May 27, 2021 | Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Each year during Older Americans Month, we celebrate the vital contributions of the older adults whose knowledge, expertise, and talents make our communities stronger. We also celebrate the aging services network that works in every community across the country to empower older people to live…
May 19, 2021 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, ACL, and Atalaya Sergi, Director, AmeriCorps Seniors
COVID-19 has changed so much of how we live, work, and connect with each other. We have had to adjust in unprecedented ways to protect ourselves and those around us. The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on older adults, who found themselves distanced from family, friends, services, and other…
May 13, 2021 | Keri Lipperini, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, ACL
After more than a year of social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are more aware than ever before of the strength we draw from the people in our lives. We’ve missed sharing meals and activities at the senior center, easy conversations with a friend who stops by for tea, and…
May 13, 2021 | Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
COVID-19 has taken its toll on older adults and people with disabilities in many ways. In addition to increased risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, many also faced the serious threat of being forced to move from their homes into institutions -- or were unable to return to the community…
May 11, 2021 |
By Alison Barkoff, Acting ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging COVID-19 has been devastating for people living in congregate settings, with residents experiencing among the highest rates of infection and comprising nearly one-third of deaths. They have been isolated from friends and…
April 30, 2021 |
Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month offers an opportunity to recognize the diversity of experiences within the autistic community. To that end, ACL is sharing the perspective of Noor Pervez, a self-advocate who has channeled his own experiences into a career in advocacy for autistic people.…
April 19, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director, Center for Policy and Evaluation
Money Follows the Person (MFP) was recently extended for three years by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The legislation also made two important changes that affect ACL’s networks and the people they serve. Since it was first authorized in 2005, the Money Follows the Person (MFP)…
April 2, 2021 | Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Alison Barkoff, second from right, with three volunteers from the ENDependence vaccination clinic. Photo by John Battiston, Loudoun Times Mirror In a briefing by President Biden on Monday about the nation’s vaccination efforts, he announced a new initiative to support vaccine access for people…
March 25, 2021 | Reyma McCoy McDeid, Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities
In President Biden’s Inaugural address to the nation, he said that we are living in “a time of testing” that requires boldness to address the cascading crises of our era. One of the leading national challenges before us is employment. This national challenge is real – and it has disproportionately…
March 22, 2021 | Louise Ryan, Regional Administrator for Region X and National Ombudsman Program Coordinator
Since March 2020, Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs have heard the voices of residents and their loved ones:  “I thought that you had forgotten about me!” “I think about dying.” “I look through the window at my husband and can see that he has lost weight; I’m not sure if he recognizes me.” The…

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