Answers on Aging for Professionals
June. 9, 2011

Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Americans torn over raising debt limit
The Washington Post
A large majority of Americans say the U.S. economy probably would suffer serious harm if Congress fails to give the federal government more borrowing authority. But barely half support raising the government's debt limit, even if lawmakers also sharply cut spending.More

Berwick: 'I've got the back' of Medicare beneficiaries
Kaiser Health News
As Republicans battle with Democrats and President Barack Obama over the future of the health care law, Donald Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is focused on something else. "I go to work every morning with 100 million people in mind, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries," Berwick says, adding, "I can actually think about how to make things better for these people who depend on CMS to work in their interests."More

15 states try to cut back on Medicaid programs
AudioBrief Medicaid provides health care to people with low incomes, who also meet certain other categories. And while the federal government pays more than half of the bill, the share the states pay consumes 22 percent of the average state's budget. That's more than they pay for education, transportation or other large budget items.More

New Affordable Care Act support to improve care coordination for nearly 200,000 people with Medicare
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project, a new Affordable Care Act initiative that will pay an estimated $42 million over three years to up to 500 FQHCs to coordinate care for Medicare patients. This demonstration project, operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in partnership with the Health Resources Services Administration, will test the effectiveness of doctors and other health professionals working in teams to improve care for up to 195,000 Medicare patients.More

n4a extends early registration deadline for upcoming conference
Just five weeks until the 36th Annual n4a Conference & Tradeshow, July 16-20 in Washington, D.C., and there is still time for you to register at the early rate. Early registration is extended to Friday, June 24. But do not wait until the last minute; register today and save!More

26 older volunteers to receive national award
n4a and MetLife Foundation are pleased to announce the 2011 Gold and Silver Honorees for the ninth annual Older Volunteers Enrich America Awards Program. Each of these 26 older volunteers make a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of children, families and seniors throughout our nation. They bring to the organizations they represent a wealth of talent, abundance of passion and unending dedication to serve others. They represent the best example of living and aging with grace and purpose. The awards presentation will be July 17 in Washington, D.C.More

NIH RFP: Translational research to help older adults maintain independence
National Institutes of Health
The National Institute on Aging and the Administration on Aging invite applications using the R01 award mechanism for translational research that moves evidence-based research findings towards the development of new interventions, programs, policies, practices and tools that can be used by community-based organizations to help elderly individuals remain healthy and independent in their own homes and communities. The goal is to support translational research involving collaborations between academic research centers and community-based organizations serving the elderly that will enhance understanding of practical tools, techniques, programs and policies that communities can use to more effectively respond to needs of their aging populations. More

Communities not keeping pace with graying home owners
A new report on the nation's housing market is full of all-too-familiar news on the state of America's housing industry. But one statistic from The State of the Nation's Housing stands out: Homeowners are going gray. The number of U.S. households headed by someone over age 65 will jump 35 percent in the coming decade as baby boomers age, according to the report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Yet another recently released report, The Maturing of America — Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population, finds most communities aren't making much progress preparing for a graying population. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging surveyed a representative sampling of all U.S. cities and towns with populations over 2,500; the report concludes that financial challenges stemming from the recession are preventing many from making progress in key areas such as public transportation and development of age-appropriate housing.More

Scientists: AIDS virus may accelerate aging
University of California-San Francisco
A growing number of those living with HIV infection in the United States are over 50 years old, and in a few years this age group is expected to include the majority of those infected. Many researchers and physicians believe — supported by growing evidence — that aging is accelerated in HIV patients. However, where to lay the blame is still under investigation.More

Boomer Bust 2011: Still Unprepared and Unaware
Volunteers of America
In May 2010, Volunteers of America commissioned a nationwide survey with Lake Research Partners and American Viewpoint to investigate how well caregivers for the elderly are faring during this economic recession, and to see if those who are not currently tasked as caregivers are making plans in case they become one. Further, the survey aimed to identify what plans caregivers were making for their own aging and potential care needs, as well as possible steps that would assist them or future caregivers.More

Beverly Foundation awards $180,000 to senior transportation services
The Beverly Foundation
On May 11 the Beverly Foundation announced its 2011 STAR Awards for Excellence. Nineteen winners receive cash awards from $5,000 to $20,000 to continue to provide and support transportation services for older adults in their communities. A Breaking New Grounds grantee of the National Center on Center Transportation, Senior Services of King County in Seattle, Washington, was recognized with a $20,000 Award for Excellence.More

10 places with the oldest population
U.S. News & World Report
The population is aging rapidly as the baby boomers begin to enter the retirement years. Those on the verge of retirement make up the country's fastest-growing group of people. There are now 81.5 million Americans between ages 45 and 64, up 32 percent since 2000.More

Informational opportunities for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, you are invited to listen to a blog/talk radio session and participate in a webinar to learn more about this issue. You will be able to participate in one or both activities from the convenience of your desk! On the radio segment, national experts discuss the realities of our aging population, the impact this has on society, the dynamics of ageism, and how community-based programs can work together to prevent and respond to abuse and neglect in later life. This webinar will provide an overview of abuse in later life and the impact of ageism on the delivery of services to elder abuse victims/survivors. More