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Aging Services Weekly News Summary for Professionals

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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 https://join.me/nasuadwebinar
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.

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