The program will support research dealing with adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 24 with serious, advanced illnesses, including end-of-life/palliative care models.
The Stamford office of top international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman joined leadership and staff of Maplewood Senior Living on Dec. 2 for the ceremonial ribbon cutting of the new Maplewood at Stony Hill.
Since the technology is all about keeping people connected and engaged and is extremely straightforward to use, it is ideal for seniors living alone or individuals of any age with an intellectual disability.
The American Medical Association (AMA) and other medical associations are urging a federal court to uphold a preliminary injunction barring UnitedHealthcare from arbitrarily dropping thousands of Connecticut physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard arguments this week in a nationally monitored case that will decide whether the injunction, obtained by two county medical associations in Connecticut, will survive a legal challenge from UnitedHeathcare, the nation’s largest MA insurer.
A newly issued $5 million tax-exempt bond allows this skilled nursing facility to refinance existing debt, thereby generating new working capital for interior refurbishment.
“Even the experts can have trouble embracing their challenges as they age," the report notes. Baby Boomers' strong desire and commitment to age in place at home was a central theme.
Participants fly rubberband and electric powered planes of less than 1 ounce with 13- to 16-inch wing spans in the center's gym.
Grantees use these funds to provide health services to low-income individuals, including those without insurance and the underinsured.
The group is part of a community-wide effort in partnership with ShopRite, a regional chain of co-op grocery stores, to benefit people who manage chronic illnesses and their resultant dietary restrictions.
The year-long program in 2012 provided members with a virtual world tour, with each month focusing on the heritage and culture of a different country.
This reading program pairs senior volunteers with third-graders at a nearby elementary school.
The Windsor Senior Center of Windsor, CT garners national recognition for its annual baking contest. The contest, "Batter Up," is aimed at determining "the best baker in town" and is co-sponsored by the Seabury Active Life Care Community.
The National Council on Aging has recognized the Groton Senior Center of Groton, CT for its comprehensive fall prevention program, "On Our Own: Staying Steady." The program combines physical assessments for risk of falling, thorough home risk assessments, and an education program, "Matter of Balance," in an effort to keep seniors independent.
The grant will specifically target individuals with congestive heart failure (CHF) or related conditions and provide scholarship money for women to access the Good Life Fitness program.
Grants help further implement the requirements of the Lifespan Respite Care Act by promoting collaboration of state aging agencies and state respite coalitions that enhance and expand the availability of Lifespan Respite services in the state.
With more than 1,800 blood donations canceled in Connecticut because of recent severe weather, American Red Cross officials called the governor's office, hoping Gov. Dan Molloy (D) could help spread the word about the need for donors.
The Greenwich, CT-based Henry E. Niles Foundation prefers to support new projects located in its home state and neighboring New York, although it does provide some funding nationally. The foundation is especially interested innovative pilot projects that test new program models.
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) officials say about $60 million is available for construction and permanent Tax-Exempt Bond (TEB) financing for multifamily rental housing developments.
Despite a lackluster housing market, housing transition specialist Sharon Beardsley's unique aging services-related enterprise -- By ReArrangement LLC, a Fairfield, CT-based company -- is experiencing a boom in business. Beardsley and her colleagues assist seniors who want to move to smaller residences.
A Greenwich, CT police officer was hoping the rules governing mandatory retirement for state Supreme Court justices would help him get promoted. Alas, no such luck. A divided Connecticut Supreme Court on Monday (Oct. 5) upheld a state law that allows justices who have reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 to complete work on cases they began hearing before their required retirement.
A public plan is needed to provide more and better competition and lower overall health care costs, say CMA analysts. This is particularly true given the increasing consolidation of the insurance market resulting in fewer and fewer private health insurers.
(Deadline: Aug. 17) The Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation Inc., the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of New Jersey, annually provides financial support to community clinics and facilities that help underserved populations -- especially the elderly -- gain access to dental care, facilities that provide dental treatment, dental education programs, and dental research projects.
Claiming harmful and illegal delays in enrollments for benefits to pay Medicare premiums, low income Medicare beneficiaries and advocacy organizations have filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the federal government and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Family is cherished and when it comes to protecting them -- let's face it, we'll pull out all the stops. Unless, of course, they're at risk of unknown danger right in their own homes, like 47% of U.S. adults may be by not being able to name even one ingredient in the cleaners they're using throughout their homes or the nearly one in five parents (18%) who do not take steps to safeguard their families from toxic ingredients in some household cleaners.
Manchester Memorial Hospital, located at 71 Haynes Street, Manchester, CT, has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal government in which it will pay $712,166 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.
Caring for elders, disabled people and families is an American value. For decades the public Medicare program has honored these values, bringing health and economic security to millions of older and disabled people and their families, says Judith Stein, executive director at the Center for Medicare Advocacy's Connecticut office. The new president should make the preservation and expansion of Medicare, as a vital social insurance program, a top domestic priority, she says.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has unveiled the 2009 Medicare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage plan options and is advising benefiiciaries to reivew their plans. Approximately 97% of beneficiaries enrolled in a stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP) will have access to Medicare drug and health plans in 2009 whose premiums would be the same or less than their coverage in 2008.
Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have made substantial progress in serving Medicare recipients, but there is much to be improved, says Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR), ranking minority member of the Special Committee Aging. Smith made the observation Thursday (Sept. 10) at a hearing of the panel. He based his view on the results of a three-and-a-half-year (still ongoing) investigation by his staff.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and their collaborators at Tufts University and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have identified a common genetic influence on B12 vitamin levels in the blood, suggesting a new way to approach the biological connections between an important biochemical variable and deficiency-related diseases.
One of the arguments espoused by Medicare Advantage (MA) plan proponents is that MA plans are able to coordinate the healthcare services of beneficiaries in their plans and therefore ensure that beneficiaries receive more appropriate care. However, comparisons of the health outcomes of beneficiaries enrolled in MA plans with those in traditional Medicare have not demonstrated that MA plans provide better health care than traditional Medicare, say analysts at the Washington, DC-based Center for Medicare Advocacy.
Twelve innovative in-home caregiver training programs are being awarded up to $25,000 through the 2008 Community College Caregiver Training Initiative of the International Longevity Center-USA (ILC-USA)'s Caregiving Project for Older Americans, supported by MetLife Foundation.
A new study concludes that nearly 13% of America's aged citizens suffer some form of abuse. Specifically, 9% of adults reported they have suffered from verbal mistreatment, 3.5% suffer financial mistreatment, and 0.2% suffer physical mistreatment.
Heart surgery, hip replacements and rhinoplasty are offered in countries such as India, Costa Rica, Turkey and Thailand for only a half to one-fifth of the cost in the United States. In fact, cross-border travel for major medical procedures has evolved into a global phenomenon, according to Herrick.
All physician groups participating in the Physician Group Practice (PGP) Demonstration improved the quality of care delivered to patients with congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes mellitus during performance year 2 of the demonstration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says.
New research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that "high-risk" patients with multiple medical conditions, including high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, can safely undergo carotid endarterectomy -- a stroke-preventing surgical procedure that clears blockages from the neck's carotid arteries.
Taking care of a parent can be a full-time job. Children may have to give up paying jobs in order to provide care to aging parents. Unfortunately, caregiving is usually unpaid work. Parents who want to compensate a child who takes on the burden of caregiving may do so in one of several ways.
The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation is a public charity dedicated to rapidly accelerating the discovery and development of drugs to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer's disease and cognitive aging. Research investigating the pathologic mechanisms of neuro-degeneration in fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) and related disorders has advanced recently, creating new potential targets for drug discovery. ADDF seeks to accelerate and support drug discovery for FTD and related dementias through this Request for Proposals. There is no deadline for applications.
Car donations -- a favorite tax deduction for many older Americans -- have plummeted since Congress in 2004 tightened the tax rules for claiming charitable deductions, finds a Grant Thornton analysis of new IRS data. Before 2005, taxpayers who donated a vehicle were allowed to deduct its fair market value. Tax legislation enacted in 2004 changed the rules to generally limit vehicle donation deductions of over $500 to either the actual proceeds from a vehicle's sale or the vehicle's fair market value -- whichever is less.
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.
The Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program in Geriatric Social Work, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and administered by the Gerontological Society of America, is aimed at bringing outstanding, talented, skilled people into the field of gerontological social work to train practitioners, research best practices and set future directions.
Americans age 55 and older pay $4.5 billion in fees annually for overdraft loans they haven't asked for and typically don't want, according to a new study by the Center for Responsible Lending. Of that, nearly $1 billion comes from people heavily dependent on Social Security income.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced plans to add a five-star ranking system to its nursing home website, Nursing Home Compare, by December 2008. Under the proposed system, each nursing facility participating in Medicare or Medicaid, or both, will receive one to five stars, with a composite score based on information currently on the website.
This national summit will bring together top healthcare and aging services innovators, policy makers and providers to debate and explore critical senior healthcare and housing issues facing our nation.
Nearly 4 million people with Medicare living in 10 communities across the nation will receive information about a new program aimed at lowering their costs for certain medical equipment and supplies by changing how Medicare pays for these items. CMS will begin mailing letters on the new program, which begins July 1, to beneficiaries later this month.
Connecticut: To help celebrate its 100th anniversary, Senior Services of Stamford, CT, will be hosting someone renowned for celebrating 100-year birthdays. Willard Scott, the inimitable NBC "Today" show personality who each week honors Americans turning 100 and beyond, is slated to be keynote speaker at Senior Services' first fundraising gala.
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.
As part of the event, West Haven is hosting a health and technology fair, presented by the city's Department of Elderly Services, in recognition of Older Americans Month. It will feature about 30 elderly services-related agencies and businesses, refreshments, raffles and giveaways, as well as live music.
Preference will be given to those applicants who may be either public entities or nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Preference will be given to requests that engage community stakeholders and result in building or rebuilding houses and/or apartments that are affordable to individuals/families earning a modest income (typically 80% or less of the area median income).
CMS revealed that its Real Choice Systems Change grants program for FY 2008 has available approximately $8 million in funding to continue to support states' efforts to address complex issues in long-term care reform. In addition, CMS was also awarded $5 million for Aging & Disability Resource Center /Area Agencies on Aging grants.
Liberty Mutual, the nation's eighth largest car and home insurer, and ITNAmerica, the first and only national nonprofit transportation network for America's aging population, have joined forces to help keep senior drivers safe on U.S. roads.
Congressional Democrats appear to have reached a tentative agreement on a $3.3 trillion FY 2009 budget resolution that does not include the Bush administration's proposed spending cuts for Medicare and Medicaid.
The Urban Institute's new report, Retirement Security for Low-Wage Workers: The Implications of Career Lengths for Social Security, describes how work histories vary by gender, education, and other characteristics.
HUD is making grant funding available for its Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2008. The award ceiling is $431.706 million.
Roughly a quarter of Americans with disabilities age 65 and older reported using at least one prescription drug deemed inappropriate for persons his or her age, according to the latest data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Since he is an imposing figure, dad's negative disposition can easily hinder his child's ability to interact with him. As a result, the lack of meaningful early communication can spill over into adulthood, leaving grown children with unresolved "daddy issues."
A blood test capable of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease with more than 90% accuracy is poised to hit the U.S. market as soon as this summer, according to the Society of Chemical Industry.
The Social Security Adminsitration is now offering information to the public in 15 languages besides English.
Teams of organizations and agencies having statewide reach are invited to submit proposals to conduct demonstration projects to establish and implement older driver safety plans.
EPA Region 1 (the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.) is accepting proposals for the Healthy Communities Grant Program.
The EPA Aging Initiative, in partnership with Generations United and the Rachel Carson Council Inc., is inviting submissions for its Second Annual Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Intergenerational Poetry, Essay and Photography Contest.
Medicare pays many hospitals and their doctors more than the most efficient and effective healthcare institutions to treat chronically ill people, yet gets worse results, according to a new report from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.
MedPAC will soon send recommendations to Congress regarding Medicare reimbursements for skilled nursing facilities and primary care.
House passage Tuesday of the Safety of Seniors (SOS) Act, clears the measure for the signing by President Bush. Advocates say the bill comes at a critical point.
Information about the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease has just been added to NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health website designed especially for seniors.
Average life expectancy continues to increase, and today's older Americans enjoy better health and financial security than any previous generation. However, rates of gain are inconsistent between the genders and across age brackets, income levels and racial and ethnic groups, find the authors of a new report.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has announced that it will be accepting applications for the Brodsky Grant, a $30,000 award to an innovative program or service that improves the lives of those affected by the brain disorder.
Senate Democrats are looking to reverse years of inadequate funding in the $2 billion Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the government's main effort to help pay the energy costs of poor families with children and elderly people on fixed incomes.
Researchers at Cornell have developed a website called ART -- an acronym for Aging Research Translator -- which they designed with community-based practitioners in mind.
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) isn't particularly happy with proposed legislation recently introduced by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI).
A new Commonwealth Fund report describes the range of state e-health activities, the challenges states are facing, and emerging best practices.
The Internal Revenue Service has released additional information about the upcoming economic stimulus payments in a specially designed section for taxpayers on IRS.gov.
Hamburger Helper, a General Mills company, seeks applications for its 2008 "My Hometown Helper" grant program, which focuses on local groups making a difference in their community.
A new analysis shows that the federal government spends more on seniors than on any other group or program.
The quarterly Reverse Mortgage Market Index shows a decline in senior home values and home equity held for the third quarter of 2007.
The head of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, Barbara Kennelly, a former Democratic congresswoman from Conneticut, is railing against the Bush Administration's FY 2009 budget.
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.
The International Council on Active Aging offers eight trends to watch in 2008 that will further define the term "active aging," especially among boomers.
The Dept. of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General is seeking comment from interested parties as OIG revises the compliance program guidance for nursing facilities, especially those serving Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal healthcare program beneficiaries.
CBO Director Peter Orszag tells the Senate Finance Committee that increasing the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid probably would help stimulate the economy, but the ultimate effect might vary for one state to another.
Winter weather that results in melted snow and ice can cause potentially dangerous and hazardous conditions for everyone
Black cancer patients age 65 and up are "consistently less likely" than their white counterparts to receive the recommended treatment, find Yale researchers.
A host of new laws on topics ranging from allowing civil unions in New Hampshire to prohibiting text messaging while driving in Washington state become effective Jan. 1, 2008. The National Conference of State Legislatures found a host of state laws in 31 states ranging from controversial to clever that will become law on New Year's Day.
Hebrew SeniorLife has closed on the sale of $457 million in tax-exempt bonds -- the largest tax exempt bond financing in U.S. history for the purpose of funding development of a nonprofit continuing care retirement community.
The newest supporter of the National Awards program Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging is the Center for Civic Partnerships (CCP). The Center for Civic Partnerships, part of the Public Health Institute, is a nonprofit support organization that strengthens individuals, organizations,...
PBS is about to air "The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's" -- a two-hour special aimed at helping people better understand and cope with the fearsome disease of Alzheimer's.
After a Medicare-covered 3-day inpatient hospital stay, beneficiaries in traditional Medicare are eligible for up to 100 days of skilled nursing facility care. To be covered, the care must be skilled, must be daily, and must, as a practical matter, need to be rendered in an inpatient facility....
The MetLife Mature Market Institute has updated its guide, "Since You Care: Hiring an Independent Caregiver."
Does long-term use of Prilosec and Nexium increase the risk of heart attacks, heart failure, and heart-related sudden death in patients? FDA says no.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is making available a new health literacy tool for people who serve older adults. The Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults is designed to provide useful strategies and suggestions to professionals who work with older adults to help bridge the communication gap between professionals and older adults.