In the News

In the News is a collection of news stories about aging and disability issues, as well as news stories about ACL and ACL programs.

All of these links ultimately take you to external news websites. The information in the articles does not necessarily reflect the positions of ACL or the federal government, and ACL does not endorse the content of the articles or the publishing organizations. 

October 18, 2018
According to USA Today (10/18, Molina), a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation indicates that life expectancy in America will “reach 79.8 years by 2040, compared to 78.7 years in 2016.” When “compared with other nations,” however, “the US is predicted to plunge in life expectancy rankings, from 43rd two years ago to 64th.”
October 17, 2018
Washington Post (October 17) I’m part of the ‘sandwich generation.’ But I feel more stretched than squeezed. My daughter was still nursing, a small, mewing creature who screamed when held by anyone but me. How we love our mothers. She constantly wanted to be held. My mom needed me, too. I didn’t have enough arms for it all.
October 17, 2018
Independent Record (October 17) More than $1M in settlements reached in case of segregated Montana student with disabilities
October 17, 2018
The Des Moines (IA) Register (10/17, Clayworth) reports “life for many disabled Iowans now features fewer outings, longer commute times and tighter living arrangements as a result of a state Medicaid policy change that affects their transportation to jobs and day services.” Less than a year after the Iowa Department of Human Services “replaced a longtime ‘waiver’ program used to pay for these transportation services,” a Des Moines Register investigation has found that
October 17, 2018
Seattle Times (October 17) Report: Washington foster kids sent to Iowa were abused in facility run ‘like a correctional institution’ In response to the report by Disability Rights Washington, Washington officials say they will stop placing foster children at the Clarinda Academy and they're working to get children currently there into other situations by the end of January.
October 16, 2018
In a 3,000-word article, the Des Moines (IA) Register (10/16) reports that in Iowa, many dementia patients with histories of aggression who are seeking care at nursing homes are denied, a practice which families and experts say is growing because of factors such as “a shortage of money, increasingly strict regulations and the burgeoning population of relatively young – and strong – adults struck with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” The piece says
October 15, 2018
Contributor Carolyn Rosenblatt writes in Forbes (10/15) to advise people about how to help family members with Alzheimer’s disease manage their finances, and how to avoid being taken advantage of by unscrupulous financial advisors.
October 15, 2018
The New Hampshire Union Leader (10/15, Baker) reports in its “Silver Linings” column that a statewide and nationwide shortage of neurologists, gerontologists, and geriatric psychiatrists is exacerbating mental healthcare for older adults.
October 15, 2018
The AP (10/15, Neergaard) reports that a new survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research indicates “35 percent of caregivers have skipped routine care, 33 percent skipped a recommended treatment, and 31 percent didn’t go to the doctor at all when sick or injured as a result of their caregiving responsibilities.” Data show that about 40 percent of Americans “have provided long-term care to an older relative or friend,” and about one-
October 15, 2018
Washington Post (October 15) Patients facing serious illnesses, chronic disease benefit in working out together

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