Assisted Living Ignored in Draft Alzheimer’s Plan Says ALFA

February 1st, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) recently released Draft Framework for the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease notably omitted assisted living from all but one of its strategies and recommendations. ALFA’s newly submitted comments to HHS highlights its concerns and recommends changes to the plan.

Created as result of the passage of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, the draft plan for combating Alzheimer’s disease describes a long term plan for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s over the coming years. Although a good start, those familiar with assisted living found the omission of assisted living in the framework troubling. Given that assisted living communities accommodate a rapidly growing number of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, assisted living communities have and will play a role in the future of Alzheimer’s care and treatment. In fact, more than one third of current residents living in assisted living have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

ALFA has been working with the National Alzheimer’s Association and other allies in revising the draft framework. ALFA has submitted comments voicing its concerns and highlighting areas for improvement in the draft framework. Each ALFA member is encouraged to read the Draft Framework for the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and voice their thoughts to HHS by sending an email to

Senior Living Professionals Gather at ALFA’s Conference & Expo

April 6th, 2011

About 2,000 conference attendees gathered this morning to celebrate senior living’s efforts to fight ageism in America. Following a motivational speech by leadership guru, Steve Farber, attendees visited with exhibitors over steamed and iced coffee. All attendees later enjoyed the ALFA Hero Awards Lunch, concurrent sessions and an all attendee reception hosted by Mark Ohlendorf, new ALFA chairman.

The conference began with a presentation of the Best of the Best Awards, honoring programs, services, and products that advance operational excellence and serve as the gold standard in senior living. Steve Farber followed with an inspiring general session on leadership. He encouraged leaders to push themselves out of their comfort zone. “If the only reason you can think of not to do something is that you’re scared to,” said Farber “then that is a good reason to do it.”

The excitement continued with the ALFA Hero Awards Ceremony, which honored five extraordinary individuals who go above and beyond their job requirements and make a difference in the lives of seniors every day. The ceremony was emotional for many of the attendees, as they were reminded of the great work people across the country do every day. The day also included two blocks of concurrent sessions in the afternoon, and a Chairman’s Networking Reception in the evening open to all attendees. View the ALFA Hero Award Videos and Award Luncheon pictures. You may also view all ALFA 2011 Conference & Expo photos online.

Tomorrow, attendees can look forward to seeing MSNBC’s Morning Joe anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski discuss the politics of aging in America and best selling author Jeff Jarvis explains how to better relate to your customers via the internet and social media. Attendees will get inspired by The Horace D’Angelo Jr. Memorial Award, ALFA Statesman Award, and ALFAPAC Awards winners and learn from industry experts in our many concurrent sessions throughout the day.


ALFA Conference & Expo

April 5th, 2011

Come visit us today and tomorrow at the ALFA Conference & Expo!

Coastal Reconstruction Group is located at Booth 429! Check us out tomorrow (4/6) from 11:30am – 3:45pm

The ALFA 2011 Conference & Expo, April 5th-7th 2011 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida is finally here! On site registration at the Gaylord Palms is still open.

Now’s the time to network with fellow senior living professionals, learn the newest operational approaches, and invest in yourself.

Connect with colleagues. Gather fresh insights. Grow your career. Advance your profession. Experience the future of senior living at the ALFA 2011 Conference & Expo.

New Study Shines Light On Impact of Nursing Home Closures

January 13th, 2011

Hundreds of nursing homes close every year. Between 1999 and 2008 a net loss of five percent of beds was experienced nationally, but a new study published in the Archive of Internal Medicine indicates that these closures are not uniform.

Researchers from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and Drexel University in Philadelphia studied thousands of pieces of government data gathered between 1999 and 2008. They found that nursing home closure rates were significantly higher in zip codes with a higher proportion of minorities or higher poverty rates.

This study supports previous work that identifies a gap between care available for lower income individuals and care provided in prosperous suburban neighborhoods. Lower income individuals who need long term care are more likely to be placed in sub-standard facilities and live in areas with fewer nursing homes and with limited home- and community-based alternatives to nursing home care.

To learn more about these findings, read the full report at the Archives for Internal Medicine.


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