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News by Topic: Elderly population

Nov 25, 2019 - Many rural counties in Wisconsin lack elderly care services or dementia care specialists, so the spouses of those with dementia often take on the role of primary caretaker. Examines the toll the responsibility can take on loved ones and identifies strategies counties are taking to address the problem.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal
Nov 14, 2019 - A social worker from rural Missouri helped develop an anti-frailty program in her county, using international models and trainings as her inspiration. Describes how the exercise sessions help counteract cognitive and physical decline in older people and prevent them from being placed in nursing homes earlier than they should be.
Source: Next Avenue
Oct 23, 2019 - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be establishing a Geriatric Emergency Department (GED) at its facility in New Hampshire. The GED will be the first of its kind dedicated to serving a rural population, improving acute care for the growing population of older Americans.
Source: EurekAlert
Oct 22, 2019 - As the aging population increases in rural Western Washington, so does the number of non-medical 9-1-1 calls. Healthcare workers discuss solutions, such as community risk-reduction programs that would assess the needs of older Americans and connect them with resources to reduce their need to call emergency services.
Source: Peninsula Daily News
Oct 17, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announce their continuing efforts to ensure safety and quality for nursing home patients. Efforts include increasing oversight of nursing home inspectors and implementing new performance measures, as well as holding State Survey Agencies (SSAs) accountable for handling situations in which health and safety are in immediate danger.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Oct 11, 2019 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announce that seniors will have access to more Medicare Advantage and Part D plan choices in 2020. Includes information on Medicare open enrollment, which is between October 15 and November 7, 2019.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Oct 10, 2019 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the creation of a National Volunteer Care Corps, connecting young adults and healthy retirees with older Americans in need of assistance with household tasks. The project aims to provide elders with companionship and give unpaid family caregivers a break.
Source: Kaiser Health News