Archive January 2021

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Congress and Administration Set Stage to Advance Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

Speaker Pelosi and the new Democratic majority in the Senate are setting up a fast-track budget process next week that will lay the legislative foundation for what is expected to be a nearly $2 trillion emergency response measure to address the health and economic fall out of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which is expected to largely mirror the proposal that President Biden sent to Congress and national plan for COVID response he laid out last week.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Age Strong Commission

Learn how this Massachusetts AAA created a six-week educational program designed to help older adults in its community better understand how local and federal government works and develop skills to advocate for aging-related issues important to them.

CDC Toolkit Offers AAAs Clear Vaccination Messages, Educational Tools

We know n4a members are increasingly involved in vaccine roll-out efforts in their communities, counties and states—and we are advocating furiously for additional resources and support for the key roles AAAs and their providers can play in this national challenge (see our recent advocacy letters). To support your education of the older adults you serve or others in the community such as family caregivers or direct care workers, new materials from the CDC may help.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services

Learn how this California AAA launched an intergenerational program to celebrate Latino(x) culture and facilitate sharing of talents and resources between different generations. The program aims to empower older adults, reinforce feelings of being valued community members, mitigate feelings of loneliness and promote youth leadership.

Online Tool Can Help Older Americans, Caregivers and Other High-Risk Populations Make Educated, Safe Decisions Until Widespread COVID Vaccine Adoption

n4a and other key Aging Network organizational partners are participating in a national education campaign collaborative to promote CV19 CheckUp, a free online tool to assess individual risk factors, inform and encourage safe behaviors, inform and empower communities about high-risk populations and risk mitigation strategies.

Key Aging and Disability Administration Officials Installed

In a virtual swearing-in ceremony of more than 1,000 Biden Administration officials conducted in the evening of Inauguration Day, the new administration tapped key Acting leadership for federal Aging and Disability agencies. Per the ACL website, Alison Barkoff will serve as Principal Deputy Administrator and, until a permanent Assistant Secretary for Aging is appointed and confirmed, will serve as the Acting ACL Administrator.

New Biden Administration Lays Out Key Priorities for Immediate COVID Response

In a 23-page plan and list of Executive Orders released yesterday, President Biden and his administration unveiled a roadmap outlining initial priorities to respond to the current health and economic crises. Within the plan are several opportunities for the Aging Network and aging advocates to assume leadership roles to ensure that the needs of high-risk older Americans, people with disabilities and their caregivers are addressed. n4a and our national advocacy organization partners are engaged in ongoing efforts to highlight and promote the importance of involving national, state and local Aging Network stakeholders in an emerging comprehensive response strategy.

Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Bergen County Division of Senior Services ADRC

Learn how this New Jersey AAA implemented a housing navigator program that connects older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities to accessible and affordable housing.

Save Time and Money with n4a’s Preferred Providers in 2021

Is one of your resolutions for 2021 to find better ways to put your AAA’s dollars to work? Here’s an easy way to get started: Consider taking advantage of services from one of n4a’s Preferred Providers to better serve older adults in your community.

Ongoing Advocacy Necessary for Aging Programs as Biden Team Takes Over

The incoming Biden Administration last night unveiled a sweeping $1.9 trillion policy proposal to respond to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. While the 20-page outline references the particularly vulnerable status of older Americans, it leaves out mention of additional funding for OAA and other aging services necessary to keep older adults and caregivers safe and supported in the months ahead.
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USAging Fact: Learn about your peers’ work—and how it can fit into your agency’s goals! The AIA Awards recognizes successful and innovative programs that USAging members have developed to serve older adults. Get inspiration from our 2021 winners.