The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released results from a pilot study showing that Green House project homes save Medicare $1,300 to $2,300 per home resident annually.
With the election behind him, Barack Obama’s first item of business will be dealing with the fiscal cliff–that toxic combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts that are due to kick in on Jan 2, unless Congress acts to delay or replace them with a long-term deficit reduction plan. Going over the cliff would mean deep cuts in a […]
Last week, I wrote about an important new survey of family caregivers that shows nearly half are performing work that is often done by nurses, such as managing medications, caring for wounds, and operating medical equipment. The report, by AARP and United Hospital Fund, sheds important light on the often unrecognized role of these family caregivers. And […]
The pundit world was buzzing after the VP debate on thursday, but there is one aspect that went largely unnoticed. There is a blatant generational gap between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
Talking Points Memo has an excellent photo gallery of each running mate that really illustrates the age gap between these two men. Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
What if you could be admitted to the hospital—in your own bedroom? That’s the idea of a health care model called Hospital at Home, which is aimed at elderly patients with diseases such as congestive heart failure, emphysema, urinary tract infections, or pneumonia. According to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs, people […]
Why would House Republicans slash programs that make it possible for the frail elderly and adults with disabilities to live at home? Especially since the alternative would often be more costly nursing home care. GOP lawmakers say they support Medicaid’s Home and Community Based programs that provide long-term services and supports in the community rather than […]
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn) warned today that long-term care financing is “a major train wreck” and “heading for a national crisis.” Corker, the senior Republican on the Senate Aging Committee, said he was very worried about the viability of private long-term care insurance and added , “there is no doubt there is a public sector role” […]
The fate of many important health reforms aimed directly at seniors is in the hands of the Supreme Court. While the public has focused most of its attention on whether the High Court will strike down the individual mandate in the 2010 health reform law, the justices today are hearing arguments about another critical issue: What should happen to the […]
On Sunday, while I was reading and gathering information for yesterday’s post about the AARP secret meeting on Social Security, I could feel how tired I am of it all.
“All” being the necessity to maintain a constant watch on politicians and their corporate overlords together with exhausting and usually confusing details of our financial and medical lives.
Want to see the future of adult day programs for the frail elderly and adults with disabilities? Just watch what is happening in California, where 26,000 participants and the centers that care for them are struggling to manage state budget cuts and huge uncertainty. Adult day programs can be a key support for the frail […]
Congress is slowly starving senior services programs. In the 2012 budget it passed as it was leaving town last weekend, Congress froze or cut spending for a broad range of government programs aimed at seniors and their caregivers–everything from Meals on Wheels to long-term care ombudsman training to information and referral services. Most of these cuts were not […]
Government funding for programs to support aging in place was still growing through 2008, but much more slowly than in the past. At the same time, states were making it harder to enroll, limiting benefits, and forcing people to wait longer before they could participate in these programs. And all that was happening before Medicaid home care faced major […]
First an earthquake and then a hurricane. I fully expect the east coast to be hit with swarms of locusts next week followed by a plague of frogs. It was impressive in the run-up to Hurricane Irene how hospitals and…
In a move that shocked many in the elder care community, California has ended funding for its adult day care program. The question now is what will happen to the nearly 5,000 others that operate throughout the country. California’s $169 million program serves about 35,000 low-income seniors and other adults with disabilities. The program will end in January when […]
A new study released today by AARP estimates the economic value of family caregiving was $450 billion in 2009. In other words, if those family members were paid for the personal assistance they provided their loved ones, it would have cost $450 billion. That is twice the cost of paid assistance by home health aides, nursing facilities and the […]
The negotiations in Washington over raising the federal debt limit are going down to the wire this month with potentially drastic budget cuts to programs that protect and serve older adults on the negotiation table.
Leaders in aging community services will travel to Washington July 18-20 for The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) 36th Annual National Conference to discuss how the proposed budget cuts will impact our nation’s exploding aging population.
Talking Points Memo has a preview of legislation to be introduced today by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) which would eliminate Medicare and Medicaid over the next 10 years and replace them with less generous health care plans for older adults and lower income and disabled people.Secondary SidebarDr. Bill Thomas Presents: Dr. Thomas’ Age of Disruption […]
— Boomers should avoid being ageist because *NEWS FLASH* they’re getting old (and unfortunately, ageism is common among older adults). [UPI] — The best book since What are Old People For is slowly building buzz — don’t miss How We Age by Marc Agronin, MD. [Mesquite Local News] — Five excellent financial tips to help caring […]
— This is what journalism is about: NPR investigation reveals surge in ‘Gray Homicides.’ [NPR News] — Young people need old people. Old people need young people. That’s the way it is. [ElderCareLink] — Ah, another study finds the obvious — hospitalizing frail older people is traumatizing and often unnecessary. [ElderCareLink] — Message to governors: […]