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Aging Network News

Week of January 25, 2015
Information Sought on Oral Health Programs for Seniors (The Administration for Community Living – ACL)


The ACL has teamed up with the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health to improve the oral health of older adults. The joint initiative includes identifying low-cost, community-based oral health services. Information on oral health programs is sought for possible inclusion in a central database of oral health programs and resources. The ultimate goal is to develop and disseminate a Community Guide to Adult Dental Program Implementation, which will serve as a case study for communities interested in starting an oral health program for older adults. to submit information about an oral health program for seniors, Click Here>>

Friday, January 30, 2015

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"This may seem harsh [but] the widely accepted view of healthcare as just another business is uniquely American, at least in degree. I have heard some people say the healthcare system is becoming a wealth extraction machine. This view is reinforced by news stories of opportunistic pricing of drugs for chronic diseases such as hepatitis."

Philip Caper, M.D. See "Barriers to More Healthcare Reform Are Numerous" (MedPage Today, Jan. 28, 2015)

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Aging Network News

Funding Opportunity: Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program(U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services – HHS)


HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration is now accepting applications for the FY2015 Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). Funding will help establish and operate geriatric education centers to develop a health care workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement and improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care. Special emphasis will be on providing the primary care workforce with the knowledge and skills to care for older adults and on collaborating with community partners to address gaps in health care for older adults through individual, system, community, and population level changes. Focus areas for the GWEP are transforming clinical training environments to integrated geriatrics and primary care delivery systems; developing providers who can assess and address the needs of older adults and their families/caregivers; delivering community-based programs to improve health outcomes and quality of care; and providing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia education to families, caregivers, direct care workers, health professions students, faculty, and providers. Applications are due March 5. More>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."

Thomas Paine, author of the pamphlet, Common Sense, that persuaded many Americans, including George Washington, to fight for independence from England. Paine was born in Thetford, England on January 29, 1737.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Aging Network News

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Aging Network News

Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and People with Disabilities(Administration for Community Living – ACL)


During extreme weather conditions, such as snow and ice, it is important to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities have the resources they need. The ACL has posted tips on helping these individuals prepare for a natural disaster or extreme weather conditions. At a minimum, seniors or their caregivers should create a kit of emergency necessities. This should include medication, food, water, batteries or chargers, and any supplies that pets or service animals may need. Individuals should also talk to friends, family, and neighbors to create a support network that can help with communication, transportation, and essential care during periods of time when other community-based services and supports may not be available. If you have an elderly or disabled friend, neighbor or family member, check in or call them during bad weather. For more information on emergency preparedness plans for individuals, service providers and communities, Click Here>>.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others."

Lewis Carroll, otherwise known as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871), was born in Cheshire, England on January 27, 1832.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Aging Network News

Legislative Update: Senate Leaders Introduce Older Americans Act (OAA) Bill(National Association of Area Agencies on Aging – n4a)


The new Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has joined with Senators who led efforts to re-introduce bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the OAA. The previous OAA re-authorization attempt (S. 1562) was stalled last year over funding formula issues. Last week, HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015>> (S. 192) to re-authorize the OAA for three years. The bill includes measures from S. 1562, plus a new provision to address the funding formula agreement. n4a endorsed S. 1562 in October 2013 and has pushed for its advancement ever since. The HELP committee will consider the bill on Wednesday, January 28, and n4a hopes the full Senate will quickly follow suit to pass the bill. The House of Representatives has not yet taken up this issue, but if the Senate does pass a bipartisan OAA bill, n4a will work to encourage the House to do the same. Read n4a’s endorsement of S. 192>> To follow the progress of S. 192, Click Here>>.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"...staying away from men. They're just more trouble than they're worth."

Jessie Gallan, 109, on her secret to a long life. See the article in the Huffington Post (Jan. 20, 2015)

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