June 22, 2021 | Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
On June 22, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Olmstead v L.C., making clear that people with disabilities have a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to live and fully participate in their communities. In the opinion explaining that decision, the Supreme Court…
June 21, 2021 | By Kristi Hill, Deputy Director, ACL's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
As the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research works through the busiest time of our grants year, we have gotten a lot of questions from across the research community about how we are implementing the Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support…
June 16, 2021 | By Brian Altman, J.D., Deputy Director for the Administration on Aging
President Biden’s LGBTQ Pride Month Proclamation noted “many LGBTQ+ seniors, who faced discrimination and oppression throughout their lives, are isolated and need support and elder care.” At ACL, we are committed to ensuring that LGBTQ+ older adults receive the services and supports they need and…
June 14, 2021 |
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging Edwin Walker (top left), Alaska Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Manager Sandra Jenkins (top right), and Alaska Long-Term Care Ombudsman Stephanie Wheeler (bottom center). Tomorrow, communities around the world will take a stand for the rights and…
May 31, 2021 | U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra
I remember working alongside my father during my youth paving and repairing Sacramento roads. My father was a strong man who woke up in the early morning hours every day, went to work, and returned home to do more work around the house. As he grew older, his body might have aged, but his resilient…
May 31, 2021 | Vicki Gottlich, Director, Center for Policy and Evaluation, ACL
As we close Older Americans Month today, we wanted to call your attention to an important provision of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 that helps older people to live independently and participate in the community. Under Medicaid financial eligibility requirements for nursing home care…
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…

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