Forbes: New Federal Budget Freezes Most Spending for Senior Services — Again

Allen Stross returns to his home after lunch at the North Berkeley Senior Center and some grocery shopping. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle

By Howard Gleckman Congress has again frozen funding for most senior services programs, from Meals on Wheels and other nutrition programs to falls prevention and state health insurance assistance programs (SHIPs). This has been the trend throughout most of the Obama Administration. But it may be about to come to an end, as we near … Continue reading

NCOA: FY15 Funding Bill: What it Means for Aging Programs

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

A $1 trillion, 1,603-page FY15 funding package was among the last pieces of business of the 113th Congress. The House passed the measure by a vote of 219 to 206. The Senate passed the measure on Dec. 13 by a vote of 56 to 40, and the President is expected to sign it into law. … Continue reading

2015 White House Conference on Aging

The website for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging was launched this week. The site provides information on the issues that will be covered during this year’s conference and ways for community organizations and aging stakeholders to get involved with the event.   Click here for 2015 White House Conference on Aging Website: http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/ Click … Continue reading

California Healthline: Pilot Program Targets Senior Nutrition

by David Gorn A Sacramento food bank on Thursday announced it is launching a six-month-long pilot program beginning Monday to analyze how eating habits of seniors affect their health, paying particular attention to the common practice among lower-income seniors of skipping breakfast. “Low-income seniors often don’t eat breakfast because they don’t have food, but that … Continue reading

The White House: On the Horizon: The 2015 White House Conference on Aging

Cecilia Muñoz Today at the White House, I was delighted to host a roundtable discussion with leaders from across the aging community who came together to discuss the White House Conference on Aging, which will take place in 2015 – the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato The American public’s cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22. There are earlier examples including the reauthorizations of the Violence Against Women Act … Continue reading

n4a: Getting to a 2014 Older Americans Act Reauthorization

From our colleagues at n4a:  Getting to a 2014 Older Americans Act Reauthorization Reach out to Your Representatives and Senators during Next Week’s Recess!   June 27, 2014   Lawmakers in both the House and Senate will be in their districts and states from June 30 to July 7. This is the perfect opportunity to … Continue reading

Huff Post: Income Inequality Among America’s Seniors Means It’s Not Time to Cut the Safety Net

Kevin Prindiville - 5th Annual LAAAC Aging Summit

Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director, The National Senior Citizens Law Center  Two weeks ago, a USA Today story revealed that the U.S. has the fourth most uneven income distribution in the developed world. We rank just behind Chile, Mexico, and Turkey with one of the developed world’s largest income gaps. While income inequality in America is not news, few are … Continue reading

NY Times: Younger Turn for a Graying Nation

3 of 9Adult Day Health Care dilemma Trinidad Contreras is a fixture at Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care facility in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Due to budget cuts, the state declared Contreras no longer eligible for benefits, but Gardner Family Health Network Adult Day Health Care is continuing to let him participate in its programs without getting reimbursed while he appeals. He spends the hours between about 10 am and 2 pm playing dominos, walking the courtyard and tending the small garden boxes. (Dan Honda/Staff)

THERE are now more young adults than there are baby boomers. From 1947 through 2010, the largest single age group in the United States was born sometime in the 18 years after the end of World War II. In 1947, that was zero years old — babies who had not yet celebrated their first birthday. … Continue reading

The Economist: Age invaders

A generation of old people is about to change the global economy. They will not all do so in the same way IN THE 20th century the planet’s population doubled twice. It will not double even once in the current century, because birth rates in much of the world have declined steeply. But the number … Continue reading

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