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June/July 2014

ACUU Receives Rave Reviews
Aging-NY (6/25/2014)
The results are in and it's practically unanimous -- #ACUU2014 was "outstanding," "fantastic" and "phenomenal." Read more.

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New Law Expands ACL's Capacity
Administration for Community Living (7/21/2014)
The reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act means the administration of the independent living programs authorized under Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act is being relocated from the Department of Education to the Administration for Community Living of the Department of Health and Human Services, home of the Administration on Aging. Read more.

State Reinvests $6.3 Billion through Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) 
Aging-NY (6/27/2014)
In an effort to reform the health care delivery system in New York State, the State is reinvesting $6.3 billion of the $8 billion Medicaid Waiver, approved by the federal government in April 2014, into something called DSRIP - the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. Click here for more on DSRIP. Click here
for the Members Only DSRIP Fact Sheet.

Cuomo Ally to Oversee $6 Billion for Health Care Delivery System Reform Known as DSRIP

Capital (6/9/2014)
Former deputy secretary of health Jim Introne is returning to the state Department of Health to help oversee the disbursal of more than $6 billion in federal money from a recently approved Medicaid Waiver. Read more.

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State Announces $100M for Brooklyn in First Waiver Awards

Capital (7/8/2014)
Medicaid Waiver money is beginning to find its way to the Medicaid population through an infusion of $500 million set aside for safety-net hospitals. Read more.

DOH's Latest BIP Webinar Focuses on "No Wrong Door" 
Aging-NY (6/30/2014)  
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recently produced a webinar on the "no wrong door" system for obtaining information on long term services and supports. Click here for the PowerPoint from the webinar. Click here for the State's web page on BIP.

Age Friendly Communities: What It Means for Your County

NYSAC (6/5/2014)
A 2010 AARP survey found 85 percent of Americans 45 and older want to stay in their communities and their homes. How do we make that possible? Read more.

State Health Department Releases Report on Obamacare in NY
Daily News (6/25/2014)
"The year-one results show strong activity throughout the state and across many important measures such as age, prior insurance status, affordability, and health plan options," according to Donna Frescatore, Executive Director of NY State of Health. Read more.

A Chiseled Bodybuilder, Frail Clients and a Fitness Story for the Ages
NYTimes (6/20/2014)
Years ago, his chiseled physique, bowling ball biceps and camera-ready smile brought him fame across his homeland in West Africa. Today Mr. Addo uses his imposing muscles and hard-won expertise to help frail seniors like Mrs. Friedman restore their balance, mobility and strength. Read more.  

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Niagara Falls Memorial Receives OK to Pursue Niagara-Orleans
Health Care Coalition 
Niagara Frontier Publications (6/13/2014) 
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center received the approval to ask other health care organizations to join the Niagara-Orleans DSRIP coalition. Agencies and organizations that do so can be sure they will play a significant role in New York state's health care delivery system reform. Read more.

Klein and Cuomo on the Independent Democratic Conference 
Gov. Cuomo (6/25/2014) 
Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Jeffrey Klein released a joint statement on the Independent Democratic Conference saying: IDC members are united and agree to work together to form a new majority coalition between the Independent Democratic Conference and the Senate Democratic Conference. Read more.

Helping Seniors Help Local Farmers   
Legislative Gazette (7/14/2014) 
Gov. Cuomo announced recently that $1.5 million in farmers' market checks are being distributed again across the state. The coupons provide an incentive for eligible individuals to include locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet and support local farmers, according to Corinda Crossdale, Director of the New York State Office for the Aging. Read more.   
Aging in the Community
Director Profiles

Patty Baroody on Her New Role as Steuben County's Aging Office Director

Aging-NY (7/24/2014)
 Patty Baroody has been with the office for aging as a Caregiver Coordinator for 15 years. She replaced the retiring office for aging Director in January, 2014, just in time for the state's roll-out of  health care delivery system reform and Managed Long Term Care. Read more.

51% of State's Aging Leadership Turns Over in Two Years
Aging-NY (7/24/2014)
Thirty of New York's 59 mostly county-based Area Agencies on Aging have welcomed new Directors/Commissioners since 2012; that's 51 percent of the offices for aging, according to the Association on Aging In New York, which represents them. Read more

Albany County Sponsors 1st Annual Aging Summit
Aging-NY (6/19/2014)
The Albany County Department for the Aging and Albany County Executive, Daniel P. McCoy, sponsored the 1st Annual Albany Aging Summit that brought aging services providers and policymakers together to plan for the coming "aging tsunami." Click here for YouTube video on the Albany Aging Summit. 
(l to r) Daniel P. McCoy, Albany County Executive; Laura Cameron, Executive Director of the Association on Aging in NY; George Brown, Commissioner of the Albany County Department for Aging; and Corinda Crossdale, Director of the NYS Office for the Aging.    
Other Community News

NY Connects in the News in Columbia County

The Daily Mail (6/18/2014)   
Whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance or are eligible for a government program, NY Connects will help you navigate your long-term care choices. Read more.

City, County and State Cooperate to Reunite Programs
Olean Times Herald (6/1/2014)

The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging's Senior Wellness and Nutrition (SWAN) program is returning to the Olean Senior Center in the John Ash Community Building. Read more.

It's That Time of Year Again -- Picnic and Fun Fest
News Channel 34 (5/28/2014)

Rita Fluharty, Coordinator of Health and Wellness at the Broome County Office for Aging, shares the reason the picnic attracts hundreds of Broome County seniors. Read more.   
Aging in the Nation     

Former First Lady Takes the Stage at n4a Conference

The Dallas Morning News (7/15/2014)
For former first lady Laura Bush, watching her parents and her presidential in-laws age gracefully is a reminder that old age doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying life. Read more.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day Observed by Feds
ADRC (6/18/2014)
How can individuals and organizations help prevent and stop elder abuse. Click here to read more from Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator of ACL, Secretary Kathey Greenlee. Click here for more information from the National Center on Elder Abuse.
Aging in the World  
The Percentage Of The Population That's Over 65 Is Going To Explode All Over the Place
Business Insider (6/21/2014)
The United Nations can now predict what year the number of people over the age of 60 (older persons) is set to exceed the number of children for the first time. Read more


Field Resources     

Members Only    

Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP)  
Aging-NY (6/27/2014)
In an effort to reform the health care delivery system in New York State, the State is reinvesting $6.3 billion of the $8 billion Medicaid Waiver, approved by the federal government in April 2014, into something called DSRIP -  the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. Click here for DSRIP resources and the DSRIP Fact Sheet.

Rebalancing Long Term Services & Supports Through BIP  
In order to keep Association on Aging in NY members up-to-date on the Balancing Incentive Plan (BIP) Program, Aging-NY produced a page on the Members Only section of the website devoted exclusively to BIP. Click here to find out everything you always wanted to know about BIP but were afraid to ask.

Save the Date for Leadership Institute
The Association on Aging in NY has scheduled the fall Leadership Institute for Members Only, which takes place Oct. 21 - 23, 2014 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel click here in Watkins Glen, NY. Click here for more information.  


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