Currently, there is no clinical test to confirm Alzheimer's disease in a living person. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wants to change that.
Frailty is a common problem facing many older adults. The challenge can be made worse by a high-sugar diet, a new study finds.
Community-based long-term services and supports have the potential to increase Medicaid beneficiary satisfaction and save costs, and they're becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to institutional care, according to reports on the Tuesday agenda of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Open Door Forum.
Independent lining administrators in CCRCs saw an average pay increase of 1.43% in 2018, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019" issued by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.
The intended builder of a Mississippi assisted living facility is expected to receive $190,000 in restitution now that a woman has been sentenced for defrauding the entity of that amount.
Unlicensed residential care facilities could pose serious risks for older adults, including physical, financial and emotional exploitation, abuse and neglect, according to a newly published study.
Listening to music appears to be more effective in reducing agitation, behavioral symptoms and anxiety for older adults with dementia than does their singing or playing along with music, according to a new study.
Fourteen percent of adults aged 75 or more years have subjective cognitive decline, one of the earliest noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Continuing care retirement communities are expected to hold much appeal to baby boomers, and the good news is, the first wave of boomers will be entering the target age range for such communities within the next five years, notes a new report.
Less than two weeks before a special meeting at which shareholders will vote on whether to merge with fellow real estate investment trust Welltower, Quality Care Properties announced that it had reached an agreement to resolve two related class action lawsuits.
Two caregivers at a Florida assisted living community were arrested after one allegedly used duct tape to restrain and silence a resident who has dementia and the other allegedly knew about but did not report the incident.
The occupancy rate for assisted living continued its downward trend in the second quarter, falling lower than last quarter's record-low average of 85.7% to a low of 85.2%, according to data released Thursday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
Financial security and a sense of community may be more important to satisfaction in retirement than factors such as weather, say the experts behind new rankings released Thursday.
A worker who had been been contracted to help care for a senior living resident was shot in the Texas community's parking lot, allegedly by her husband, and subsequently died, Houston police reported Thursday.
A new federal task force will focus on fighting healthcare fraud, cyber fraud and other fraud targeting older adults, and other types of fraud affecting the government, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Wednesday.
The results of a new survey may provide insights into ways independent living and continuing care retirement communities can compete for residents as the oldest baby boomers become more common as prospects.
Memory care unit managers in continuing care retirement communities, also known as life plan communities, saw an average pay increase of 2.75% in 2018, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019" issued by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.
The incidence of Parkinson's disease in the United States will exceed 1.2 million by 2030, according to new estimates published Tuesday in the journal npj Parkinson's Disease.
The fifth and last defendant was sentenced Tuesday for his role in the $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that previously led to prison terms for four others associated with American Senior Communities.
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Families confront dementia and guns ... Record number of those 85+ are working ... Aug. 15 hearing scheduled for alleged California senior housing shooter ... Operator faces another lawsuit
"Splitting up the company," along with joint ventures and outright sales, are options that Brookdale Senior Living should evaluate to potentially maximize the value of its owned real estate, shareholder Jonathan Litt, founder and chief investment officer of Stamford, CT-based Land and Buildings Investment Management LLC, said Monday.
Three employees of a Georgia senior living community have been arrested after allegedly making a Snapchat video instead of monitoring a resident while she waited for a hospice nurse.
Two more defendants were sentenced Monday for their roles in a $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that previously led to prison terms for two former American Senior Communities executives.
Pay for directors of assisted living/personal care who work in continuing care retirement communities averaged $73,938 in 2018, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019" issued by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.
Former American Senior Communities Chief Operating Officer Daniel Benson was sentenced Friday to 57 months in federal prison for his role in a $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that netted his former boss, CEO James Burkhart, a 9 1/2 year sentence a week earlier.
The family of a construction worker injured in a June 26 explosion at a Texas health system has been granted a restraining order against the provider and others involved in an expansion project there so that they "cease all efforts that ... fail to preserve explosion evidence."
Fourteen senior living communities are the targets of a federal lawsuit that alleges they discriminated against prospective residents who are deaf, based on undercover interactions with "testers" recruited by a fair housing organization.
The American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge and 72 other national organizations, in a June 28 letter, urged Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to begin "immediate and effective implementation" of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.
The owners of four California assisted living facilities will pay $86,486 to 19 employees to resolve overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Department of Labor has announced.
Brookdale asks court to reconsider False Claims Act ruling, and two 'friends' file briefs in support
Brookdale Senior Living is asking the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a June 11 ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that revived a False Claims Act case against the company that originated in 2012. Two organizations filed "friend-of-the-court" legal briefs supporting that request this week.
Assisted living communities in Florida counties often targeted by hurricanes have not been added to utility company lists that prioritize power restoration in emergencies. Meanwhile, 40% of Florida assisted living facilities have not complied with a state generator law.
A 92-year-old woman in Arizona is accused of murdering her 72-year-old son because he planned to have her move into an assisted living community, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Accused unlicensed nurse ordered to stop and facing charges 20 months after assisted living resident's family complained ... Judge vacates death penalty for man sentenced a decade ago for rape and murder of senior housing resident ... 91-year-old senior living resident raped in unit, police say
A potential rival to real estate investment trust Welltower's plans to merge with Quality Care Properties has withdrawn its acquisition proposal and no longer is considering a transaction with the company. QCP made the disclosure Monday in a filing with the SEC in which it also revealed two class action lawsuits related to the proposed Welltower merger.
The category of home health, long-term care and hospice services holds high interest for more than one-third of corporate or private equity executives planning to make an acquisition in the next 12 to 18 months, according to the latest healthcare merger and acquisitions study from business / technology consulting firm West Monroe Partners.
Former American Senior Communities CEO James Burkhart was sentenced Friday to 9 1/2 years in prison for his role in what U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler described as a "massive fraud, kickback and money-laundering conspiracy" through which the company leader and others funneled almost $19.4 million to themselves to fund luxury purchases.
Green spaces are good for the frailty status of older adults, according to a study published in the latest issue of JAMDA: The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. The authors hope the study will encourage the use of green spaces to promote health and prevent frailty in such populations.
Registered nurse is the most sought-after worker by employers so far this year, and Brookdale Senior Living tops the list of employers looking for workers in general, according to an employment website analysis.
About one-fourth of assisted living communities use electronic health records, and use is highest among communities located in the Midwest, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
Continuing Care at Home programs, formerly called "CCRCs without walls," are growing in popularity as offerings by senior living and care providers, with more than 30 programs now available across 17 states, according to specialty bank Ziegler.
Maintaining good eyesight may help mitigate an age-related decline in cognition, according to a new study in JAMA Ophthalmology.
The merger of one of the country's largest senior living and care organizations with one of the country's largest healthcare systems will have a "ripple effect" throughout the sector, according to one industry expert.
Brookdale Senior Living and real estate investment trust Welltower announced lease restructuring plans Wednesday that will result in 63 senior living communities transitioning to different operators.
Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that unions can't collect fees from nonunion employees without their explicit consent is either "a long-awaited victory for worker freedom" or "yet another example of how billionaires rig the system," depending on which group one asks.
In an area where a 2.8% unemployment rate makes competition for high-quality workers especially great, Denver-based not-for-profit Christian Living Communities has rolled out several programs that it says have resulted in a 5% increase in retention.
A Texas healthcare system has evacuated its senior living and long-term care residents as well as hospital patients after an on-site explosion Tuesday afternoon killed one construction worker and injured 12 other construction workers.
Although the Age Discrimination in Employment Act has helped bring equality and fairness to the workplace for older employees over the past 50 years, age discrimination persists based on outdated and unfounded assumptions, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
One resident has been arrested and another has been hospitalized, and one firefighter has died and another has been released from the hospital, after an explosion, fire and shooting Monday at a California affordable senior housing community.
Older adults' first choice for living arrangements as they age is to remain completely independent at home, according to a new poll. But moving to an assisted living community was a "close second," by far topping home health or nursing home care.
A bill to cap punitive damages awarded in lawsuits against assisted living communities, personal care homes and nursing homes was defeated 103-91 Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
AARP invests $60 million in dementia and Alzheimer's research ... Defendant sentenced in multimillion dollar telemarketing scam targeting elderly victims
The former CEO of American Senior Communities should be imprisoned for more than 12 years for leading a $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday. Attorneys for James Burkhart offered a different recommendation.
Global alternative investment manager Apollo Global Management is the previously unannounced buyer of 22 Brookdale Senior Living communities from real estate investment trust HCP for $428 million, according to Bloomberg, citing "a person with knowledge of the matter."
"Social frailty" has more of an impact on the onset of depression in older adults than does physical frailty or cognitive impairment, according to a study published in the June issue of JAMDA: the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Proposed rules for D.C. assisted living facilities spark outcry ... Attorney: California senior living community had no backup generator when wildfire broke out ... Companies need older workers: here is why
Quality Care Properties has announced a July 25 date for a special meeting where stockholders are expected to vote on a proposed merger with Welltower and multimillion dollar "golden parachute" payments for some executives.
Location matters, regardless of the type of housing that someone resides in, the AARP Public Policy Institute's director of livability thought leadership told McKnight's Senior Living on Thursday, the day that data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index were released. It marked the first full update of the index since its launch in 2015.
Renaming the Department of Health and Human Services and combining the departments of Labor and Education are two of the many proposals in a government reform plan released Thursday by President Donald Trump.
D.C. bill would bar assisted living communities from accepting new residents with dementia ... Ohio assisted living communities score an average of 85.2 (out of 100) on resident satisfaction survey
New population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate the states with the largest percentages of adults aged 65 or more years as well as the states with the highest and lowest median age and the overall median age for the country's residents.
The name of the new CEO of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase's partnership on U.S. employee healthcare is easily recognizable by those in the senior living industry.
Public health measures related to Alzheimer's got a boost Tuesday from the testimony of actress Marcia Gay Harden at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing focused on what she called "an insidious, cowardly disease."
Draft legislation to create a federal program within Medicare to support those with substantial long-term care costs when they need care "is a promising start toward effective solutions," LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan told Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), in technical comments submitted June 15. Other groups shared their thoughts as well.
A former worker at a California senior living community faces up to five years in prison if convicted of three felonies and a misdemeanor related to thefts of property belonging to his employer and residents, including a painting by a noted artist and Holocaust survivor.
Healthcare professionals caring for older adults would play a key role in a new communication system — described in a recently released white paper from the Securities and Exchange Commission — that would be designed to report and curtail suspected financial exploitation.
A second former employee of a now-defunct hospice company has pleaded guilty for her role in an alleged $60 million Medicare fraud scheme that, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas, paid assisted living communities and physicians in exchange for referring ineligible Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries, some of whom then were given excessive dosages of medication that injured or killed them.
This week, Argentum will begin distributing the survey used to compile its list of largest senior living providers. The organization wants to ensure that no provider is excluded.
Senior living and skilled nursing accounted for almost one-third of the healthcare-related real estate deals announced or closed in May, according to a new list compiled for Bloomberg Law.
Assisted living communities cannot be considered "community-integrated housing" for purposes of helping Louisiana comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in serving people with serious mental illness, according to an agreement recently signed by the U.S. Justice Department and Louisiana Department of Health.
Montana health officials on Friday remained unsure what course of action they would take, two days after a judge ordered them to reinstate last year's Medicaid reimbursement rates for assisted living and skilled nursing operators while a lawsuit proceeds.
Senior living communities and long-term care facilities employ workers in job categories that are expected to be among the fastest-growing types over the next 10 years, according to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — and workers in those categories earn less than what it takes to be able to comfortably afford one- or two-bedroom housing, according to a new report.
The daughter of a husband and wife who died in the five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends in November filed a civil lawsuit against the West Chester, PA, continuing care retirement community on Tuesday, claiming that her parents might still be alive if the facility's no-smoking policy had been enforced.
States should be incentivized to expand the availability of and access to home- and community-based services, the American Medical Association House of Delegates said in a policy it adopted at its recent annual meeting.
Just a little more than a month remains for senior living and skilled nursing operators to submit entries for the 2018 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards competition.
Two paths can help senior living operators prevent occupancy from dropping any further, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
A former employee of a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Illinois is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18 after pleading guilty to using residents' personal information to obtain and pay for utilities and television service at his home.
The free event, with its first session at 11 a.m. EDT, features three continuing education sessions as well as a virtual exhibition hall featuring products and services from leading companies serving the senior living profession.
Quality Care Properties said Tuesday that its board continues to recommend that stockholders approve the merger agreement with real estate investment trust Welltower that was announced in April, although it also announced that it is investigating an acquisition proposal from a third party that "could reasonably be expected to lead to a 'superior offer' as defined in the merger agreement."
The owner of three assisted living facilities in Washington state will pay $213,461 to 26 employees after an investigation found overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Labor Department said.
The Montana Health Care Association and several assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities that are members sued the state of Montana on Monday afternoon, alleging that the state violated the law when it cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for the providers.
Quality Care Properties said Tuesday that it is investigating an acquisition proposal that "could reasonably be expected to lead to a 'superior offer' " to the one announced in April with real estate investment trust Welltower.
The virtual doors to the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo will open at 10:30 EDT tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a federal court's dismissal of a "whistleblower" lawsuit brought by a former Brookdale Senior Living employee who accused the company and subsidiaries of submitting approximately $35 million in fraudulent Medicare claims for reimbursement.
More staffing, training could reduce deaths from dementia-related resident-on-resident violence, researcher says
Addressing staffing and training issues could help reduce the number of deaths from resident-on-resident incidents involving assisted living and nursing home residents with dementia, says the author of a recently published study on such incidents.
The personal information of Elmcroft Senior Living residents and their family members, employees and others could have been stolen in a data breach that occurred in mid-May, the Louisville, KY-based company said late Friday.
Attendees of the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, set for this Wednesday, June 13, can earn up to three continuing education credits and interact with several companies serving the industry.
Newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm what senior living operators have been reporting anecdotally: The 2017-2018 flu season was severe and, in some ways, record-setting.
Some senior living operators risk being overwhelmed by the pace of change in the industry, meaning that there is "tremendous potential for disruption," according to the authors of a new white paper from CliftonLarsonAllen.
Louisiana legislators with ties to the nursing home industry are promoting legislation that would stymie the growth of the assisted living industry in the state, according to a new report.
Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa on Wednesday defended the decision to keep HCR ManorCare's leadership team in place as the real estate investment trust gains a stake in the operator through a deal with the ProMedica health system. His remarks came after an attendee at an investor conference called the company a "steaming pile of real estate."
Assisted living and memory care units have higher median occupancy rates than independent living and skilled nursing units both two and four years after opening, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
The National Labor Relations Board expects to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking no later than this summer regarding the standard for determining joint-employer status, the agency's chairman said Tuesday.
The country's largest senior living operator could reduce the number of communities in its portfolio by 20% over the next two or three years, Brookdale President and CEO Lucinda "Cindy" Baier said Tuesday.
Assisted living, post-acute providers have 'room for progress' in four key areas, HHS secretary says
Assisted living and post-acute care providers "will play a key role in the healthcare system over the next several decades," HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II said Tuesday. Both industries, however, have "a great deal of room for progress" in four areas, he said.
The real estate investment trust's CEO and chief investment officer talked Tuesday about why they find value outside of the top 30 metropolitan statistical areas.
HCP provides update on transactions that reduce Brookdale exposure in portfolio ... Report: Most Florida assisted living communities still don't have generators ... Verma unveils state Medicaid scorecard but refuses to judge efforts
Senior living staff members, residents and families are helping develop an "Age-Friendly Health Systems" model to improve care and safety for older adults and optimize value for all involved in the system.
Senior living is a low-tech field no more. From the front door to the front office, technology is making its presence known — and there's a lot more to come.
McKnight's Senior Living Senior Editor Lois A. Bowers picked up three awards June 1 at the 40th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony.