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Oct. 22, 2009
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Democrats Lose Big Test Vote on Health Legislation
from The New York Times
Democrats lost a big test vote on health care legislation on Wednesday as the Senate blocked action on a bill to increase Medicare payments to doctors at a cost of $247 billion over ten years. More
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NCST Webinar: "Complete Streets for an Aging America"
from NCST
The National Center on Senior Transportation will host a free Webinar on Nov. 4 from 1-2 p.m., EST. Register now! Registration closes Oct. 28!

"Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America, Opportunities for Creating Livable Communities," based on a report recently released by AARP, offers guidance to planners, engineers and others involved in making streets safer and more navigable for older travelers.

Presenters are Jana Lynott, strategic policy advisor for AARP's Public Policy Institute, and Lucinda Shannon, NCST training and technical assistance specialist.

Click here to register before Oct. 28th!

Policy Update

Reid Tells Colleagues AMA Led Him Astray, as 'Doc Fix' Nears Collapse
from The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D.-Nev., has told colleagues that he was given bad information by the American Medical Association (AMA), which will result in a significant setback to Democrats' health care reform strategy. More
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The Sleeper in Health Reform: Long-Term Care and the CLASS Act
from Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation briefing examines a little-noticed but major provision in two leading health reform bills that would change the way that the U.S. pays for long-term care. The provision, known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, would establish a national voluntary insurance program that would allow for voluntary pre-financing of long-term care through payroll deductions and then provide a cash benefit to purchase services. More
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Research & Trends

Treating Dementia, but Overlooking Its Physical Toll
from The New York Times
Dementia is often viewed as a disease of the mind, an illness that erases treasured memories but leaves the body intact. But dementia is a physical illness, too - a progressive, terminal disease that shuts down the body as it attacks the brain. More
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Elderly Abuse Cases on the Rise
from ABC News
The crime of stealing money and even homes from elderly relatives is on the rise, and authorities suspect the financial crisis is fueling it. More
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Phoenix Center Report Says Internet Cuts Depression for Elderly
from TMCnet
According to a new report, senior citizens especially those facing any form of depression may have a new cure that doesn't involve prescriptions, therapy or support groups. The Phoenix Center, a non-profit organization that studies broad public-policy issues, announced that its newest Policy Paper titled, "Internet Use and Depression Among the Elderly," shows that spending time online reduces depression by 20 percent for senior citizens. More
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Innovation

The Everyone Rides Publication
from n4a
The NCST convened a National Coalition on the Mobility Needs of Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Elders in December 2008. They identified both the challenges shared by all culturally or ethnically diverse elders and those facing each specific group. The coalition's recommendations are prioritized and organized in a new booklet entitled, "Everyone Rides: Transportation Access for Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Elders." More
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Resources

New Eldercare Locator - "Home for the Holidays Campaign"
from n4a and Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs Program
This year the Eldercare Locator is teaming up with Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs Program and producing a new brochure entitled "Prescription Drug Options for Older Adults: Managing Your Medicines," for the annual "Home for the Holidays Campaign."

The publication will be available in November. For questions or story suggestions, please contact Abigail Morgan amorgan@n4a.org.
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