The Link - April 2018

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News & Resources
  • May is Older Americans Month, and the Administration for Community Living has created a microsite filled with materials, activity ideas and resources to help promote and celebrate this year's theme, "Engage at Every Age":
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a new page on its website detailing the how, when and why behind the decision to update Medicare cards. Resources include tips for health care providers, information on the mailing phases of new cards by geographic location and an overview of the new Medicare cards:
  • The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has published a core benefits cheat sheet that provides a quick reference to the core money-saving programs available to low-income Medicare beneficiaries. Information includes details about how the eligibility criteria are set, where the determination is made, how the benefit is funded and where and how individuals can apply:
  • Following the 2017 Summit on Business and the Future of Aging, the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, with the collaboration and support of the M Center of Excellence at The American College of Financial Services, published a report that includes commentary from the summit’s participants, as well as thoughtful, fact-filled assessments of the growing economic power of older adults; the underutilized resource of mature workers; advances that can dramatically extend lifespan, health and productivity; and a call to action:
  • In a blog last month, the NCOA compiled a list of eight places where aging network professionals can go to request free materials in bulk to use at outreach events, health fairs, communal dining, conferences and more. The sites provide information about everything from scams and health insurance to exercise and safety: 

Nutrition Services


  • A new data visualization tool from the Urban Institute compares the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit per meal with the cost of a low-income meal in every county in the continental U.S. Nationally, the maximum SNAP benefit falls short of meeting monthly low-income meal costs by $46.50 per person:


Family Caregiver

Disease Prevention Healh Promotion
  • The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has published a new issue brief about implementing evidence-based programs to address chronic pain. The brief discusses the common and growing problem of chronic pain and opioid use among older adults, provides background on how evidence-based programs can be an important tool for pain management and offers insights into successful strategies for implementation of the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program:

Falls Prevention
  • Most falls are preventable, but they do still happen. A new article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society estimates the medical costs of falls at $50 billion annually. Based on a study of 2015 data, the article explains how much of that money came from government-funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and how much was out-of-pocket costs:

Elder Abuse Prevention
  • The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging has released a report about fighting fraud and scams that target our nation's older adults. The booklet features the top 10 scams reported to the Committee's Fraud Hotline last year and includes resources for consumers who wish to report scams to state and federal agencies: 

Upcoming Events

Webinar: "No Wrong Door: Supporting Community Living for Veterans"

Tuesday, April 10 (12 p.m. CST)

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Webinar: "Mouth Care Matters"

Wednesday, April 18 (12-1 p.m. CST)

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Spiritual and Psychological First Aid with Kevin Ellers

Thursday and Friday, April 19-20 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Grimes Community Complex (Grimes, IA)

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19th Annual Mental Health Issues in Long-Term Care Symposium

Friday, May 4 (T8 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.)
Iowa Veterans Home (Marshalltown, IA)
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Webinar: "Frauds and Scams Every Guardian Should Watch Out For"

Tuesday, May 15 (12 p.m. CST)

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Healthy Aging Summit

Monday and Tuesday, July 16-17 (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

Omni Shoreham (Washington, DC)

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