In case you missed it, following is a summary of pertinent news for professionals in aging services. Enjoy your weekend.

A new drug to help treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?

A drug that combines a cough suppressant with a heart medication might offer a safer option for calming the agitation that commonly affects people with Alzheimer’s disease, an early clinical trial suggests.

The study, of 220 Alzheimer’s patients, found that the drug — called Nuedexta — generally eased agitation symptoms over 10 weeks.

Retirement may not agree with your health.

Seniors who keep working appear healthier than those who quit the workforce, new research suggests.

The study of more than 83,000 Americans 65 and older found that being unemployed or retired was associated with the greatest risk of poor health, even after taking into account predictors such as smoking and obesity.

2016 Public Health Law Conference Announced

Join public health lawyers, practitioners, officials, policymakers, researchers and advocates from around the country for the 2016 Public Health Law Conference, taking place September 15 – 17 in the nation’s capital. Learn about laws and policies impacting critical public health issues such as disease prevention, drug overdose, health data sharing, and access to care. Explore implications for the Affordable Care Act and other legislation as the country elects new leadership.

NASUAD’s New Aging in America Infographic

The Aging in America Infographic depicts the statistics on the increasing needs of Older Americans in the United States and also the lack of funding for these services.

The National I&R Center will host a webinar on findings from the 2015 Aging and Disability Information & Referral/Assistance National Survey.

This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m ET.

No pre-registration is required to participate in the webinar. To join the meeting, go to
Administration for Community Living Funds Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs

Recently, AoA awarded a new round of two-year grants to eight grantees for chronic disease self-management education (CDSME) programs.

These programs provide older adults and adults with disabilities with education and tools to help them better manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, HIV/AIDS and depression.

The recipients of this round of CDSME grants are:

  • Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami, FL
  • AgeOptions, Inc,  Oak Park, IL
  • MAC Incorporated, Salisbury, MD
  • Mississippi State Department of Health, Jackson, MS
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC
  • Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
  • Community Council of Greater Dallas, Dallas, TX

 Through these grants, ACL aims to:

  • Reach about 35,000 older adults and adults with disabilities in underserved areas and populations who participate in evidence-based self-management programs to empower them to better manage their chronic conditions;
  • Expand the types of evidence-based programs that we currently support to include HomeMeds (medication management), PEARLS (depression management), and EnhanceWellness (self-management); and
  • Implement innovative funding arrangements (e.g., contracts with integrated health care systems) to support the CDSME programs beyond the grant period, while embedding the programs into an integrated, sustainable, evidence-based prevention program network.


Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation for Medication Co-payment Assistance

September 30, 2015

Out-of-pocket medical costs prevents many older adults from receiving the lifesaving medications or treatments that they need.  Even with insurance, co-pays can be financially burdensome considering the fact that most elders are on a fixed income, likely need more than one medication, and may eventually hit the dreaded “donut hole” coverage gap.  For older adults […]

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Call for Sessions: Iowa Governor’s Conference on Aging and Disabilities

September 29, 2015

Interested in changing the disability industry? Want to re-imagine aging networks? Submit a presentation for the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Aging and Disabilities! From May 23-26, 2016, the Iowa Department on Aging and the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council will host the conference at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Disruptive Innovations is the year’s […]

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HELP! I’ve Fallen and need a Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

September 25, 2015

Falls are a major concern for older adults and for good reason. According to the CDC, one out of three older adults will have a fall. Furthermore, one fall doubles the chance of falling again in the future. What can happen after a fall? Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures. […]

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Court Victory for Ohio Assisted Living Residents

September 23, 2015

Cincinnati, Ohio seniors Betty Hilleger and Geraldine Saunders spoke up after being denied complete coverage under Ohio’s Assisted Living Waiver program. Due to a coverage gap in Medicaid, the two seniors, along with many others in Ohio, faced hundreds of thousands of dollars in assisted living charges. Ohio assisted living residents dealt with delays in […]

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Elder Transportation 101

September 17, 2015

Whether a person voluntarily gives up their keys or is no longer able to climb onto the first step of the bus, securing transportation can be a challenge for older adults. Some older adults rely on friends and family for rides, while others stop regularly leaving home when transportation is no longer readily available. For […]

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Download the New Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnostic Criteria and Guidelines

April 20, 2011

The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association have released new diagnostic criteria and guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease. The new guidelines update and broaden the widely used guidelines originally published in 1984. Three expert workgroups spearheaded by the NIA and the Alzheimer’s Association published the 4 articles that constitute the new guidelines, which includes […]

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CycledLife and the Coffin Spa: a New Business Model for Handling the Dead

April 3, 2011

While some people look to business opportunities that target the large number of older adults, more than 60 million people are dying each year, and some people are seeing death as a business. Fox Business News recently highlighted Ed Gazvoda’s new business, CycledLife, an alternative to burial or cremation called “alkaline hydrolysis.” The process is […]

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Special Exits by Joyce Farmer – a Book Review

March 9, 2011

I just finished reading Special Exits by Joyce Farmer . I caught the LA Times review of the book and thought a graphic memoir about a caregiver and her parents, written by a funky old lady, sounded just great. I contacted the publisher and asked for a free copy in exchange for this review. It […]

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McKnight’s 2011 Online Long-Term Care Expo – Free CEUs

March 2, 2011

Monica Bond, Circulation Manager for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living, asked me to inform Elder Guru readers that they are offering another “Online Expo” this year on March 23rd and 24th. The expo consists of five free webcasts and virtual exhibition booths. The event is free and if you need continuing education units […]

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Download the Long-Term Care Improvement Guide by Planetree and Picker Institute

March 1, 2011

Planetree and the Picker Institute recently published a long-term care (LTC) improvement guide. Planetree and the Picker Institute are nonprofit organizations that promote and advance patient-centered care. They collaborated to develop this 296-page guide in the hopes it will improve patient and resident-centered care across the heathcare continuum. This guide can help facilities and institutions […]

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