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Kathy Greenlee to retire at the end of July

posted Wed, Jun 29, 2016   by Administration for Community Living

Edwin Walker, who currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, will assume the roles of Acting Administrator of ACL and Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging.

Dychtwald: 5 Course Corrections Needed for a Better Future of Aging

posted Tue, Jun 28, 2016   by Next Avenue

Writing in Next Avenue, Ken Dycthwald of AgeWave sets out top priorities for a better future for an aging America.

Pew: Can Car-Centric Suburbs Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?

posted Tue, Jun 21, 2016   by The Pew Charitable Trusts STATELINE

The American suburbs, built for returning GIs and their burgeoning families, are already aging. In 1950, only 7.4 percent of suburban residents were 65 and older. By 2014, it was 14.5 percent. It will rise dramatically in the coming decades, with the graying of 75.4 million baby boomers mostly living in suburbia. But car-centric suburban neighborhoods with multilevel homes and scarce sidewalks are a poor match for people who can’t climb stairs or drive a car.“Most [boomers] are in a state of denial about what really is possible and what’s reasonable for them as they age,” said John Feather, a gerontologist and the CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, a national association of foundations for seniors.

Unique challenges in rural health care: HealthLeaders Media

posted Wed, Jun 15, 2016   by HealthLeaders Media

Rural healthcare providers, who have long dealt with an older and sicker demographic, difficulty in finding physicians, and economic constraints, and are now pushed to the brink by healthcare reform, writes HealthLeaders Media's John Commins. Many rural healthcare leaders are embracing population health as their future—not because it offers economic salvation (it doesn't), but because it makes perfect sense for their mission: to provide care for the community. For the most part, U.S. Census data show that the 2,000 or so rural and nonurban hospitals that serve this population treat a patient base that is generally older, sicker, and less affluent than their urban counterparts. Rural hospitals have much more difficulty recruiting and retaining providers than do urban hospitals. Wide stretches of rural America are bereft of healthcare services.

Opening our eyes to elder abuse

posted Wed, Jun 15, 2016   by Next Avenue

An estimated 5 million older Americans are abused, neglected or exploited every year, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, reports Next Avenue on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. That’s a conservative number, the organization says: for every one case that’s reported, as many as 23 are not. “Elder mistreatment is a serious public health issue, and merits the same level of response as child abuse or domestic abuse,” says Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., president of The John A. Hartford Foundation and a researcher and authority on elder mistreatment and abuse.

Next Avenue: programs to pay family caregivers

posted Mon, Jun 13, 2016   by Next Avenue

A program offered through the Massachusetts Medicaid program called Caregiver Homes compensates families for their caregiving, reports Next Avenue.So far, six states offer structured family caregiving programs: Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio and Rhode Island. More widespread than structured family caregiving is a model known as “cash and counseling.” Arkansas pioneered it in 1998 through a federal demonstration grant. Now Arkansas’s Independent Choices is one of many such programs around the nation that help 800,000 low-income people who are at risk of having to move to a nursing home. Beneficiaries can pay family (most states do not cover spouses) or friends for caregiving services. By doing so, they often get more help than they would if they paid for home care through an agency.

NYAM, Milbank report: age-friendly resources from 38 states

posted Wed, Jun 8, 2016   by New York Academy of Medicine

The Atlantic: The graying of rural America

posted Fri, Jun 3, 2016   by The Atlantic Monthly

Over the past two decades, as cities have become job centers that attract diverse young people, rural America has become older, whiter, and less populated, The Atlantic reports. Population decline in rural America is especially concentrated in the West. There’s a lot of wide-open land there, but most people, and young people especially, live in the cities.

Feather, GIA members named GSA Fellows

posted Wed, Jun 1, 2016   by Gerontological Society of American

The newly named Fellows of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — include John Feather, PhD, CEO of GIA, as well as GIA members Gretchen E. Alkema, PhD, of The SCAN Foundation; Richard Browdie, MBA, of the Benjamin Rose Institute; and Ruth D. Palombo, PhD, recently retired from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. GSA inducted 94 Fellows in all. See the whole list here.


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