September 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 federal government's new Administration for Community Living. Read  more about it in "Aging Together NY."     

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Trending Topics  

Future of a Successful Aging Network Depends on Expanding Revenue Streams
NYSAAAA (September 2012)
Aging Secretary Kathy Greenlee tells conference-goers: Sustainability of the current Aging Network will depend on three core competencies: prevention, options counseling (with regard to accessing long term supports and services or LTSS) and elder rights. Read more.

Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide Partnership to Improve Access to Legal Services for Vulnerable New Yorkers
Gov.'s Office (September 12, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a partnership between the State Office for the Aging, the State Office of Court Administration and the New York State Bar Association to find new ways to better provide affordable legal services to senior citizens and New Yorkers with disabilities. Read more.

In September, the Statewide Partnership to Improve Access to Legal Services hosted a webinar featuring Greg Olsen, New York State Office for the Aging Acting Director; Honorable A. Gail Prudenti, Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Office of Court Administration; and Seymour W. James, Jr., Esq, President of the New York State Bar Association. A recording of the webinar will be available on 

Healthcare Reform, Aging Population Drive Greater Need for Case Managers (9/10/2012)
The Affordable Care Act has put more pressure on hospitals to control costs, improve transitions to home care and prevent readmissions. All of these things take a new level of coordination, which has opened the door for case managers. Read more.

Alzheimer's Vaccine Trial a Success
Science Daily (June 2012)
A study led by Karolinska Institutet in Sweden reports for the first time the positive effects of an active vaccine against Alzheimer's disease. Read more.

Aging in New York  

New York's Managed Long Term Care Waiver Amendment Approved by CMS
MRT News (September 5, 2012)
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has approved New York State's Managed Long Term Care Waiver Amendment, but the verdict is still out on the MRT reinvestment waiver itself. Read more.

With Medicaid, Long-Term Care of Elderly Looms as a Rising Cost 
The New York Times (September 6, 2012)

Medicaid has long conjured up images of inner-city clinics jammed with poor families. Its far less-visible role is as the only safety net for millions of middle-class people whose needs for long-term care, at home or in a nursing home, outlast their resources. Read more.

NYS Association of Counties (NYSAC) Conference Includes Sessions on Medicaid Redesign                                    (September 13, 2012) 
Judith Arnold, Director of the Division of Health Reform and Exchange Integration for the NYS Department of Health, presented a workshop on transforming the Medicaid program. Click here for the PowerPoint.
A second workshop at the NYSAC conference focused on Moving to Medicaid Long Term Care. Click here for the PowerPoint.
Upcoming Events

NYSOFA Offers Webinar on Older Adults, Sexual Health & HIV   September 25, 2012 from 10:30 am- 12:00 EST pm
This webinar is open to all in the Aging Network and will explore the sexual health needs of older adults and review important information about the growing number of people over 50 living with HIV/AIDS.
Webinar Link:
Call in Number: 1 (866) 394-2346    Participant Code:   9314090517   

Public Forums on the Olmstead Act Sept. 28
and Oct. 2
(September 2012)                                                                         
A public engagement process has been announced to solicit suggestions from seniors, individuals with disabilities, families, advocates and providers of services on what should be included in  New York State's Olmstead Implementation Plan. Area Agencies on Aging are encouraged to weigh in during the public forum. Read more and click here to see the times and dates for public forums scheduled statewide.
Aging in the Community   
Area Agency on Aging Director Profile

Caregiver Stress: Not Something New to Tioga Director Jill Murray
Tioga Opportunities is a private, not for profit, human service agency that serves Tioga County in New York. It's not a county agency like the other Area Agencies on Aging, meaning it's not under the umbrella of the Department of Social Services. But the same programs apply. Read more.


Other Community News

Eating Well with Diabetes Program Open to Madison County Residents 
Madison County Courier (September 2012)
The Madison County Health Department and Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc. are sponsoring a free nutrition education program for Madison County residents with Type 2 diabetes. Read more. 

Chautauqua Office for the Aging Launches Care Transitions Program                                                                            
Evening Observer (September 4, 2012)

Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Director Dr. Mary Ann Spanos announced that the Office for the Aging is launching the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Community-based Care Transitions Program in Chautauqua County. Read more.  


Aging in the Nation 

What Makes the Boomers the Boomers?                         Governing Magazine (September 2012)
Now the baby boomers are starting to get old. The first boomer born in 1946 turned 65 last year; the last will reach age 65 in 2029. By then, the total population of Americans over 65 will swell from 41 million to 70 million, a 75 percent increase. Read more.

Survey: Caregiving Issues a Top Concern for Seniors
The Orange County Register (August 15, 2012)
A new survey from the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA Today concludes that most Americans 60-plus are optimistic about their future. Until they need some help at home. And when they do need help, they turn to family members - who often don't know how to provide that care. Read more.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Study Finds Child Care Assistance Growing   
Huffington Post (9/9/2012)
Census data show that 8 percent of grandparents share a household with a grandchild, and 2.7 million grandparents provide for the bulk of their grandchildren's needs. That's up from 2.4 million in 2006.

How Aging Affects Driving                                                      
NIH Senior Health (September)                                                  Most older adults drive safely because they have a lot of experience behind the wheel. But when they are involved in crashes, they are often hurt more seriously than younger drivers. Read more.   

Gadgets for Senior Citizens in the Limelight at IFA
The Times (September 3, 2012)                                           High-tech gadgets to make the lives of senior citizens simpler, safer and more fun are in the spotlight at the world's top showcase for consumer electronics and home appliances. Read more.
Field Resources     

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

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2012 Leadership Institute Tuesday, October 30th - Thursday, November 1
Gideon Putnam Hotel
Saratoga Springs, NY
Contact: Karen Thornton,

Each year the Area Agencies on Aging convene a meeting at NYSAAAA's Leadership Institute.The event is attended exclusively by the 59 AAA Directors & Commissioners from around the state.    

This year's hot topic is MRT (Medicaid Redesign). We'll provide updates and discuss exciting developments about the waiver and NY Connects and how this will affect our members.  


Take the opportunity to meet with your colleagues in an informal atmosphere to discuss strategies, challenges and all issues facing your agency. You owe it to yourself to attend....don't delay. Click here  to register today for October's Leadership Institute.   
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