AL community rating site is unique in country, group says

AL community rating site is unique in country, group says

A new website is rating assisted living communities in San Diego County in what a consumer group says is unique effort in California and the entire country.

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

Union tactic may delay Missouri's 'right to work' law

The Missouri AFL-CIO plans to present about 300,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state's office on Friday. The move is part of an effort to delay implementation of the state's new "right to work" law.

Woes continue for senior living rental assistance program

Woes continue for senior living rental assistance program

Residents at Valley Springs in Auburn recently received a letter notifying them to vacate the building. That's because the Kansas-based complex for seniors — a Section 42 participant — is being foreclosed on.

Blocking a key enzyme may help reverse memory loss

Interfering with the enzyme that blocks communication between brain cells may help reverse Alzheimer's-related memory loss, MIT researchers have found.

Brookdale sustainability efforts lead to 2.42% cut in energy use

Brookdale sustainability efforts lead to 2.42% cut in energy use

Brookdale Senior Living continued to make strides toward reaching its sustainability-related goals in 2016, reducing energy use by 2.42% in the communities it owns or operates compared with 2015, the company said in a report released Monday.

Top services outsourced by senior living organizations

Top services outsourced by senior living organizations

Outsourcing rehabilitation and therapy services is popular among senior living organizations, according to a recent poll by specialty investment bank Ziegler. See what other services made the list.

AdCare reorganization vote slated for Sept. 20

AdCare reorganization vote slated for Sept. 20

Shareholders will vote Sept. 20 on a proposed reorganization after which AdCare Health Systems would be known as Regional Health Properties, Allan Rimland, the self-managed real estate investment company's president, CEO and chief financial officer, told participants in a second-quarter earnings call Monday.

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

An Ohio senior living community is finding that fidget spinners and cubes seem to produce a calming effect in those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Executive's case pending as memory care cook found guilty of rape

Executive's case pending as memory care cook found guilty of rape

A former memory care community cook whose case was highlighted in a CNN report earlier this year was found guilty Thursday of raping a resident who told authorities that the sex was consensual. A case against an executive at the community, related to her handling of the matter, is pending.

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents: Florida Argentum

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents: Florida Argentum

Officials with Florida Argentum have filed a legal challenge to a proposed rule that they say would financially burden assisted living operators in the Sunshine State and have several negative effects on residents and their families while not recognizing differences between assisted living and skilled nursing.

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These new gadgets could be game-changers for senior living ... She's 98. He's 94. They met at the gym and just got married ... How tech can ease the trials of getting old ... Gym-going seniors are benefiting from more than exercise

Stand-alone memory care communities challenge LTC Properties

Stand-alone memory care communities challenge LTC Properties

LTC Properties has issued a default notice to the primary operator of stand-alone memory care communities in its portfolio and is planning to transition two properties away from the other operator of stand-alone memory care communities in its portfolio.

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market gradually increasing

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market gradually increasing

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market gradually is increasing, according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders.

Flower-wielding man may have stolen $100,000 in valuables from senior living residents: authorities

Flower-wielding man may have stolen $100,000 in valuables from senior living residents: authorities

Maryland law enforcement authorities believe that a man may have carried flowers into a senior living community as a cover to steal thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry, cash and credit cards from at least four residents.

Holiday occupancy steadily improving, NHI says

Holiday occupancy steadily improving, NHI says

Holiday Retirement properties in real estate investment trust NHI's portfolio have seen a steady increase in occupancy over the past three months as the country's largest independent living operator finished implementing a change in its management model, NHI Executive Vice President of Investments Kevin Pascoe said Wednesday during a second-quarter earnings call.

New report details way to finance LTSS

New report details way to finance LTSS

A universal, catastrophic insurance program sufficiently could finance the needs of those who need long-term services and supports, and a "managed cash" benefit design might best pay for service delivery, LeadingAge concluded in a report issued Wednesday.

Carson calls for increased private-market involvement in affordable housing

Carson calls for increased private-market involvement in affordable housing

Decreased regulation would enable private markets to become more involved in helping to solve the "affordable rental housing crisis" that affects older adults and others, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday as the agency released a new report to Congress.

4 strategies Brookdale is using to combat new competition

4 strategies Brookdale is using to combat new competition

The opening of new communities near Brookdale Senior Living properties challenged the country's largest senior living operator in the second quarter, President and CEO Andy Smith told participants in a Tuesday earnings call. But the company is using at least four strategies to fight that competition, he said.

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse

A new law in New Jersey increases reporting requirements for long-term care workers who suspect abuse or exploitation in their facilities but "inexplicably" reduces the maximum fine by 90% for individuals who don't report such incidents, according to a state provider organization.

Glen Campbell remembered; documentary to air Wednesday

Glen Campbell remembered; documentary to air Wednesday

Wednesday, HLN will broadcast an encore presentation of "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," the network announced hours after Campbell's death on Tuesday. The documentary has a special connection to senior living providers.

Brookdale's $4 billion acquisition on hold: report

Brookdale's $4 billion acquisition on hold: report

Brookdale Senior Living's talks to be acquired by Beijing-based Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co. Ltd. have stalled because Chinese regulatory officials are more carefully scrutinizing overseas investments and financial institutions are taking a more conservative approach to assessing credit risks, the Financial Times reported Monday. Meanwhile, Brookdale released its second-quarter financial results.

Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for AL operators

Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for AL operators

States should make certain that Medicaid payments to assisted living community operators are high enough to encourage them to serve Medicaid beneficiaries and to increase beneficiaries' access to home- and community-based services, according to the authors of a newly published study.

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

$385,000 in grants will fund workforce initiatives

Increasing the quantity and quality of the workforce serving the aging population is the ultimate goal of 17 grants totaling more than $385,000 that recently were awarded to rural LeadingAge Minnesota members.

'Groundbreaking' senior living community planned for New York college campus

'Groundbreaking' senior living community planned for New York college campus

After more than a decade of work, Purchase College is moving forward with its plans to create a senior living community on its 500-acre campus.

Assisted living offers promise for future, Ensign Group CEO says

Assisted living offers promise for future, Ensign Group CEO says

Assisted living is an area that offers encouragement for the future of The Ensign Group and its operating affiliates, President and CEO Christopher Christensen told participants in a Friday call about second-quarter earnings.

Resident shot, charged after allegedly threatening staff with cleaver

Resident shot, charged after allegedly threatening staff with cleaver

A resident of an affordable senior housing community in New Jersey was shot by police and charged with crimes after he allegedly attacked two women in the community's management office with a meat cleaver.

Occupancy declines at Holiday continue to affect New Senior

Holiday Retirement's operating model transition, which saw community oversight change from live-in managers to more traditional executive directors over the past year, continued to affect occupancy in the second quarter and, therefore, the portfolio performance of New Senior Investment Group, the publicly traded real estate investment trust's CEO, Susan Givens, told participants in a Thursday earnings call.

Senior living payroll clerk allegedly stole $256,000 from employer

Senior living payroll clerk allegedly stole $256,000 from employer

A payroll administrator for a California senior living operator has been charged with seven felonies after allegedly embezzling more than $256,000 from her employer by funneling funds to other accounts that she controlled, authorities said Wednesday.

Aegis Living marks 20 years with big plans for the future

Aegis Living marks 20 years with big plans for the future

Aegis Living is marking its 20-year anniversary this summer with a new headquarters, a forecast of physical and financial growth, and new recognition from Glassdoor.

More news for Friday, Aug. 4

Private equity sets its sights on senior living ... Tips for valuing and keeping older workers ... Shelter Group sells affordable housing properties to focus on Brightview Senior Living communities ... College students start nonprofit that uses virtual reality with assisted living residents

PharMerica to go private in $1.4B deal as it looks to 'aggressively compete' in AL

PharMerica to go private in $1.4B deal as it looks to 'aggressively compete' in AL

PharMerica Corp. says that its $1.4 billion acquisition by a newly formed company controlled by global investment firm KKR, with Walgreens Boots Alliance as a minority investor, will provide additional resources to expand its business. Some of that future growth is expected to come from assisted living.

Operators share secrets to finding, keeping executive directors

Operators share secrets to finding, keeping executive directors

Leaders of Capital Senior Living and Five Star Senior Living used their second-quarter earnings calls this week in part to discuss their companies' approaches to recruiting and retaining executive directors.

Inflation, labor shortage continue to affect senior living construction costs

Inflation, labor shortage continue to affect senior living construction costs

Inflation, a lack of workers and the price of wood and steel continue to be concerns in seniors housing construction projects across the country, according to a new brief prepared for the American Seniors Housing Association by The Weitz Co.

More news for Thursday, Aug. 3

New website rates assisted living communities in California ... Former LPN charged with sex offenses against residents, having child porn on phone ... Report details dementia care efforts across Massachusetts

A centered approach to research on aging

A centered approach to research on aging

Robyn Stone, DrPH, talks about a unique partnership with an ambitious agenda.

Outdated security

Outdated security

Technology is changing many aspects of senior living security. New products and services are making it easier than ever to keep residents safe.

Brookdale woes drag down HCP portfolio performance

Brookdale woes drag down HCP portfolio performance

Brookdale Senior Living properties negatively affected the performance of HCP's senior housing operating portfolio in the second quarter as the country's largest senior living operator experienced a higher-than-expected decline in occupancy due to under-spending on marketing and sales, above-average turnover of sales directors and distractions caused by discussions about its future, HCP leaders said Tuesday in an earnings call.

More than skin deep

More than skin deep

Caregiver vigilance and improved products can work together to help prevent and treat wounds in the senior living setting.

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

The right furniture is essential to create a welcoming environment that residents will find attractive, comfortable and therapeutic

Prototype pros and cons

Prototype pros and cons

Establishing a prototype design for replication across various communities can be an economical approach, but operators need to watch for pitfalls.

HCP executive chair: Welltower lawsuit 'completely inexplicable'

HCP executive chair: Welltower lawsuit 'completely inexplicable'

Healthcare real estate investment trust HCP still expects Scott Brinker to join the company in January as executive vice president and chief investment officer, despite allegations from his former employer, Welltower, that he violated the terms of his separation agreement by entering into discussions with a competitor, HCP Executive Chairman Michael McKee said Tuesday during a second-quarter earnings call.

Sunrise Senior Living extends brand with Sunrise Villa communities

Sunrise Senior Living extends brand with Sunrise Villa communities

McLean, VA-based Sunrise Senior Living has rebranded seven of its urban California communities under the name of a new brand extension, Sunrise Villa, the company announced Monday.

State employee allegedly accepted ALF bribes in $1B fraud scheme

State employee allegedly accepted ALF bribes in $1B fraud scheme

An employee of the agency that oversees the licensure of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in Florida accepted bribes from facility owners, including one charged in a historic $1 billion healthcare fraud case, in exchange for providing information that helped them keep their licenses and submit fraudulent bills for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, the Department of Justice alleges.

Benchmark employees perform 'radiant acts of kindness'

Benchmark employees perform 'radiant acts of kindness'

Benchmark Senior Living employees beat their goal of committing 1,000 "radiant acts of kindness" in June, with a total of 1,204 acts, in honor of the company's 20th anniversary.

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 1

Touring residential facilities, interacting with older adults positively enhances medical residents' knowledge of issues and needs ... Radio and health appliance for people with dementia under development ... Fate of Medicaid HCBS still in the hands of Congress ... Hudson Bay Capital urges Sabra shareholders to reject Care Capital Properties acquisition

'Time to move on' from healthcare reform, or is it?

Provider groups applauded Friday's early-morning failure of the Senate's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some in the federal government, however, later suggested that their battle may not be over to prevent the Medicaid cuts contained in reform efforts to date.

Ventas' Cafaro: 'Buckle up for the tax reform roller coaster ride'

Ventas' Cafaro: 'Buckle up for the tax reform roller coaster ride'

"Now the real estate community can buckle up for the tax reform roller coaster ride," Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra Cafaro told those participating in a second-quarter earnings call Friday, hours after the failure of a Senate attempt to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Seniors housing is bright spot for Welltower in second quarter

Seniors housing is bright spot for Welltower in second quarter

The seniors housing operating portfolio was "the highlight" of the second quarter for Welltower, "with meaningful outperformance relative to our budget," Shankh Mitra, the real estate investment trust's senior vice president for finance and investments, told participants in a second-quarter earnings call Friday.

7 hot markets for new seniors housing inventory

7 hot markets for new seniors housing inventory

Almost one-third of the 35,000 units of seniors housing units added in primary and secondary markets over the past year have been built in seven metropolitan markets, according to National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Chief Economist Beth Mace.

Residents, staff reap rewards from retirement community's app

Residents, staff reap rewards from retirement community's app

Leaders at a New York retirement community say their new smartphone app is bringing convenience to residents and enabling staff members to spend more time with them.

GAO: White House hampering federal efforts to reduce ID theft

GAO: White House hampering federal efforts to reduce ID theft

CMS has announced its plan to remove Social Security numbers from beneficiaries' Medicare cards, but the Government Accountability Office said Thursday that it is still waiting for the White House Office of Management and Budget to take further action to reduce the use of the identifier elsewhere.

Walkable location a surprising draw for assisted living prospects

Walkable location a surprising draw for assisted living prospects

An assisted living community's location in a walkable neighborhood holds stronger appeal than one might expect, according to newly released research from A Place for Mom. And that appeal is expected to grow.

Brookdale agreement with activist shareholder adds board member, affects meetings

Brookdale agreement with activist shareholder adds board member, affects meetings

The Brookdale Senior Living Board of Directors welcomed a new member as part of an agreement with an activist shareholder that will have additional effects on the company's annual meetings in 2017 and 2018, Brookdale announced Wednesday.

Friday is deadline for McKnight's Excellence in Tech Awards

Friday is deadline for McKnight's Excellence in Tech Awards

Friday is the deadline for receipt of entries in the 2017 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. The contest has five categories in which senior living and long-term care operators may submit entries.

Labor Department seeks input for overtime rule

Labor Department seeks input for overtime rule

The Department of Labor is accepting input as it prepares to propose a new rule related to circumstances under which certain workers would be entitled to overtime pay.

Senior living community not cited, but two years later, executives charged in resident's death

Senior living community not cited, but two years later, executives charged in resident's death

The owner and former administrator of a California senior living community have been charged with elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter, felonies, more than two years after a resident reported to have dementia died after being hit by a car while jogging.

Parkinson's disease shows link to melanoma

Parkinson's disease shows link to melanoma

People with either Parkinson's disease or melanoma are four times as likely to receive a diagnosis of the other disease, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study. Researchers, however, said that the association likely is not due to a Parkinson's drug, levodopa, that often is cited as a reason.

40% underestimate assisted living costs

40% underestimate assisted living costs

Almost 40% of families underestimate how much assisted living will cost, according to data from A Place For Mom.

Healthy lifestyle choices made in old age predict independence

Healthy lifestyle choices made in old age predict independence

Certain healthy lifestyle choices made by older adults can affect their likelihood of living independently more than a decade later, according to a study from Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden.

Director faces prison time, fine for stealing more than $95,000 from employer

Director faces prison time, fine for stealing more than $95,000 from employer

The director of a Missouri assisted living community will be sentenced Oct. 20 after pleading guilty Monday to using her employer's debit card to steal more than $95,000 over more than eight years, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Senior housing transaction volume down 78% in second quarter

Senior housing transaction volume down 78% in second quarter

Senior housing transaction volume in the second quarter was down 78% from the first quarter, mainly because of a decrease in institutional buyers, according to Bill Kauffman, senior principal at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

CDC: Diabetes management could help prevent hospitalizations, ED visits, deaths

CDC: Diabetes management could help prevent hospitalizations, ED visits, deaths

Helping residents get their diabetes under control may help lower hospitalizations, emergency department visits, deaths and healthcare costs, suggests a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Air pollution could increase risk of premature death

Air pollution could increase risk of premature death

Long-term exposure to air pollutants may be linked to an increased risk of premature death, according to a recent study.

More news for Monday, July 24

Baby boomers and their elders make up outsize share of consumer spending ... The octogenarians who love Amazon's Alexa ... Venture capitalists want tech for people over 50

10 ALF owners sentenced for accepting kickbacks

10 ALF owners sentenced for accepting kickbacks

Ten Miami-Dade County assisted living facility owners have received sentences of federal prison time or home confinement for accepting healthcare kickbacks, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

$756B Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

$756B Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

A $16 billion difference in Medicaid cuts between a July 20 version of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act and the June 26 version is due in part to a provision in the revised bill that would fund home- and community-based services demonstration projects, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office.

Dementia risk can be reduced even in late life: report

Dementia risk can be reduced even in late life: report

Older adults who stop smoking, treat their depression or diabetes if they have either, and increase their physical activity and social contact can reduce their likelihood of developing dementia, according to research presented Thursday in London at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2017.

More news for Friday, July 21

Investors worry boomer demand not keeping pace with senior housing supply ... GAO report: Telehealth use in Medicare and Medicaid ... Phased retirement programs, although uncommon, provide flexibility for older workers and employers ... Officials: Lightning caused senior housing fire that killed three ... Large nonprofits outperforming smaller organizations on EHR adoption

Trump pushes for repeal, replacement of ACA; CBO says repeal-only effort would cut Medicaid by $842B

Trump pushes for repeal, replacement of ACA; CBO says repeal-only effort would cut Medicaid by $842B

Senators should stay in Washington until they pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump said on Wednesday. His comment came hours before the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis finding that a Senate bill to repeal the ACA without replacing it would lead to $842 billion in Medicaid cuts through 2026.

OSHA to launch web-based injury reporting form Aug. 1

OSHA to launch web-based injury reporting form Aug. 1

Employers will be able to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 Occupational Safety and Health Administration Form 300A via a new form on the OSHA website beginning Aug. 1, the agency has announced.

New instrument can assess assisted living residents' ADL skills

New instrument can assess assisted living residents' ADL skills

Healthcare professionals and researchers who work in assisted living settings may have another instrument to assess residents' physical and cognitive skills if the early results of a recent study hold up in future research.

Medicaid advocacy to continue after GOP health bill dies, provider groups say

Medicaid advocacy to continue after GOP health bill dies, provider groups say

Advocates for aging-services providers say they'll continue their efforts to protect Medicaid funding in the wake of Monday night's collapse of Senate Republicans' effort to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Falls prevention, housing with services for older adults among HUD priorities: Carson

Falls prevention, housing with services for older adults among HUD priorities: Carson

Preventing falls, maintaining health and finding new ways to ensure the availability of affordable housing for older adults are three areas of focus for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said during a luncheon keynote speech at LeadingAge Florida's annual meeting.

Sleep troubles could lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer's

Sleep troubles could lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer's

People with chronic sleep disorders may be at a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease, according to a recently published study.

More news for Wednesday, 7/19

Assisted living tries virtual reality to help seniors with dementia ... Texas' biggest assisted living facility for Medicaid closing ... Armed Forces Retirement Home's golf course struggles to stay open

Lawsuit misinterprets Medicaid reimbursement, operator says

Lawsuit misinterprets Medicaid reimbursement, operator says

A $60 million lawsuit alleging understaffing and fraudulent billing at 45 senior living communities in North Carolina "is an erroneous interpretation of Medicaid reimbursement in the state," says the senior living operator at the center of the complaint.

Big deals coming back to seniors housing: report

Big deals coming back to seniors housing: report

Seniors housing and care transactions decreased by 17% in the first quarter compared with the same quarter last year, but dollars committed increased by 300%, according to new report.

'Brain training' program proves ineffective for some applications

'Brain training' program proves ineffective for some applications

A proprietary "brain training" program had no effect on decision-making or cognitive functioning except for basic practice effects in a recent study, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. But it may be useful for something else, they said.

More news for Tuesday, July 18

Medicaid is more than meets the eye ... Retirement at 65 becomes a reach for some, as seniors stay in the workforce ... Man hides wife's body in retirement community condo freezer for 8 years

Brookdale hit with class-action lawsuit claiming understaffing, ADA violations

Brookdale hit with class-action lawsuit claiming understaffing, ADA violations

A set of disgruntled residents on Thursday filed what they believe could be the first class-action lawsuit against an assisted living operator to be brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Potential damages could exceed $45 million, according to one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

HUD funding bill goes before House Appropriations Committee on Monday

HUD funding bill goes before House Appropriations Committee on Monday

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider Housing and Urban Development funding contained in a subcommittee fiscal year 2018 spending bill on Monday night. The bill is a "mixed bag," according to LeadingAge.

Polypharmacy could increase risk of falls, other problems

Polypharmacy could increase risk of falls, other problems

Older adults who take several medications are at a higher risk for falls, among other health complications, a recently published study finds.

More news for Monday, July 17

McConnell delays healthcare vote while McCain recovers from surgery ... Retirement community takes precautions after former resident contracts Legionnaires' disease ... Fighting for LGBT rights in retirement communities ... Teen forms nonprofit to reach out to lonely seniors on the phone ... Receiver will oversee Fortis assisted living, nursing home operations

Providers condemn 'shortsighted' Medicaid cuts in revised Senate healthcare bill

Providers condemn 'shortsighted' Medicaid cuts in revised Senate healthcare bill

"Shortsighted," "draconian" and "drastic" are some of the words provider group leaders are using to describe the continued Medicaid cuts in the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act unveiled Thursday by Senate Republicans.

AL operator involved in record-breaking $1.3B fraud takedown

AL operator involved in record-breaking $1.3B fraud takedown

A Florida home health agency paid kickbacks to the owner of three assisted living communities and others in exchange for referrals that resulted in more than $3 million in fraudulent Medicare payments, the federal government alleged Thursday as part of a larger announcement of $1.3 billion in alleged false healthcare billings.

July 28 is extended deadline for McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards

July 28 is extended deadline for McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards

McKnight's Senior Living and sister publication McKnight's Long-Term Care News have extended until July 28 the deadline for entries in the 2017 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. The contest has five categories.

More news for Friday, July 14

CBO releases analysis of president's 2018 budget ... Social Security Administration issues 2017 Trustee Report ... Retirement communities move into the insurance business ... Sabra shareholders urged to reject Care Capital deal

Senior living executive settles in $3.9 million SEC fraud case

Senior living executive settles in $3.9 million SEC fraud case

A South Carolina businessman has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission after being charged in January in a $3.9 million fraud case for allegedly diverting investor funds meant to buy or renovate senior living communities and using them for other purposes. Nine communities remain in receivership.

Inventory growth knocks assisted living occupancy to lowest point since 2009

Inventory growth knocks assisted living occupancy to lowest point since 2009

Occupancy rates for assisted living communities reached their lowest point in eight years in the second quarter, driven down by inventory growth that outpaced healthy absorption rates, according to data released Wednesday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's MAP Data Service.

Aug. 11 is deadline to comment on rescission of 'persuader' rule

Aug. 11 is deadline to comment on rescission of 'persuader' rule

Aug. 11 is the deadline for interested parties to comment on a proposed rule that would rescind the Obama-era "persuader rule" that required employers to publicly report all union-related communication with attorneys.

More news for Thursday, July 13

Nursing care occupancy dropped to 86.5% in second quarter ... SEC brings fraud charges against telemarketers who allegedly told seniors to kill themselves ... Senate Aging Committee examines nutrition's role in healthy aging

$60 million lawsuit alleges memory care understaffing, false billing

$60 million lawsuit alleges memory care understaffing, false billing

Forty-five senior living communities in North Carolina have defrauded the state and federal governments of more than $60 million by submitting claims for personal care services that, based on staffing levels, could not have been provided to residents living in their memory care units, a lawsuit alleges.

Chocolate consumption could improve cognitive function

Chocolate consumption could improve cognitive function

Daily intake of cocoa or chocolate could improve cognitive performance, especially in vulnerable populations such as the elderly, according to a recent review of literature on the topic.

More news for Wednesday, 7/12

Holiday Retirement seeks tax incentives to move HQ ... Senate delays recess to work on healthcare, other issues ... Separate Medicaid reforms from ACA repeal, former CMS administrators suggest ... Medicaid enrollees generally satisfied with coverage

Report has 3 recommendations for LTSS financing

Report has 3 recommendations for LTSS financing

A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center offers three recommendations to help individuals afford long-term services and supports as they age, in turn helping aging services providers.

ABHOW, be.group become HumanGood

ABHOW, be.group become HumanGood

The next step in the evolution of the ABHOW and be.group affiliation occurred Monday as the two companies announced their official unification under the previously publicized brand of HumanGood. Read our exclusive interview with CEO John Cochrane.

Thursday is comment deadline for OSHA data submission delay

Thursday is comment deadline for OSHA data submission delay

Thursday is the deadline for comments to be sent to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about its proposal to delay a 2016 final rule that requires employers to electronically submit summary data related to workplace injuries and illnesses.

App could improve memory in those with dementia

App could improve memory in those with dementia

A new "brain training" app could help improve memory for people in the early stages of dementia, according to the results of a recent study.

More news for Tuesday, July 11

The retired couple that made Uber more senior-friendly ... How seniors are driving safer, driving longer ... New CDC director named

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'Pet therapy on steroids'

Chesterfield, MI

It was "pet therapy on steroids" when a special visitor recently roamed the halls of The Village of East Harbor, according to Administrator Carolyn Martin.