June/July  2013
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The Age Wave Creating Epidemic in Unprepared Prisons
USA Today (7/11/2013)
The fiscal, legal, social and political challenges of housing the country's graying inmates have arrived with full force at precisely the time when states, and the federal government, are looking to rein in spending. Read more.

NYC Council Bill Would Crack Down on Proliferation of Adult Day Care Centers
NYTimes (6/6/2013)
New York City officials are introducing legislation to crack down on Medicaid-supported senior day care centers that lure relatively healthy clients with enticements like free takeout food and even cash. Read more.
Sequester Watch: The Older Americans Act and U.S. Seniors
Moyer & Me (6/22/2013)
If you attended Senator Bernie Sanders's hearing on reducing senior poverty and hunger through the Older Americans Act (OAA) in June, you got a rude awakening. Read more. Why reauthorize now? Click here.

Click here To watch the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Hearing - "Reducing Senior Poverty and Hunger: The Role of the Older Americans Act."

Arkansas Could Crack Health-Care Cost Containment
Governing (6/30/2013)
What happens to a state's health-care industry when Medicaid providers and private insurers agree to overhaul their payment policies to start reimbursing doctors based on quality instead of quantity? One state is about to find out. Read more 

Aging in New York   

Aging Concerns a Magnet for More than 400 at Albany Desmond  
AgingNY (6/28/2013)                                              
Held every year at the Albany Desmond Hotel, the Aging Concerns Unite Us conference attracted a record number of aging services professionals in June for a variety of reasons, among them the Social Adult Day Services workshops. Read more.
Thanks for attending #ACUU2013. Click here for a photo album from the event. And stay tuned for #ACUU2014 dates.

State Rewards Home Care Firms Once Rebuked
NYTimes (6/23/2013)
Home care companies Excellent and Extended have improved practices enough so they can be part of the new system for permanently curbing Medicaid costs, state officials said. Read more

Bloomberg's Climate Plan Includes Elderly Database
WNYC news (June 17, 2013) 
The climate resiliency plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg released in June includes a database to keep track of frail and elderly who are living on their own in order to assist them if needed. Read more.

Volunteering: It's More Than Numbers

(NYSOFA June 20, 2013)  

A growing body of research shows a direct association between volunteering and mental and physical health benefits. Click here to find out more about opportunities to volunteer in New York.   

Aging in the Community 

Director Profiles

New Erie Commissioner Randy Hoak is Rooted Aging Services Network 
NYSAAAA (46/28/2013) 
While new to the Area Agency on Aging, Randy Hoak is no stranger to the aging network.  He got his start in the backbone of the aging network, as volunteer for Hamburg Adult Day Services, a Social Model Adult Day program operated by the Town of Hamburg. Read more.

Allegany's Kim Toot Leaves Legacy of New Building and Notion of "Worst Practices"  
NYSAAAA (7/3/2013)    

Kim Toot, who's retiring from the Allegany Office for the Aging where she's served as Director for 21 years, leaves behind a legacy of cross training, a new building and the notion of "worst practices." Read more

More Community News


WNY Aging Services Providers Awarded Federal Technical Assistance  

Press Release (6/20/2013)                                                               The Erie County Department of Senior Services, along with the Niagara County Office for the Aging, have been selected to receive federal technical assistance to help build the business capacity of their aging services network. Read more.

Office for the Aging in Orange County Honors its Own
Hudson Valley Press Online (6/19/2013)
Middletown resident Glenice Foglia was named Senior Citizen of the Year and Dolores (Dee) Vavricka was recognized for Outstanding Contribution by a Senior. The pair was recognized by Director Maglione, County Executive Diana, and Chairman of the Orange County Legislature, Michael Pillmeier, at the June meeting of the legislature. Read more.


Legislator Anker Attends Annual Senior Citizens Picnic LongIsland.com (6/22/2013)
Legislator Sarah Anker attended the Town of Brookhaven's Annual Senior Citizens Picnic and Barbecue in June. The picnic offered a great opportunity for constituents to learn about senior services and meet elected officials. Over 900 seniors attend the event held at the Longwood Estate in the town of Ridge, Suffolk County. Read more.  
Aging in the Nation      
In Affordable Care, Obama Admin Grants a Delay for Business  
Associated Press (7/3/2013)
The Obama administration has granted businesses a delay related to a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that penalizes businesses for not reporting employee health benefits. Click here.

Proposed Ombudsman Regulations Call  for Comments

Congressman Reed (7/3/2013)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that a number of states may need to update their statutes, regulations, policies, and/or practices in order to operate their Ombudsman programs consistently. Input is being requested and the deadline for comments on new regulations is August 19, 2013. Read more.

Combined Anxiety Treatment Effective for Older Adults
health24 (6/28/2013)
A combination of antidepressant therapy and counselling is an effective way to treat anxiety in older adults, a new study finds. Read more.
4 Ways a Trade Agreement Could Aid Older Americans
The Fiscal Times (6/28/2013) 
An aging population and a trade agreement may seem an unlikely pairing - but history suggests otherwise. Today, as the World Economic Forum has noted, much of our economic success hinges on the "promise or peril" of an aging population. Read more
Helping Older Americans Avoid Swindles
NYTimes (6/13/2013)
Now, two federal agencies are promoting an educational program aimed at helping older adults safeguard their money and personal information as well as recognize possible financial swindles.

Field Resources     

Aging Network Events
For a calendar of events or to submit an event, click here.

Evidence-based Training in Albany and Erie Counties

Chronic Disease Self Management Training is an evidence-based training program offered through the Center for Excellence. In July and September, Regional Peer Leader Trainings take place in Albany and Erie counties. Peer Leaders go out into the community and run Chronic Disease Self Management Programs for individuals dealing with chronic disease.Read more.  
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