Aging Research: Week of 7/10/17
Advocacy alert: Oppose proposed Medicaid cuts to safeguard family caregivers
The President’s budget, released this spring, proposes $610 billion in cuts to the Medicaid program in the next 10 years, on top of the House’s proposed $800 billion cuts in Medicaid in the American Health Care Act (more here).
Nominations open for awards honoring long-term care consumers, caregivers and advocates
Individuals or organizations looking to recognize a long-term care consumer, long-term care ombudsman, family caregiver, citizen advocate or other individual for their advocacy on behalf of long-term care consumers is encouraged to nominate the person for a leadership award from the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.
Aging Research & Issues: June 12 – 16, 2017
- Middle-Aged Offspring’s Support to Aging Parents With Emerging Disability. Kyungmin Kim PhD, Lauren R. Bangerter MA, Yin Liu MS, Courtney A. Polenick MS, Steven H. Zarit PhD, Karen L. Fingerman, PhD. The Gerontologist (June 2017) Volume 57, Issue 3, Pages 441-450. Published online: February 18, 2016.
- Lost and unfulfilled relationships behind emotional loneliness in old age. Elisa Tiilikainen, Marjaana Seppanen. Ageing & Society, (May 2017), Volume 37, Issue 5, Pages 1068 – 1088. Published online: February 5, 2016.
Message from Secretary of Aging: Pa. CARE Act supports caregivers, reduces hospitalizations
According to Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne, Pennsylvania’s passage of the Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which was signed into law in 2016 and took effect on April 20, 2017, will make life a little bit more manageable by supporting caregivers when the person they are caring for is hospitalized and then returns home and is in need of care. Sponsored by State Rep. Hal English, the Act was based on model legislation developed by AARP.
Elder abuse awareness event set for June 14
The Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force will sponsor “Safe Banking & Financial Management Tips for Seniors,” a free forum for seniors and caregivers, on Wednesday, June 14, in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event will take place at Ralston Center, 3615 Chestnut St., from 9 to 11 a.m. It is open to the public and will focus on keeping money and assets safe; making good financial decisions as you age; and identifying and accessing available resources to prevent and report elder financial abuse. For information/registration, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Aging Research & Issues: May 22 – 26, 2017
- The Adequacy of Income Allowances for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services. Richard W. Johnson, Stephan Lindner. The Urban Institute. May 10, 2017. We found that 48 percent of older households with incomes below four times the federal poverty level spend more than their state’s Medicaid HCBS income allowances, and 29 percent spend at least 50 percent more than the allowances, potentially limiting program access and forcing some older adults into nursing homes.
- Physical Activity, Brain Volume, and Dementia Risk: The Framingham Study. Zaldy S. Tan; Nicole L. Spartano; Alexa S. Beiser; Charles DeCarli; Sanford H. Auerbach; Ramachandran S. Vasan; Sudha Seshadri. Journal of Gerontology A – Biological & Medical Sciences, June 2017, Volume 72, Issue 6, Pages 789-795. Published online: July 15, 2016. Low physical activity is associated with a higher risk for dementia in older individuals, suggesting that a reduced risk of dementia and higher brain volumes may be additional health benefits of maintaining physical activity into old age.