In the News

In the News is a collection of news stories about aging and disability issues, as well as news stories about ACL and ACL programs.

All of these links ultimately take you to external news websites. The information in the articles does not necessarily reflect the positions of ACL or the federal government, and ACL does not endorse the content of the articles or the publishing organizations. 

August 14, 2018
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August 12, 2018
The Oklahoman (August 12)—Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson mentioned Older Oklahomans vulnerable to scams, abuse As much as 10 percent of Oklahoma's adults age 60 and older are victims of physical, psychological, sexual or verbal abuse.
August 10, 2018
On Wednesday, August 8, the American Academy of Neurology published a new guideline for managing disorders of consciousness (people in a minimally conscious state) in the online journal Neurology. The development of the new guideline was partially funded by ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and two of its co-authors are grantees in NIDILRR’s TBI Model Systems program. 
August 10, 2018
Hannah Flamm wrote for the Washington Post (8/10) about antipsychotic use in nursing homes for dementia patients, saying their use “as chemical restraints – for staff convenience or to ‘discipline’ a resident – has a long history in nursing homes,” and that for “more than a decade, the Food and Drug Administration has required manufacturers to place the strongest caution...on the packaging to advise against the medicines’ use in these patients.” These drugs “almost dou
August 9, 2018
The New York Times (8/9, Morrissey) reports that demand is escalating for “a little talked-about – yet critical – health care-related job: Transporting people to and from nonemergency medical appointments.” The Times says “it’s no longer enough to call a taxi or regular car service and hope that frail seniors can get in and out,” and adds that transportation of the elderly often requires accommodations for oxygen tanks and wheelchairs.
August 9, 2018
Next Avenue (8/9) reports a new AARP survey of almost 4,000 Americans over 45 found that “the vast majority of Americans who work into in their 50s, 60s and beyond need to keep making money as they grow older but encounter widespread age discrimination in job hunts and at the workplace,” with more than “nine in 10 older workers [seeing] age discrimination as common.” AARP Vice President of Financial Resilience Susan Weinstock stated, “Older workers want to work, they’r
August 8, 2018
Minnesota Clears Backlog Of Elder Abuse Complaints.
August 7, 2018
AHJC Blog (August 7) New poll: More counseling, prescribing limits needed for seniors using opioids
August 7, 2018
The Washington Post (8/7, Bortz) reports that doing some home renovations before retiring “can help make your house more accessible and safe for your life ahead,” citing data from the National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP Public Policy Institute that “nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their homes for as long as possible.” The Post offers six renovation recommendations, including a walk-in shower, grab bars, a first-floor master suite,
August 6, 2018
Connecticut Mirror (August 6) Change is coming for Connecticut’s human service providers It is a time of reckoning for Connecticut’s private, nonprofit social services. After two decades of flat or reduced funding from its chief client — state government — community-based agencies are struggling to retain both their programs and the low-paid staff who deliver care for thousands of poor, disabled and mentally-ill adults and children.

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