Here's what's new on our COVID-19 resource page:
Upcoming virtual events:
- September 24, 2:00pm ET: engAGED Social Isolation Virtual Summit
- September 28, 2:00pm ET: Community-Based Strategies for Suicide Prevention Among Older Adults
DD Councils rise to the challenge: Throughout this pandemic, the aging and disability networks have found creative and innovative ways to support our communities. A new report from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) - “State Councils on Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Report: Council Activities, Initiatives, and Impact” - highlights how DD Councils have used resources and connections to help people with developmental disabilities and their families stay safe, healthy, and connected to community.
Getting ready for Medicare Open Enrollment: Medicare open enrollment is just a month away and many ACL grantees, including State Health Insurance Assistance Programs, are getting ready to help Medicare beneficiaries make informed choices. The ACL Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling's Managing through COVID-19 Workgroup has produced a toolkit to support grantees as they prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment. The toolkit includes resources on safety, confidentiality, marketing, counseling, and more.
The latest from the CDC:
- Considerations for owners and operators of multifamily housing including populations at increased risk for complications from COVID-19.
- Cleaning and disinfection for community facilities (updated)
- What to do if your pet tests positive for COVID-19
- Considerations for use of SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing in nursing homes
Rethinking employment services: Many organizations and agencies that provide employment services for people with disabilities are adapting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, ACL participated in a webinar on rethinking employment services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 era. View slides from the webinar.
Creating connections - with or without technology: To help promote social connections among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, the engAGED Resource Center and the Eldercare Locator have compiled resources and activities to help older adult connect with technology and without technology.
How has COVID-19 impacted you?: The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center) at the University at Buffalo is recruiting older adults (65 and older) and/or adults with disabilities to participate in a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on travel behavior and daily activities. The survey will be open until October 15, 2020.