July 9, 2012
Aging Together NY  

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The efforts of aging-related organizations, including the public and private sectors, will have to be well orchestrated to meet the needs of an aging population that's projected to increase by almost 60 percent between 2000 and 2030. "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  

Home Health Care in Crisis: DOH not Equipped   
(Times Union 7/9/2012)

"They (Department of Health) don't have enough resources," Halpern said. "They are overwhelmed, and they can't do their job. There's just no follow up."Read more. 

New York State Legislative Session Wrapped up Quietly 

NYSAAAA (6/29/2012)
There's always room for improvement, but the acrimony and feet dragging New York State residents came to know with the Governor and Legislature seems to be a thing of the past. Read more.

Gov. Cuomo Announces New York Request for Federal Waiver 
Press Release (6/4/2012)
New York State requests that the federal government allow the state to reinvest over a five-year period up to $10 billion of the $17.1 billion in federal savings generated by MRT reforms. Read more.

AAAs testify at all Four MRT Forums
Members of the New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging testified at all four Medicaid Redesign Team Waiver Public Forums.
Read more. Scenes from the forums: view Syracuse or view Albany

Third in Webinar Series Covers Long Term Services &  Supports  
Press Release (6/19/2012)
New York's Aging Services Network got a dose of reality last week when Neal Lane, author of The Changing Landscape of New York's Long Term Services and Supports: Implications for the Aging Services Network white paper. Click here for an overview.  Read white paper.

Note: Click here to obtain the video and audio for all three Medicaid Redesign webinars.

Aging in New York

Sen. David Valesky and NYSAAAA's Laura Cameron (Click on the photo to view the entire ACUU photo album.)  
Laura Cameron, Executive Director of the NYS Association of Area Agencies on Aging, organizers of the ACCU conference, catches up with Sen. David Valesky, Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee in Kings Square Courtyard at The Desmond.    

"Age Wave" Attracts Aging Professionals and Then Some to ACUU at Albany Desmond  
(Press Release 6/25/2012)
Why would the New York State Comptroller send staff to an aging conference? Likely for the same reason many others attended - the "age wave."
Read more.   

Advocates Call on Governor, Attorney General and Public Service Commission to help New York's Electricity Consumers  
Saugerties Post Star News (5/31/2012)
Consumer and senior advocates, NYSAAAA among them, were joined by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and Assemblyman Jim Brennan to request that Governor Cuomo take FERC settlement moneis and provide immediate and direct relief to New Yorkers struggling with high electric bills.Read more.  AARP press release

Laura Cameron Provides Remarks at FERC Settlement Press Conf. 
(Remarks 5/31/2012)
"Our association agrees refunds from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission settlement should be focused on programs with an immediate and direct impact on residential customers, especially seniors, and also for consumer protection."Read more. 

Senator Valesky Introduces Local Food to Seniors Legislation 
(Press Release 5/30/2012)  

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, recently introduced legislation to establish a farm-to-senior program to facilitate and promote the purchase of New York farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging, such as Social Adult Day Programs, County Area Agencies for the Aging and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities
.Read more. 

Magee Working to Bring Fresh Produce to Seniors  
Madison County News (6/13/2012)  

The bill would allow the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the state Office for the Aging to work together to coordinate efforts to promote and provide local produce to seniors
. Read more. 

Aging in the Community   

Yates County Senior Volunteers Honored at State Capitol Tribute

The Chronicle-Express (5/10/2012)
New York State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats)  welcomed John Moeller of Penn Yan and William "Bill" Wormuth, Sr. of Penn Yan to the State Capitol today as part of a Senior Citizens' Day 2012 event in Albany sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging. Read more.

Growing Old Behind Bars: Aging Prison Population Strains System
Utica Observer-Dispatch (6/25/2012)
Like their counterparts nationwide, New York's prisoners are aging rapidly, with the number of inmates age 60 and older more than quadrupling between 1990 and the end of last year, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Read more.

Area Agency on Aging Director Profiles

Nassau County Mental Health Professional Good Fit for Aging Office
Victoria Meyerhoefer, a 25-year veteran of the mental health field, might seem like an unusual choice for Director of the Nassau County Office for the Aging until you realize two million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from depression. Read more.

Cortland Director Stepped in as Interim and Stayed
Elizabeth Haskins, a registered dietician for the agency, worked 9-plus years in the agency's Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) when she was named interim of the agency. HIICAP educates the public about Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, EPIC, and other health insurance options and issues. Read more.

Aging at the Federal Level

Supreme Court Ruling: Uncertain Future for Medicaid Expansion
(Governing 6/28/2012)
One portion of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to effectively uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have profound implications for the law's goal of universal health coverage: it appears states could opt out of raising their Medicaid eligibility standards to 133 percent of the federal poverty level in 2014 without losing their existing federal Medicaid funding as a result.Read more.

Consumer Agency Seeks Details on Financial Abuse of Elderly

(The New York Times 6/18/2102)
"We want to make sure that the older Americans of today and tomorrow are aware of what has been called both a hidden epidemic and the signature crime of the 21st century: elder financial abuse," the bureau's director, Richard Cordray, said in prepared remarks about the inquiry. "The amount of money stolen from seniors has risen sharply in recent years."Read more.

1 In 7 With Alzheimer's Lives Alone
The Huffington Post (5/6/2012)
Some 800,000 people with Alzheimer's, roughly 1 in 7 Americans with the disease, live alone in their communities, according to surprising new data from the Alzheimer's Association. It's a different picture of the mind-destroying disease than the constant caregiving that eventually these people will need.Read more.

n4a Answers on Aging National Conference in Denver in July
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging takes place July 7 - 11 in Denver, CO. Read more.

ACL News & Info
(June 2012)
To find out what's happening at the federal level, read the Administration on Community Livings electronic newsletter.Click here.
Field Resources     

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

In This Issue
Trending Topics
Aging NY
Aging in the Community
Aging at the Federal Level
Aging Resources


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