Over the summer, for tens of thousands of low-income older adults and people with disabilities in California, the sight of a blue envelope in the mailbox signaled the beginning of a complete change in their healthcare services. Those envelopes contained a notice explaining how their enrollment in California’s dual eligible demonstration, known as Cal MediConnect, would change the way they receive their Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
Dual Eligible Demonstrations Go Live
Plenty of evidence—derived both from statistics and testimonies from older adults—clearly shows that this cohort would rather live at home than just about anywhere else. Aging in place sounds so easy: Just stay home, with no worries about selling your house, moving or losing all those memories. If only it were that simple.
We all have grandparents or elders in our lives who’ve had a lasting impact on us — our gramps, nanas, abuelas, paw-paws, gonggongs.
They’ve taken a stand against injustice. They’re trailblazers. They’re immigrants. They have killer style and amazing dance moves. They’ve given us unconditional love, support, and inspiration (and too many meals to count).
Older Americans can't wait any longer for Congress to reauthorize the Older Americans Act! You can help by taking 5 minutes to reach out to your Senator and Representative about the importance of the OAA to seniors in your state and district.
Rural older adults often desire to age in place, yet few studies identify ways to improve aging in rural communities. A team of researchers at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina interviewed approximately 40 rural seniors about what actions they thought supported healthy aging in rural areas.
With thanks to our sponsors, partners and donors, we are able to offer EIGHT free web seminars in August, including up to 7 complimentary CEUs!
The August webinars cover a variety of topics, from aging services to brain health to home safety to aging in community to intergenerational programs. There is something for everyone!
The video below has been making the rounds on Facebook recently and here at ASA we couldn't help but be struck by what a terrific example it is of the benefits of aging in community! Perhaps, in the future these videos won't "go viral" on social media, as more and more communities adapt to accommodate and integrate the growing aging population, making scenes like this one commonplace. In the meantime, we hope this video will inspire you to continue tackling the challenges of creating age-friendly communities.
As it approaches fifty years, the aging network, born from the Older Americans Act of 1965, is at a critical juncture. With the incredible growth of the older population one might have thought that these would be the boom years for those with vast experience in delivering aging services. Instead, the traditional aging network is facing major challenges and in many states long-standing providers are fighting for their very survival. How and why has this happened? And what are the implications of these changes for the delivery of services to older people in the United States?