Stranded: Bridging the Transportation Gap for Rural Communities

While innovations in transportation tend to be viewed as a trend unique to urban communities and settings, new technologies are now enabling service providers to capitalize on a previously untapped market: rural communities. With a unique set of challenges and opportunities—and enabled by today’s technology—these rural markets allow transportation service providers to rethink the kinds of services they provide, how to scale those services, and how to make them more accessible. That movement toward innovation in rural markets needs to …

Strengthening the National Family Caregiver Support Program: The Time has Come

The creation of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) nearly two decades ago marked the first federal recognition of the central role families play in the provision of long-term services and supports (LTSS).  In the field of aging and caregiving, the NFCSP, created in 2000 under the Older Americans Act (originally enacted in 1965), was a game changer. Why? Because the federal program made it possible for every state to address family-related matters that historically were thought to be …

Fewer jobs added in February, but unemployment rate declines

  Employment Overview Overall, the economy added only 20,000 jobs in February, a sharp decrease from the 311,000 jobs added in January (revised up from +304,000) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly Employment Situation data. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate decreased to 3.8 percent overall and to 2.7 percent for those ages 55 and older. The labor force participation rate held steady at 63.2 percent and edged up slightly for the 55+ to 40.4 percent. Employment among the …

It’s Not Just a Meal: The Importance of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program

Imagine living alone, being frail or living with a disability, and unable to leave your house without help. Now imagine feeling a hunger pang, opening up your fridge to find it empty, or wondering how you are going to get your next meal. For some food-insecure older Americans, that’s their daily reality. Fortunately, some are able to avoid that scenario, thanks to the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA’s nutrition services program provides home-delivered and congregate meals to eligible seniors. …

Rightsizing: A Multigenerational Housing Strategy

Importing Age-friendly Innovations Blog Series Empty nesters in the US increasingly talk about “downsizing.” Perhaps a more appropriate frame is “rightsizing,” which the American author Ciji Ware used in her 2007 book—illuminating the need for a change “when your old life just doesn’t fit anymore.” The term is used more widely in other parts of the world, and the distinction is subtle yet significant. The concept of rightsizing provides a more holistic frame for the kind of home that is …

Bring a Number to the Table from the Scorecard!

As 2019 gets underway in full force, legislatures in states across the nation are convening — some for a few weeks, others for another year-round session. How can we compete for and win the attention of state legislators and draw their focus to aging, disability, and long-term services and supports (LTSS) issues? The LTSS Scorecard is the best tool we have. Every advocate should become familiar with it, particularly with where their state stands compared to others, and visit their …