The Low Vision Focus program is a series of 10 free audio lesson topics designed to help those living with low vision maintain their independence by sharing practical ways to address daily living skills.
Funds will establish specialized Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research focused on chronic disease prevention. The emphasis will be on developing, implementing and disseminating community-based multilevel interventions.
The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging, located in Calera, AL, just completed its third-annual Blooming Benefits Day, an event aimed at helping the elderly, disabled and caregivers better navigate the services available to them.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and the Middle Alabama Area on Aging (M4A) is celebrating the event by encouraging seniors to take care of their own hearts and health.
The Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) and its top executive, Commissioner Irene Collins, are being honored for developing what ADSS is calling the "Safe Center" concept. The Alabama agency has been named winner in the "Senior Citizens' Preparedness Award" category at the 2009 National Hurricane Conference in Austin, TX. The Safe Center concept, a storm-proof structure that provides a safe refuge for seniors in times of emergency, is the result of a partnership between ADSS, the U.S. Administration on Aging, Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday (April 13) identified 14 communities around the nation that have been chosen for the agency's Care Transitions Project, which seeks to eliminate unnecessary hospital readmissions.
As part of its Quaker Go Project, Quaker Oats has announced a new grant program to support people working to combat hunger at the community level. This is a great opportunity for Meals on Wheels programs and other nutrition-related projects that serve seniors. But you need to get moving right away. Deadline for submissions is March 31.
The deadline for grant applications for the 2009 Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program is fast approaching. March 13 is the closing date for this significant funding opportunity.
Reducing urinary incontinence can now be added to the extensive list of health benefits of weight loss, according to a clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
SouthernCare Inc. and its shareholders have agreed to pay the United States a total of $24.7 million to settle allegations that the Birmingham, AL-based company submitted false claims to the government for patients treated at its hospice facilities, U.S. Justice Department (DoJ) officials tell us. SouthernCare operates approximately 99 locations that provide hospice services in 15 states.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has named the final five contractors that will process and pay Medicare claims for healthcare services under the Medicare Fee-for-Service program. The new contracts that will be administered for up to five years will process and pay 36% of the national volume of Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) claims payments in 14 states, mostly in the South and Midwest.
Congress has taken an important step to help senior citizens whose retirement savings have been hit by market losses. The House and Senate have approved a pension bill containing a provision that suspends the minimum distribution requirement for retirement accounts for the year 2009.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will award three new grants totaling $21.25 million over a five-year period to study how environmental factors contribute to the cause, prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other related disorders.
With the number of people affected by Alzheimer's disease expected to triple in the next five to 10 years, assisted living (AL) facilities are in need of new technology-based solutions to improve the efficiency and quality of care for their growing number of residents. A new technology solution, dubbed the TracPoint system, uses ultra wideband (UWB) real-time location system (RTLS) technology from Time Domain Corp. to monitor residents, staff and medical equipment, and improve facility operations and security.
Although Hurricane Gustav evacuees in Gulf Coast states, including the elderly who reside in nursing homes, are being allowed by authorities to return to their homes, there has been no comprehensive assessment of how much damage the storm did and the condition their residences. Meanwhile, the state officials are carefully analyzing weather information to assess whether another evacuation may be required.
The Department of Health & Human Services is implementing the Disaster Case Management demonstration program to make it easier for disaster victims to obtain a wide range of assistance and socialcservices. The program will aid people from the Louisiana parishes covered under President Bush's disaster declaration related to Hurricane Gustav.
Are you affected by Hurricane Gustav? Need information about applicable waivers and modifications? Here's what you need to know.
Americans lack the basic freedom to make their own healthcare decisions, says the author of the second edition of the U.S. Index of Health Ownership, an annual report by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). The Index measures the degree to which individuals -- be they patients, health professionals, entrepreneurs, or taxpayers -- "own" the healthcare in their states.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have published a final rule requiring the installation of sprinkler systems in all long-term care facilities by Aug. 13, 2013. The American Health Care Assn., which worked with CMS t...
Agency: Admin. on Aging. Program: Disaster Assistance for State Units on Aging (SUAs) and Tribal Organizations (CFDA Number 93.048. Eligibility: SUAs and federally recognized tribal organizations within states or pa...
While reporting on the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), passed July 15 to override a veto by President Bush, focused primarily on the provisions canceling a pay cut for physicians that went into effect July 1, the Center for Medicare Advocacy issued a release citing other...
The search for the highly fabled, disgustingly illusive "Fountain of Youth" continues into the 21st century -- more than 600 years after Juan Ponce de León first claimed he found it somewhere in what is now northern Florida. Today, the quest for eternal youth is scientific in nature -- and researchers are more determined than ever to succeed.
Medicare payment rates to nursing homes will increase by $780 million next year, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS) say. The boost in payments is the result of a 3.4% increase in the annual market basket calculation of the cost of goods and services included in a skilled nursing facility stay. The price of the items in the basket is measured every year and Medicare payments are adjusted accordingly.
After nearly a year of haggling over various aspects of housing market rescue and months of debate over what became the proposed Economic Recovery Act of 2008, the House approves the measure on a 272-152 vote late Wednesday afternoon and sent the measure to the Senate where Democratic leaders say it will pass.
Following President Bush’s veto of the Medicare improvement bill (HR 6331), both chambers of Congress on Tuesday (July 15) voted to override the veto. The House approved the override by a vote of 383 -41, while the Senate voted 70-26.
The Administration on Aging (AoA) is making availabile $10.9 million for Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants to States Projects. Funding is available for states through two ADDGS Program Announcements: "Innovation Grants to Better Serve People with ADRD" and "Evidence-Based Intervention Translation Grants to Serve People with People with ADRD and their Caregivers." Both announcements provide the opportunity for the Aging Services Network and its partners to modernize and strengthen their approach to helping individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias and their caregivers.
New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) has signed into law HB 1274, making his the first state to legislatively adopt provisions based on the North American Securities Administrators Association's Model Rule on the Use of Senior Certifications and Professional Designations.
At the last minute, the Bush administration has interceded for physicians with the Department of Health & Human Services and postponed the 10.6% Medicare payment cut that was supposed to take effect today (July 1).
Many states need a bit more schooling when it comes to prostate cancer screening and legislation, according to the just-released 2008 Prostate Cancer Report Card issued by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC). The report assesses each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and assigns a grade based on critical areas like mortality and screening rates, state insurance mandates and support for prostate cancer-related legislation.
Some of the biggest names in the consumer credit business, including GE Money, Citigroup and Chase, are pushing risky credit for financing medical procedures, according to the latest issue of Consumer Reports, published by the nonprofit advocacy group Consumers Union.
Witnesses at a May 22 Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing support an end to an asset test for the low income subsidy for Medicare Part D recipients, but bipartisan legislation to increase the allowable levels is stalled by disagreement between Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee about how to pay for those measures and an 18-month delay for a scheduled 10.6% cut in physician fees.
Preference will be given to those applicants who may be either public entities or nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
CMS proposes revisions to the Medicare Advantage program and prescription drug benefit) that could impact the way so-called "dual eligible" beneficiaries obtain services.
Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) have introduced a bill to address the shortage of housing for Gulf Coast low-income seniors and disabled people who were displaced as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
One notice is a proposed rule to update payment rates used under the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities. The second notice updates prospective payment rates for Medicare inpatient psychiatric hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities.
HUD is making grant funding available for its Assisted Living Conversion Program for Eligible Multifamily Housing Projects. The deadline for applications is July 3, 2008. The award ceiling is $24.75 million.
GAO) has released a report examining one-stop career centers as a means to link older workers with employers through employment and training services.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently added information about climate change and older adults to its website.
Quite a few people -- many of them elderly and on fixed incomes -- are under the impression that unless they go out and buy an expensive new HDTV, they won't be able to watch their favorite TV shows after Feb. 17, 2009, which is the day the national transition to digital television takes place. That simply isn't so.
If your organization deals with any of the millions of baby boomers who are beginning to think about retirement, here are 10 tips from co-founder of Life Options Institute, an organization devoted to helping people plan for life after age 50.
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If you're 60 or older, you may be at risk of getting shingles. For some people who get shingles, the malady is short-lived and only mildly uncomfortable. For many others, shingles can be a long-lasting ailment causing considerable pain.
The National Alliance for Caregiving and the MetLife Foundation tell us that applications will soon be accepted for the 2008 National Family Caregiving Awards Program.
A new method of paying for some items of medical equipment and supplies means that Medicare beneficiaries who use those items in ten select regions of the country will see average savings of 26 percent.
Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic models have increasingly been employed in chemical health risk assessments carried out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and it is anticipated that their use will continue to increase.
Hundreds of elderly New Orleans residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina will soon be able to return home to the Crescent City thanks to the efforts of Volunteers of America.
The U.S. Department of Labor has unveiled a new online resource that makes it easier for Americans to prepare for a financially secure retirement.
Bolder Broadcasting Inc., an Orlando, FL-based content provider specializing in the 45+ market, launches GrowingBolder.com, a unique online community for men and women (we daren't use the "O" word here) interested in living life to its fullest.
CBO purposely chose to concentrate on Medicare spending because there are more data available about the cost of providing healthcare to Medicare beneficiaries than there are for other populations. Also, as the largest federal healthcare program, Medicare is highly relevant to and directly influenced by federal policy.
February is Black History Month and American Heart Month, so the Alzheimer's Assn. is teaming up with the American Heart Assn. in an effort to educate African-Americans that by managing their cardiovascular risk, they may also strengthen their cognitive health.
The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing to update its regulations under the 15-year-old Family & Medical Leave Act to help workers and their employers better understand their rights and responsibilities.
The Food & Drug Admin. has approved the Endeavor Zotarolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent for use in treating patients with narrowed coronary arteries, the blood vessels supplying the heart.
New federal poverty level guidelines published this week will affect eligibility levels for many public benefits, including health benefits for older people and people with disabilities.
Unless policy changes are made to strengthen Medicare and Social Security, millions of seniors will experience serious declines in their financial and health security, finds the author of a new, groundbreaking study.
A nonprofit senior housing company in Minnesota offers two new white papers examining how technology is changing the face of aging in America.
The rapid growth in the nation's healthcare expenditures and overall demographic trends pose a challenge to Medicare's financing in the 21st century.
A Michigan dermatologist has been sentenced to a term of 126 months' imprisonment on 31 counts of healthcare fraud.
The chairman and ranking member of the U.S. House Small Business Committee's subcommittee on Investigation & Oversight have sent a letter SBA Administrator Steven Preston asking SBA to "intervene with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay implementation of the final rule on competitive bidding for DMEPOS until the Office of Advocacy can sufficiently assess the economic impact of the rule on small businesses."
While millions of people suffer late life depression year round, the situation is exacerbated during the holidays.
The Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents Program, a key component of the project, is designed to improve the amount and quality of geriatric education received by medical and surgical residents. The program provides small grant support to bring geriatrics expertise into residency programs.
It appears hospice providers are being penalized for caring for patients who live longer than six months.