ACL Blog

October 29, 2014 |
As Sharon Lewis, deputy administrator for the Administration for Community Living (ACL), noted in her Disability Employment Awareness Month blog post earlier this month, working is about more than earning a paycheck. It gives purpose and structure to our lives. In the late 1990s, the Medicaid Buy-…
October 28, 2014 |
By Christopher Coleman, CEO and Founder of the Unconfined Life Institute For the fourth and final blog in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we invited author and disability rights advocate Christopher Coleman to share his story. Mr. Coleman, who was born with cerebral…
October 24, 2014 |
By Larissa Crossen, Administration for Community Living Program Specialist Most Americans recognize work as an important part of a person’s ability to contribute to the community. Yet, people with disabilities face remarkably high unemployment rates. According to recent statistics released by the…
October 17, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
What people say when they greet each other can tell us about their culture as well as their community’s experience. One traditional Mandarin greeting translates into English as "Have you eaten?" Linguists believe this practice probably started when food was scarce and people were often hungry. A…
October 17, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Chronic health conditions are, unfortunately, often a part of the aging process. Ninety-two percent of people over age 65 live with at least one chronic health condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, or cancer. Seventy-seven percent live with two or more such conditions. Chronic…
October 17, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" is as true now as it was in 360 BC when Hippocrates gave this prescription to his patients. Good nutrition promotes health and helps prevent and manage many diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and high blood pressure. As the…
October 10, 2014 |
It's still hard to believe that Robin Williams – beloved comedian, actor, father, and friend – is no longer with us. To the public and even close friends, he appeared to be happy, upbeat and funny, and he was financially stable — all of those things that seem worth living for. But behind the public…
October 10, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
In recent years, the United States has experienced a number of significant natural disasters. Several of these events happened with little or no warning. One key lesson that we have learned from these unfortunate circumstances is to "be prepared," a message that is especially important for older…
October 10, 2014 | Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy Administrator of ACL and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy, HHS
On June 6, 2014, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued important guidance on implementing Section 2402(a) of the Affordable Care Act. This provision of the law requires the Secretary to ensure all states develop systems for delivery of home and community-based services and…
October 10, 2014 | Wendy Spencer Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Whether they’re designing new digital programs to tutor students in mathematics or organizing meal programs for elderly neighbors; whether they’re driving veterans to doctor appointments or visiting patients in nearby hospitals, older Americans are transforming lives and communities across the…

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