May is Older Americans Month. We turn to our NAB Member, Sandy Markwood of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to offer us suggestions on how we can support older Americans, and create communities that are supportive, inclusive, and accessible for everyone.
With the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, SeniorsPlus, Western Maine’s designated Area Agency on Aging, has faced expanded operations since March as a result of increased community demand that it has never seen before. Services at SeniorsPlus include information and assistance, short-term care management, Medicare counseling, caregiver support and respite, money management, and nutrition.
Many people simply pass on disability insurance during their open enrollment period for company benefits. We tend to think that disabling events won’t happen to us. We won’t get in a car crash, we won’t have a heart attack, aneurysm, etc. It happens to other people, not us. We may even know someone struck with one of these life-altering events, yet we still cling to believing it won’t happen to us. Until recently, that is. Now, daily press briefings on the coronavirus have made getting deathly sick part of our daily thought process. And some people find themselves in dire financial straits due to their own or their partner’s illness. Depending upon the victim’s career or network of friends, there might be a benefit concert or a GoFundMe page, but that’s not typical.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month ! In this blog, Martha Barbone, Interim Director of Operations at the National Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) offers some insights on how you can address your own mental health, as well as the important role that peer supports play in supporting each other for better health and wellbeing.
Trump admin won’t require nursing homes to count COVID-19 deaths that occurred before May 6 | NBC News
The most recent computation by NBC News found that as of May 11 at least 27,000 older Americans who were residents of long-term care facilities had died. The Trump administration is not requiring nursing homes to provide data on COVID-19 deaths and cases that occurred prior to May 6, according to a public government document, limiting the accuracy of the federal data collection effort to measure the impact of the pandemic on older Americans.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Check out our month long series on Mental Health and ways to promote personal wellness for you and your friends and family. Catch up on the Mental Health Awareness basics from Merrill Friedman and Thom Hart!
For many older adults today, especially those aging solo, there is a stage of life in which they feel capable of continuing to live on their own, completely independent. In urban areas that means being able to navigate public transportation, walk comfortably and confidently for several blocks, and shop for the necessities of life. For those who live in suburban or rural areas, this stage also means still being able to drive, at least in daylight hours. There are no hard and fast numbers associated with this stage, but in general it includes people between the ages of 70-85.
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our dear friend and NAB member Chuck Graham. Chuck was a tireless advocate who believed in the call to service and the responsibility of us all to make the world a more inclusive place for everyone through policy and practice. Having been elected to both the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri State Senate, Chuck was a constant reminder the Midwestern resolve and ability to offer tenacious help with a smile.
Chuck was the Co-Director for the Great Plains ADA Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Chair of the Columbia Disabilities Commission, Vice Chair of the Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corporation and a founding member of Anthem’s National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities.
We offer our condolences to the myriad of family and friends that he leaves behind and count ourselves fortunate to be among those who had the pleasure to live in his circle and work beside him. We will miss his tenacious and no nonsense approach to disability policy and inclusion as well as his sense of humor and resolve to get the job done.
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