Archive November 2020

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Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services

Learn how this California AAA helps older adults stay engaged and connected to the community, family and friends, and manage their health and well-being through technology to prevent social isolation and loneliness.

n4a Comments on Quality Measurements Proposed for Medicaid HCBS Programs

This fall, CMS released a request for information seeking feedback on a number of existing measurement sets to assess the quality of State Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) programs. n4a submitted comments urging CMS to prioritize caregiver supports, workforce needs and transparency, and to consider demographic data in identifying recommended measurement sets.

End of 116th Congress Looms; Next Steps on COVID-19 Stimulus and Annual Funding Unclear

As the remaining days of the 116th Congress tick down, lawmakers made little progress on both full-year funding bills and another round of COVID-19 relief before adjourning for the Thanksgiving holiday. Advocates are increasingly nervous about these critical pieces of legislation.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Alamo Area Council of Governments AAA

Learn how this Texas AAA identified and contracted with a local nonprofit to develop a back-to-school program that provides backpacks, school supplies and clothing to children being raised by grandparents or relative caregivers who are age 55 or older.

Resources for Your Flu-Prevention Messaging

Adults age 65 and older are at high risk of having serious health complications from the flu. This year, getting the flu shot is more important than ever. Encourage older adults in your community to get the flu shot this year by using campaign materials from the CDC.

Join the Movement! Become a Dementia Friend.

Nearly six million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. During National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month Dementia Friendly America joins with others across the country in raising awareness of dementia—and ways we can all play a role in making our communities more friendly to those living with dementia.

Senate Releases Overdue Funding Bills, House Returns to DC Next Week

One week after a monumental election, Senate appropriators returned to DC to release all 12 of their FY 2021 federal funding bills. Months after House action on the bulk of their spending proposals—including for OAA and other aging programs—Senate lawmakers introduced packages that would largely level fund federal programs next year. Both chambers will have to compromise soon if Congress hopes to pass full-year FY 2021 appropriations by the time the current short-term funding measure expires on December 11.

Home for the Holidays Campaign on Social Engagement Opportunities Announced

n4a and the Eldercare Locator are excited to announce that our 2020 Home for the Holidays campaign will highlight the importance of social connection, its impact on our health—and ways AAAs and the Aging Network as a whole can help older adults connect to their communities during this time of limited in-person social interactions.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Minuteman Senior Services

Learn how this Massachusetts AAA developed a smartphone app used by 700 volunteer drivers to record visible change in health and safety status while delivering meals; improve communication between care teams; and provide timely intervention for homebound older adult meal recipients.

What You Need to Know About the Development of a COVID-19 Vaccine

The Aging Network has been laser focused on helping older adults and caregivers get through the COVID-19 pandemic, but we also need to understand what is happening with vaccine research and trials so that, when the time comes, we can help with public education around administration of a successful vaccine. n4a met with officials working on Operation Warp Speed recently so read on for details, and an upcoming webinar by n4a ally the Alliance for Aging Research offers another way to get up to speed!
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