Olivia Umoren joined USAging in January 2023 as Director, Public Policy and Advocacy. In her role, Olivia directs the association's legislative affairs and advocacy efforts to advance federal policies that address the needs of an aging America, plays a vital role in the development of USAging's policy priorities, and represents USAging in meetings with congressional staff and administration officials.
Looking to form a new housing partnership or enhance an existing one? Use these two-page partnership snapshots from the Housing and Services Resource Center (HSRC; administered by USAging) to learn about various aging, disability and housing collaborations.
Looking for ways to engage community partners in supporting kinship families and grandfamilies? A new resource from the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center offers ideas and guidance on how the Aging Network and others can reach kinship/grandfamilies in need of assistance.
On September 18, CMS issued a final rule to simplify enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), which cover Medicare premiums for eligible older adults and people with disabilities. CMS estimates the changes will make coverage more affordable for approximately 860,000 people.
When n4a member Alamo AAA started to develop its bi-annual area report, staff turned to the Elder Index, an online tool used to calculate the true cost of living for older adults. By using the Elder Index, the AAA found that living in a rural setting doesn't mean the cost of living for older adults is necessarily more affordable. The data helped the AAA update its Area Plans to help identify areas in need of additional support and better prepare to meet the needs of its community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of social connection and shown that more must be done to alleviate the crisis of social isolation and loneliness, particularly for older adults. Last month, n4a CEO Sandy Markwood joined a panel at the Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness' (CESIL) two-day Action Forum to share information about how n4a and our members are working to address social isolation and loneliness among older adults.
Another round of COVID-19 relief legislation wasn’t achieved before the election despite months of negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Will a lame-duck Congress get a deal?
Learn how this Pennsylvania AAA developed an innovative housing solution for older adults in the community, allowing them to live independently and have a better quality of life near family members at a more affordable cost.
Since 1980, the Healthy People initiative has set goals and measurable objectives to improve health and well-being in the United States. The initiative's fifth edition, Healthy People 2030, establishes public health objectives to improve the health of the nation, including goals relevant to older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers.
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. This month, we are focusing on the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging's Juniper—Your Health. Your Community program. The agency was a 2019 Aging Innovations Award winner in the Healthy Aging category.
A new publication from n4a's Aging and Disability Business Institute describes how n4a Associate Member Partners in Care Foundation built a network of community-based organizations from scratch to serve 50,000 individuals who have chronic health conditions.