Advocacy in Action!
Commissioner Crittendon, Senator Unterman and Georgia advocates recently met to discuss aging priorities at Gwinnett Senior Services. Pictured below: Melanie McNeil (State Long Term Care Ombudsman), Ann Williams (GGS Board), Kathy Floyd (Georgia Council on Aging), Commissioner Crittendon, Senator Unterman, Jamie Cramer (Gwinnett Senior Services)
Gray-Haired Granny? An 85-Year-Old Writer Goes Punk Rock Instead
For the ongoing series The Changing Lives of Women, Morning Edition is exploring aging. We asked 85-year-old novelist Anne Bernays to reflect on the role of a woman's appearance as she grows older. Read more here.
Lasting Impact for Healthcare Workers: Reflections from Jennifer Craft Morgan
We encounter many inspiring individuals through our work at The Hitachi Foundation. As part of our 30th year reflections, we are reconnecting with those from our network who continue to make a difference in their communities.
This week, we share insights from Jennifer Craft Morgan, lead evaluator for the Jobs to Careers initiative – a collaboration between The Hitachi Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (with additional support from the U.S. Department of Labor). Jobs to Careers (J2C) used work-based learning strategies to train over 800 front-line workers, the majority of whom achieved pay increases, professional credentials, or college credits.
- See more here.
10 Percent Of Older People Have Been Victims Of Abuse
Abuse of older people, which can take the form of sexual or emotional abuse, physical violence and financial manipulation, affects at least 10 percent of older Americans, according to a review article published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more here.
GGS Board Member, Ann Williams, Receives National Advocacy Award
Ann Williams has been selected as the recipient for the Janet Tulloch Memorial Advocacy Award for the 2015 Consumer Voice Leadership Awards. This award was established in 2000 after the death of Janet Tulloch, a nursing home resident, author, committed advocate and long-time member of the Consumer Voice’s Board of Directors. It honors a citizen advocate, family caregiver, or long-term care consumer who has worked directly with and for consumers to improve the lives of long- term care consumers.
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.
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.