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The United States’ healthcare system is a moving target topic: it’s consistently in the political crosshairs and it’s a complex landscape—hard for most everyone to grasp, including people who specialize in and work in the aging services network. But at ASA we have expert members weighing in on a regular basis about what’s going on with the Affordable Care Act, and what’s the latest when it comes to Medicare, Medicaid and those who are dually eligible for both. How are people working to fix transitions between hospital and home? How can we help elders manage their medications? Where are all the new doctors and nurses for our burgeoning aging populace going to come from? How can our country handle the expected number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? The issues of aging, and how elders will be cared for are huge, and we have a wealth of material on them—constantly updated material, as befits the fluidity of the subject

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Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars. 

Healthcare and Aging NetworkThe Healthcare and Aging (HAN) is a professional community of individuals and organizations working to promote innovative, high-quality approaches to meeting the healthcare needs of older adults. The network facilitates information exchange and collaboration among policymakers, researchers and service providers.

 

Evidence-Based Care Transitions and Care Coordination Models Reveal New Momentum after Health Reform

posted 06.15.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Healthcare & Aging Network (HAN) By Kip Brown The federal government is dramatically increasing its efforts to reduce unnecessary rehospitalizations. In March 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which, among many provisions to improve health systems, includes provisions to encourag...

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Depression

posted 06.15.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Forum on Religion, Spirituality & Aging (FORSA) by Tom Swift Reverend Tom Swift Continues the Transition of a Lifetime The Reverend Tom Swift—hospice chaplain, writer, advocate for ALS awareness and research, father of two daughters and friend to many—was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (AL...

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Fear, Discrimination and Abuse: Transgender Elders and the Perils of Long-Term Care

posted 06.14.2011

Editor’s Note: This article appears in the March–April, 2011, issue of Aging Today, ASA’s bi-monthly newspaper covering advances in research, practice and policy nationwide. ASA members receive Aging Today as a member benefit; non-members may purchase subscriptions at our online store


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Patient/Doctor Communication

Event Date: 
11.16.2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Short Description: 

Learn the importance of older adults having strong communication with their healthcare providers. This web seminar includes FREE CEUs.

Full Description: 

Learn the importance of older adults having strong communication with their healthcare providers, as well as the various legal forms and documents needed to assure one’s medical wishes will be met.

Senior Care Pharmacists in the Community Setting: Reducing Medication Risks and Improving Safe Medication Use

Event Date: 
08.25.2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Short Description: 

This web seminar focuses on community-based involvement of senior care pharmacists with the older adult client & the aging network professional.

Full Description: 

This web seminar focuses on community-based involvement of senior care pharmacists with both the older adult client and the aging network professional. Ways that a senior care pharmacist can work directly with older adults through individual medication consultations and use of specific screening tools will be covered. Benefits from the perspective of the senior service provider will be included, as well as tips and resources for identifying potential high-risk older adults.

How to Recognize and Reduce Medication-related Problems

Event Date: 
08.18.2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Short Description: 

This web seminar will present a logical and understandable discussion of MRPs, including their causes and outcomes, and risk reduction.

Full Description: 

While medications play a crucial role in the prevention, maintenance or cure of health conditions, they are frequently associated with medication-related problems (MRPs), including adverse reactions and interactions. Even when medications are used appropriately, the risk of MRP’s is greater in older than in younger adults, occurring whether the individual lives in assisted living, a nursing home or independently. This web seminar will present a logical and understandable discussion of MRPs, including their causes and outcomes, and will outline practical initiatives to reduce risk.

Medications and Older Adults: An Introduction to What Every Aging Network Professional Needs to Know

Event Date: 
08.11.2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Short Description: 

Aging professionals should have a basic understanding of medication-related problems. This webinar will offer a primer on the major points.

Full Description: 

Medications are one of the most important interventions in managing the health of older adults, but these same medications can also cause significant adverse effects. All professionals working in the aging network should have a basic understanding of common medication-related problems, and this web seminar will offer a primer on the major points.

The Buddy Program ™ – Pairing First Year Medical Students and Persons with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

Event Date: 
06.30.2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Short Description: 

This web seminar will describe the development and step-by-step organization of The Buddy Program, share outcomes and lessons learned.

Full Description: 

The goal of The Buddy Program is to provide a mutually enriching experience for medical students and persons with early stage dementia. The Buddy Program also aims to strengthen the knowledge base and sensitivity of future physicians to the issues of aging and dementia, and to offer the person with dementia a mentorship opportunity. This web seminar will describe the development and step-by-step organization of the program, share outcomes and lessons learned, and how the The Buddy Program is currently being replicated at other medical schools.

Take Charge of Your Health Programs: Promoting Health in Diverse Communities Across Sectors and Silos

Event Date: 
06.23.2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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(GMT-06:00) Central Time
Short Description: 

This web seminar will outline partnerships in urban and suburban communities reaching individuals of varying abilities, cultures and religion.

Full Description: 

Learn about the versatility of “Take Charge of Your Health,” Illinois’ Chronic Disease Self-Management program implementation among diverse partners. This web seminar will outline partnerships developed in urban and suburban communities reaching individuals of varying abilities, cultures and religions.

Who Will Care for Us? Generations Winter 2010-11 Issue Has Answers

posted 06.13.2011

As America is shaped by the aging of its populace, so are the workers dedicated to serving it. Over the next 20 years, one in five Americans will be 65 or older, and many will need care either at home or in a residential care or hospital setting.

There will be more direct-care workers needed by 2018 than kindergarten teachers, law enforcement and public safety officers, and registered nurses. We will need 2.5 million healthcare workers by 2030 just to maintain current ratios of healthcare workers to population.


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