ACL Blog

June 12, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
On Wednesday, I had the honor of chairing the first-ever virtual meeting of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council. The EJCC brings together leaders from across the federal government to address issues of elder justice nationally. Council members include the leaders of federal departments,…
June 3, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, and Deborah Cox-Roush, Director, Senior Corps
Throughout its history, our nation has benefited from the countless contributions of its older Americans. We celebrated those contributions throughout May during Older Americans Month, which promoted the theme “Make Your Mark.” Our gratitude will continue for the rest of 2020 and beyond. The…
May 20, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Older Americans Month was celebrated for the first time in 1965, when the Older Americans Act (OAA) was signed into law. Fifty-five years later, the nationwide system of organizations, services and programs established under the OAA continue to work together to help older adults live independently…
May 1, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
(Originally published on the HHS blog.) Even under the best of circumstances, caregiving can be challenging. For many family caregivers, the routine tasks they perform on behalf of their loved ones are more complex because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only must family caregivers take extra steps…
April 22, 2020 | By Kathleen Otte, Senior Regional Administrator, Region 2
Kathleen Otte, Senior Regional Administrator, Region 2 The COVID-19 crisis has tested the resilience of social services in many parts of our country. At the same time, it should not be a surprise that across the nation we have come together to support each other and find creative solutions when…
April 7, 2020 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
A week ago, a bright light went out.  I was shocked and profoundly saddened to learn of the death of our dear colleague and friend, Lori Stiegel.  I knew Lori for decades, so long that I cannot recall exactly when we met.  She was such a presence in my life – and in the lives of so many others. …
March 31, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Louisiana DD Council Chair April Dunn with Gov. John Bel Edwards and his wife, Donna Edwards. Every year during the month of March, we celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the many contributions of people with DD and their families to our communities and to our country. This…
March 25, 2020 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Originally published on the HHS Blog. Today, our country affirmed the rights, dignity, independence, and well-being of older adults when President Trump signed HR4334, the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 into law. The law reauthorizes critical Older Americans Act (OAA) programs through…
March 11, 2020 | Kelly Cronin, Deputy Administrator, Center for Innovation and Partnership
Better outcomes, lower costs through community partnerships. That was the message last week when over 150 leaders from across America gathered in our nation’s capital for the National Summit on Health Care and Social Service Integration. Across the country, 385 additional colleagues joined the…
February 10, 2020 | Keri Lipperini, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, Administration for Community Living
Winter is upon us. While some may enjoy the colder climates, others may start withdrawing from activities and disconnecting from family and friends. Those who suffer from seasonal depression will face an even harder battle as they withdraw until springtime returns. The decline of outdoor activities…

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