BenefitsCheckup Website Upgraded—The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has launched a more user-friendly BenefitsCheckup website. The site is a free and confidential online service that helps seniors determine what benefits they qualify for and how to claim them. The upgraded website “has more consistent navigation to help seniors, families and other users find what they are looking for faster and easier; including applying for Medicare Part D’s Extra Help, or finding and enrolling in... many other Federal, state, local and private benefit programs.”
AARP’s Across the States 2006 Report—AARP has released Across the States 2006: Profiles of Long-Term Care and Independent Living. It presents comparable state-level and national data for 150 indicators from a wide variety of sources. Among the new indicators in the state profiles is the percentage of adults who are caregivers for an older person with a disability or long-term illness. For the first time, two of the maps in the long-term care section of the report profile family caregiver support programs. Data were based on the 2004 report, The State of the State in Family Caregiver Support: A 50-State Study, produced by the National Center on Caregiving at FCA and funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging.
Comprehensive Health Guide Includes Family Caregiver Issues—The newest edition of the Alliance for Health Reform’s 300-page guide, Covering Health Issues, is now available for downloading. This edition includes a new chapter on long-term care issues which discusses the contributions and experiences of family caregivers. The book contains key facts, an overview, expert sources with telephone numbers, helpful websites and a discussion of current policy proposals for a variety of health topics. For more information, visit: .
HHS Launches New Website on Long-Term Care Planning—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging (AoA); the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) recently launched a new website, the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information. It provides information about long-term care planning, services and financing options, and tools to help people begin the planning process.
American Bar Association Releases updated Legal Guide for Americans Over 50—An updated legal guide for baby boomers and their parents authored by the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and published by Random House is now available for purchase. The book contains new chapters on elder abuse, financial planning for incapacity, advance planning for health care decisions, and marriage and divorce. It also contains information on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs.
Conferences & Trainings:
Family Caregiving: State of the Art, Future Trends
March 6, 2007
Sponsored by FCA and ASA
ASA/NCOA 2007 Annual Conference
March 7 – 10, 2007
Alzheimer’s Association’s 19th Annual Public Policy Forum
March 18 – 20, 2007
ASA and Medicare Rights Center Web Seminars on Care Planning
Free, available on demand.
AARP Diversity and Aging in the 21st Century Conference
June 19 – 21, 2007
Los Angeles, CA
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