On Tuesday, March 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act for an additional five years (through 2024). The bill was previously passed by the Senate and now heads to the President for his signature.
The aim of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) is to create “one-stop shop” single entry points for information about the range of public and private long-term services and supports (LTSS) available to consumers. ADRCs may provide options counseling regarding public and private LTSS, and provide access to public programs such as Medicaid and Department of Veterans Affairs programs.
ADRCs may also provide discharge planning and care transition services to help individuals remain in their own homes after a hospitalization, rehabilitation, or
skilled nursing facility visit. There are over 500 ADRC sites nationwide, operating in 50 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia.
The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources is an Aging and Disability Resource Center.
“UPDATE: This blog post is not an endorsement. I’m just explaining a surprising result in my case. I have no idea or any way to know if it would be helpful for anyone else.” – TimeGoesBy
Do you know what this is? Or what it is for?
“Stick with me here and I’ll tell you.
“Until 2017, I spent 76 years being so healthy that I hardly noticed my body. The occasional cold, the even fewer influenzas over decades repeatedly confirmed my long-settled expectation that good health was just how I rolled in life.
I didn’t even think my health was particularly remarkable. It just was. Until it wasn’t anymore.
“Until cancer and, subsequently, COPD too, I thought of medical treatment in terms of big, serious stuff – hospital, surgery, prescription drugs. It turns out (and maybe you already know this) that much more mundane, ordinary remedies do a lot of good.”
Find out more; click here to read this post in its entirety at TimeGoesBy.net.
“The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, and the National Council on Aging is taking proactive steps to share the best information we have to protect the public’s health, especially among older adults. Now is the time to stay informed and follow basic tips to protect yourself and those around you.
“Older Adults at Higher Risk
“The CDC has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. According to the CDC, early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.
“This is likely because as people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection, and because many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness. Age increases the risk that the respiratory system or lungs will shut down when an older person has COVID-19 disease.
“This infographic offers an overview of the social determinants of health, their implications for health outcomes and costs, and solutions to address unmet needs.
“How can a diabetic person manage their diet if they don’t know whether they will be able to afford their next meal? This is just one example of the profound influence of social determinants like food security on our health outcomes.
“A recent study found that people are more than two times more likely to go to the emergency room if they struggle with food insecurity, access to reliable transportation or community safety. Building healthier communities will require collaboration across sectors to provide solutions like school food programs, ride-sharing initiatives and early childhood education.” SOURCE: The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation
Health care is a top issue for voters in the 2020 election. Polling indicates voter concerns range from the high cost of health coverage and prescription drugs, to protections for people with pre-existing conditions, to women’s health issues.
To understand the health care landscape in which the 2020 election policy debates will unfold, these state health care snapshots provide data across a variety of health policy subjects, including health care costs, health coverage—Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance—and the uninsured, women’s health, health status, and access to care. They also describe each state’s political environment.
Population and Income
- Pennsylvania was the 6th largest state, with a population of 12,388,100 in 2018.
- 27.8% of Pennsylvania residents had incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in 2018, which was smaller than the US share (30.4%).
- 96.7% of Pennsylvania residents were US citizens in 2018, higher than the US overall (93.2%).
FROM AN E-mail from Pennsylvania Post:
“What’s it like to be on the verge of poverty, without a home but still trying to take part in politics. Studies show that those who live in unstable financial and housing conditions vote less often. And in Reading, where the eviction rate is highest among the state’s top five cities, that could mean low turnout in a city that has recently experienced an uptick in eligible Latino voters.”
“The high cost of living in Pa: If you and your partner live in city suburbs with two children, you have to make $88,000 a year if you want to live without government assistance, according to a Self-Sufficiency Standard compiled for 41 states by the University of Washington. That’s a shocking number for most Pennsylvanians, where the median income for the state is about $28,000 lower. The Inquirer broke down the standard of living calculations for the county suburbs surrounding Philly.
“June (left) and Mary Kelly with a photo of their mother, Marilyn Kelly. Marilyn was living at Our House Too, in Rutland, Vt., before she died.” – James Buck/VPR/Seven Days
by Emily Corwin, Derick Brouwer, Andrea Suosso
“Some states call them assisted living facilities; others, residential or personal care homes. These state-licensed facilities promise peace of mind for families whose elders require long-term care. In Vermont and elsewhere, investigations into these homes have revealed lax oversight, injuries and deaths.
“Few understand the risks like June Kelly. Her mother, Marilyn Kelly, was energetic and loved to go fishing when she moved into Our House Too, a 13-bed facility that advertised its memory-care expertise. Over the next eight months, almost everything went wrong that could.
“Often, her daughters arrived to find their 78-year-old mom in a stupor. June arrived one day to discover Marilyn trying to feed herself but unable to find her mouth with her fork.
“‘She was in her pajamas, and there was excrement down her arm,’ she recalled.”
Clues about the biological mechanisms that contribute to a person’s chance of contemplating or attempting suicide
“NOTE: The findings shown in this graphic come from studies with very different approaches to investigating suicide. Some studies control for psychiatric disorders, others don’t; different studies focus on different brain areas; and many of the findings are preliminary.” © LISA CLARK
by Catherine Offord
“Scientists have identified several key neurobiological pathways with ties to suicidal behaviors. Research in the field addresses only a fraction of the complexity of this serious public health problem, and the literature on the topic is complicated by variation in study design, but the clues point to several interacting moderators of suicide risk. Three of the systems best-studied in relation to suicide are:”
Click here to read this article at The Scientist in its entirety.