework this week for addressing challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution.
End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Reports
Approximately 54 million American adults age 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass, according to new data from the National Oste...
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of materials designed to facilitate conversations with older Americans about brain...
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
About 80% of survey responders from 12 countries said Alzheimer’s is the condition they most fear experiencing, after cancer. In some countries such a...
cheatsheet, Falls Prevention, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
With an eye on reducing the statistic that one-third of adults age 65 and older falls each year, the National Institutes of Health and PCORI announced...
The Health and Human Services Department is kicking off a campaign dubbed “Recruiting Older Adults into Research” or ROAR to raise research awareness ...
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Managed Risk, Medication Management
The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the change of harmful drug interactions. The Food and Drug ...
Ageism, cheatsheet, Disabilities, Elder Abuse, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Policy in the States
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law new measures revising the state’s system for criminal background checks and makes significant changes f...
Ageism, cheatsheet, Elder Abuse, Webinars
ALFA will be hosting a webinar this month featuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to discuss how to protect older Americans from financial ...
Ageism, cheatsheet, Elder Abuse, End of Life
Federal, state and local government agencies, private health care and social service providers along with academia all lack basic information about el...
Active & Engaged Seniors, Consumer Intelligence, Disabilities, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Reports
Minnesota tops the list of healthiest states for older adults for the second consecutive year, according to data compiled by UnitedHealth Foundation f...
Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education
As part of celebrating Older Americans Month in May, the National Institute on Aging is offering general principles for caregivers of a person with Al...
Accessiblity Issues, Disabilities, Health and Wellness
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bed Handles Inc. are recalling about 113,000 adult portable bed handles after three women have died after b...
cheatsheet, Choice, Furnishings, Green Living, Physical Plant, Property Management, Real Estate, Senior Living by Design
Senior living design is never static. Tastes change, design trends evolve over time. As generations shift, the needs and wants of residents evolve too...
AARP volunteers across the nation are flocking to Capitol Hill this week with a mission to fight ageism and to encourage Congress to pass a bill chang...
Ageism, cheatsheet, Core Principles, Elder Abuse
There are many faces of elder abuse and ALFA encourages senior living communities to raise even more awareness of this devastating issue throughout Ju...
Active & Engaged Seniors, cheatsheet, Choice, Dining, Engage, Family Relations, Health and Wellness, Resident Engagement, Value-Added Amenities and Services
“Olive oil! Where’s the olive oil? I need olive oil!” was one of the many shouts and murmurs heard amid a flash of knives in a sea of dark blue Five S...
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicaid, Medicare, Reports
Per capita health care spending for older Americans grew 4.1 percent from 2002 to 2010, which is the lowest among any other age groups studied, accord...
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Life Safety, Managed Risk
The Food and Drug Administration has released a new set of general safety recommendations for patient lifts.
cheatsheet, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Strategy
The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which goes by the peppier CARF International, has issued new standards of quality ap...