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 25, 2018
According to TIME (10/25, Ducharme), “research suggests that dementia caregivers have higher levels of stress and depression than other types of caregivers.” That is probably due to “the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s, which eventually requires virtually around-the-clock care, says Elena Fazio, a health scientist administrator at the National Institute on Aging.” Fazio said, “There’s not an opportunity for respite.” She added, “‘[People with Alzheimer’s] have a host
October 25, 2018
Columnist Mark Miller writes for Reuters (10/25) that average longevity “has indeed risen in the United States but the gains are tapering off, according to the Society of Actuaries (SOA), which this week released its annual ‘mortality improvement scale,’ which pension plan sponsors use to project their future payout obligations.” The scale “reflects a slight decline in life expectancy compared with 2017 due to growth in three of the 10 leading causes of death in the Un
October 24, 2018
WTVW-TV Evansville, IN (10/24, Taylor) reports the University of Southern Indiana “unveiled” a new “unique, prefabricated tiny house” called Minka, which “was built on campus in less than a week and was designed by nationally-renowned aging expert Dr.
October 24, 2018
Contributor Jeff Bevis writes for Forbes (10/24) that “at some point, adult children face the sobering reality that they will have to care for their aging parents, reversing the roles they’ve always known.” Adult children will find the situation “can be stressful,” because they “are often caught in the tension of being a son or daughter while becoming a personal care aide or caregiver for their parents,” and can struggle with “role reversal.” Bevis says, “The reality t
October 24, 2018
The Washington Post (10/24, Kunkle) reports “AARP wants policymakers to seize on the rapidly evolving field of transportation to create a network that would allow people of all ages to get around more easily,” releasing a package of “policy papers and webinars” Tuesday that urge “transportation officials and municipal planners to aim for universal mobility” during this period of “amid widespread disruption to traditional ways of getting around.” The ideal of a unified
October 23, 2018
Sacramento Bee (October 23) Meals on Wheels Asks the Elderly About LGBT Status, Per CA Law
October 23, 2018
Paul Sisson writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune (10/23) spotlighting the Senior Medicare Patrol, “a federally-funded organization charged with helping beneficiaries root out Medicare fraud and abuse statewide.” The piece says that sometimes, if seniors are “enticed to receive Medicare supplies or equipment they do not need or never receive, they end up being cheated out of future medical assistance.” Aside from hospice scams, “Medicare card trickery is the latest bi
October 23, 2018
Dale Earnhardt Jr., a former Nascar driver, writes in an opinion piece for the New York Times (10/23) that during his career as a Nascar driver, he “suffered more than a dozen concussions,” and as a result, he now has “a wealth of firsthand knowledge of the causes, symptoms, types of and treatments for concussions.” Earnhardt explains how he regrets not seeking help for his symptoms sooner and urges other to not make the same mistakes that he did.
October 22, 2018
CNBC (October 22)—mentions SHIP Medicare moves you should consider making now It's Medicare open enrollment time, which means you have time to make changes to your coverage for 2019. But don't delay. If you start looking into what is available now, you position yourself to make the best choices.
October 22, 2018
Daily Star Journal (October 22)—mentions SMP SMP reminds seniors to be alert during Medicare open enrollment While Medicare Open Enrollment is under way, the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol reminds seniors to be alert to potential scams.

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