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. 

December 8, 2018
The Washington Post (12/8, Cimons) discussed the likelihood that people will need the assistance of a geriatrician at the age of 65, given that “many of today’s older Americans are healthy, vigorous and mentally sound, with no urgent need to change doctors.” Nir Barzilai, a longevity researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, said ,”Asking what age to start seeing a geriatrician is not the right question,” but rather, people should determine their ability t
December 7, 2018
Disability Scoop (December 7) Future Uncertain as Money to Move People Out of Institutions Runs Dry With time and money running out, advocates are pushing for passage of a bill that would extend a federal program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to community living.
December 7, 2018
The Washington Post (12/7, Cimons) reported there is a growing recognition in recent years that “older patients need a better ER environment and specialized care than the rest of the population,” prompting “many hospitals to introduce structural changes and new procedures to make their ERs age-friendly.” Last spring, the American College of Emergency Physicians “launched an accreditation program...for the nation’s emergency departments to encourage them to adopt a more
December 7, 2018
New York Times (December 7)
December 7, 2018
The Washington Post (12/7, Shaver) reports a survey by KRC Research for the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center found that 80 percent of disable individuals and, according to the Post, “40 percent of older adults who don’t drive said they couldn’t do all the activities and errands they needed or wanted to do because they couldn’t get around.” The Post says the research “found a key problem in there being no single go-to source for finding local transpor
December 7, 2018
The Washington Post (12/7, Blakemore) reported that roughly “10 percent of those 60 and older are reportedly affected by it in the United States,” and the chances of abuse rises “for people who are in poor physical health, have experienced previous traumatic events or have dementia.” The National Center on Elder Abuse says that it continues to work on raising awareness for the problem and offers free resources on how to spot the signs of abuse and protect individuals f
December 6, 2018
The Los Angeles Times (12/6, Ostrov) reports over half the skilled nursing providers in California have submitted exemption waivers for the new staffing requirements of 3.5 direct care hours per patient per day. Providers argue they cannot afford or attract enough labor to meet the requirements, while consumer groups argue the new regulations do not go far enough to ensure patient care.
December 5, 2018
On its website, NBC News (12/5, Popken) reports that even people with advanced degrees have difficulty comparing Medicare plans.
December 4, 2018
Sacramento Bee (December 4) Many of the dead in Camp Fire were disabled, elderly. Could they have been saved?

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