August 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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Capital Region Hospitals Draw Medicare Penalty for High Rates of Readmission
Times Union (8/14/2012)
Saratoga Hospital formed a team two years ago to aggressively address readmissions. They found that frail elderly patients with chronic conditions were the group most frequently rehospitalized.
The hospital partnered with the Saratoga County Office for the Aging.

New Ad Campaign Portrays Caregivers' Call for Help 
The Associated Press (8/16/2012) 
he frustration portrayed in an arresting new public service announcement is recognizable to millions of Americans who struggle to care for aging loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children and taking care of their own health.Read more.

Men's Role in Helping Women with Alzheimer's, Dementia
USA Today (8/22/2012)
Women are still more likely to be caregivers, but the number of men caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia has soared from 19% to 40% in the past 15 years, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Read more.

Aging in New York  

State Submits Federal Waiver to Invest in Medicaid Redesign
Press Release (August 9, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York has submitted an application for a waiver from the federal government that will allow the state to invest up to $10 billion in savings generated by the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) reforms to implement an action plan to transform the state's health care system.Read more.

NY Connects Part of New York State's MRT Plan
New York State has formally submitted a request for an amendment to the Section 1115 Partnership Plan Waiver to allow the state to reinvest up to $10 billion in savings generated by Medicaid Redesign Team reforms. Read more

MRT Introduces Newsletter to Keep Stakeholders Informed
(July 2012)
This quarterly publication will highlight specific Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) initiatives that are currently being implemented and will discuss how working collaboratively on these programs will ultimately enhance the lives of New Yorkers. Read more 


Aging in the Community   
Area Agency on Aging Director Profile

Floods No Myth for Schoharie County Office for the Aging
Mythical floods have graced literature since the beginning of time but the flooding from last year's hurricane and tropical storm-- Irene and Lee - was no myth for the thousands who were impacted by the flood - many of them clients of the Schoharie Office for the Aging.  Read more.
Other Community News


West Seneca Senior Center to Get $262,209 in Improvements (August 9, 2012)
Christmas came early for the West Seneca Senior Citizens Center, which will be the apparent beneficiary of more than a quarter-million dollars in improvements that were approved by the Town Board during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. Read more.

New York-New Jersey Region Ranks 5th for Successful Aging (July 31, 2012)
A new study says the New York metro region is one of the best places for successful aging, but there are downsides familiar to anyone who already lives here.  Read more.
Aging in America
"The Conversation Project" launched August 15th 
 A new public campaign, The Conversation Project, was launched on August 15 "to have every person's end-of-life wishes expressed and respected." The campaign provides information and key resources, including a website. An ABC news article supports the Project, which will be featured on an ABC World News Tonight in the fall.
Aging & Disability Resource Center News for AAA 
A weekly update for Aging & Disability Resource Centers, Community Living Programs, Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Programs, Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Service Program and their Partners. Read more.

Organizations Unite for Historic Presidential Forum on Disability
Pess Release
The National Forum on Disability Issues, scheduled for September 28th in Columbus, Ohio is set to provide presidential and state candidates with the opportunity to provide their positions on a wide variety of disability issues directly to the disability community.Read more


Bills Other Than Affordable Care May Change the Face of Job Market
Standard-Examiner (July 6, 2012)
Even with the recent Supreme Court decision resulting in the Affordable Care Act remaining on the books, there is little doubt that heated debate on the issue will continue through the November election. While some claim the act is a job killer, others claim it will secure jobs.


Should Big Medicine be more like the Cheescake Factory?
New Yorker  (August 13, 2012)
Dr. Atul Gawande's recent New Yorker online article suggests that big medicine can learn lessons from The Cheesecake Factory and other large chains about quality control, cost control, and innovation. His article has created hot debates online about whether or not his ideas have merit  Read Big Med article 
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
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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 the inclusion of 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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