Good News for an Older Americans’ Safety Net

Even if you aren’t familiar with the Older Americans Act, you probably know of services it makes possible: Meals on Wheels, job training, senior centers and family caregiver support, among many others. The future of this safety net for older Americans looks a little brighter because, with bipartisan support, a key Senate committee advanced legislation to reauthorize the OAA on Oct. 30. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter. Reauthorization – the periodic process of tweaking, overhauling or ending …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …  1. Gummi Bears used to have frowns rather than smiles. (Learn more at AARP) 2. The Abominable Snowman, also called the Yeti, may be a hybrid bear that roams the Himalayas. (Learn more at The Telegraph) 3. If 10 percent of vehicles on the road were self-driving, there would be 1,000 fewer traffic deaths each year. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Dogs outfitted with high-tech collars may someday take the place of grannycams. (Learn more at AARP) 5. There’s …

Why Spending More For Meals on Wheels Would Cost Almost Nothing

By David Orenstein Expanding programs like Meals on Wheels would save 26 of 48 U.S. states money and would allow more seniors to stay in their own homes, research shows. A new study reports that if every state in the lower 48 expanded the number of seniors receiving meals by just 1 percent, 1,722 more Medicaid recipients could avoid living in a nursing home and most states would experience a net annual savings from implementing the expansion. Pennsylvania would see …

Meals on Wheels Caught in Budget Food Fight

Meals on Wheels programs across the nation are seeing the pain of federal budget cuts. The system that delivers hot meals to millions of home-bound or low-income seniors five days a week isn’t near collapse. But with across-the-board spending cuts, called sequestration, taking hold since March 1, local programs have begun to limit who they serve and intend to pull back in other ways. “It’s a slowly developing crisis,” Martha Roherty, executive director of the National Association of States United …

Can Home-Delivered Meals Keep You Out of a Nursing Home?

A new study out of Brown University offers food for thought. It shows that one way to keep people out of nursing homes – so they can age in place, at home – is for states to offer more home-delivered meals. The report revealed that states that invest the most in home-based meals, like Meals On Wheels, have fewer nursing home admissions for “low-care” residents. Low-care means a person lives in a nursing home yet doesn’t require many of the services offered. …