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. 

March 5, 2019
PBS NewsHour (3/5, Santhanam) reports “the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to more than double by 2050, rising to 13.8 million Americans age 65 or older from 5.8 million today,...according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association.” The article outlines some of the factors contributing to the predicted increase, including the aging p
March 4, 2019
TIME (3/4, Ducharme) reports on the most recent National Poll on Healthy Aging, which found that nearly a third of senior citizens are lonely.
March 4, 2019
Disability Scoop (3/4, Diament) reports that “lawmakers are pressing ahead with efforts to renew a federal program that helps people with disabilities move from institutions to community-based settings.” Newly introduced legislation “known as the EMPOWER Care Act would reauthorize Money Follows the Person,” the “Medicaid program [that] gives states extra dollars to provide
March 4, 2019
Health columnist Jane E. Brody writes for the New York Times (3/4) that mentoring can offer people a way to leave a “positive impact” on the world.
March 4, 2019
The New York Times (3/4, Healy) reports that many rural nursing homes “have gone out of business in recent years as beds go empty, money troubles mount and more Americans seek to age in their own homes.” More than “440 rural nursing homes have closed or merged over the last decade.” Affected patients often “end up at different nursing homes far from their families,” and su
March 3, 2019
New York Times (March 3) A Swimmer Saved by What She Lost Tormented by pain, Morgan Stickney made the agonizing decision to have her lower leg removed. The groundbreaking procedure may change the course of her life, and the future of amputations.
March 3, 2019
The Miami Herald (3/3, Neal) reports, “A Parkland criminal became the last of his gang to be sentenced for a multistate fraud scheme that hit senior citizens for $2 million.” Thomas White, 60, “got 14 years in federal prison on Wednesday after his December conviction on three counts of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire
March 1, 2019
NPR (March 1) Walmart Chief Responds to Furor Over treatment of Greeters with Disabilities Walmart's U.S. CEO Greg Foran is telling all store managers that they should make "every effort" to provide new job options for greeters with disabilities. Many of these front-door workers remain in limbo as the company plans to eliminate its trademark greeter position in about 1,000 stores in coming months.
March 1, 2019
The New York Times (3/1, Span) “The New Old Age” blog reported that research suggests exercise, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, and “cognitive training” are the best ways to reduce one’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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