Author: Lara Stauning

Center for Medicare Advocacy: Social Security Announces Largest Increase in Over 40 Years

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced today. On average, Social Security benefits will increase by more than $140 per month starting in January. At the same time, most Medicare beneficiaries will not have an increase in their Medicare premium in 2023.

In addition, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax will increase to $160,200 from $147,000.

The last time the COLA increased by this much or more was in 1981. Read more at https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2022/?utm_content=pressrelease&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#10-2022-2

Read the full CMA Alert Here

CEJC “Lunch and Learn” Webinar for Professional Conservators, Friday, 10/7/22, 12-1 PM

Free Webinar: Nursing Facility Advocacy 101: Advocating for Residents with Disabilities

10/7/22, 12-1 PM (rescheduled from 9/26/22).

Attorneys Rachel Mirsky and Deborah Dorfman from Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT) will provide an overview of the role of the DRCT. Learn about what DRCT does and how DRCT can help disabled individuals.

They will: highlight DRCT’s role in conservatorships and guardianships, discuss how service providers and the courts can work collaboratively to improve the lives of disabled individuals and explore alternatives to guardianships and conservatorships.  

Sessions are geared toward attorneys, but other professionals can benefit from the information provided. This session has been approved for 1 CEC Credit by NASW-CT and 1 CLC by the Connecticut Bar Association.

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1454158428847262733

CEJC “Lunch and Learn” Webinar for Professional Conservators, Friday, 10/7/22, 12-1 PM

Free Webinar: Nursing Facility Advocacy 101: Advocating for Residents with Disabilities

10/7/22, 12-1 PM (rescheduled from 9/26/22).

Attorneys Rachel Mirsky and Deborah Dorfman from Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT) will provide an overview of the role of the DRCT. Learn about what DRCT does and how DRCT can help disabled individuals.

They will: highlight DRCT’s role in conservatorships and guardianships, discuss how service providers and the courts can work collaboratively to improve the lives of disabled individuals and explore alternatives to guardianships and conservatorships  

Sessions are geared toward attorneys, but other professionals can benefit from the information provided. CLE and CEC credits are pending approval.

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1454158428847262733

Join the Falls Prevention Awareness Week Campaign SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2022

 Falls Prevention Awareness Week is a national health campaign observed on the first week of Fall to increase awareness that falls are preventable. Falls are one of the major causes of serious injuries and deaths for older adults, and the long-lasting effects of a fall are not just physical but also economic and emotional. The good news is they are preventable, and there are proven steps people can take to reduce their risk.  

The Connecticut Healthy Living Collective, Connecticut Community Care, National Council on Aging, CT Senior Centers, Local Health Departments and Districts, CT Department of Aging and Disability Services, CT Area Agencies on Aging and many more are joining the Falls Prevention Awareness Week Campaign to:   Raise awareness that falls are preventable and older adults can be falls free, and promote the many high quality evidence-based falls prevention programs offered throughout our state.

I Want to Be Involved in a CT Falls Prevention Awareness Campaign!
 
·     I want to spread the word about falls prevention and falls prevention programming. Please sign up below to receive the communications materials.
 
·      My organization offers evidence-based falls prevention programming like A Matter of Balance, Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance or Enhance Fitness and we want to promote it as one of the evidence-based program offerings in CT.
 
·     My organization is interested in offering a falls prevention program and would like to know more about getting it off the ground.
 
Click Here to Get Involved!
 
Sincerely,
 
CT Falls Prevention Week Action Committee

AARP CT and CT Dept. of Aging and Disability Services Host Technology Series

Virtual U: Assistive Technology for Access Training – 9/29/2022 @1PM ET

Learn how technology can increase access for individuals you serve in your professional and personal lives.

Join AARP Connecticut, Dr. Lauren Tucker, the State of Connecticut Department of Aging & Disability Services and participants from across the country for this FREE, virtual 2-hour training on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. ET | 12:00 p.m. CT | 11:00 a.m. MT | 10:00 a.m. PT – AARP membership not required.

This session is approved for (2.0) Continuing Education Units by NASW/CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. This approval is also applicable for license renewals for CT, LPCs, LMFTs, and licensed psychologists.https://aarp.cventevents.com/TuckerATSept29

Facilitating Virtual Training Sessions: Tips & Tools to Reduce Glitches 10/27/2022 @1PM ET

Do your presentations/trainings in the virtual space convey the message you want?

Join AARP Connecticut, Dr. Lauren Tucker, the State of Connecticut Department of Aging & Disability Services and participants from across the country for this FREE, virtual 2-hour training on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. ET | 12:00 p.m. CT | 11:00 a.m. MT | 10:00 a.m. PT – AARP membership not required.This session is approved for (2.0) Continuing Education Units by NASW/CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. This approval is also applicable for license renewals for CT, LPCs, LMFTs, and licensed psychologists.https://aarp.cventevents.com/TuckerVirtualOct27

Governor Lamont Announces Application Period for 2022-2023 Winter Season of the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program Begins on September 1

Posted on August 31, 2022 (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the application period for the 2022-2023 winter season of the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) will begin on September 1, 2022. The program helps Connecticut residents – including both homeowners and renters – with the costs associated with heating their homes. Basic benefits toward heating bills are around $400 for the season but can be significantly higher depending on the household’s income and number of family members.

Benefits are available for households with incomes up to 60% of the state median income, which equates to roughly $76,400 for a family of four. These benefits are usually paid directly to the utility company or fuel supplier. Households that heat with deliverable fuels like oil or propane may be eligible for multiple free tank fills.

There are several ways to apply:
Online: Visit ct.gov/heatinghelp/apply.
Phone: Call the office of your local community action agency and request assistance applying. (Click here for the list of phone numbers.)
In-person: Call the office of your local community action agency and schedule an in-person appointment. (Click here for the list of phone numbers.)
Mail: Download and complete the CEAP application. Mail the completed application and required documents to your local community action agency. (Click here for the list of addresses.)

Applications for the 2022-2023 winter season must be received by May 31, 2023. Additional information can be obtained by visiting ct.gov/heatinghelp or calling 2-1-1.

“Here in Connecticut, we have many available services to protect vulnerable households from the cold each year, including safeguarding those who have fallen behind on their utility heating bills to avoid the risk of a shutoff,” Governor Lamont said.

“I urge residents who may need assistance to consider applying for this program to get them through the winter months.” CEAP is administered by the Connecticut Department of Social Services. It is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“With so many avenues to apply for home heating assistance, we want vulnerable Connecticut residents to know that as we head into the upcoming winter season, there are resources available to them to help get through the winter,” Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre Gifford said. “We encourage everyone to visit ct.gov/heatinghelp or call 2-1-1 to get more information.”
Read on CT.gov

Fighting Fraud with AARP!

Please see the latest educational videos offered by the Fighting Fraud with AARP CT educational series!  Feel free to share through your networks as a way to keep people up-to-date on the latest scams! 

Fighting Fraud with AARP CT – January https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g78IEQY21gk&t=48s

Fighting Fraud with AARP CT – February  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQFUtyce5eg

Fighting Fraud with AARP CT – March  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDi1kSpFVYk&t=539s

Fighting Fraud with AARP CT – April  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdZUoOLtNPw

Fighting Fraud with AARP CT – May https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcwPLUb_nY4&list=PLsxtLdFFg4uh1L43ihUBxpkbliN-_1_0d&index=4&t=13s

Fighting Fraud with AARP CT – June 24  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJaDYo8z-eg&t=1s

Fighting Fraud with AARP CT – August 26 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2box9OfyQKU

You can find support through the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline by contacting 877-908-3360 or going to www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork

You can also find support through the ReST program by going to https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/voa-rest-program/

Extreme Heat and Cooling Centers

Extreme Heat and Cooling Centers A helpful reminder from Connecticut’s Infoline 211….

“Throughout the summer months Connecticut may experience periods of extreme heat including excessively high temperatures and high levels of humidity. It is recommended that during periods of extreme heat that Connecticut residents take precautions and stay informed.   “Excessively high temperatures can be dangerous for peoples’ health, especially among the elderly, young children, and those who work outdoors.”

Cooling Centers “During periods of extreme heat, cooling centers are often opened up at the local level. These cooling centers provide a place to cool off for members of the community especially those most impacted by extreme heat. “If a city/town has opened a designated cooling center, United Way-211 lists the site location and hours on their website.” United Way- 211: Extreme Heat Cooling Centers  “To have your Cooling Center information added here or any changes made to current listings, please send your information to: [email protected] “

AARP CT and CT Dept. of Aging and Disability Services Host Technology Series

Virtual U: Assistive Technology for Access Training – 9/29/2022 @1PM ET

Learn how technology can increase access for individuals you serve in your professional and personal lives.

Join AARP Connecticut, Dr. Lauren Tucker, the State of Connecticut Department of Aging & Disability Services and participants from across the country for this FREE, virtual 2-hour training on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. ET | 12:00 p.m. CT | 11:00 a.m. MT | 10:00 a.m. PT – AARP membership not required.

This session is approved for (2.0) Continuing Education Units by NASW/CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. This approval is also applicable for license renewals for CT, LPCs, LMFTs, and licensed psychologists.https://aarp.cventevents.com/TuckerATSept29

Facilitating Virtual Training Sessions: Tips & Tools to Reduce Glitches 10/27/2022 @1PM ET

Do your presentations/trainings in the virtual space convey the message you want?

Join AARP Connecticut, Dr. Lauren Tucker, the State of Connecticut Department of Aging & Disability Services and participants from across the country for this FREE, virtual 2-hour training on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. ET | 12:00 p.m. CT | 11:00 a.m. MT | 10:00 a.m. PT – AARP membership not required.This session is approved for (2.0) Continuing Education Units by NASW/CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. This approval is also applicable for license renewals for CT, LPCs, LMFTs, and licensed psychologists.https://aarp.cventevents.com/TuckerVirtualOct27

U.S. Transition to 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Launched Saturday, July 16, 2022.

On Saturday, July 16, 2022, the U.S. transitioned the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to 988 – an easy-to-remember three-digit number for 24/7 crisis care. The lifeline, which also links to the Veterans Crisis Line, follows a three-year joint effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to put crisis care more in reach for people in need.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a network of more than 200 state and local call centers supported by HHS through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mental health or substance use crisis, or
  • Any other kind of emotional distress

People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.