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High-profile issues that make daily headlines currently are occupying much of Congress’s attention. Yet one important issue is receiving little to no attention: the Older Americans Act. If Congress does not act, this legislation, which was last reauthorized for three years, will expire on September 30.
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Junette, una cuidadora familiar de Arkansas, comprende muy bien los desafíos de proveer los mejores cuidados posibles para su hija adulta, Colleen. En el 2007, Colleen sufrió lesiones graves en un accidente de choque y fuga. Desde entonces, Junette, su esposo, Johnny, y el esposo de Colleen, Mark, han hecho todo lo posible por cuidar a Colleen en casa. Cuando se les preguntó si Colleen debería vivir en un hogar para adultos discapacitados, su respuesta fue "¡Absolutamente no!". Ahora, Junette y Johnny ayudan con las responsabilidades para cuidar a Colleen, mientras que Mark actúa como su tutor. La tutela de adultos es un proceso en el que un tribunal estatal nombra a una persona para que se encargue del bienestar, y posiblemente las finanzas, de otra persona que no puede cuidar de sí misma. Los tutores pueden ser familiares, amigos o profesionales no relacionados que sean nombrados por un juez. Hemos visto en todo el país un incremento en la acción para mejorar las leyes, prácticas y procedimientos obsoletos sobre la tutela. Los legisladores estatales, jueces y defensores de la familia, así como otras personas interesadas, están trabajando para:
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The Older Americans Act (OAA) is the law that since 1965 has provided a variety of essential programs and services to our most vulnerable older Americans, including Meals on Wheels, access to abuse prevention services, transportation assistance, and support for family caregivers. OAA programs save taxpayers money by reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions, and help older Americans stay in their homes and communities, where they want to be.
Elder abuse is an important public health problem that has negative consequences on the health and well-being of older adults and contributes to avoidable health spending. Studies have found that elder abuse leads to increased use of emergency room and in-patient hospital care, and estimates are that annual costs associated with such abuse are over $5.3 billion.
Among the more shocking statistics about domestic violence is that African American women die at the hands of a spouse or family member much more often than men or women of other races. Domestic violence happens year round, so let’s remain aware of the signs.
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In the same week as its 50th anniversary, the Senate finally renewed the Older Americans Act (OAA). Thanks to the bipartisan support of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the Older Americans Act is moving forward after 5 years of inaction.
From technological innovation to physical activity to universal design — what works to make life easier and healthier for one generation can work equally well for another, according to speakers at the White House Conference on Aging on July 13.
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“Older adults are an asset to our country,” said Sylvia Burwell, U.S. secretary of health and human services, at a White House Conference on Aging regional forum in Boston on May 28.
“ Retirement is no longer looked at as the last chapter of one’s life, but rather a new and exciting beginning for the next phase of life,” said Julian Castro, U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, at a White House Conference on Aging regional forum in Cleveland on April 27.
“This is not your father’s or mother’s retirement. This is a new world order,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez told attendees at a White House Conference on Aging regional forum in Seattle on April 2.
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