FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – “Developing Solutions for Social Isolation in the United States: Learning From the World”

We’re providing a total of $2.5 million in funding, looking for the best ideas from around the world that can address social isolation in the United States.

SOCIAL ISOLATION

by Maryjoan Ladden

I remember reading the story of a dying patient who, when asked who to call as his life was ending, he replied, ‘no one.’ He had absolutely no immediate family or close friends. Dr. Druv Khullar who wrote the piece noted ‘the sadness of his death was surpassed only by the sadness of his solitude. I wondered whether his isolation was a driving force of his premature death, not just an unhappy circumstance.’

“This profoundly sad story struck me to my core.

“Not everyone has a social network to call on when they need people by their side. Many people feel disconnected from society and from life, and that contributes to a host of physical, mental and emotional health problems. In fact, according to experts, social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking, obesity, elevated blood pressure, and high cholesterol.”

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“Cataract Surgery May Prolong Your Life” – The New York Times

“After 72 very nearsighted years, 55 of them spent wearing Coke-bottle glasses, Jane Quinn of Brooklyn, N.Y., is thrilled with how well she can see since having her cataracts removed last year.

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by Jane E. Brody

“‘It’s very liberating to be able to see without glasses,’ Ms. Quinn told me. ‘My vision is terrific. I can even drive at night. I can’t wait to go snorkeling.’

“And I was thrilled to be able to tell her that the surgery very likely did more than improve her poor vision. According to the results of a huge new study, it may also prolong her life.

“The 20-year study, conducted among 74,044 women aged 65 and older, all of whom had cataracts, found a 60 percent lower risk of death among the 41,735 women who had their cataracts removed.” – Continue reading this New York Times article, click here.

Hamilton Relay Offers $500 Scholarships: Application deadline is March 1, 2018

Creating opportunities for higher education is a priority for Hamilton Relay. The goal of the Hamilton Relay Scholarship is to support students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking in their post-secondary education.

The Hamilton Relay Scholarship is extended to a qualifying high school student living within one of the states where Hamilton Relay is the contracted telecommunications relay and/or captioned telephone service provider. This includes California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.

In each of these states, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to one eligible applicant. All applicants must meet eligibility requirements and submit required application materials prior to the March 1, 2018 deadline.

Download the Hamilton Relay Scholarship Guidelines and Application and apply today!

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Scholarship Application .pdf

For additional information and questions, please contact Customer Care at 800-618-4781 or scholarship@hamiltonrelay.com.

 

“Aging in Pennsylvania: 65-plus population has grown by 13.5 percent this decade” – Central Penn Business Journal

building“A drone offers a detailed aerial view of the construction site at Frederick Living, a senior-living community in Montgomery County. Senior-living communities continue to expand across the commonwealth to meet growing demands from an aging population. – (Photo / File)”

by Jason Scott

“Pennsylvania is a slow growth state with the exception of residents who are 65 or older.

“The senior citizen population in the commonwealth grew by 13.5 percent from 2010 to 2016, according to a recent research report from the Pennsylvania State Data Center, which analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s total population rose just 0.6 percent over that span.

“There are now 2.2 million people age 65 or older in Pennsylvania, according to the center. That represents 17.4 percent of the total population in Pennsylvania, up from 15.4 percent in 2010.”

Continue reading this article at Central Penn Business Journal.

The Pennsylvania State Data Center has this information that shows the population age demographics by county here: State & County Population Estimates, 2010 to 2016″

“CVS to Buy Aetna for $69 Billion in a Deal That May Reshape the Health Industry” – The New York Times

cvs“A CVS Pharmacy store in Manhattan. Credit Shannon Stapleton/Reuters”

“CVS Health said on Sunday that it had agreed to buy Aetna for about $69 billion in a deal that would combine the drugstore giant with one of the biggest health insurers in the United States and has the potential to reshape the nation’s health care industry.

“The transaction, one of the largest of the year, reflects the increasingly blurred lines between the traditionally separate spheres of a rapidly changing industry. It represents an effort to make both companies more appealing to consumers as health care that was once delivered in a doctor’s office more often reaches consumers over the phone, at a retail clinic or via an app.

“The merger comes at a time of turbulent transformation in health care. Insurers, hospitals and pharmacy companies are bracing for a possible disruption in government programs like Medicare as a result of the Republicans’ plan to cut taxes.”

Read this article in its entirety, click here.

Friday Wrap-Up, December 1, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth. Click here to download the newsletter as a .pdf file. 

Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults

Previous studies have demonstrated that socially isolated older adults are at greater risk for poor health and death than their well-connected counterparts. The AARP Public Policy Institute has released a new report that examines whether social isolation also affects health care spending among older adults, and finds that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending annually.” Click on the graphic below to download the report. 

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Holiday self-care tips! Take care of yourself.

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VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced yesterday that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.

“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services.”

The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, Veterans must visit vets.gov, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.

Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at vets.gov. A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.

“For older LGBT adults, equality is not a piece of cake” – The Hill

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“When Jack Phillips told a young gay couple that that he would not sell them a wedding cake because he has a religious objection to same-sex marriage, he set in motion a chain of events that has led to a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, which will hear the case on Dec. 5. While some people are calling this the “cake case,” much more is at stake than whether bakers can refuse to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples.

“The Court’s decision could seriously impair the ability of LGBT older adults to access the services and supports that they need.

“How did we get here? ”

Keep reading this opinion column here at The Hill.