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My coverage, My care: new resource from the Office of Minority Health

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

In preparation for Affordable Care Act open enrollment , the Office of Minority Health has created a new resource for applying for coverage, finding health care, and getting appropriate health care screenings and preventive services. The site includes special sections for seniors and young adults. Open enrollment begins November 15.

My Coverage, My Care: http://1.usa.gov/1rgqNmU

Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The National Institute on Aging has created a presentation toolkit based on the booklet Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People. The toolkit includes slides, speaker notes and participant handouts.

Topics include:

  • Get ready for a doctor’s visit
  • Effectively talk with a clinician about health concerns
  • Make collaborative decisions about treatment
  • Remember what was discussed following the appointment

Access the toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1sqa9Cr

Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults: New Training

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has created an online training tool entitled “Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults.” The six 10-minute modules are designed for staff of long-term care and other aging service providers.

From the Center:

“This tool was developed by the Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging, with support from many groups including but not limited to SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, FORGE Transgender Aging Network, National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, Rose Villa, and the Methodist Home of D.C.”

For more information and to access the tool: http://bit.ly/1tMir8F

Elder Justice Roadmap Project identifies elder abuse and calls for action

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Supported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Elder Justice Roadmap was developed by harnessing the expertise of hundreds of public and private stakeholders from across the country and by gathering their input. The goal of these expert summits was to identify the most critical priorities and concrete opportunities for greater public and private investment and engagement in elder abuse issues. The Elder Justice Roadmap reflects the knowledge and perspectives of these experts in the field and will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse.

To see the complete HHS news release: http://1.usa.gov/1jgX5jh

To visit the Elder Justice Roadmap website: http://bit.ly/TVdRsd

NIHSeniorHealth.gov offers new topic page

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has released a new Web resource to help older adults stop smoking. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, a new topic from NIHSeniorHealth, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, strategies, quizzes, and more for older smokers who want to or are thinking of quitting.

To see the topic page, visit NIHSeniorHealth.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1st3vQ7

Healthy People 2020 webinar: Optimal Aging for Older Adults

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

From Healthy People 2020:

“Older adults are at high risk for developing chronic illnesses and related disabilities. These include diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia. This webinar will explore optimal aging for older adults, with a focus on daily function and quality of life, including living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dementia is the loss of cognitive function—the ability to think, learn, and remember—to such an extent that people can no longer live independently. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.

Please join us on June 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Healthy People 2020 Progress Review featuring the Older Adults and Dementias, Including Alzheimer’s Disease topic areas. Progress Review webinars are focused on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives.”

Register: http://bit.ly/1ooUe5B

New resource from NIHSeniorHealth: End of Life

Monday, March 31st, 2014

From the National Institute on Aging, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Institute of Nursing Research:

“The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of Life module provides visitors with information about the most common issues faced by the dying and their caregivers.

The End of Life module describes the physical, mental, and emotional needs of people nearing the end of life and suggests ways to maintain their quality of life, such as hospice and home care. It also addresses the often complex practical concerns that can attend death, including financial issues, advance directives, caregiver support, and more. Other topics include:

  • Addressing pain
  • Types and places of end-of-life care
  • Planning and paying for end-of-life care
  • Handling health care issues
  • When the end comes
  • Coping with grief
  • Research efforts”

NIHSeniorHealth-End of Life: http://1.usa.gov/1lfEX6t

Older Americans at greater risk in natural disasters

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health found that seniors are among the most vulnerable populations during natural disasters, including severe winter weather.

Read a Q&A with the study’s author: http://bit.ly/1eaq7Mv

Download a disaster preparedness guide for seniors. The guide was written by seniors who lived through a two-week winter power outage: http://rdcrss.org/1n6YkjL

New open online course on International Women’s Health & Human Rights

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A new 8-week, open online course is now being offered by Stanford University on International Women’s Health & Human Rights.

From the course description:

“This course provides an overview of women’s health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.”

Read more about the course at Our Bodies, Our Blog: http://bit.ly/1easrD4

Fact sheets for communication with vulnerable populations during emergencies

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Florida Department of Health has facts sheets for communicating with vulnerable populations during disasters.

Available fact sheets include information about:

  • Children’s Medical Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Economically Disadvantaged Persons
  • Elders 60 and Older
  • Engaging Volunteer Groups Serving Vulnerable Populations
  • Children in Foster Care/Child Welfare System
  • Homeless Persons
  • Individuals with Behavioral Health Concerns
  • Individuals with Extreme Obesity
  • Non-English Speaking Individuals
  • People with Hearing Loss
  • People with Visual Impairment
  • Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Form of Dementia
  • Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  • Persons with Disabilities and/or Functional Impairments
  • Victims of Domestic Violence

Access fact sheets: http://bit.ly/1jB6AZg

Additional information: http://bit.ly/1eskIMX