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The curtain rises on the Class Act
The New Old Age via The New York Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It probably tells us something that the hearing that began in Washington this morning, before the health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is the very first congressional hearing on the Class Act. In the year since it quietly became law, a little-remarked-on part of the health care package, it's become even less remarked on. But it seems that's about to change.

Read the testimony from Assistant Secretary Greenlee, among others, from today’s subcommittee hearing: "The Implementation and Sustainability of the New, Government-Administered Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Program."

Policy Update

House approves funding bill keeping government open until April 8
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The House recently approved a resolution that would keep the government running through early April, even as dozens of Republicans signaled that they would no longer support short-term budget fixes.On a 271 to 158 vote, the House approved a stopgap bill that would cut $6 billion from federal programs and keep the government open through April 8. More

How the Affordable Care Act can help move states toward a high-performing system of long-term services and supports
The Commonwealth Fund    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With its promise of enhanced federal funding, the Affordable Care Act can help states reorient their systems of long-term care away from nursing homes and institutional care and toward a greater emphasis on home- and community-based services. In this way, states will be better able to meet diverse needs and preferences while recognizing and supporting the important role of family caregivers. More

Affordable Care Act prevention benefits increasing access, lowering costs for people with Medicare
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a new report showing that in less than two months, more than 150,000 seniors and others with Medicare have received an annual wellness visit. This is a preventive benefit now covered by Medicare free of charge when obtained by a participating health care professional, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, along with many other recommended preventive services. More

Obama cost-cut plan: Aid sickest
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As governors have been sounding the alarm about a collective $175 billion shortfall in state Medicaid budgets in the coming fiscal year, the Obama administration is looking to reduce the gap by improving the treatment of just 2.9 million of Medicaid's 58 million enrollees. Many of these patients are known as "dual eligibles," poor elderly or disabled individuals who qualify for Medicare as well as Medicaid. More

Take Action Now

Act today! Nominate your volunteers for national recognition
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It is not too late to nominate your outstanding older volunteer for the 2011 MetLife Foundation Older Volunteers Enrich America Awards. This program honors and builds awareness of the exemplary contributions of older volunteers and encourages other older adults to contribute their knowledge, skills and time to enrich society through volunteerism. We will honor 25 volunteers at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 17. Nominate a volunteer who is age 50 or older and has volunteered in your program or organization for at least one year. March 24 is the deadline for submissions. More

The search begins for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker
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Nominations now are being accepted in the search for America's Outstanding Oldest Worker. Nominees must be 100 years of age or older, currently employed, working at least 20 hours each week for pay and involved in his or her community. The deadline for nominations is April 15. More

Research &

Older adults not getting recommended preventive services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Critical gaps exist between older Americans who receive potentially lifesaving preventive services and those who do not, according to a new report from agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The document, "Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults: Closing the Gap," highlights the need to promote preventive services for adults ages 65 and older, especially among minorities. More

For elderly Muslims, few care options outside the home
The New Old Age via The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nazli Currim, founder of the American Muslim Women's Association, never considered finding a nursing home for her mother. Her attitude is common among Muslims in the United States, many of whom are reluctant even to consider placing an aging family member in a facility. Part of that decision was a personal one, but part of it was practical: It is difficult for Muslims to find nursing homes and assisted living facilities that reflect their way of life. More

Number of Alzheimer's caregivers is increasing
WebMD Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of Alzheimer's disease caregivers in the U.S. is far larger than previously believed, according to a new report issued by the Alzheimer's Association. "The number of Americans living in the U.S. as caregivers to someone with Alzheimer's or a different type of dementia is 15 million," says Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., of the Alzheimer's Association. More

Gerontology a new focus for registered nurses
The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
As a registered nurse, Sheridan Miyamoto has worked in an Olivehurst family practice clinic and a Sacramento child abuse clinic. But as a doctoral student at UC Davis' Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Sacramento, Calif., she's learning that gerontology is a core discipline of health care. "So much of what we look at in class is this rapidly aging population we have and the burden of chronic disease," Miyamoto said. More


On-demand webinars on livability, senior transportation
National Center on Senior Transportation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Learn about the livable communities movement and the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities by visiting the National Center on Senior Transportation's new Livability and Senior Transportation Web page and watching on-demand presentations by Jo Reed, senior program manager at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Mary Leary, Ph.D., senior director of Easter Seals Transportation Initiatives. More

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