Democrats Face Challenge in Merging Health Bills
from The New York Times
Even as the Senate took a significant step toward passing its version of a sweeping overhaul of the health insurance system before Christmas, Democrats were grappling with deep internal divisions over abortion, the issue that most complicates their drive to merge the Senate and House bills and send final legislation to President Obama.
Job Losses Send Disability Claims Soaring
With an aching shoulder and sore hip, Michael Spratt figured he'd have to apply for disability benefits someday. He just didn't think that day would come so soon.
Home Care Deserves Another Look in Reform Legislation
If Health care reform survives this week's Senate votes, the Senate-House reconciliation conference to follow should reduce the reimbursement cuts for home care agencies that are proposed in both chambers' bills. Unlike physicians, hospitals, pharmaceutical firms, and insurance companies, home health agencies will not see a big increase in their business as a result of reform.
Report Documents Construction Slowdown for Assisted Living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities
from American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
New construction of senior housing units is down 45 percent compared to two years ago, according to the 2009 Seniors Housing Construction Trends Report, released in September 2009.
Technology Becomes Friendlier to Older Generations
from Los Angeles Times
She was the ultimate all-American mom from the 1970s raising six kids on TV, but when it came to learning how to use her cellphone to send text messages, she avoided asking her own tech-savvy children.
New Stroke Tool May Predict Early Recurrence
from Medline Plus
Researchers have developed a tool to predict whether a patient will suffer a second stroke within 90 days of a first stroke.
Older Americans Act Reauthorization Forums - Save the Date(s)
In advance of the 2011 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, the Administration on Aging (AoA) plans to convene a series of Reauthorization Listening Forums early in 2010 to get input from the aging network, stakeholders, policymakers and the public (in particular older Americans) on key issues that will impact our growing aging population and their families. The dates and locations have just been decided, and we wanted to share this information with you. Dallas (Regions IV, VI, VII and Title VI representatives) on February 18th; Washington, DC Metro Area (Regions I, II, III, and V) on February 25th; and San Francisco (Regions VIII, IX, X and Title VI representatives) on March 3rd In addition, a separate listening forum will be held at the NCOA/ASA Annual Conference in Chicago on March 16th. As more information on these forums becomes available, we will immediately share it with you. In the meantime, please Save the Date(s)! More.
Special Needs Trust Resource Center
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The U.S. EPA Aging Initiative has Translated Fact Sheets in 15 Languages
One of the earliest identified needs for the U.S. EPA Aging Initiative was to translate research findings into public health interventions. The first issued fact sheet was entitled, "Age Healthier, Breathe Easier," a brief one-page fact sheet that outlines simple steps that older adults with living with asthma and COPD can take to reduce and control the frequency of their symptoms. More.
Upcoming NCST Webinar Highlights Lessons Learned from Demonstration Grants
Learn the results of the first round of NCST Senior Demonstration Grant Projects. Join Innovations in Senior Transportation Lessons Learned – NCST Demonstration Grants 2008 – 2009, a distance learning event on Wed., Jan. 27, 2010, 2:00-4:00 p.m., EST. More.
APRIL 19-20, 2010
Join advocates from around the country at n4a's 16th annual Aging Policy Briefing, a two-day event on Capitol Hill designed to bring you up-to-speed on all the aging policy issues before you take to the Hill to advocate for older adults and caregivers in your community. Learn more