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Blancato: Why the OAA matters

posted Wed, Jan 28, 2015   by Forbes

The Older Americans Act matters, Bob Blancato writes in Forbes, because of what it provides and the outcomes it produces. Its programs and services have achieved the main goal of the Act when it was passed — to allow older adults to remain independent, either in their community or in their homes. The Older Americans Act also matters because it has provided important part-time community service employment opportunities for thousands of low-income adults over age 55 through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Many of these community service jobs have benefited other older adults. Another reason this law matters is that in anticipation of the increased number of boomers becoming family caregivers, amendments to the law in 2000 established the foresighted National Family Caregiver Support Program. Finally, the Older Americans Act matters because its programs are in every state and almost every Congressional district in the U.S.

OAA, stalled since 2011, closer to re-authoritzation

posted Mon, Jan 26, 2015   by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Website

Jan 20, 2015 -- U.S. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) with Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, legislation that supports social and nutrition services—from Meals on Wheels to senior centers—for nearly 12 million seniors.

Meet the intergenerational retirement home

posted Wed, Jan 21, 2015   by CTV News

Older people are living alongside students in this intergenerational home in Holland. While retirement homes in many European countries lack enough rooms for an aging population, budget cuts by the Dutch government have made it increasingly difficult to get a subsidized place, leaving some with more rooms than they can fill. The sharing idea has resonated in a country where many people do volunteer work, and other retirement homes are coming up with their own variations on the theme.

Community AGEnda grantees launch Rural Age-friendly Collaborative

posted Fri, Jan 16, 2015   by Grantmakers In Aging

The Rural Age-Friendly Collaborative is a partnership among the Arizona Age-Friendly Network (administered by the Maricopa Association of Governments) and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance and Indiana University Public Policy Institute. The organizations have been recognized for their innovative age-friendly efforts and were provided support from Grantmakers in Aging and the Pfizer Foundation. Ten Indiana representatives, including the mayor of Huntington, will spend two days in the Valley meeting with elected officials and representatives from the Arizona Age-Friendly Network, which includes the Northwest Valley and eight Arizona communities: Bullhead City, Maricopa (city of), Phoenix, Quartzsite, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, and Wickenburg. The goal of the network is to explore ways to improve connections among people of all generations.

GIA report: Age-friendly communities & funder opportunities

posted Wed, Jan 14, 2015   by GIA Funders for Age-friendly Communities

Would you like your community to become more age-friendly? This chart is designed to help funders identify national age-friendly initiatives with multi-site locations and explore potential funding opportunities. In addition to the specific communities in which the national initiatives are active, you will find the websites for these national age-friendly community models: AdvantAGE Initiative; AARP; World Health Organization; National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Grantmakers in Aging Community AGEnda. You also will find a column listing regional and metropolitan planning organizations that have an Area Agency on Aging located within them and/or that have aging initiatives

HHS: Support and Services at Home (SASH) Evaluation: First annual report

posted Tue, Jan 13, 2015   by HHS

This pilot program in Vermont, The Support and Services at Home (SASH) program, is a subcomponent of a larger Medicare demonstration--the Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration. SASH is a model of care coordination centered on affordable housing sites for older adults. This is an interim report with preliminary findings. These findings indicate that SASH is a promising intervention for reducing the growth of Medicare expenditures.

Researchers ask, can Alzheimer’s be treated with the arts?

posted Thu, Jan 8, 2015   by The Washington Post

The Washington Post reports on numerous efforts to explore the effect of the arts on dementia. In a paper titled “Shall I Compare Thee to a Dose of Donepezil,” researchers Kate de Medeiros and Anne Basting called for developing research models that would better suit interventions that involve the imagination and meaningful personal experiences, instead of those that have been used to test clinical efficacy of pharmaceuticals.

Rural Doctor Launches Startup To Ease Pain Of Dying Patients

posted Thu, Jan 8, 2015   by Kaiser Health News

In rural Humboldt County, in the far northern reaches of California, Fratkin is essentially the only doctor in a 120-mile stretch who does what he does - deliver palliative care, by small plane if necessary.

Economists: Americans on the brink of greatest retirement crisis in world history

posted Mon, Jan 5, 2015   by The Huffington Post

This piece from the Huffington Post describes how more than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of the U.S. population, lived below the poverty line last year, according to the Census Bureau as reported in September. And economists forewarn that elderly Americans are on the brink of experiencing the greatest retirement crisis in "the history of the world." This demographic is too frail to work, too poor to retire and those with pensions likely won’t receive the amount of money they’ve been counting on.

New age-friendly issue briefs from Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

posted Mon, Jan 5, 2015

In these two new issue briefs, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, a grantee of GIA's Community AGEnda, addresses Universal Design and Walkability issues for communities seeking to become more inclusive and age-friendly.


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