Senate Passes Older Americans Act Reauthorization!
Today, July 16, the U.S. Senate took a much-needed step to support older adults by passing without opposition S. 192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2015, which funds critical services that keep our nation’s seniors healthy and independent. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) commends the Senate action and encourages the U.S. House of Representatives to work swiftly to pass similar legislation. Read more...
Mary MacKinnon Leaves an Ageless Legacy in the Gerontology Institute
The lengthy list of endowed scholarships at Georgia State reads like a who’s who of distinguished alumni, beloved professors, and loyal friends of the university.
It’s rarer for administrative professionals to be honored in such a way, but for the late Mary MacKinnon, it makes perfect sense. Co-workers, program alumni and even former directors agree that almost nobody can match the impact MacKinnon made on the lives and careers of students at Georgia State’s Gerontology Institute. Read more here.
GAO Report Finds Great Need For OAA Programs
The General Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, "Older Americans Act (OAA): Updated Information on Unmet Need for Services," which found that many older adults may need--but do not receive--meals and home-based care services, like those provided under the OAA. This is due, in part, to the fact that the funding level of OAA services has not kept up with need.
A copy of the GAO report can be found here.
AGHE Call for Abstracts!
Join AGHE March 3 to 6, 2016, in beautiful Southern California for AGHE’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. The conference theme is "Developing Educational Leadership in Gerontology Worldwide." Submit your abstract today for presentation at this preeminent national forum for discussing ideas and issues in gerontological and geriatrics education.
Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief
Reading the Stars: Nursing Home Quality Star Ratings, Nationally and by Stateand by State
Cristina Boccuti, Giselle Casillas, Tricia Neuman
About 1.3 million people receive care each day in over 15,500 nursing homes in the United States that are certified by either Medicaid or Medicare or both. The federal government requires nursing homes to meet minimum standards as a condition of Medicare and Medicaid payment. Over the years, serious concerns have been raised about the quality of nursing home care and the adequacy of oversight and enforcement.1 Nursing home provisions in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA 87) were enacted to help address these concerns. Nonetheless, reports of quality problems in nursing homes persist, such as low staffing levels, new pressure ulcers (bedsores), and documented fire hazards.2 These are serious issues given the frailty and vulnerability of nursing home residents. Read more here.
Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure Efficient and Effective Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports
Five federal agencies within four departments fund home and community-based services and supports that older adults often require to continue living independently in their own homes and communities. The Administration on Aging (AoA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Transportation (DOT), and Agriculture (USDA) provide funds, often through state agencies, to local governments and community-based organizations. Read more here.