May 2, 2014
In This Issue
*NASUAD: Share Your Programs
*I&R: Webinar: Introduction to LGBT Aging
*ACL: Webinar: Elder Abuse and Neglect of Persons with Dementia
*VA: VA Launches Employment Center Website
*NIA: Encouraging Older Adults to Participate in Research
*ODEP Signs Strategic Alliances
*AAHD: New Fact Sheet for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative
*JAN Publishes New Consultants' Corner
*KFF: Briefing: How Well Are Seniors Making Choices
*Webinar: Aging & Behavioral Health Partnerships
*CV: Elder Justice Initiative Budget Request - Sign the Petition
*RRTI: Webinar: New Trends in Pharmacology and Developmental Disabilities
*ROD: 2014 State of the Science Conference - Presentations Posted
*UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization Issue Briefe
*Just for Fun
*Friday Updates Archive

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30th Annual National HCBS Conference

September 15-18, 2014 

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National Information and Referral Support Center

Webinar: Introduction to LGBT Aging

Please join the National I&R Support Center for an interactive webinar on Thursday, May 15, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET., addressing the culture and needs of LGBT older adults. Presenter Tim R. Johnston, PhD, Manager of Education and Training for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, will review LGBT history, the unique vulnerabilities and needs of LGBT older adults, and best practices for making aging network services providers welcoming to LGBT older adults.


The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults.


Click here to join the visual component of the webinar.

To join the audio component of the webinar, call 888-346-3659, passcode: 382574

From the Administration
Administration for Community Living
Webinar: Trends and New Directions: Findings from 2013 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) Survey

The Administration on Community Living (ACL) is holding a webinar on May 21, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will present the findings from the 2013 survey of the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and discuss new directions, opportunities and challenges in aging services. Presenters will share findings from the survey related to the following topics: Organizational Infrastructure, Key Features and Services of AAA's, Innovative Care Delivery, Elder Abuse Prevention, Sustainability Strategies and Business Development, and Training Needs. The webinar will also explore the expanding role of the aging network in the new healthcare delivery system and identify state and national trends, using comparison data from the 2007, 2008, and 2010 surveys. Q&A session will follow the presentations.


Click here to pre-register for the webinar. Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so register early. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the ACL web site after it ends. 
Department of Veteran Affairs

VA Launches Employment Center Website

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched the Employment Center website. The website is the single federal source for Veterans looking for new career opportunities in the private and public sectors, as well as service members transitioning to the civilian workforce, military spouses and dependents looking for employment opportunities, G.I. BillŪ beneficiaries transitioning from training to the job market and employers looking to connect with high quality applicants. This new site integrates multiple tools and resources for both job seekers and employers, including the Veterans Job Bank. 


Click here to view the Employment Center Website.

Click here to read the White House press release.

National Institute on Aging

Encouraging Older Adults to Participate in Research

In a recent blog post, Nina Silverberg, National Institute on Aging's Assistant Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Centers Program stressed the need to recruit older participants in research, especially from underrepresented groups. She writes, "A survey by Research!America indicates that many older adults would be willing to participate in medical research if they were aware of studies or invited to participate, particularly by a trusted primary care provider...Some strategies for increasing participation we discussed include:

  • Bridging the gap between research and clinical care
  • Connecting participant registries
  • Accommodating participant/caregiver needs
  • Raising awareness and building trust with communities

The key to all these strategies of course is connecting participants, health care providers, and researchers at the local level."


Click here to read the full blog post.

Office of Disability Employment Policy

ODEP Signs Strategic Alliances

The US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently signed two alliances as part of the ODEP Alliance Initiative with organizations committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. These organizations include the Youth Transition Collaborative and the Center for Health Care Transition Improvement (Got Transition). Working together as the Employment and Health Care Transition Alliance for Youth, Young Adults, and Young Veterans with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions, this alliance will provide stakeholders with information, technical assistance and resources to help build the capacity of regional and national organizations. Also, this alliance will empower youth and young veterans with disabilities to create a self-directed path to integrated employment.


Click here to read about the ODEP Alliance Initiative.

From Other Organizations
American Association on Health and Disability

New Fact Sheet for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) has announced the publication of a new fact sheet for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). Referral and Resource Lists is written to help Navigators identify what additional resources are available to assist consumers with disabilities as they make decisions related to their healthcare coverage. 

The NDNRC is an initiative aimed at providing cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists. The website recently published the Guide to Disability for Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Navigators which provides information on special considerations people with disabilities face as they shop for healthcare coverage.


Click here to view the fact sheet.

Job Accomodation Network

JAN Publishes New Consultants' Corners

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released two issues of its informational publication, Consultants' Corner, in which a JAN consultant addresses a specific topic related to workplace accommodations or legislation. In one Consultants' Corner, Melanie Whetzel, M.A., provides an in-depth look at "Interviewing Tips for Applicants with Autism Spectrum Disorders." In the other Consultants' Corner, Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., covers the topic "Does the ADA Apply to Foreign Employment?"


Click here to view the Consultants' Corner archive.

Kaiser Family Foundation 

Briefing: How Well Are Seniors Making Choices Among Medicare's Private Plans?

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) is holding a briefing entitled, How Well Are Seniors Making Choices Among Medicare's Private Plans And Does It Matter? on May 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET. (Registration and breakfast at 9 a.m.) in Washington, DC. The policy briefing will examine how seniors and younger Medicare beneficiaries are negotiating their Medicare Advantage and Part D coverage options. The briefing will also consider the implications for these groups and for Medicare in the future. Swarthmore College Professor Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice and a TED conference speaker, will provide opening remarks on why Americans value choice and the effects of abundant choice for individuals and their decision-making. 


Click here to register for the event.

National Council on Aging
Webinar: Aging & Behavioral Health Partnerships - Strategies for SUCCESS!

The National Council on Aging is holding a webinar on May 13, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will present the latest data on the connection between behavioral health and overall physical health for older adults. Representatives from Michigan and New Jersey will share successes and challenges in helping individuals with behavioral health conditions maintain good health through chronic disease self-management education programs. The webinar will also offer strategies for sustaining these programs through aging and behavioral health partnerships. 


Click here to register for the webinar.

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
Elder Justice Initiative Budget Request - Sign the Petition

The President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget includes an Elder Justice Initiative of $25 million. The funding would be used to create an Adult Protective Services (APS) National Data System, develop APS program standards, and support evidence-based research regarding elder abuse.

The Elder Justice Coalition created a petition on to encourage the Obama Administration to make the Elder Justice Initiative budget request a priority when speaking with Congress. The petition needs 100,000 signatures by May 7, 2014 in order to receive an official response from the President.

The public can express their support of the Elder Justice Initiative and the need to protect victims of elder abuse.


Click here for more information.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Institute

Webinar: New Trends in Pharmacology and Developmental Disabilities

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Institute is holding a free webinar on pharmacology and developmental disabilities on May 8, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ETThis webinar examines new medications and new forms of medications commonly prescribed for people with developmental disabilities. The webinar will also review treatment for autism, what professionals need to know about generic compounds, and strategies to share information about these developments in pharmacology. Free CEUs are available. 

Click here to register for the webinar.

Research on Disability

2014 State of the Science Conference - Presentations Posted

On April 8-9, 2014, Research on Disability held the State-of-the-Science conference in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference presented research from three National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded employment Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs). A common theme underlying these RRTCs is a commitment to conducting research that enhances the scientific evidence to reduce the employment gap between people with and without disabilities. These RRTCs contribute to addressing this theme in three different ways:

Click here to view the presentations.

UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization Issue Brief

The UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization at the UnitedHealth Group released an issue brief on specialty pharmaceuticals entitled, The Growth of Specialty Pharmacy: Current Trends and Future Opportunities. The issue brief offers new data and insights from UnitedHealth Group on the challenges of managing specialty pharmacy as well as practical solutions in five areas. Specialty pharmaceuticals are a relatively new class of drugs that have important treatment implications for people with chronic and progressive diseases such as multiple sclerosis, hepatitis C, hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancer. Specialty pharmaceuticals also represent the fastest growing prescription medications market in terms of growth and cost, with spending increasing at about 20 percent a year - much higher than for any other health care benefit.  


Click here to read the entire issue brief.

2014 American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) will hold its 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida from May 15-17. The meeting will include symposia, workshops, and continuing education sessions for geriatrics professionals of all types. Sessions cover a wide range of issues including care delivery, health policy, and current research on aging. Networking opportunities include a poster reception, interest group and section meetings. For those who cannot attend, follow hashtag #AGS14 on Twitter.


Click here for more information or to register.
Just for Fun
A Day In A Life Movie

A Day in a Life tells the story of five seniors who decide to turn one ordinary day into something special. The drama stars Richard Bull, who is best known for his recurring role as Mr. Oleson on the TV series "Little House on the Prairie." Get more information and watch the trailer  here.

Internet Use Linked to Depression in Retirees 

A new study in the Journal of Gerontology reported that older Americans who regularly spent time online were about a third less likely to suffer from depression, compared to peers who did not use the internet. The largest impacts on depression were for people who lived alone hence connecting with others, eliminating isolation and loneliness are important. Read the report here.

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