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Week of April 13, 2014
Older Adults Support Team Care: Poll (The John A. Hartford Foundation)


Older adults are some of the heaviest users of health care and have high rates of chronic disease, but often get poorly coordinated care. Many health professionals believe that a patient-centered medical home model, offering team care and enhanced primary care services, would improve seniors’ health. A recent public poll examined “What Older Adults Think About Team Care and Medical Home Services.” Of the 1,107 adults age 65-plus surveyed who currently receive care from a team of providers, 83% stated team care has improved their health. Among older adults not currently receiving this type of care, the survey found that 61% believe team care would improve their health and 73% would want this type of care. For more information on the survey results and other materials on this topic, Click Here>>

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Quote of the Day

"Literature has low enough standards. But we can avoid writing the worst literature if we make ourselves ask ourselves, every two or three sentences we write, 'Is that what I really think?'"
Carol Bly , essayist and short-story writer, was born in Duluth, Minnesota on April 16, 1930. She died in 2007. Quotation from The Writer's Almanac.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Aging Network News

Comments on Transportation Grants and Training Applications Sought by Friday(Administration for Community Living)


The Federal Transit Administration requests public feedback on Section 5310 Formula Grant Performance Measures. Section 5310 grants are intended to enhance mobility for seniors and people with disabilities. For more information or to submit comments, Click Here>> | The National Center for Mobility Management seeks applications for an in-depth training to establish one-call/one-click services for transportation information. The training will be implemented through three webinars and a two-hour, in-person workshop. For more information or to submit a letter of interest and commitment, Click Here>> The deadline for grant comments and training applications is Friday, April 18.

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"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind."
Henry James , writer, was born on April 15, 1843 in New York City.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Aging Network News

Medicare Care Choices Model Provides Simultaneous Palliative & Curative Care Services(The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – CMS)


Terminally ill Medicare beneficiaries will have the option to receive palliative care services from selected hospices while receiving curative care from other providers. The new Medicare Care Choices model will collect data over three years to determine whether providing concurrent care can improve quality of life and care, increase patient and caregiver satisfaction, and reduce program costs among other measures. The program is open only to beneficiaries with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and HIV/AIDS who meet hospice eligibility requirements under the Medicare hospice benefit. CMS has launched this new model because beneficiaries typically do not seek hospice if required to give up curative treatment to do so. CMS plans to select at least 30 hospices to participate in the demonstration project. Eligible hospice organizations interested in participating must submit application materials no later than June 19. For additional information, Click Here>>

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Quote of the Day

"We started together and we finished together, It was only fitting, because you were my hands and feet when I couldn't use mine. So it's more than just being a friend. You're like a father to me, a grandfather. And you became family."
Collin Smith . See "One Man Becomes Another's Hands, Feet And Family" (NPR, 4/11/14)

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