Section: September Associate Newsletter
COVID-19 Recovery and Transportation Online Course
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center’s (NADTC, co-administered by USAging and Easterseals) new online course will highlight how transportation programs are managing services in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for the future.
Update Your 2021 USAging Member Badge
With our recent change to USAging, we have also updated the 2021 Associate Member badge, which we created so your organization can show its affiliation with USAging on your websites and in your email signatures.
National Preparedness Month: Prepare to Protect
Closing out National Preparedness Month, USAging encourages our members to provide tips and resources to the older adults they serve, to prepare for emergencies and disasters.
Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Seattle Human Services Department, Aging and Disability Services
We're proud to highlight the award-winning work of the 2021 winners of USAging's Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards in this monthly spotlight feature. Read about this AAA’s new approach that enables community-based agencies to determine how they will collectively deliver services.
Great Actions to Take During World Alzheimer’s Month!
Become a Dementia Friend or start a Dementia Friendly Community Initiative! Find out how you can use World Alzheimer’s Month to leverage support for making your organization and community more dementia-friendly.
n4a Members, Leaders in Aging Gather Online for n4a’s Virtual Conference and Tradeshow
Last week, more than 1,000 Aging Network leaders and innovators from around the country attended n4a's first-ever Virtual Conference and Tradeshow. During the Virtual Conference, aging professionals and experts led a variety of insightful panels, sessions and workshops exploring issues ranging from social equity to policy developments to new contracting opportunities for community-based organizations, and the impact of COVID-19 on n4a members and the communities they serve.
Thinking of Becoming a Medicare FFS Provider? Read This.
Aging and disability community-based organizations (CBOs) are well positioned to become Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) providers. Becoming a Medicare Fee-For-Service Provider: What CBOs Need to Know, a new publication from n4a's Aging and Disability Business Institute and the National Council on Aging, explores opportunities and key factors CBOs should consider before becoming Medicare FFS providers.
Senate and House Democrats Introduce Elder Justice Act Reauthorization
Two months after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Emergency Support for Nursing Homes and Elder Justice Reform Act of 2020, S. 4182, to reauthorize the Elder Justice Act (EJA), Senate and House Democrats introduced their own proposal to extend funding for the EJA.
n4a Comments Inform ACL Work to Help States Promote Integrated Care Efforts
In August, n4a submitted comments in response to an ACL request for input in developing a framework to help state aging leaders better support partnerships across health care and social service organizations.
n4a/Anthem, Inc. Survey Highlights Connection between Medicare Education and Positive Health Outcomes for Older Adults
n4a, in partnership with Anthem, Inc., released the results of a national survey conducted by The Harris Poll that provides insight into the confidence older Americans have in navigating their health benefits and managing their health. An infographic summarizing the survey findings shows that 59 percent of older adults surveyed reported some difficulty in navigating the health care system, such as understanding their bill/benefits, understanding their diagnosis and deciding on treatment, and communicating effectively with their health care providers.
ICYMI: A Busy Week for Aging Policy
Last week was a busy one for aging policy! Congress advanced both an Older Americans Act reauthorization bill and FY 2020 appropriations measures. The activity is driven in part by the September 30 deadlines for both.
Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County
We're proud to highlight the award-winning work of the 2019 winners of n4a's Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards in this spotlight feature. For the first edition, we are focusing on the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County's Model for Alzheimer's/Dementia Services (MAS) program. The agency was a 2019 Aging Innovations Award winner in the Caregiving category.
Falls Prevention Resources
To keep the momentum going after Falls Prevention Awareness Day earlier this week, we have a few resources that you can share within your community to continue to raise awareness about injuries related to falls among older adults, and of course, how to prevent them.
Trump Administration Updates Immigration Policies on Public Charge
In mid-August, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a final rule that could significantly reduce the number of people who claim certain benefits by expanding the grounds under which an individual seeking to obtain or renew legal permanent residency status could be deemed a burden to the federal government and denied a Green Card or permanent status.
Role of Aging Network in Supporting Caregivers Receives National Spotlight
On the heels of the first meeting of the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council at the end of August with participation by n4a President Deborah Stone-Walls, came the news that n4a CEO Sandy Markwood was selected to serve as faculty for the National Academy for State Health Policy's RAISE Act Family Caregiver Resource and Dissemination Center.
Aging and Disability Business Institute Talks Medicare Advantage at DC Roundtable
Earlier this month, n4a's Aging and Disability Business Institute joined with the American Society on Aging for a roundtable, Medicare Advantage and Community-Based Organizations: Opportunities and Challenges in Caring for People with Complex Needs.