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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…
October 10, 2014 |
By Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy, Administration for Community Living (ACL) Among working-age adults, most of us would likely agree that employment is a critically important part of our lives. Employment gives us a sense of purpose that comes with contributing to something bigger, offers a sense…
October 10, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
This Sunday, June 15, is Father’s Day, a day devoted to honoring our fathers—and our father figures—for the love and support they have given us over the course of our lives. Fittingly, it is also World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a day devoted to raising awareness of a serious world health…
October 10, 2014 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
Twenty-four years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. The law’s passage signaled America’s commitment to achieving equality for all its citizens by providing long overdue protections for people with disabilities. We have made tremendous progress toward this goal, but…
October 10, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Over the course of my service as Assistant Secretary for Aging, one imperative has stood above all others: preventing elder abuse. I talk about it every chance I get, and it is something we all need to talk about. Preventing elder abuse must be part of the national conversation about how we care…
October 10, 2014 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee spoke about opportunities to improve the well-being of older persons to the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing this week. The Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing was established by the General Assembly in December, 2010 “to consider the…
October 10, 2014 | Jennifer Johnson, Deputy Director, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
"How is my child doing?": parents and other caregivers often ask themselves. Several federal projects are underway to support parents and professionals who work with young children in answering this universal question. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have launched a…

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