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Home Health Agency Ratings Get Medicare’s Star Treatment

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The federal government released on Thursday a new five-star rating system for home health agencies, hoping to bring clarity to a fast-growing but fragmented corner of the medical industry where it’s often difficult to distinguish good from bad.

Medicare applied the new quality measure to more than 9,000 agencies based on how quickly visits began and how often patients improved while under their care. Nearly half received average scores, with the government sparingly doling out top and bottom ratings. Read more about the ratings and rating system:

Long-distance caregiving: tips from the National Institute on Aging

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Caring for aging or disabled loved ones can be a challenge, especially if your loved one is an hour or more away. The National Institute on Aging has resources to support long-distance caregivers.

Long-Distance Caregiving—Getting Started:

Long-Distance Caregiving—A Family Affair:

So Far Away: Twenty Questions and Answers About Long-Distance Caregiving:


Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

SAMHSA’s free resource has been updated: “Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide, A Toolkit for Senior Centers” offers strategies senior centers can use to integrate suicide prevention into activities that support the well-being of older adults. Describes activities that increase protective factors and explains how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Access the toolkit here:

Go4Life: evidence-based physical activity program for seniors

Monday, September 21st, 2015

From the National Institute on Aging:

Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. The Go4Life campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign.”


National Eye Health Education Program new toolkit

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) has a new toolkit titled, See Well for a Lifetime: An Educational Series on Vision and Aging. This toolkit helps organizations share information about common vision changes, age-related eye diseases and conditions, and how older adults can protect their sight. Learn more. It includes three modules that can be used for individual educational sessions or can build on one another as a series. Each module contains a PowerPoint presentation, a speaker’s guide with detailed talking points, participant handouts, promotional announcements, and participant evaluation forms. To access the toolkit go to

Healthy Aging Action Kit to Take Charge of Your Health

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Our health concerns change as we age, but you don’t have to be overwhelmed or confused by all the changes. Take charge of your health no matter what your age.

Order the FREE Healthy Aging Action Kit to learn what you need to know about a variety of health issues older women face. You’ll be armed with questions to ask your doctor and a firm understanding of how to live your healthiest no matter what your age.

The Action Kit includes a copy of publications on using medicines wisely, dietary supplements, health scams, hospital hints and other topics! Order your free kit here:


NIHSeniorHealth: Psoriasis

Monday, August 31st, 2015

NIHSeniorHealth (, a joint project from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging, has a new Health Topic: Psoriasis.

Psoriasis (NIHSeniorHealth):

Title VI Chat: Overview of SHIP/SMP Programs: A Valuable National Resource

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

8:00am/HDT, 10:00am AKDT, 11:00am PDT and AZ, 12:00pm/ MDT, 1:00/CDT, 2:00pm/EDT

The September Title VI chat webinar will be provide an overview of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program.  The SHIP/SMP programs are important resources that are offered nationwide and can help beneficiaries and their family members understand the complexities of Medicare.  To learn more about the webinar and how to attend go to and scroll down the page.

Aging Conference and Resources

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The White House Conference on Aging is having a national conversation about how to best address the changing aging landscape in the coming decade.

You can watch a live stream of the event, register to host a viewing party, participate in Q & A with experts, tweet using the has tag #WHCOA, how to get involved and more!

For more information:


State and Area Agency on Aging Finder

Administration on Aging – Directory of state and area agencies on aging, which help ensure resources and support services are available to older adults.

Health Literacy and Palliative Care: webcast

Monday, June 15th, 2015

The Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop featuring invited presentations and discussions of the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care. The workshop will be in-person at the Keck Center in Washington, DC and will be available as a webcast.

July 9, 2015 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM ET.

For more information and to register: