November 5, 2020 |
By Barbara Joyce Bedney, PhD, MSW, Director of Research and Evaluation, Center on Aging and Trauma, The Jewish Federations of North America   November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time when we recognize the millions of Americans who are caring for loved ones with illnesses, disabilities…
October 30, 2020 | Lance Robertson, Former Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Throughout the month of October, our nation has been celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the many contributions of workers with disabilities. This year marks the 75th anniversary of NDEAM and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These…
October 29, 2020 | By Sara Newell-Perez, ACL Lead, DD Council Programs, and Ophelia McLain, ACL Lead, Protection and Advocacy Programs
This month we celebrate two milestones for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the country: 50 years of State Councils on Developmental Disabilities and 45 years of Protection and Advocacy (P&A) systems. As two parts of the trio of programs that make up the Developmental…
October 27, 2020 | Lance Robertson, Former Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Vanessa Conway (left) and Kim Palmore (right) of Texas's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program and the Ark-Tex Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging. Every October, we celebrate the rights and dignity of people who live in residential long-term care settings, including nursing homes and…
October 5, 2020 |
During Malnutrition Awareness Week™ the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition organizes a series of events to educate healthcare professionals and the public about the importance of including nutrition in assessing and managing the health of individuals.  We know that nutrition…
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…

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