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Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Valley AAA

Learn how this Michigan AAA offered health and wellness classes and evidence-based programs to empower older adults to take control of their health by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercising and increasing socialization.

How Do Social Determinants of Health Impact Health and Wellness?

AAAs play a critical role in helping communities stay healthy by offering programs and services that address the social determinants of health. A recent article from PatientEngagementHIT takes a closer look at the degree to which certain factors such as transportation, food security, housing and income can affect one’s health.

Coronavirus Relief Negotiations Continue, But Pre-Election Expectations Dim

Despite a self-imposed Tuesday deadline to agree on a top-line amount for another round of COVID-19 relief legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are still negotiating. As discussions drag on, expectations for action before election day continue to fade.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Clearfield County AAA, Inc.

Learn how this Pennsylvania AAA developed an innovative housing solution for older adults in the community, allowing them to live independently and have a better quality of life near family members at a more affordable cost.

Bill to Authorize Caregiver Corps Activities Introduced in Congress

Last week, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the Care Corps Demonstration Act to strengthen the country’s caregiving workforce and to help meet the growing demand for caregivers to support older Americans and people with disabilities.

n4a Joins Global Leaders at Ending Social Isolation and Loneliness Action Forum

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of social connection and shown that more must be done to alleviate the crisis of social isolation and loneliness, particularly for older adults. This week, n4a CEO Sandy Markwood joined a panel at the Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness’ (CESIL) two-day Action Forum to share information about how n4a and our members are working to address social isolation and loneliness among older adults.

Improve Health and Well-Being for All with Healthy People 2030

Since 1980, the Healthy People initiative has set goals and measurable objectives to improve health and well-being in the United States. The initiative's fifth edition, Healthy People 2030, establishes public health objectives to improve the health of the nation, including goals relevant to older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers.

Call for Community-Driven Equity in Flu Vaccination

Flu vaccines have never been more important than they are this year. Though, inequity in flu vaccination among people of color— especially for older adults and people with chronic illnesses—is large and growing. The National Minority Quality Forum’s Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC) announced a major effort to promote flu vaccination in communities of color as racial and ethnic disparities persist in the face of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

n4a and Aging Network Stakeholders Respond to House-Passed HEROES 2.0 Bill

This week, n4a joined partner organizations in sending a letter to Senate and House leaders and members of key committees in response to critical Aging Network priorities included in the latest round of coronavirus relief legislation, the House’s HEROES 2.0, H.R. 925.  

Using the Elder Index, Alamo AAA Tracked the True Cost of Rural Living for Older Adults

When n4a member Alamo AAA started to develop its bi-annual area report, staff turned to the Elder Index, an online tool used to calculate the true cost of living for older adults. By using the Elder Index, the AAA found that living in a rural setting doesn’t mean the cost of living for older adults is necessarily more affordable. The data helped the AAA update its Area Plans to help identify areas in need of additional support and better prepare to meet the needs of its community.
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