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February 17 2010
Volume X, Number 4
| IN THIS ISSUE
State Legislation, Policy & Reports
- New York: Respite Care Demonstration Bill Introduced More...
Federal Legislation, Policy & Reports
- Caregiver Assistance and Relief Effort (CARE) Act Reintroduced More...
- New Long-Term Quality Alliance Formed More...
- United Kingdom: Report on Prevalence and Cost of Dementia More...
Research Reports & Journal Articles
- Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Care Costs More...
- "Health Literacy as a Tool to Improve the Public Understanding of Alzheimer's Disease"
Conferences & Trainings
- 2010 International Conference on Aging in the Americas September 15-17 More...
Funding, Media & Miscellaneous
- JAMA Calling for Papers on Caring for an Aging Population for October Issue More...
- "Geriatric Care Manager May Be Useful to Families" More...
- Practice Change Fellows Program Accepting Applications More...
York: Respite Care Demonstration Bill Introduced
Legislators recently introduced a bill in the New York
Senate (S. 6733) which would establish a three-year respite care demonstration
program for informal caregivers who care for adults with long-term care
needs. The program will be evaluated to
determine, in part, whether respite is a cost-effective way to avoid more
expensive long-term care services. For more information, visit:
New York State Legislature
and Relief Effort (CARE) Act Reintroduced
Senator Bob Menendez
(D-NJ) and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) recently reintroduced
his legislation from 2007, the Caregiver Assistance and Relief Effort (CARE)
Act (S 2958/ H.R. 1192). The bill would
provide a tax credit to those caring for a family member with long-term care
needs; the credit would start at $2,500 in 2010, with a reduction of $100 for
every $1,000 the taxpayer earns over $75,000.
The credit would increase to $2,750 in 2011 and $3,000 in 2012. In addition, the bill would increase funding for
the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) to $250 million in FY
2011, up from $154 million in FY 2010. It would also allow a tax deduction for
long-term care insurance premiums and apply certain consumer protection
provisions to long-term care insurance contracts. For more information, visit:
New Long-Term Quality Alliance Formed
A group of health, consumer, and aging advocates
recently formed the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) to make sure the 10
million people needing long-term services and supports in the United States
receive the highest quality of care regardless of the setting in which it is
delivered. The Alliance
aims to broaden efforts to improve quality of care by fostering person- and
family-centered quality measurement and advancing innovative best
practices. The Alliance is governed by a board comprised of
30 leading experts on long-term care related issues. Organizations are invited to apply for
membership to the Alliance,
which does come with dues based on one's annual operating budget. For more information, visit:
Long-Term Quality Alliance
Kingdom: Report on Prevalence and Cost of Dementia
report by the Alzheimer's Research Trust (ART) at Oxford
University revealed that the cost of
caring for people with dementia in the United Kingdom is far higher than
previously thought, and that dementia research receives far less funding than
other prevalent diseases. Dementia 2010 reports on the prevalence,
economic cost and research funding of dementia compared with other
diseases. Dementia costs the UK 23
billion pounds ($37 billion USD) a year, more than cancer and heart disease
combined, and the number of people with dementia is expected to rise nearly 20%
to over a million by 2025. For more information, visit:
Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Care
The MetLife Mature
Market Institute with the National Alliance for Caregiving in conjunction with
the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Aging recently released a report, MetLife
Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Care Costs. The report
reveals that working caregivers, who tend to experience more health problems
than non-caregivers, cost employers an estimated average of an additional 8% in
health care expenses per year, or $13.4 billion annually. The report also found that younger caregivers
(ages 18 to 39) cost their employers 11% more for health care than
non-caregivers, while male caregivers cost an additional 18%. The report
suggest employers provide integrated wellness and eldercare programs for
employees. For more information, visit:
MetLife Mature Market Institute
as a Tool to Improve the Public Understanding of Alzheimer's Disease"
An article in the
January 2010 issue Annals of Long-Term
Care (Volume 18, Number 1) discusses "Health Literacy as a Tool to
Improve the Public Understanding of Alzheimer's Disease." The article by Dr. Fred Kobylarz and
colleagues briefly describes the concept of health literacy, including the
impact of age on literacy, and suggests generally applicable strategies for
lowering health literacy barriers among patients facing dementia in clinical
practice. For more information, visit:
Annals of Long-Term Care
Conference on Aging in the Americas
International Conference on Aging in the Americas
will be held September 15-17, 2010 at the University
of Texas at Austin.
It is the fourth installment of a conference series where the objective
is to develop consensus on the best means of ensuring healthful aging of
individuals of Mexican ancestry in the U.S. The Conference will focus on issues of
disability, caregiving, and long-term care policy. For more information, visit:
University of Texas at Austin
JAMA Calling for Papers
on Caring for an Aging Population for October Issue
The Journal of the American Medical Association
(JAMA) is calling for papers for its
October 2010 issue focused on the theme of aging. The emphasis of the issue will be the
need for medicine to adapt to the shifting demographics and the
changing requirements of caring for an aging population. Topics to be considered for the JAMA
theme issue include improving the health and quality of life of
elders through better care interventions and health care delivery,
based on best evidence and incorporating patient preference.
Improving care delivery in the primary care setting, enabling
flexible patient-centered care to support older patients and their
caregivers, and helping patients to remain at home and independent
are important issues to be considered. Papers received by April 15, 2010, will have
the best opportunity for consideration for the issue. For
more information, visit:
Journal of the American Medical Association
"Geriatric Care Manager May Be Useful to Families"
An article in Utah's Deseret News highlights the important role
geriatric care managers can play for caregiving families. The profession has boomed in the last couple
of decades as adult children caregivers increasingly live far from their aging
parents and need help making decisions about providing care. The article describes how care managers work
with and provide assistance to family caregivers and care recipients, and it
offers advice for how to find a care manager.
For more information, visit:
Practice Change Fellows Program Accepting Applications
The Practice Change
Fellows program is seeking applicants for 2010. The two-year program helps
nurses, physicians and social workers develop leadership skills and content
expertise to improve health care for older adults. The National Council on
Aging administers the program with the University of Colorado.
Applications are due April 7, 2010. For
more information, visit:
Practice Change Fellows
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