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Aging News Updates for Professionals

by Derrick

Aging news updates for December 4, 2015.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a Video Series on Dementia

This educational series is designed to aid caregivers who are helping a loved one suffering from dementia. Follow Harold and Margaret as they face common issues surrounding dementia in-home care, including home safety, legal matters, dealing with problem behaviors and learning relaxation techniques. Watch the full trailer for this series, then view the following 20 modules which are broken into specific topics. Learn more about how VA provides support for caregivers. To see the video series, click here.


They are seeking proposals from those interested in leading a day-long comprehensive “Conference Intensive” session on Sunday, May 22, 2016. If interested, click here.

I&R Center Webinar: NASUAD’s 2015 State of the States

The National I&R Support Center will host a webinar on NASUAD’s 2015 State of the States in Aging and Disability survey. This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 3:00-4:00p.m. ET.

NASUAD’s 2015 State of the States report provides detailed information on each state’s long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems. This report is the result of a yearlong research project that collected information about the significant policy, fiscal, and operational issues occurring within each state. The results of the 2015 survey represent a snapshot of the current status of state government employees, the agencies that administer the programs, and the services that are provided. NASUAD’s Senior Director Damon Terzaghi will present key themes and findings from the survey. Click here to join the I&R Center’s distribution list.

Blog Post on the Importance of Respite Services for Caregivers

Respite is one of the most pressing needs of families and friends who take on a caregiving role. November is National Family Caregivers Month and this year’s theme is respite care. To honor this month, AARP Public Policy Institute published their latest blog post by Lynn Friss Feinberg on why we need a new research agenda to show the benefits and effectiveness of respite services. A recent report by a panel of experts found that we need to develop a common definition of respite care in order to move forward and evaluate the services that are offered. Click here to view the blog post.

New Documentary about the Realities LGBT Elders Face

A new documentary, Gen Silent, by Stu Maddux reveals the realities that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults may face during this phase of their lives. This eye-opening documentary follows the stories of six LGBT elders over the course of a year, revealing a shocking culture that needs to be addressed. Many LGBT elders must re-enter the closet and hide their identities in order to avoid discrimination and abuse from caregivers, peers, and facility staff. This generation of elders faced oppression for their sexual preferences throughout their lives and this directly affects their fear about being out in care facilities. Click here to view documentary details.

Diabetes Self-Management Training Resources Available

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month. The National Council on Aging’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Resource Center created several resources to teach people with diabetes about Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT). DSMT is a Medicare benefit that teaches people with diabetes different ways to manage their condition. On the resource page there are frequently asked questions, webinars, tip sheets, sample processes and agreements, planning and administrative resources, toolkits, participant forms, and videos for doctors and patients. Click here to view the resources.

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