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Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice

The results of a year-long study on the nature and extent of intergenerational programming within older adult housing is now available. Previously little was known about the characteristics of intergenerational programs and the challenges they face with implementation into such communities, resulting in their often lagging behind other supports. This report, conducted by Generations United and LeadingAge, with support from the Retirement Research Foundation, highlights challenges and effective strategies for overcoming barriers for implementation of intergenerational programs, and identifies technical assistance needs to be addressed.

Source: Generations United   December 2017

A Quest to Become Dementia-Friendly

Many communities are looking for insight on becoming more accessible to people with dementia and their caregivers. Minnesota's initiative, ACT on Alzheimer's, is one model for those seeking to establish dementia- and Alzheimer's-friendly communities. Already adopted by a number of states across the country, the initiative seeks to equip communities with tools to accommodate residents with dementia, like training businesses to better interact with people who exhibit cognitive difficulties, support groups for caregivers, and training law enforcement authorities to communicate with a confused or distressed person who may have dementia.

Source: U.S. News & World Report   February 2018

Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee Recommendations

A committee established in 2016 by the Massachusetts Legislature recently called on hospitals to develop, within three years, a comprehensive plan for addressing the needs of patients with dementia, about 60 to 80 percent of whom have Alzheimer’s. Composed of elder-care specialists, government officials, and patients’ caregivers, the committee released recommendations for establishing protocols for identifying people with dementia, training staff, and changing the surroundings, such as creating quiet areas. These recommendations are grouped into four categories: Emergency Department (ED),Inpatient, Education and Training, and Quality Measures.

Source: Massachusetts Dept of Public Health   June 2017

Alzheimer’s Impact on Rural Health is Prompting Innovation

This report on the impact of Alzheimer's Disease on America’s rural health population includes rural healthcare models and innovative solutions for the care of these patients and support for their caregivers, that can be duplicated in states across the country. These include a dementia caregiver support model, in-home respite program for unpaid caregivers, and in-home service program to enable patients to live at home rather than in a long-term care facility.

Source: RAC Monitor   November 2017

Rural Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities

While rural health care is more commonly talked about today, there remains limited research on the specific transportation challenges such communities face in meeting the health needs of their populations. This policy brief uses survey data from 113 key informants across all fifty states to describe challenges and potential policy interventions for transportation that may make a difference.

Source: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center   November 2017

 

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