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Miami joins AARP-WHO Network of Age-friendly Cities

posted Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Miami-Dade County, along with the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, joined a prestigious network of more than 380 cities and global communities committed to promoting greater health, well-being and quality of life for people of all ages, when AARP Florida, in affiliation with the World Health Organization, awarded them a special designation.

New Survey Gauges Hopes, Fears of Aging: AP-Norc, West Health

posted Wed, Mar 22, 2017   by West Health website

About 70 percent of Americans over the age of 30 think the country is “a little or not at all prepared” to address the healthcare and social support needs of its fast-growing senior population and nearly 6 in 10 believe that the efforts that are currently underway are not going in the right direction, according to a new national survey on aging released today by the West Health Institute. Additionally, when it comes to their own aging experience, Americans as young as 30 worry most about developing memory problems, facing health and financial issues and losing their independence. These are among the findings of the West Health Institute/NORC Survey on Aging on America, a survey of more than 3,000 adults conducted to contribute to the understanding of people’s hopes, fears and perceptions of aging during each decade of life after 30, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Topline results available at http://www.norc.org/PDFs/WHI-NORC-Aging-Survey/WHI_NORC_Aging_Survey_Topline_FINAL.pdf.

Milken Institute: Best Cities for Successful Aging 2017

posted Fri, Mar 17, 2017   by Milken Institute

This new report, a collaboration of the Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging and Research Department, is the third edition and evaluates ranks 381 cities, large and small, on how well they serve the needs and meet the expectations of the nation’s largest-ever population of mature adults. The initiative also includes The Mayor's Pledge, begun in 2014, which encourages mayors to join the movement for purposeful, healthy aging and create cities that are livable for all.

WSJ: GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard

posted Tue, Mar 14, 2017   by Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal

The House Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act could hit many rural areas particularly hard, according to a new analysis, sharply increasing the cost for some residents buying their own insurance. The consulting firm, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Cos. is the first to project what consumers could actually have to pay to get health plans under the House's blueprint. The Oliver Wyman analysis highlights how rural areas, where individual insurance premiums are often higher, could see a major effect from the shift to flat-sum tax credits. Compounding that, rural populations are often older and poorer, so the proportion of those doing worse under the new subsidy setup may be higher.

AARP Policy report: Medicaid a lifeline, "last resort"

posted Mon, Mar 13, 2017   by AARP Public Policy Institute

Medicaid is the nation’s largest publicly funded health and LTSS insurance program for people with low incomes, and a lifeline for millions of children and adults with disabilities and older people who depend on the program for health care and assistance with long-term services and supports (LTSS), writes AARP Public Policy Institute's Wendy Fox-Grage in this new report. For people who need extensive services, the private cost without the program can be extremely high, far beyond what they can afford. For these individuals, Medicaid becomes a program of last resort.


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