The Act Is Back!

Last week, this blog reported the Older Americans Act had lapsed. Earlier this week, The National Law Review reported that the Senate passed the Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2015. Welcome back, Act! This week marks the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of the original Older Americans Act, and this new reauthorization will support many of the initiatives discussed over the course of last week, including providing nutritional services for nearly 12 million seniors, and specific support for home-delivered meals.

Are You Healthier? Yes, You Are.

As much as this blog has been harping on about being careful while engaging in activities, increases in split-and-fall accidents, etc…, etc…, the truth of the matter is, you folks all seem to be much healthier than you used to be. Over the past 15 years, deaths, hospital stays, and healthcare costs have all decreased for America’s elderly. In fact, the rates have fallen so much that there have been literally millions of fewer people hospitalized than there would have been had the rates from 1999 held out. Here’s to your health!

7 Summer Escapes for Seniors

As we’re sitting here, a little over a third of the way through summer, if you’re in the eldest generation of a family, you might be feeling a little … stuck. Sure, it’s great that the grandkids are over every weekend, and the weather is nice, so you’re spending lots of time outside — really, who doesn’t love summer? But when the family is making plans to run away to Disney Land, you might be thinking that that’s not exactly your idea of a great summer vacation. But still, you don’t want to stay home the entire time. Maybe now’s the time to escape the younger generations for a while, and take one of these 7 relaxing getaways.

Updates to SNAP May Keep Seniors in Their Homes Longer

Hopefully, not many of the seniors you know are living on food stamps. But a surprising number are, and maybe even more should be. Only 42% of eligible seniors sign up for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), a USDA program that is distributed on debit cards, but can mostly only be used in stores. The thinking is, changes by the USDA to allow seniors to have their food delivered might encourage higher enrollment, and a side effect might be that the elderly can stay in their homes longer than they might, otherwise.

10 Worries Particular to Elderly Americans

U.S. News & World Report just published a list of 10 Worries Older Americans Face. Some of them are issues covered frequently in this blog, such as maintaining good health, and financial security; but some of them haven’t been covered recently, if ever. It’s worth checking out the article to get their take on a variety of issues, such as giving up driving, and false confidence. Health and financial concerns aren’t the only things that our elderly friends and relatives worry about, and we should keep these in mind when interacting with them.

10 Worries Particular to Elderly Americans

U.S. News & World Report just published a list of 10 Worries Older Americans Face. Some of them are issues covered frequently in this blog, such as maintaining good health, and financial security; but some of them haven’t been covered recently, if ever. It’s worth checking out the article to get their take on a variety of issues, such as giving up driving, and false confidence. Health and financial concerns aren’t the only things that our elderly friends and relatives worry about, and we should keep these in mind when interacting with them.

Decennial Conference on Aging Fact Sheet

In continuing coverage of the once-per-decade Conference on Aging, here is the official USDA Fact Sheet. It outlines in far greater detail the specifics of the programs for nutrition assistance and rural development. Key highlights include nine specific nutritional programs, as well as single-family investments, multi-family investments, and community investments for seniors. It also includes links to several other resources, in case you desire to explore the program even more thoroughly.

Seniors League Finds Things to Like in Aging Conference

As this blog reported Tuesday, the Federal government just had their once-a-decade Conference on Aging. The Senior Citizens League, often a critical group, has found much to like in the proposals that came out of the White House. This is probably not surprising, given that there were nearly twenty new initiatives that were proposed at the conference. Three that in particular caught TSCL’s attention were a proposal on retirement savings, one on quality and safety requirements for nursing homes, and one focused on nutrition for the home-bound.

If A President Can Fall, So Can You

It may not have made the headlines, but President George H.W. Bush had a fall last week, and ended up breaking a bone. We’ve covered several times recently the increasing propensity for seniors to suffer injury from falls, but this article from Deseret News is particularly interesting for two reasons. First, it reports on a study from the University of Michigan that sites some alternative explanations than those we’ve reported in the past. Second, it provides several pieces of good advice on how to prevent it from happening to you.

Government Plans to Improve The Lives of Seniors

Even though we just celebrated Older Americans Month, the sad fact is that the actual Older Americans Act expired in 2011. Last week, the White House outlined several plans to improve the lives of elderly Americans. Ideas included everything from improving treatment for Alzheimer’s, to carrying on with more training initiatives focused on the elderly for health-care workers, to improving family leave for workers and giving them more flexible hours, to looking for ways to reform Medicare and Medicaid by making sure caregivers are focused on providing the right services.