Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Directly from the White House:
The first White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) was held in 1961, with subsequent conferences in 1971, 1981, 1995, and 2005. These conferences have been viewed as catalysts for development of aging policy over the past 50 years. The conferences generated ideas and momentum prompting the establishment of and/or key improvements in many of the programs that represent America’s commitment to older Americans including: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Older Americans Act.
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as well as to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.
In the past, conference processes were determined by statute with the form and structure directed by Congress through legislation authorizing the Older Americans Act. To date, Congress has not reauthorized the Older Americans Act, and the pending bill does not include a statutory requirement or framework for the 2015 conference.
However, the White House is committed to hosting a White House Conference on Aging in 2015 and intends to seek broad public engagement and work closely with stakeholders in developing the conference. We also plan to use web tools and social media to encourage as many older Americans as possible to participate. We are engaging with stakeholders and members of the public about the issues and ideas most important to older individuals, their caregivers, and families. We also encourage people to submit their ideas directly through the Get Involved section on this website.
Friday, January 9, 2015
The American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is teaming with the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) to host a 5-part FREE webinar series on "Abuse in Later Life." The target audience includes "civil attorneys, legal advocates and otherw who wish to gain a deeper understanding" of the topics.
The series takes place on Thursdays (mark your calendars!), starting on January 22, and includes the following modules:
- Module One: Abuse in Later Life: An Overview
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm E.S.T.
- Module Two: Forming the Relationship with Your Client: Client communication, interview skills, and confidentiality/mandatory reporting concerns
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm E.S.T.
- Module Three: Client Goal-Setting and Non-Litigation Responses: Client collaboration, developing client priorities and non-litigation responses to ALL
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm E.S.T.
- Module Four: Legal Resolutions and Remedies in ALL cases: Protective orders, Guardianships, Power of Attorney agreements, end of life health care decision-making and working with the criminal justice system
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm E.S.T.
- Module Five: Bringing the Case – Trial Skills: Protection of evidence and assets, motion practice, witness testimony methods and supports, direct and cross-examination and application of the Crawford decision in ALL cases
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm E.S.T.
For more information, including registration, go here.
Friday, November 14, 2014
The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) is offering a free webinar on "Emerging Issues and Consumer Rights in Providing Medicaid LTSS through Managed Care."
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2-3 p.m. Eastern time
Description: "This webinar will examine the critically important issue of consumer rights in the 28 states that have moved to Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems. Additionally, it will evaluate emerging issues we've seen in certain states."
More information and registration here.
Mather Lifeways, which describes itself as a "unique, non-denominational not-for-profit oganization" that is "dedicated to developing and implementing 'Ways to Age Well' by creating programs, places and residents for today's young-at-heart older adults," is offering a free webinar on marketing.
The Cafe Plus program is on Thursday, December 11 at 2 p.m. Central time, with three speakers, including the vice-president of Mather Lifeways, the director of an Ohio Senior Center, and the CEO of LifeCare Alliance. The webinar offers education on community outreach to older adults, with a special focus on attracting "younger" older adults who may be avoiding traditional senior centers.
More details and registration information here.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Our friends at National Senior Citizens Law Center, in cooperation with the Assisted Living Consumer Alliance, are hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, October 22 on "Assisted Living State by State."
The program will offer several perspectives on regulatory systems that may affect the range of care options that are not defined as "skilled care." The program will use California has part of the focus, while explaining what regulations are already in use and whether improvements are needed across the nation.
Monday, September 29, 2014
The Workplace and People with Disabilities:
Past, Present and Future
Webcast Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Webcast Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT
The ILR Online webcast series 2014-15 line-up will feature programs with a “past, present and future” theme, to align with Cornell University’s 150th anniversary and the ILR School’s 70th anniversary in 2015.
The October program will focus on employment and disability to coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Academic, policy and advocacy experts will share historical perspectives, discuss current initiatives and the state of employment for people with disabilities today, and examine issues that need to be addressed to support full workplace inclusion of people with disabilities in the future.
The program will be hosted by Susanne Bruyere, director of ILR’s Employment and Disability Institute, and Lisa Nishii, associate professor of human resource studies.
ILR Online webcast series programs feature expert insight and the latest research on today's world-of-work issues, giving you practical information that can improve your workplace and advance your organization.
For more information about upcoming webcasts, please contact Lori Biechele, Cornell University ILR School, 607-254-8941, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous webcasts produced by the Cornell ILR School can be viewed here.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Recently I sat in on a very interesting webinar on The Green House Project. I had heard the phrase "green house" connected to new options for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), but I was not sure what it entailed, and it turns out it is not limited to CCRCs. (When I first heard the term, I confused it with "green designs" intended to lower energy costs, or perhaps some movement to include gardening as therapy.)
Here are a few highlights from what I now understand:
- The Green House Project, about 11 years old, began with development support from a number of funding sources, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as a new approach to long-term care, requiring a major change in thinking about senior housing design and staffing.
- The hallmark is person-centered care in a cluster setting of no more than 12 individuals, preferably 10.
- Residents have individual bedrooms and bathrooms, thus creating "home" environments.
- Meals are prepared and served in the central space - again, an effort to provide "home" settings.
- No call buttons, no nursing stations, and as few wheelchairs as possible.
- Expanded roles (and enhanced esteem) for staff members; the in-house caregivers or "shahbazim" have a wider range of responsibilities that include cooking and activity planning, and these roles involve specialized training.
Individual facilities can become "trademarked" Green Houses -- although the term has also become something of a trend in the senior housing industry, without being tied strictly to trademarking. The Green House Project, a nonprofit organization, charges fees for formal consultations in the planning process. In some instances, fees may be covered by grants from other foundations.
Here's the link to the Green House Project website, including information on additional upcoming (and free!) webinars on financing, plus opportunities to participate in on-site workshops. I can see these as useful resources for students asked to consider new models for care.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute on Aging are collaborating to host a webinar series to increase knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and resources that professionals in the public health, aging services, and research networks can use to inform, educate, and empower community members, people with dementia, and their family caregivers.
You can register for all the webinars or just the one that most interests you. You must register separately for each webinar. If you plan to view the webinar in a central location with others, we encourage only one person to register for the group.
Each webinar is from 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. CT/ 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. MT/10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PT. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, July 22, 2014: Updates on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Resources
Thursday, August 28, 2014: Community Collaborations for Assisting People with Alzheimer’s and Dementias: The Steps to Success
Thursday, September 25, 2014: Alzheimer’s Research Updates
Click here for additional information on the series and each webinar session.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
With thanks to Phoenix, Arizona Elder Law practitioner Thomas Murphy for the heads up, the Internal Revenue Service is offering a free phone forum on "Retirement Plans after Windsor," on Thursday, June 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time. The forum will be "rebroadcast" on July 8.
Not a lot of details are available on-line about the forum. Here are links to basic information, plus the June 26 registration page (registration is required, but it does not appear the forum is limited to registered agents).
Here's a link to a separate registration site for the "rebroadcast" on July 8.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Guardianship has long been the primary method of handling decision making for individuals with intellectual and mental health disabilities. But is it the best method? At this Advocacy in Action webinar held by the Shriver Center on May 7, 2014, three experts in the field discussed guardianship and its alternatives. Topics included the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the theoretical underpinnings of the movement toward preserving the autonomy of individuals with intellectual and mental health disabilities. The Protection and Advocacy system’s involvement was also discussed and a supported decision making pilot project in Massachusetts was featured.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Risks of Hearing Loss in Our Aging Population
MGS and MAGEC Free Webinar
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Noon to 1 PM CDT
Research out of Johns Hopkins Medical Center is showing a correlation between hearing loss, falls, and dementia in people over the age of 50. People in this age group who have a hearing loss, are at higher risk for falls and for dementia. And not only is the risk higher for the onset of dementia, but also for a faster decline in functioning.
This information has implications for quality of life, demand for assisted living and/or skilled nursing care, and for healthcare costs. Given these implications, are there actions that can be taken to counteract these risks?
The Minnesota Gerontological Association and the Minnesot Association for Guardiansip and Conservatorship are offering a free Webinar on” Risks of Hearing Loss in Our Aging Population.” This session will explore the research in this area and discuss some potential solutions.
Marty Barnum CSC, MA, currently works as a consultant and an interpreter. She recently spent a year with the Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care under a special contract to look at the needs of nursing home residents with hearing loss.
Ms. Barnum previously coordinated interpreter services for the state of Minnesota, taught at St. Catherine University, and provided advocacy services for Deaf, hard-of-hearing and deafblind people in medical and legal situations.
Note: MGS has upgraded to the "Go to Webinar" platform for this webinar. You can now listen and watch through your computer, IPad, tablet or smart phone.
Register for this free webinar
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MGS and MAGEC Free Webinar
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Noon to 1 PM CDT
Monday, April 28, 2014
National Senior Citizens Law Center's Executive Director Kevin Prindiville analyzes Paul Ryan's Congressional budget numbers for the Huffington Post, highlighting the effect of proposed deep cuts on federal aid programs, cuts that would dramatically impact the nation's poorest seniors. Kevin writes:
"The U.S. House of Representatives' recent approval of the Ryan budget resolution threatens programs that help poor seniors. In a disappointing vote, 219 House members gave their blessing to a budget that leaves country's older adults to struggle with less food, income, housing and care. The Ryan budget's path to poverty must not be allowed to happen. . . . By cutting essential programs that often make life manageable for those with limited means or resources, the Ryan budget will lead to poverty numbers among seniors the nation hasn't seen since the Depression."
Kevin then outlines specific terms of the House plan to cut $5 billion from SSI, $732 billion from Medicaid, as well as additional cuts to Meals on Wheels and food benefit programs.
The NSCLC, a nonprofit law firm with offices on both sides of the country, is a watchdog for the nation's low income elderly, succeeding with tough-to-win cases where the nation's most at-risk seniors are adversely affected by often-hidden changes or procedural traps in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs. Additional information on NCSLC's advocacy is available on their website, along with a calendar of events including the April 29 free webinar on "Understanding and Impacting Implementation of New Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Rules."
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
ACL Webinar on Elder Abuse and Neglect of Persons with Dementia- What We Know and Where We Are Going
When: Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Eastern
This webinar is the next session of the ACL Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program Technical Assistance Webinar Series. The purpose of the webinar series is to provide helpful, current, and applicable information for professionals who work with people with dementia and/or their caregivers.
This particular webinar will focus on elder abuse and neglect as it relates to people with dementia. Participants will learn about:
- The incidence and prevalence of elder abuse, especially abuse of those with dementia
- Tips for screening and assessing for elder abuse in the population of people with dementia
- Programs that are addressing elder abuse among the population of people with dementia
Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that includes the link you will need to enter the webinar on May 8th.
For instructions on how to connect to the webinar by telephone, contact Sari Shuman by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 312-335-5823.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Nursing Home Admissions Agreements: A Discussion of the Unfair Terms in the Agreements Presented to Elders on Entering a Nursing Hom
Join the National Consumer Law Center for a Webinar on April 2
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now here.
Elders often enter nursing homes during some of the most trying times of their lives (emotionally and financially). Unfortunately, many nursing homes take advantage of these vulnerabilities by inserting unfair terms in their admissions agreements or convincing family members or others to assent to such agreements even though they often lack the authority to do so. Our webinar will focus on nursing home admissions agreements, identifying the terms that elders and their advocates should be most wary of and explaining the protections that some states afford against enforcement of some of these terms. Though the webinar will cover a range of issues, we will focus on arbitration clauses, attempts to hold family members liable for a resident’s bills, purported waivers of a facility’s liability, and improper grounds for eviction.
Presenters: Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, National Senior Citizens Law Center and David H. Seligman, Irving Kaufman Fellow, National Consumer Law Center.
Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living . This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.
There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Standard Time.
If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: Nursing Home Admissions Agreements: A Discussion of the Unfair Terms in the Agreements Presented to Elders
Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Webinar on Disaster Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET
Co-sponsored by ACL and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, this webinar will provide information to assist family caregivers in planning for emergencies and disasters. It will highlight the unique needs of disaster preparedness planning for children with developmental disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorders, older Americans who are medically fragile, and persons who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Upcoming Webinar on Medicare Observation Status and Improvement Standard in Skilled Nursing Facilities: What Advocates and Consumers Need to Know
When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Speaker: Toby S. Edelman, Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
After briefly reviewing requirements for Medicare coverage of a stay in a skilled nursing facility, this webinar will discuss in depth how to overcome two obstacles to coverage – observation status and the myth of medical improvement. Observation status occurs when hospitals label patients as “outpatient” when they are hospitalized, often for multiple days, depriving them of the three-day inpatient status that is necessary for Medicare coverage in a SNF. Regarding the improvement standard, the settlement in the Vermont lawsuit Jimmo v. Sebelius confirms that Medicare pays for “maintenance” nursing and therapy for nursing home residents, dispelling the myth that Medicare pays for care only when a resident will “improve.” Learn how to advocate effectively for Medicare beneficiaries, and where advocates and consumers can get help.
This webinar is open to all!
Cost: $50.00 Registration for Live Webinar (includes mp3 recording) • $15.00 Webinar recording only (mp3, by email).
Monday, February 24, 2014
"New construction is picking up in some markets after the near standstill caused by the recession, although developers seem more favorable to building needs-driven models of seniors housing—assisted living and memory care facilities—rather than independent living communities. Yet, there's also an interest in niche development—university partnerships, for example."
On a seemingly related note, Erickison Living announced earlier this month the start of construction of "Lantern Hill," a new CCRC community in Union County, New Jersey. The plan is to open in the second half of 2015, which would appear to be one of Erickson's first new starts since it emerged from bankruptcy court in 2010 with new owners.
The Levin Associates webinar is set for March 13 at 1 p.m. ET, with developers and architects, brokers and financers scheduled to speak, including individuals from Greystone, Perkins Eastman, and CBRE, Inc.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Recently I received a communication from a professional agent, the head of a nonproft guardianship organization, and someone I have watched in action for eight years. He and his team of carefully supervised agents work on behalf of elderly clients, disabled persons, and family members to handle financial matters. They are paid modestly, on a sliding scale, based on the client's income or estate. Sometimes they are operating as the court-appointed guardians, while other times their authority was granted by the principal through a POA, often with the cooperation (and sometimes the gratitude) of the family.
This professional reported to me that they "are having increasingly difficult times using our authority for legitimate purposes, to the point where we have to subpoena information from banks as the guardian, because they will not accept our appointment." Further, he reports "some banks are not honoring our POA or are adding unreasonable burdens, not required by law, leaving us unable to assist an older person."
Here is an experienced agent, who is trying do the job as a fiduciary in a highly professional manner. On the other side of the aisle are banks and other financial institutions, who have become understandably "gun shy" because of increasingly high profile cases of "bad" agents -- often family or "friends" -- who have misused their authority.
Well, as you might guess, this very topic has generated a timely CLE program! "Dealing With Financial Institutions in Estates, Trusts and with POAs" is the title of a half-day program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute that will take place at the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, February 4, 2014, from 9 to 1:15, in Philadelphia, PA
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 9 to 1:15 in Pittsburgh, PA
- Monday, March 3, 2014, from 9 to 1:15, in Mechanicsburg PA
- Live Webcast on Monday, March 3, 2014 via webcasts.pbi.org
The program will focus on "bridging the divide" between financial institutions and agents, to help both sides better understand the powers and limitations conferred by law. In additional to "family" fact patterns, the program will offer insights into fiduciaries acting on behalf of business owners. The faculty include experienced lawyers representing financial institutions and individuals -- plus one of those pesky law professor types.
Pennsylvania, as is true in other states, has a number of potential changes in law pending at the state legislature, influenced in part by the Uniform Power of Attorney Act changes, first recommended for adoption by the states in 2006. The program will provide the lates updates and trends.
For more, including remote access to the live webcast, go to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's webpage, here.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
A recent, interesting "over the transom" email came from a continuing care provider group based in southern Texas. Morningside Ministries was the sender, listing its "top 5" free videos, available on its mmLearn.org website. All five had interesting descriptions -- some addressing provocative and underdiscussed topics -- and when I took a look, I found them professionally presented, often with a welcome dash of humor to lighten the mood. I could see using one or more to initiate class discussions, additional research or conversations.
Here's the list and the links, although in the interest of space, I've shortened the descriptions:
Caring for a sometimes hateful or difficult patient can be difficult, and it can take a toll on the caregiver. .. Dr. Weiss will help you understand some of the reasons for this behavior as well as give you tips for dealing with the difficult situation.