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. 

January 13, 2021
The AP (1/13) reports, “When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation, the latest self-reported results in an ongoing study suggest.” The most recent “data from the National Social Life,
January 13, 2021
Disability Scoop (1/13, Albertson) reports that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children being referred to therapists who specialize in developmental delays “has plummeted.” In New Hampshire, “400 fewer children were referred to early intervention services in 2020 than in 2019, s
January 12, 2021
New York Times (January 12) The Virus Is Killing Tribal Elders, Causing Crises for American Indians The virus has killed American Indians at especially high rates, robbing tribes of precious bonds and repositories of language and tradition.
January 12, 2021
Florida Hires Company To Vaccinate Assisted-Living Facility Residents For COVID-19 By Month’s End. The South Florida Sun Sentinel (1/12, Goodman, Fleshler) reports, “As frustration grows over the slow pace of [COVID-19] vaccinations at assisted-living facilities, Florida has hired a Miami company
January 12, 2021
Huffington Post (January 12) COVID-19 and Congress Have Left the Senior Citizen Safety Net in Tatters Federally funded senior centers have started rationing meals and slicing services to the bare bones. Without help, “these crises will be happening in every state.”
January 11, 2021
Disability Scoop (1/11, Diament) reports federal lawmakers approved legislation in December that will renew for three years Money Follows the Person, “a popular Medicaid program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community.” The program “gives states extra funds to provide employ
January 11, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Level For Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities Who Live In Group Homes Is Different Between States. USA Today (1/11, Weintraub) reports that in the US, the COVID-19 vaccine “priority level for people who live in group homes varies by state – even though the outbreak
January 11, 2021
New Hampshire Public Radio (January 11) Lawsuit Alleges N.H. Is Failing to Administer Program for Seniors, People with Disabilities
January 10, 2021
The Advocate (January 10) Slow rollout for vaccines at Louisiana nursing homes comes amid increasing virus outbreaks Even though an increasing number of Louisiana's most vulnerable residents in long-term care centers are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, it could still be several weeks before the grim realities of the coronavirus pandemic abate, and with infections ri
January 9, 2021
The Wall Street Journal (1/9, Jargon, Subscription Publication) offered tips for children caring for aging parents when they are unable to be there in person whether due to distance or the COVID-19 pandemic.

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