Author: Lara Stauning

ACL: Food Insecurity and Malnutrition – Webinar #2

In celebration of the March anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is hosting weekly webinars throughout the month of March.  The webinar series will focus on understanding the intent of the Older Americans Act and address nutrition, socialization, and health and well-being. 

Join us on Thursday, March 11th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST for our webinar on Food Insecurity and Malnutrition.  As a result of your participation, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between nutrition and food insecurity
  • Identify the root causes of malnutrition and present innovative approaches to combatting malnutrition
  • Discuss the importance of partnerships and lessons learned

Speakers:

  • ACL Speaker:
    • Judy Simon, MS, RD, LDN, National Nutritionist, ACL
  • Network Speakers:
    • Paul Hepfer, CEO Project Open Hand (California)
    • Pam VanKampen, Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (Wisconsin)

We look forward to you joining us as we Celebrate Our Senior Nutrition Program. Register here.

For questions, please contact Kathy Wilson-Gold, MS, RDN, LD at [email protected]

OAA Nutrition Program Webinar # 3: Socialization

In celebration of the March anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is hosting weekly webinars throughout the month of March.  The webinar series will focus on understanding the intent of the Older Americans Act and address nutrition, socialization, and health and well-being. 

Join us on Thursday, March 18th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST for our webinar on Socialization.  As a result of your participation, you will be able to understand these objectives:

  • Understand the socialization challenges faced by the aging network and the tribal nations
  • Highlight the importance of community, connections, and innovative ideas for combatting social isolation
  • Demonstrate how to use virtual programming to promote socialization

Speakers:

  • Jasmine Aplin, JD – Office of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs, ACL
  • Anna Feltz, Director, Old Bridge New Jersey Senior Center (New Jersey)

We look forward to you joining us as we Celebrate Our Senior Nutrition Program.

Register here.

Additionally, ACL wants to share that as we work together as a nation to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need everyone to join together virtually. With our partners in the Commit to Connect campaign, we are connecting with others to help ourselves and our loved ones. We are making this happen using technology while sharing this information throughout our network. Read more at Commit to Connect on the ACL Website.

For questions, please contact Kathy Wilson-Gold, MS, RDN, LD at [email protected]

Webinar: Person-Centered Services in Long-Term Care March 10th @ 11AM

Please join us for our fourth webinar in the long-term care series: Person-Center Services in Long-Term Care.

People living in long-term care facilities, or receiving long-term care services, have the right to make their own decisions about their care and to lead those discussions. Join our expert panel to learn more about what Person-Centered Services means for people receiving long-term care, for their families and for service providers. The panel will also discuss challenges imposed by the public health emergency.

Register: https://aarp-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ajbwjRB6TVS3MpuFIu5nug


Panelists:
Sandy Bernstein, Esq., Legal Director, Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services

Jean R. Moise, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Adult Services, D.C. Department of Behavioral Health

Winslow Woodland, MSN, RN, Deputy Director, Developmental Disabilities Administration, D.C. Department on Disability Services

Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s Office of the DC Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Moderator:
Heather Stowe, Ph.D., Clinical Director, D.C. Department of Aging and Community Living

Save the Date: Consumer Voice Annual Conference, November 3-5, 2021

We are going virtual again for the 2021 Consumer Voice Annual Conference – November 3-5, 2021! Our virtual conference will feature expert speakers, the most up-to-date policy information, best practices shared from across the country, and networking with a community of other long-term care advocates – plus unique opportunities to connect online.

Stay tuned for more information. Hope to see you there!

Virtual Forum on Autonomous Vehicle Accessibility

The U.S. Access Board in partnership with the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Administration for Community Living, and other agencies has launched a virtual public forum on autonomous vehicle accessibility to promote accessibility for people with disabilities in the design of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Share your thoughts, ideas and comments on considerations for the future design of AVs that will accommodate the needs of people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities.  The dialogue is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Access Board’s series of four virtual meetings on making AVs accessible to passengers with disabilities. The meetings are open to the general public and will focus on considerations, challenges, and solutions in designing accessible AVs.

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3/10/21 @ 7PM Work at Age 50+: Strategies for a Successful Job Search Workshop by AARP CT Webinar Wednesdays

Work at Age 50+: Strategies for a Successful Job Search Workshop Participants will learn about the essentials any 50+ job seeker must consider and hear about free resources available from AARP and others. Specific focus areas include digital and social media platforms, personal branding, networking and age-proofing your resume.

3/10/2021 @ 7PM Please go to www.AARP.org/CTEvents to register

SUA Provides Videos to Promote Vaccinations for 55+

The Department of Aging and Disability Services, State Unit on Aging has produced the videos below to promote the vaccination of individuals 55+. Videos are available in English and Spanish. Please distribute widely to your network!

Information for those over 55

(Please watch the videos below for more information)

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Steps to Address Housing Insecurity

During the coronavirus pandemic, actions taken by both the public and private sector – including moratoriums on foreclosures and evictions – have prevented many Americans from losing their homes, but many legal protections are set to expire in the months ahead.

New CFPB research finds that over 11 million people – nearly 10 percent of U.S. households – may be at risk of losing their homes unless we take immediate and urgent action. And as we’ve seen with the pandemic, communities of color continue to be disproportionately impacted.

Learn more about our latest research and the steps we’re taking to address housing insecurity. Thank you,
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

New Alzheimer’s and Dementia Program Cooperative Agreement Grant Opportunity from ACL

Application deadline April 26, 2021. **Informational conference call March 3, 2021. Details below.


View more details and application instructions

Grant Opportunity HHS-2021-ACL-AOA-ADPI-0083


ACL has announced a grant opportunity that seeks to support and promote the development and expansion of dementia-capable home and community-based service (HCBS) systems in states and communities. 

There are two application options contained in the single FOA:

  • Grants to States (Option A)
  • Grants to Communities (Option B)

No entity is eligible to apply for both options. The dementia-capable systems resulting from program activities under either option are expected to provide quality, person-centered services and supports that help individuals living with dementia and their caregivers remain independent and safe in their communities.

Informational Conference Call

March 3, 2021, at 3:00 PM ET
Toll-free number: 888-935-0259
Passcode: 2896207

A recording of the call will be available at 888-566-0396.


Learn more about ADPI and other related ACL initiatives

House Bill Includes $267 Million in New Funding for for Elder Justice Act

The Elder Justice Coalition today offered high praise for the House passage of the American Rescue Plan which includes $276 million in new funding for the Elder Justice Act.   The legislation is the latest installment in pandemic relief packages but the first under President Biden. The additional $276 million comes just two months after Congress approved $100 million in elder justice funding in the last covid-19 bill in 2020.   “We are especially heartened by the recognition in the House bill that the work of adult protective services and the long-term care ombudsman is important in this pandemic age. This work includes helping to prevent vulnerable older adults from falling victim to vaccine related scams as well as being able to improve the quality of remote work by APS workers. The bill also provides funding for needed personal protective equipment. For the ombudsman program, additional funds will allow them to resume their important work of investigating cases of abuse or neglect of residents in long term care facilities,” said EJC National Coordinator Bob Blancato.   The Coalition had special praise for House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal who shepherded the elder justice funding through the House. Blancato said, “His commitment has been steadfast and has broken a ten-year logjam to get adequate funding for elder justice programs.”   The bill now moves to the Senate, which is expected to begin work this week. The Coalition will be strongly advocating for the Senate to either accept the House-passed levels or do better.