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News by Topic: Aging and aging-related services

Sep 15, 2022 - Highlights a recent webinar on access to healthcare in rural Appalachia that covered memory care challenges, holistic elder care, working with legislators, and advocacy to shape public policy. Offers recommendations shared during the webinar.
Source: AARP Virginia
Aug 31, 2022 - Features a rural Meals on Wheels program in Vermont and the challenges of finding volunteers to keep up with demand following the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes the role of volunteers to not only provide meals to seniors but to also provide check-ins, noting that many seniors who receive deliveries are often socially isolated.
Source: Seven Days
Aug 30, 2022 - Highlights an Illinois program to improve digital literacy and reduce social isolation for seniors in a rural county through classes, noting that social isolation is a social determinant of health. Describes the computer literacy program that the initiative uses and the social, physical, and mental health benefits of the initiative.
Source: WGLT
Aug 24, 2022 - The Health Resources and Services Administration will hold a public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) on September 14-16, 2022. The agenda will include discussions on the provision of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in rural communities. Information about NACRHHS and the agenda for this meeting will be available on the NACRHHS website. Written statements and request to make oral comments should be submitted to Sahira Rafiullah at least 3 business days prior to the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 21, 2022 - Describes the rising need and challenges for home care providers in rural Washington, highlighting the situation in the rural community of Sequim. Describes issues with recruitment and competitive compensation, travel difficulties in mountainous areas of the state, and notes policy efforts to address the shortage.
Source: Seattle Times
Aug 5, 2022 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Notice of Denial of Medical Coverage (or Payment); 2) Emergency and Foreign Hospital Services and Supporting Regulation in 42 CFR Section 424.103; 3) Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); and 4) Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program—Contracting Forms. Comments are due by October 4, 2022.
Source: Federal Register