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The State of Senior Hunger in America

This annual report reveals results of a research study about food insecurity among older adults in the United States. Released by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) and Feeding America, the study results offer data from the most recent year for which it is available, 2016, and reveals that more older adults faced hunger at this time than before the Great Recession. This latest report also provides information on the characteristics of older adults who struggle to meet their nutritional needs and the rates by state of hunger among this demographic group.

Source: National Foundation to End Senior Hunger and Feeding America   May 2018

Senior Isolation: Guide and Resources

Source: MedicareAdvantage.com   March 2018

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

 

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