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News by Topic: Aging and aging-related services

Apr 14, 2021 - Provides an overview of a report that suggests that employment losses, particularly among those with less education and those living in more rural areas, may lead to early claiming of Social Security retirement benefits. Discusses the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies additional factors that may lead to early claiming.
Source: AARP
Apr 8, 2021 - The Administration on Community Living plans to make $26,000,000 available in supplemental funding for current Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)/No Wrong Door (NWD) COVID-19 CARES Act grantees. This funding will be used to provide assistance with scheduling vaccine appointments, transportation to vaccine sites, direct support services needed to attend vaccine appointments, connection to in-home vaccination options, and education about the importance of receiving the vaccine to older adults and people with disabilities. Applications are due by April 9, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 6, 2021 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the intent to award a single-source supplement to the current cooperative agreement held by the National Area Agencies on Aging for the Eldercare Locator. The supplement will be used to expand the capacity of the Eldercare Locator to link a larger number of older adults, their caregivers, and people with disabilities with state and local organizations to obtain COVID-19 vaccines.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 1, 2021 - Video report includes interviews with a doctor, a hospice and social worker, and a patient from different rural communities across the country. Discusses why palliative care is crucial in rural communities and addresses barriers to care.
Source: PBS
Apr 1, 2021 - Notice from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) requesting comments on proposed revisions to information collection related to the consumer assessment surveys that are used by ACL to measure program performance for programs funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act, including the addition of a new rotating module to the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants. ACL is proposing a module on COVID-19 to measure the effect the pandemic has had on older adults' access to and use of Older Americans Act programs and services. Comments are due by May 3, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 31, 2021 - Features Yolo Hospice, a non-profit hospice provider in Northern California that is utilizing grant funds to research and address challenges that residents of rural and Native American communities face when accessing hospice and palliative care. Describes barriers to hospice and palliative care access and highlights plans to launch their own program and work with providers in other regions to help them provide accessible and culturally sensitive care to Indigenous communities.
Source: California Health Report
Mar 25, 2021 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) seeking comments on the reinstatement of an information collection, with change, regarding the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). FNS will use this information collection to obtain account and record information from State and service institutions necessary to effectively manage the CACFP and ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Comments are due by May 24, 2021.
Source: Federal Register