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New grants from Jewish Healthcare Foundation

posted Fri, Apr 29, 2016   by Jewish Healthcare Foundation

$165,000 in new grant funding will support master planning to improve senior services in the areas of exercise and mobility, technology, housing, and senior-friendly models of care. Funding will also support preparation for the transition to Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: Supporting Community Independence and Choice for Vulnerable Populations.

NY Times: Rural seniors often lack access to health care

posted Mon, Apr 25, 2016   by The New York Times

What’s it like to grow old in rural America? The New York Times' Paula Span writes in The New Old Age column that it can be tough. The rural American population is older: About 15 percent of residents are 65 or older, compared with 12 percent in urban areas, largely because many people have left in search of education and jobs. There is more chronic illness, including higher rates of diabetes, stroke, cognitive impairment, heart arrhythmia and heart failure, generally poorer health and higher mortality. Yet because they struggle to attract and keep health professionals, it’s harder for older residents there to get health care.

Late-life money worries aren't one-size-fits-all

posted Mon, Apr 25, 2016   by Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The share of U.S. elders in poverty goes from 9 to 15 percent when a new Census Bureau formula reflecting health care costs is applied, said Ramsey Alwin, AARP's Director of Thought Leadership on FInancial Resilience, speaking during a "Conversations with GIA" webinar. If this trend plays out, she said, "that means there will be more than 11 million older adults living in poverty by 2020." Another concern: "Those living on the edge, one crisis away."

Forbes: Older Americans Act is reauthorized

posted Wed, Apr 20, 2016   by Forbes

Congress has finally renewed the Older Americans Act—a key piece of the social safety net for seniors, writes Howard Gleckman in Forbes. It is good that, after a decade in limbo, the law finally has been reauthorized. But before you break out the balloons and champagne, remember that keeping programs alive on paper is not the same as paying for them. And the government safety net for seniors has been fraying for years, victimized by woeful underfunding.

Forbes: New poll from CHCF, Cambia, John A. Hartford Foundations

posted Thu, Apr 14, 2016   by Forbes

Even though 95% of doctors support the new Medicare benefit that pays for end-of-life consultations with patients, just 14% say they have billed for such a conversation, reports Bruce Japsen in Forbes, on the new poll of physicians co-commissioned by Cambia Health Foundation, the California Health Care Foundation, and The John A. Hartford Foundation. The poll, "Conversation Stopper: What's Preventing Physicians from Talking with Patients about End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning?" explores barriers to this important form of care. “We are surfacing these barriers, which is great because people haven’t been talking about the benefit or how to have a good conversation about end of life wishes,” said Terry Fulmer, president of The John A. Hartford Foundation.

NPR: Architect says it's time to design for aging

posted Tue, Apr 5, 2016

Architect Matthias Hollwich wondered what the next 40 years of his life might look like, reports NPR. He looked into the architecture that serves older adults, places like retirement communities and assisted living facilities, and didn't like what he saw. But what if we changed our habits earlier in life so we could stay in the communities we already live in? An architect's view of age-friendly design.


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