Social Security Administration
Social Security Announces Expanded Spanish Language Online Services
The U.S. Social Security Administration released an improved Spanish-language website:http://www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol/. This website hosts expanded Spanish-language resources, including the ability to apply online for retirement and Medicare benefits. Also available are information and publications written in Spanish, a Retirement Estimator that provides a personalized estimate of future Social Security benefits, and other materials.
Press releases are available both in English and Spanish.
Census Bureau Releases Comprehensive Analysis of Fast Growing 90-and-Older Population
The U.S. Census Bureau released an analysis of the 90-and-older population. In the past three decades, this population has nearly tripled, reaching 1.9 million in 2010. In the next four decades, the population is projected to more than quadruple. This has important impacts for the health and social services field. The majority of people age 90 and older report having one or more disabilities and living alone or in a nursing home. Poverty rates are also higher for people in this age group than others.
The report, "90+ in the United States: 2006-2008", presents an overview of this age group and a comparative analysis of selected demographic and socio-economic differences between people 90 and older and their younger counterparts within the older population.
The report is available here.
Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease
More than 40 Leading Alzheimer's Organizations Call for Dramatic New Strategy to Stop Alzheimer's Disease
Earlier this month, LEAD submitted its recommendations to the Advisory Council, in a report titled "The Path Ahead: A Framework for a Transformative National Plan to Defeat Alzheimer’s Disease." The recommendations were developed by LEAD members and Alzheimer’s researchers, clinicians and advocates in four areas: research, clinical care, long-term care support and services, and drug discovery and development.
The National Alzheimer’s Prevention Act (NAPA), signed into law by President Obama earlier this year, mandated the formation of a 22 member Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services to help HHS develop an integrated national plan to defeat Alzheimer’s disease. Among the 12 non-federal members of the Advisory Council are George Vradenburg and Eric Hall, co-conveners of Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD), a network of nationally renowned experts, advocacy groups, and others, including NASUAD, who are involved in the Alzheimer’s community.
To significantly advance progress in Alzheimer’s research, care and prevention, the LEAD report proposes to triple the amount of funding for Alzheimer’s disease research; create incentives to drive investment in new Alzheimer’s disease therapies; reduce health care costs and improve quality of care by implementing proven models of care, establish a dedicated fund for public-private investments in new therapies that can reduce Medicare and Medicaid spending; and build a healthcare workforce skilled in the care of people with the disease.
The entire report is available here.
President Obama Declares November 2011 National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
November 1, 2011 On Tuesday, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring November 2011 to be National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, noting that "For millions of Americans, the heartbreak of watching a loved one struggle with Alzheimer’s disease is a pain they know all too well. Alzheimer’s disease burdens an increasing number of our Nation’s elders and their families, and it is essential that we confront the challenge it poses to our public health. During National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, we stand united in our commitment to improve care for Alzheimer’s patients, identify new therapies for the disease, and support all those whose lives have been touched by this tragic ailment." The full proclamation is available here.
AoA Invites you to Share Your OAA Story
For more than 40 years, Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, funded by the Administration on Aging (AoA), have been provided in nearly every community in America. These services have made a difference in the health and lives of millions of older Americans. AoA would like to hear how these programs have made a difference in your lives, as well as those of your family members or friends, or in the lives of the people you work with or serve. Accordingly, AoA is inviting the public to share their experiences with the public.
To submit your story, please go to AoA’s website.
Weathering the Storm: The Impact of the Great Recession on Long-Term Services and Supports
In response to the current economic crisis, many state officials are grappling with difficult decisions on budget cuts and reductions in services. This "Great Recession" is the longest downturn in our nation's history since the Great Depression, and it has taken a deep tool on state and local programs aimed at providing home and community-based services (HCBS).
This report is the most comprehensive analysis to date on the budget cuts to both Medicaid and non-Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports (LTSS) in each state. It also illustrates state-by-state how LTSS are financed. In addition, this study provides a very early snapshot of the likelihood of states pursuing some of the LTSS provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An individual state profile summarizing additional information obtained from each state that participated in the survey is located at www.aarp.org/ppi, www.healthmanagement.com, and www.nasuad.org.
Guides Help Recovering Patients Find Long-Term Care
Click on this link to view a story on our own Utah ADRCs, based on interviews with our Options Counselors and Director, Maureen Henry.
Elder abuse can take the form of physical, emotional, and financial exploitation. KUER, Utah's public broadcasting radio station, has produced a poignant two-part story about family relationships and elder abuse. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Silent Shame: Elder Abuse in Utah.
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