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.

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August 14, 2018
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August 14, 2018
Contributor Bruce Japsen writes in a Forbes (8/14) piece that almost all health insurers in the US are pursuing a new strategy – “investing in housing, medicine, and even food to reduce health care costs.
August 14, 2018
The Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette (8/14, Neyens) reports that a partnership between the Heritage Area Agency on Aging, Marion Public Library and Marion Parks and Recreation Department, and Encore Café in Iowa is making “nutritious meals and wellness programs accessible and affordable for older adults.” Jill Sindt, interim co-director of the Heritage Agency on Aging, said, “The concept is to provide choice menus with meals catered by Marion Hy-Vee.
August 14, 2018
The Washington Post (8/14, Nutt) “To Your Health” blog reports researchers found that traumatic brain injury may increase the risk of suicide. The findings were published Aug. 14 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
August 13, 2018
Next Avenue (8/13, Wasik) reports long-term care researchers Kathleen Ujvari of the AARP Public Policy Institute and Merle Edwards-Orr, a senior consultant with consulting firm Applied Self Direction, are “examining how older Americans can ‘self-direct’ their own care, choosing from an array of options that can be provided at home.” They have “found that several states are using innovative strategies to provide long-term care at home” such as “offering ‘person-centered
August 13, 2018
The Disability Scoop (8/13, Perkes) reports the Healthcare Extension and Accessibility for Developmentally Disabled and Underserved Population (HEADs Up) Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill introduced late last month in the House, “would for the first time designate people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a ‘medically underserved population’ and qualify this group for additional resources under more than two dozen federal programs” and encouraging healthc
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.

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