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September 22—the first day of fall—marked the sixth annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Across the nation, fall prevention coalitions, health providers and senior service agencies held presentations, health fairs and workshops to raise awareness about this serious health issue and how best to reduce the risks of falling.
In a milestone win for a long-fought advocacy battle, on Sept. 17 the Obama Administration announced it was extending a guaranteed minimum wage of $7.25 and overtime pay of time-and-a-half to homecare workers. Live-in domestic workers are exempt from the overtime pay regulation, but must be paid minimum wage for all hours worked.
Fifteen states had already provided such benefits, and six states and the District of Columbia already mandated the state minimum wage for homecare workers.
Beth Kallmyer is the vice president of constituent services for the National Alzheimer's Association in Chicago, Ill., and oversees the Association’s many services for people with Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers. Kallmyer has worked in nonprofits for 20 years and has been with the Association since 2001.
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
September is National Senior Center Month. The first senior center in the United States opened in New York City in 1943 and by 1965 there were 450 senior centers across the nation, a number that would continue to grow with the passage of the Older Americans Act that year. Currently, there are over 15,000 centers in the U.S., serving millions of older adults each year. But as the boomers retire, senior centers are often faced with meeting the needs of a very different group of patrons.
2014 marks the 60th Anniversary of the American Society on Aging and we hope you'll help us reflect by considering the impact ASA has had on your life over the years. Share your most memorable experiences, touching interactions, valuable connections made, or rewarding lessons learned at ASA's annual conference. How have these moments helped shape you professionally or personally? Two story-tellers will be selected to win a free flight on Southwest or a complimentary 2014 Aging in America Conference registration.