ACL Blog

October 17, 2019 |
This blog was originally published on October 16, 2019, by the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC). Living, learning, and working with a disability can be challenging. Sometimes, the best person to understand what you’re going through might be someone who’s also been there. A peer…
October 10, 2019 |
"Nothing about us without us" is at the core of the disability rights movement, and active participation in policy making by people with disabilities is the driving force behind continued advances in inclusion, integration, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. However, “policy…
October 1, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
The United Nations designates October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.  This year’s theme—The Journey to Age Equality—focuses on pathways of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequality. It is aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda, Goal 10 which is designed to ensure equal…
September 27, 2019 | By Rebecca Kinney, Acting Director, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling, ACL
Over the past few years, DNA tests have become popular across the country. Unfortunately unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries. Scammers will often target Medicare beneficiaries through telemarketing calls, booths at public events,…
September 19, 2019 | By Rhonda Schwartz, Regional Administrator (Region III), ACL
More than one third of community-dwelling adults age 65 and older live alone. Many of these older adults have complex health needs. Additionally, many depend upon others for assistance and support—and their loved ones may not live nearby. These circumstances contribute to the disproportionate…
September 18, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
    Update To This Blog, September 30, 2019 (this update authored by Keri Lipperini, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs) On September 26th, ACL visited one of our Falls Prevention Program grantees making a positive difference in the community! Marymount University, and…
September 12, 2019 | By ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson
Every September, National Preparedness Month brings focus to disaster planning and getting ready for emergencies. This year’s theme says it best – we should aim to be “Prepared, Not Scared.” Of course, even with the best plan, a catastrophic storm, or wildfire, or any other kind of emergency…
September 6, 2019 |
By Greg Link, Director of the Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services Grandparents play a special role in families. They pass along traditions, wisdom, and culture to future generations. Increasingly, they also provide loving and stable homes to their grandchildren. Nearly eight million…
August 29, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
The number of family caregivers, including grandparents who are raising grandchildren, is significant and growing. They are the backbone of our country’s caregiving system and supporting them is critical to making it possible for people of all ages and abilities to continue to live in their…
July 26, 2019 | Patricia Yeager, Ph.D, CEO, The Independence Center
Since its passage 29 years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped the United States become a healthier and more inclusive nation by increasing access and equality for our largest minority group: people with disabilities. The purpose of this landmark civil rights…

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