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Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens

Learn how this agency planned and hosted a Senior Prom for its entire, four-county community of older adults together in one place for an opportunity to dress up and go to an off-site venue for an afternoon of music, fun, food and fellowship.

Visit Capitol Hill From Your Couch During the Aging Policy and Advocacy Summit

n4a’s Aging Policy and Advocacy Summit is just a few weeks away! Register now for this year’s virtual Summit where you will learn about the latest in aging policy and gain practical skills to help you—and your Advisory Council members—advance today’s aging policy priorities.

New Toolkit for Working with American Indian and Alaska Native Grandfamilies

The COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest crisis to have elevated the needs of grandfamilies, and in particular the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native families who are disproportionally impacted by the pandemic. As n4a members continue to serve grandfamilies and family caregivers, Generations United has teamed up with the National Indian Child Welfare Association to develop a toolkit to help child welfare agencies, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations ensure they serve American Indian and Alaska Native grandfamilies in a culturally competent manner.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Learn how this agency developed a Saturday brunch meal program held at a housing facility for disabled veterans, which helped mitigate malnutrition and improve health and nutrition for a vulnerable population. 

New Data Brief Highlights Critical Roles of AAAs Serving Rural Communities

A new Data Brief released by n4a, Meeting the Needs of Older Adults Living in Rural Communities: The Roles of Area Agencies on Aging, highlights key data on AAAs serving rural areas. AAA support services are especially critical in rural areas, which have larger proportions of older adults than non-urban areas, and where residents are more likely to live in poverty, have higher rates of chronic conditions and have less access to health care and transportation options.

Federal Budgeting Process Begins; Your Advocacy Needed Now!

Typically, budget season in DC starts with the President’s budget release in February, followed by congressional activity to agree on topline spending targets. Then, appropriations committees in Congress dive deeper, determining specific funding levels for a host of discretionary programs, including the Older Americans Act. But when a new President takes office, no one waits around for his/her budget, which is typically late.

Biden’s Jobs Plan Includes $400 Billion for Home Care

While details remain scarce, the wide-sweeping jobs and infrastructure proposal that President Biden released on Wednesday, titled “The American Jobs Plan,” contains good news for both advocates for and recipients of home and community-based services. With $400 million of investment in “expanding access to quality, affordable home or community-based care for aging relatives and people with disabilities,” the plan does not yet detail exactly how this boost to Medicaid HCBS would be implemented.

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