December 2012
Aging Together NY  

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"Aging Together NY" is dedicated to educating the population -- young and old -- through news and analysis from the local, state and federal levels on any number of aging issues, everything from the economic juggernaut that is the aging population to Medicaid Redesign to the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act at the federal level. Read  more about it in "Aging Together NY."    

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Trending Topics

Seniors in EPIC Program Will Pay Less for Prescriptions Jan. 1 as State Restores Funding

The Post-Standard (December 12, 2012)

Senior citizens enrolled in the state's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program will see out-of-pocket prescription drug costs fall significantly Jan. 1 when the state restores funding for the program. Read more.

Better Billionaires Go Over the Cliff Than Senior Citizens

U.S. News and World Report (November 16, 2012)  
I would rather let bankers and billionaires fall off the fiscal cliff than push seniors over. Bankers and billionaires have a cushion so they will land on their feet, anyway. Read more.

Advocacy Begins at Home Award Notification
NYSAAAA (December 2012)

Advocacy is central to our work at NANASP and renewing the Older Americans is at the top of our agenda. We are pleased to support our members in spearheading genuine grassroots activities on behalf of a renewed Older Americans Act. Read more.

Members Participate in National Fiscal Cliff Call-in Day
NYSAAAA (December 2012)

The message: The looming sequester will have broad consequences for everybody, so please spread the word as widely as you possibly can! Read more.

Older Americans Act Title III State Expenditures and Prevalence of Low-Care Nursing Home Residents  
Brown University (2012) 
While much effort has been geared toward evaluating the cost-effectiveness of Medicaid funded community-based services in preventing or postponing nursing home placement, little research has evaluated the value of other state funded non-Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports, such as Older Americans Act programs. Report and Press Release.

Protect Seniors in the Year of Elder Abuse Prevention
AoA (December 2012)

The Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), is sponsoring the Year of Elder Abuse Prevention (YEAP) from September 2012 through September 2013 to encourage national, state, and local organizations to protect seniors and raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Read more.

Aging in New York  

Observation Status, and a Nasty Surprise
Times Union (December 10, 2012)
Cassuto, 88, is among thousands of older Americans stuck in a Medicare no man's land. Medicare, the public health plan for people over 65, won't reimburse Cassuto $6,000 for three weeks he spent in a rehabilitation facility after breaking his pelvis last month. Read more.

Behind a Call That Kept Nursing Home Patients in Storm's Path
The New York Times (December3, 2012)
Hurricane Sandy was swirling northward, four days before landfall, and at the Sea Crest Health Care Center, a nursing home overlooking the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, workers were gathering medicines and other supplies as they prepared to evacuate. Read more.

Seniors Particularly Vulnerable in Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath
Science Daily (October 31, 2012)
Older adults left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy will likely suffer disproportionately in the days ahead, based on data from other recent natural disasters. Read more.

Aging in the Community   
New AAA Director Profile

Greene County's Terry McGee Ward Goes from One Extreme to the Other on the Aging Spectrum
(NYSAAAA December 2012)
The Greene County Department for the Aging provides a network of over thirty distinct services designed to meet the needs of the 11,971 over 60 residents of Greene County, which is a whopping 24 percent of the Greene County population. Read more.

Other Community News 

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Students Spread Holiday Cheer at 18th Annual Senior Citizens Breakfast
The Oneida Daily Dispatch (December 12, 2012) 
Elissa Synakowski's Family Consumer Science class hosted the 18th annual senior citizen holiday breakfast at VVS High School Wednesday, bringing the community together for some holiday cheer. Read more.

Residents Reminded of Tax Exemptions Deadline
Massapequa Patch (December 11, 2012)
Town of Oyster Bay receiver James Stefanich issued a statement reminding homeowners of the Jan. 2 deadline for filing for tax exemptions. Read more.

Westchester Holds 30th Senior Citizens Hall Of Fame (December 10, 2012)
Westchester County recently inducted 46 seniors into the 30th annual Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, thanking them for the lasting contributions they have made in Westchester. Read more.

Aging in the Nation 

How Home Food Delivery for the Elderly Strengthens Communities
The Atlantic (December 12, 2012)
When older adults are moved into nursing homes too soon, it doesn't just mean excess health care spending -- it means that communities are in many ways losing touch with important members who, with only a little bit of help, could still be living independently. Read more.

White House 2012 Tribal Nations Conference (December 5, 2012)  
On December 5th, the White House hosted its 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference. All 566 federally recognized tribes were invited to send a representative to the Conference. Click here to read Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius remarks. Click here to read President Obama's remarks.

Ben Bernanke's War On Senior Citizens  
Forbes (December 12, 2012)
Uncle Sam has been waging an undeclared war on seniors for the past decade. With interest rates at historic lows and with the Federal Reserve ("the Fed") poised to keep them artificially low for years, senior citizens will be left standing alone at the Great American Debt Dance. Read more.

Elderly Attitude Affects Aging
Yale Daily News (November 27, 2012)
A recent study by the Yale School of Public Health has found that elderly patients who embrace positive stereotypes about aging are 44 percent more likely to recover from physical disabilities than those who hold negative beliefs about old people. Read more.

Aging Sanely Pretty Much Demands a Sense of Humor GateHouse News Service (December 10, 2012)
I'm convinced that the only way to get through aging without jumping off a bridge is to laugh as often as possible and to make sure you live each moment as if it's your last. Read more.

Lilly to Conduct Additional Study of Alzheimer's Drug
The New York Times (December 12, 2012)
The drug maker Eli Lilly & Company said on Wednesday that it planned an additional study of an experimental Alzheimer's drug that failed to improve the condition of people with the disease, saying that it remained hopeful about the drug's prospects. Read more.  

Field Resources     

New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ARC)
Administration for Community Living (ACL)
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Members Only 

Calculating Cost per Unit for Aging Services in a Managed Care World: Tips from AAA Colleagues 
The October 25th webinar was provided for AAA members. A recording and PowerPoint are available for members, click here (password required) to download the materials or contact. Note: You must log in on the website to see the CPU webinar materials. Go to and click "log in" on the upper right hand corner of the page. 
Leadership Institute Rescheduled for January 29-31  

We are pleased to announce the rescheduling of the annual Leadership Institute for January 29 through 31 at the historic Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The agenda and timeline will be similar to the schedule planned for our late October event, which was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. The Institute is a strategic planning session to advance aging issues and develop public policy objectives.

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The Board Retreat will be held at the end of the Leadership Institute from January 31 to February 1. Log in to the web site to see Board Only materials under the Members tab.


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