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, Former 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, Former 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…
February 6, 2020 | Mary Lazare, Former Principal Deputy Administrator
I recently visited Bay Aging in Urbanna, Virginia, to learn more about their current work and receive an update on their Veteran Directed Care (VDC) program. I met with personnel from Bay Aging, veterans enrolled in the VDC program, and staff from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,…
January 30, 2020 | Lance Robertson, Former Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
I’ve gotten the fake calls “from the Social Security Administration,” and I bet you have too. I know I don’t need to tell you that the people we serve are getting these calls every day. Scammers are increasingly using phone calls, emails, and even text messages to impersonate government officials…
January 16, 2020 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
This morning I attended a memorial service at the National Cathedral in honor of Dorcas Hardy, an influential leader of the Department of Health and Human Services during the 1980s and beyond. Dorcas died last Thanksgiving, and since her passing I’ve often thought about her contributions and…
December 6, 2019 | Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, ACL
On Tuesday, I had the privilege of chairing the fall 2019 meeting of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council.  The meeting featured an impressive panel of experts offering insights from the field, and the release of ACL's National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS) data report for 2018.…
November 29, 2019 | Lance Robertson, Former Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
At this time of year, we stop to give thanks and spend time with our friends and loved ones to reflect on our many blessings. We spend time renewing the ties that connect families and sharing in the joys of the season. Because November is also National Family Caregivers Month, this is a time of…

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