Answers on Aging for Professionals
Aug. 2, 2012

John Boehner, Harry Reid reach early deal to avert shutdown
The Washington Post
Congressional leaders recently reached a short-term spending deal that would remove the possibility of a government shutdown from the fall campaign season, as fiscal conservatives who swept into office after the 2010 midterm elections on promises to battle for lower spending at every turn showed a new willingness to pick their fights as they seek a big win in November.More

Government signs on insurers to fight healthcare fraud
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
President Barack Obama's administration launched a new partnership with private insurance companies, state officials and other stakeholders to scale up efforts to tackle widespread and increasingly sophisticated healthcare fraud. More

CMS issues final impatient payment rule
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued a final rule that updates fiscal year 2013 Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals, and builds on the Obama administration's work to slow growth in future healthcare costs by improving patient care.More

National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 9
Generations United
Generations United offers several ideas for week-long activities to help your organization and clients "Do Something Grand" to honor the annual recognition.More

Home health aides: We need to raise the bar
The Huffington Post
Finding qualified, compassionate people to care for our aging parents, spouses and ourselves as we grow old is an undeniable challenge of our era. Americans are living longer, and those with chronic, debilitating conditions are increasingly likely to remain at home — which translates into a soaring need for home- and community-based long-term care in the coming decades. More

Study: Mindfulness meditation could combat loneliness in elderly
The Huffington Post
Loneliness among the elderly has been linked with a multitude of health problems — including heart risks and even a higher risk of premature death. But a small new study is shedding some light on a tool that could hep combat loneliness among this age demographic: mindfulness meditation.More

Senior hunger
On Point
Senior hunger in America. It's insidious and it's growing, quietly. That's because seniors are humiliated and don't want to be a bother and want to stay in their homes so they go hungry without making a fuss. But advocates for the elderly are raising the alarm.More

DCA announces credential scholarships for home care workers
Direct Care Alliance
The Direct Care Alliance's Personal Care and Support Credential will be offered free of charge to 400 home care workers nationwide. This innovative program helps consumers, family caregivers and home care agencies identify skilled home care workers. DCA will award scholarships through participating organizations throughout the country to home care workers who meet employment, training and other eligibility requirements.More

New telephone number for travelers with disabilities
Transportation Security Administration
The Transportation Security Administration has a new toll-free number, 855-787-2227, to provide information for passengers with disabilities and medical conditions, and their families before they fly. They recommend calling 72 hours in advance to learn what to expect at security checkpoints. They will also be able to coordinate individual security screening ahead of time when they know about your disability.More

New resources for grandparents
ZERO TO THREE's newest set of resources offers grandparents tools and information for nurturing their young grandchildren's development and for sharing the care with their adult children. Specifically designed for grandparents, the resources provide information on a range of topics, including child development from birth, sharing caregiving responsibilities with adult children, and supporting a grandchild through separation. The series entitled "On Your Lap, In Your Heart" offer resources in Spanish and is free to download.More