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No matter where you live, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are now lethal centers for COVID-19 in the United States.

Im fact, nursing home residents and workers now comprise between 30% and 40% of all COVID-19 related deaths in the United States, according to estimates.

The care centers serve as a “well of infection” for the coronavirus that will continue to feed the ongoing epidemic, said Donald Taylor, director of the Duke University Social Science Research Institute in Durham, N.C.

“I believe if we don’t manage to control the epidemic within nursing homes, we’re not going to control it in the United States,” Taylor said.

Full article at US News

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Most people around the world say they would continue to work if they had flu-like symptoms, an online survey finds.

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers called the findings disturbing.

The survey — conducted online between October 2018 and January 2019, before the emergence of COVID-19 — included responses from 533 workers in 49 countries. Respondents included 249 health care workers and 284 others.

Large majorities (over 99% of health care workers and 96.5% of others) said they’d work through “minor” symptoms, such as a sore throat, sneezing/runny nose or cough. And 58.5% said they’d work with flu-like symptoms, including major ones such as muscle aches and fever.

Full article at US News

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The Administration on Disabilities (AoD) at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing a new funding opportunity for “Closing the Health Disparity Gap for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD): Strengthening the U.S. Health Care Workforce”.

Many health care providers do not receive the training needed to ensure that individuals with ID/DD receive adequate and equitable care. AoD seeks to improve health outcomes for the ID/DD population by changing the training received by medical and other health-professions students. This project is a critical activity of AoD’s strategic priority to reduce health disparities, extend life expectancy, and ensure access to equitable and accessible healthcare. It will complement the AoD’s Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities (CDHPD) at the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD) funded last year.

Full article at ACL

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Medicare does not cover assisted living, but it may cover skilled nursing.

By 2030, 1 in every 5 people in the United States will have reached retirement age.

In this article, learn whether Medicare covers assisted living expenses, skilled nursing care, and in-home care, as well as alternative ways to help cover the costs.

Medicare does not cover the costs of assisted living facilities or communities.

These provide what is sometimes called custodial care: help with daily activities such as bathing, housekeeping, and laundry. In addition, security services and social activities are often available.

Full article at Medical News Today

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Today marks the start of Older Americans Month. While we cannot celebrate it as usual, we still encourage individuals and communities to reflect on the countless contributions that older adults make to our lives and nation. This year’s theme, “Make Your Mark,” highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities.

Following are some materials available to help you observe Older Americans Month in our new “virtual” reality.

Full article at ACL

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued updated guidance for SSI recipients with qualifying dependents eligible for COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. SSI recipients who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and who have qualifying dependents must submit additional information using the IRS’s Non-Filer tool by Tuesday, May 5, 2020 to receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payments as soon as possible. Eligible SSI recipients will start receiving their automatic payments directly from the Treasury Department in early May.

Please note that Direct Express account holders may use the IRS’s Non-Filer tool, but they cannot receive their and their children’s payment on their Direct Express card. They may only enter non-Direct Express bank account information for direct deposit, or leave bank information empty to receive a paper check by mail.

For more information, visit APTA

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY month – maybe. The divorce rate for people age 50 and up has doubled since the 1990s, in a time when divorce rates overall have fallen 18%. It appears that younger generations are contributing to that decline, marrying later when their career and finances warrant the commitment and being more selective in whom they marry. Of course, many millennials cohabit without the legalities of marriage, so the jury is out in terms of the stability of their overall relationships.

That said, boomers have given their kids one more thing to be infuriated about when mom and dad decide to divorce, start dating and – the horrors! – even have sex in their 50s and 60s. Living longer has caused many of these boomers to re-evaluate their lives. They’ve raised their kids, and now it’s their turn to have some fun … and “their” doesn’t necessarily include their partner. Plus, let’s face it: Women outlive men, so there are a lot of older women alone – and senior isolation is a real and dangerous thing.

Full article at US News

Hundreds of hospitals across the nation, including a number with sterling reputations for cutting-edge care, will be paid less by Medicare after the federal government pronounced that they had higher rates of infections and patient injuries than others.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday identified 786 hospitals that will receive lower payments for a year under the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, a creation of the Affordable Care Act. The penalties are designed to encourage better care without taking the extreme step of tossing a hospital out of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which would drive most hospitals out of business.

Now in their sixth year, the punishments, known as HAC penalties, remain awash in criticism from all sides. Hospitals say they are arbitrary and unfair, and some patient advocates believe they are too small to make a difference. Research has shown that while hospital infections are decreasing overall, it is hard to attribute that trend to the penalties.

Full article at Kaiser Health News

Most older adults want to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Home maintenance is an important part of achieving this goal. Join the webinar to learn about Here to Stay: Home Upkeep for All™, a new AARP Foundation program sponsored by The Hartford. Here to Stay provides tools and advice to make preventive home maintenance easier and more cost-effective for older adults through interactive online tools and in-person workshops in select communities. Participants will learn ways to utilize Here to Stay resources to empower senior homeowners in their community to age more safely, cost-effectively, and confidently at home.
Presenter: Brenna McCallick, Program Manager, Housing, AARP Foundation

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ACL’s National Paralysis Resource Center will open a new application cycle for the Direct Effect Quality of Life grants (up to $25,000) and the Expanded Effect Quality of Life (up to $100,000) grants on February 3, 2020. Applications are due March 16.

Quality of Life (QOL) grants are federally funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. This program recognizes projects and initiatives that foster community engagement, inclusion and involvement, while promoting health and wellness for individuals living with paralysis and their support networks. 

The Direct Effect QOL grants offer up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations for projects that address the needs of individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. The grant may fund a wide range of projects such as, adaptive sports, fitness and wellness, educational opportunities, and more. 

Full article at Administration for Community Living