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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Is June 15

posted 05.15.2017

Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected and exploited. Older adults throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that they desperately need to pay for basics such as housing, food and medical care. And it is estimated that only about one in five of those crimes are ever reported.

Ethical Caregiving and Protecting Elders

posted 05.09.2017

By Beth Lueders

Many elders are too afraid to speak up about the missing medication, or the yelling, or the unexplained bank withdrawals. It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that a close relative or loved one is actually a conniving bully instead of a dutiful caregiver.

Aging Services Appropriations in the Omnibus Package

posted 05.09.2017

Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to approve an omnibus appropriations act funding the federal government through the end of September at an overall cost of more than $1 trillion.

White House Proclaims May 2017 Older Americans Month

posted 05.02.2017

On April 28, 2017, President Trump officially declared May 2017 as Older Americans Month. Celebrating Older Americans Month is one way to remind us to keep up advocacy efforts and honor this cohort’s significant accomplishments and contributions to our society.

The Proclamation states: “As we celebrate Older Americans Month, we take the opportunity to thank our seniors and recognize the enormous contributions they make to the Nation. We are blessed to have their presence, their love, and their unmatched perspective for our families.”

Vision Problems—Just Part of Aging?

posted 04.24.2017

By Jeff Todd

“Your eyesight is the first to go.” “It’s just part of getting older.” Such phrases of acceptance are often heard as we enter our 40s and 50s. Yes, our eyes—our vision—will invariably change as we age; however, through early detection of eye disease and other problems and access to affordable treatment options (including glasses and contacts), our eyesight, and thus our quality of life, doesn’t have to be significantly altered.

Defining Quality and Why It Matters

posted 04.17.2017

By Catherine Anderson

There’s a saying that “You manage what you measure.” Whether you’re a program administrator within a state agency, a CEO of a health plan or a healthcare provider, what we choose to measure dictates where we focus our time and resources. That’s why identifying the right set of meaningful measures is so important—especially when it comes to the development of programs that serve individuals in need of long term services and supports (LTSS).

The Beauty that Compels Us

posted 04.13.2017

By Holly Nelson-Becker

All of us appreciate beauty in our lives. Some of us search for it, expecting to find it in objects, a painting, photo, nature, or what we observe outside ourselves. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet who was able to see clearly what many of us do not. Rumi suggested, Let the beauty we love, be what we do; there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

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