Section: April Associate Newsletter
Two New n4a Publications Provide Valuable Insight into Rural AAAs and Title VI Aging Programs
In a continued effort to highlight the vital role the Aging Network plays in supporting older adults and caregivers in communities around the country, n4a has released two new publications Meeting the Needs of Older Adults Living in Rural Communities: The Roles of Area Agencies on Aging and Fast Facts: The Impact of COVID-19 on Title VI Native American Aging Programs and Services. The information featured in both publications allows n4a to advocate on behalf of the Aging Network and disseminate critical information on trends, patterns and issues to members, policymakers and other Aging Network stakeholders.
Emergency Funds Being Deployed to the Aging Network
Thanks to tremendous advocacy by n4a, its members and others, Congress provided significant COVID-relief funds for the Older Americans Act in the American Rescue Plan Act, signed by President Biden on March 10. The Biden Administration has also freed up $100 million of CDC funds for the Aging and Disability Networks to support vaccination efforts nationwide.
Biden’s Jobs Plan Includes $400 Billion for Home Care
While details remain scarce, the wide-sweeping jobs and infrastructure proposal that President Biden released earlier this month, titled “The American Jobs Plan,” contains good news for both advocates for and recipients of home and community-based services. With $400 billion of investment in “expanding access to quality, affordable home or community-based care for aging relatives and people with disabilities,” the plan does not yet detail exactly how this boost to Medicaid HCBS would be implemented.
Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services
Learn how this California AAA helps older adults stay engaged and connected to the community, family and friends, and manage their health and well-being through technology to prevent social isolation and loneliness.
New Toolkit for Working with American Indian and Alaska Native Grandfamilies
The COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest crisis to have elevated the needs of grandfamilies and, in particular, the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native families who are disproportionally impacted by the pandemic. As n4a members continue to serve grandfamilies and family caregivers, Generations United has teamed up with the National Indian Child Welfare Association to develop a toolkit to help child welfare agencies, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations ensure they serve American Indian and Alaska Native grandfamilies in a culturally competent manner.
Make Sure Your Community is Counted in the 2020 Census
Earlier this month, about 64 million households across the country received a paper questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau. Even in these trying times, it is important to help ensure that older adults in your community are counted. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some areas are now receiving a letter in the mail instead of an in-person visit reminding them to participate.
Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Provides an Opportunity for Intergenerational Meals
Learn how an Ohio AAA worked with two local universities to develop a program to bring together older adults and college students at an on-campus congregate meal site. The Campus Dining Program provides older adults with access to fresh food, social interaction with individuals across generations, mentorship and a chance to become a part of the college community.
Supporting Homebound Older Adults with Meal Delivery
Looking for ways to support homebound older adults during the COVID-19 crisis? The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, administered by n4a and Easterseals, describes an opportunity for organizations that are experiencing growing demand for home-delivered meals and other services via the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Section 5310 program.
Tips from Dementia Friends USA During COVID-19
As the nation deals with the coronavirus pandemic through social distancing and other measures, people with dementia and caregivers are likely to be more isolated and need extra supports from neighbors, family and friends to live at home safely. Becoming a Dementia Friend is a simple and straightforward way for community members to be more aware of dementia and how we each can play a role in helping others through actions, big and small.
Social Media Toolkit for COVID-19 Advocacy
Following last week’s congressional action on a limited economic relief bill that infused nearly $500 billion into additional funding for small business loan programs, struggling hospital systems and testing for COVID-19, lawmakers are beginning to develop another broader COVID-19 relief package to address many of the priorities that were not included in the March CARES Act. Earlier this month, n4a sent a letter to Senate and House leaders outlining policy issues that we urge lawmakers to consider as Congress develops this next comprehensive relief package—but we need you to weigh in, too!
Spotlight on Innovation: Older Workers Employment Program
We're highlighting the cutting-edge programs and successful strategies used by the 2018 recipients of n4a's Aging Innovations Awards. This feature focuses on the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, winner in the Economic Security category.
Dementia Friends USA Initiative Now Active in 21 States
We're excited to announce that Missouri and Texas have joined the Dementia Friends USA initiative. The goal of Dementia Friends USA is to help everyone in a community understand and appreciate what dementia is, how it affects people and how community members can help those living with dementia. With the addition of Missouri and Texas, the Dementia Friends USA initiative is now operating in 21 states! Is yours one of them?
National Volunteer Week Twitter Chat
Designed to honor the impact of volunteers in communities and inspire others to serve, n4a and engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults celebrated National Volunteer Week with a Twitter Chat to showcase innovative volunteer programs and share proven resources for recruiting and retaining older adult volunteers.
New Tools to Help Your Agency Address Elder Abuse
The STEAP Initiative or Supports and Tools for Elder Abuse Prevention Initiative, a partnership between n4a and the National Center on Elder Abuse, has the mission of both increasing awareness of elder abuse and strengthening elder abuse prevention education and outreach programs.
Prepare for Older Americans Month and n4a's Strut Your Stuff Campaign
n4a is excited for another year of #n4aStrut, our social media campaign that illustrates how n4a members connect and engage with older adults in their communities. Learn how your agency can take part and highlight the vital role that n4a members play in supporting older Americans during Older Americans Month.
Advocacy Underway for FY 2020 Older Americans Act Funding
Earlier this month, n4a sent a funding request letter to Capitol Hill outlining the critical OAA programs and other aging services that lawmakers should prioritize as they make choices about federal investments in FY 2020.
Tools to Help Your Agency Change the Conversation on Aging
Have you heard of Reframing Aging? It's a national movement to change the way we think and speak about aging by combatting ageism to provide a more accurate reflection of what aging really is. By moving toward language that portrays aging and the growing number of older adults as an opportunity for change—for society and within the Aging Network—Reframing Aging moves us away from descriptions that depict older adults as frail and vulnerable. While we know that those terms are accurate for some older adults, it certainly isn't the case for all of them.
New Policy Tools from n4a!
n4a has released three new policy tools for your use as you engage with the 116th Congress. What the 116th Congress Needs to Know About an Aging Nation outlines key principles that policymakers should consider when making decisions about an aging America and introduces Older Americans Act reauthorization and funding as important near-term legislative issues.
Spotlight on Innovation: Lifelong Housing Project
We're highlighting the cutting-edge programs and successful strategies used by the 2018 recipients of n4a's Aging Innovations Awards. This feature focuses on the Senior and Disability Services of Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG), winner in the Community Planning & Livable Communities category.
New ACL Data Highlights the Growing Diversity of Older Adults
As the population of older adults grows, so does the number of older adults from diverse backgrounds. According to new data released by ACL, older adults from racial and ethnic minority populations now total 23 percent of the overall older adult population.
New Tools for Supporting Grandfamilies
With local aging organizations experiencing increasing demand for grandparents-raising-grandchildren services as the opioid epidemic continues to strain communities. n4a partner Generations United has several new tools we recommend to help support your work with these families—whether your agency has a formal program or not.