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 29, 2021
CNBC (3/29, Fox) says the pandemic has increased the stress and financial strain felt by unpaid caregivers.
March 29, 2021
Washington Post (March 29) Biden administration waives rule for disabled borrowers, but advocates say much more could be done
March 28, 2021
CNN (3/28, John, Senthilingam) says, “A global report by human rights group the International Disability Alliance, which included respondents from 134 countries, found that policymakers ‘have overwhelmingly failed to take sufficient measures to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in their responses to the pandemic.’” The article adds that people with disabilities “have experienced a three-fold risk during the outbreak...a bigger risk of severe or fatal out
March 28, 2021
DC Nursing Community Continuing Campaign To Vaccinate Hesitant Staff. The New York Times (3/28, A1, Goodnough, Holston) reports District of Columbia nursing home Forest Hills embarked on a new vaccination campaign with vaccine hesitant staff as the focus in January after “nearly half” of its staff “declined” a shot. The article examines Forest Hills CEO Tina Sandri’s efforts and tactics to sway her staff to become vaccinated.  
March 28, 2021
The Wall Street Journal (3/28, Omeokwe, Subscription Publication) reports the labor force participation rate for older workers has fallen to 38.3% from 40.3% in February 2020, raising the possibility that 1.45 million people may have permanently left the workforce. This loss could have long-term implications for economic growth, but fiscal stimulus and vaccine-driven reopening is expected to boost job growth.
March 26, 2021
Disability Scoop (3/26) reports, “A petition from a coalition of stakeholders is calling on the U.S.
March 26, 2021
Wall Street Journal (March 26) Virtual Reality Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities Studies show improved emotional health among residents who watch VR images.
March 25, 2021
The Washington Post (3/25, Searing) reports 94% of adults age 65 and up “are taking medications that are known to increase the likelihood of falling, research has found.” The study found that drugs used to treat “high blood pressure, depression, sleep problems or pain, the drugs often come with potential side effects that can lead to falls, including lightheadedness, reduced alertness, slowed reaction times and drowsiness.” Over a 18-year period, “older adults filled
March 25, 2021
Lawmakers Call On Biden Administration To Require Disclosure Of COVID-19 Vaccination Rates For Nursing Home Staff, Residents. The AP (3/25, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports “nursing homes have to publicly disclose their vaccination rates for flu and pneumonia but there’s no similar mandate for COVID-19 shots, even though the steepest toll from the virus has been among residents of long-term care facilities.” Now, legislators from “both parties are urging the Biden a
March 25, 2021
Biden Commits Almost $10B To Address Racial, Other Gaps In COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution. The Washington Post (3/25, Stanley-Becker) reports, “Drawing on funding from the American Rescue Plan,” the Biden Administration “is committing nearly $10 billion to address a problem that has bedeviled health officials overseeing the coronavirus immunization effort: inequities in vaccine coverage based on race, income and geography.” The Health Resources and Services A

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