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Senate Passes Long-Awaited Caregiver Bill, but Action on OAA Still Pending

This week, Senators unanimously approved a five-year reauthorization of the Lifespan Respite Program, S. 995, endorsing $10 million in annual funding for respite services for caregivers of adults and children with special needs. Funding for these services expired in 2011, and advocates have been working since to achieve a reauthorization. Senate approval of S. 995 follows House action last year and is an important step in the process toward final passage.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging Supports Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Learn how a AAA worked with a local school district to assist grandparents raising grandchildren with school supplies and uniforms at the beginning of every school year.

ACL Administrator Highlights the Importance of Contracts with Health Care to Address SDOH

A blog post published in Health Affairs by Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator Lance Robertson and The SCAN Foundation President and CEO Bruce Chernof earlier this week highlights the growing capacity of AAAs and other community-based organizations to address the social determinants of health for older adults in their communities. Laying out a roadmap for the future of these partnerships, Robertson and Chernof identify AAAs as an integral part of building CBO networks and formalizing integrated service delivery. Read the blog entry to learn more.

Coronavirus: What We Know and What You Can Do

  • By: n4a
  • On: 02/28/2020 09:25:43
  • In: News
We've all heard about it, but what should AAAs do to prepare for the coronavirus? n4a suggests AAAs follow guidance from federal health authorities and take the time to review existing agency emergency plans. By their very nature, AAAs are a vital community connection for older adults. By offering congregate meal programs, wellness classes and other programming, AAA-sponsored activities are focal points attended by many older adults and caregivers in your community. While we don't yet know exactly how the highly transmissible disease is spread, there are actions AAAs can take to help their communities stay safe and healthy.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens Offers Support Services for Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Learn how a AAA developed a caregiver assistance and education program to support caregivers navigating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia Friends USA Is Looking for State Lead Agencies! Join the Global Movement!

Encouraging individuals to adopt dementia-friendly behaviors is no small task. And this is why Dementia Friends USA exists—as part of a global movement that is changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia. Is your AAA interested in playing a larger role in Dementia Friends? Read on to learn more.

Learn how TCARE Can Help Your Agency Meet the Needs of Caregivers

A recent n4a webinar highlighted the ways TCARE, an n4a Preferred Provider, can help your agency support your community’s caregivers.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services Offers a Camping Event for Kinship Families

Learn how a AAA collaborated with a team of diverse partners to offer an annual camping event for kinship caregivers and the children they care for.

President's Budget Undermines Aging Programs

Earlier this week, the president released a budget request to Congress that would make significant cuts to discretionary and mandatory programs supporting older adults. While most OAA programs were spared cuts, a few were hit hard and a budget that rolls back vital block grant programs and Medicaid and other safety net programs would have serious consequences for older adults and caregivers.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Area Agency on Aging Region 9 Works to Create a More Age-Sensitive and Friendly Culture

Learn how a AAA partnered with a local college to provide age-sensitivity training to high school and college students, helping to bridge generational gaps and increase sensitivity to the community’s older adults.
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