ACL Blog

September 24, 2020 |
By Tom Moran, Deputy Administrator for Regional Operations and Partnership Development According to a recent CDC report, over 40% of U.S. adults report struggles with mental health or substance use. Nearly 11% reported seriously considering suicide over the last 30 days. Those who report that they…
September 21, 2020 |
By Kathleen Votava, Aging Services Program Specialist at ACL What’s the plan? That’s the question we ask ourselves every September as we observe National Preparedness Month. Having an emergency plan is important at any time, but especially during a pandemic. The challenges of COVID-19 make…
September 11, 2020 | Lori Stalbaum, Alternate Designated Federal Official, Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Love knows no bounds. That is what we’ve witnessed time and again while working with the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren over the past year. The grandparents on this committee have inspired us with their dedication to, their passion for, and their knowledge of the…
September 2, 2020 | Greg Link, Director, Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services
In the U.S., nearly 55 million caregivers, most of whom are family members, face new situations and challenges on a daily basis. A typical day often includes a bit of uncertainty topped with moments of elation and gratitude. Whether assisting with navigating the intricacies of the health care…
August 19, 2020 | Susan Jenkins, PhD, Director, Office of Performance and Evaluation, ACL
Bills and piles of junk mail can often make looking through the mail a less than enticing daily chore. Yet there is at least one important piece of mail we want you to open — the 2020 Census! The 2020 Census is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform the allocation of billions of dollars for critical…
August 7, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
July 26 marked the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, and last week included a number of events to celebrate. I know it was difficult for everyone to participate in all of them, so I wanted to share some highlights and links to some of the recordings that are now…
July 26, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
  Thirty years ago today, President George H.W. Bush signed into law a historic piece of civil rights legislation: the Americans with Disabilities Act. This sweeping law prohibits discrimination by local and state governments, provides standards for privately owned businesses and commercial…
July 2, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Our Declaration of Independence says, We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. From providing services that make it possible…
June 22, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Twenty one years ago today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v L.C. that people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated into institutions (like nursing homes and other facilities) and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible. Olmstead has…
June 15, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Today, we commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) and affirm the rights and dignity of older adults. We take this stand for elder justice as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect each of our lives and create new threats and challenges. We know that strong supports and strong…

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