Archive March 2020

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Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Aging Resources of Central Iowa Offers Support to At-Risk Older Adults

Learn how this AAA addressed concerns of suspected elder abuse or mistreatment in its community through the use of client-driven services such as family mediations, filing no-contact orders and advocating for clients, which often reduce or eliminate the need for additional legal action.

Add Your AAA to the National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Services

As we all know, the important work AAAs do in the arena of home modifications and repairs helps older adults continue living independently in their homes and communities. With the spread of COVID-19, older adults are spending more time at home without the caregivers and aides that normally provide assistance, making modifications to enhance home safety and prevent falls more important than ever.

Tips from Dementia Friends USA During COVID-19

As the nation deals with the coronavirus pandemic through social distancing and other measures, people with dementia and caregivers are likely to be more isolated and need extra supports from neighbors, family and friends to live at home safely. Becoming a Dementia Friend is a simple and straightforward way for community members to be more aware of dementia and how we each can play a role in helping others through actions, big and small.

Supporting Homebound Older Adults with Meal Delivery

Looking for ways to support homebound older adults during the COVID-19 crisis? The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5310 program provides an opportunity for AAAs that are experiencing growing demand for home-delivered meals and other services to use vehicles funded through the program to support older adults who are homebound due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Older Americans Act Wrap Up!

March turned out to be a huge month for Older Americans Act, with the Senate and House passing their bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Act for five years, followed by the President’s signing it into law this Wednesday.

Congress Passes Second Coronavirus Emergency Funding Bill, Starts on Third

This week Congress passed, and the President signed, $100 billion in funding to respond to the ongoing health and economic emergency resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the bill, H.R. 6201, is $250 million in supplemental funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) nutrition programs. The Senate and House are now focused on a much broader, third round of emergency funding to provide direct cash payments to millions of affected Americans and additional funding for many programs on the front lines of the crisis.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Southwest Area Agency on Aging and Disability Provides Door-Through-Door Transportation Services

Learn how this AAA works with volunteer drivers to offer door-through-door transportation services to older adults in West Tennessee.

n4a Releases 2020 Policy Agenda and Announces New Date for the Aging Policy Briefing

While nearly all attention in DC, including n4a’s, is focused at addressing the current health crisis, we took a few moments this week to release n4a’s longer-term 2020 Policy Priorities. During the evolving coronavirus pandemic, n4a continues to advance an advocacy and policy agenda that highlights the many reasons why the nation and policymakers need to enable older adults to age safely in their homes by providing critical supports and services through the Older Americans Act, Medicaid and Medicare.

Congress Ready to Deliver $250 Million in OAA Nutrition Funding

The House has passed and the Senate is considering a second emergency bill to respond to COVID-19, which, thanks to advocacy from n4a, our members and other national aging organizations, includes significant funding for Older Americans Act nutrition programs. n4a is also pushing for a future package to include a boost to OAA III B Supportive Services, among other policy proposals and funding requests to get the Aging Network the direct support it needs to support older adults and caregivers during this crisis.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging Helps Make Meals Easy for Older Adults

Learn how this AAA provides education, assistance and tools to help older adults prepare nutritious meals at home.
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