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Archived Since:April 26, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Pelosi Touts Benefits of Health Care Reform for Seniors

Yesterday, members of AAHSA attended a press conference about the House health care reform and its potential impact on older Americans. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was joined by Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Fmr. Rep. Barbara Kennelly  (D-Conn.) to explain how the House bill will affect Medicare, the federally administered health insurance [...]

AAHSA Washington Update

Congress is taking the day off in honor of Yom Kippur, but there’s a busy week ahead for them. Thursday marks the beginning of the new fiscal year, but no spending bills have been finalized. Congress passed a continuing resolution last week to keep all programs in operation through the end of October. Housing appropriations are almost complete, since the U.S. Department [...]

Consumer Focus Column: “Reforming Health One Workout at a Time”

Responses to my recent column, “Let’s Help Baby Boomers Age Well,” demonstrate clearly that the issues surrounding baby boomer health are gaining traction. After years of telling ourselves that we were a pretty healthy lot, baby boomers seem ready to admit that we’re not as healthy as our parents. That’s disturbing news – but, hopefully, [...]

HHS Report Includes CLASSy Language

The HHS report reaffirms the support of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act by the White House and HHS secretary....

Quick Update on Senate Finance Committee Bill

This week, the Senate Finance Committee has been working on marking up its health care reform bill known as the Chairmain’s Mark, or the America’s Health Futures Act of 2009. On Tuesday, the committee approved this list of modifications. The committee also posted posted the revenue estimates based on the modified bill. That said, nothing [...]

Love and Letting Go

Some of the most difficult conversations we have to have are with the people we love the most. For many people, one of these conversations is encouraging a aging parent to move into a retirement community or assisted living facility. How do you tell a person who cared for you that now he or she is the [...]

Consumer Focus Column: “Let’s Help Baby Boomers Age Well”

A number of recent studies seem to suggest that baby boomers may, in fact, be less healthy and vigorous in old age than our parents were. One of the latest studies, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, revealed this month that U.S. hospitals spent roughly $56 billion in 2007 – 16 percent of [...]

The Long-Awaited Senate Finance Plan

After much waiting and speculation, the Senate Finance Committee today issued its America’s Healthy Future Act.  We at AAHSA were pleased that it preserves the Medicare “cost of living” increase for nursing facilities and, at long last, takes into account and will reward nursing homes who provide higher staffing levels, especially with nurses.  The bill makes [...]

Residents: They’ve Got the Power!

Don’t get me wrong, advocates in Washington are important. But the people who matter the most to federal legislators are their constituents. They are the people who call with questions and concerns. They are the people who attend the town hall meetings and watch the local news.  And most important, they vote. Residents and clients of organizations that [...]

“Tweet” Your Way to a Free AAHSA Annual Meeting

Following AAHSA on Twitter isn’t just a good way to get the latest information on aging services, it may also win you a free trip to our Annual Meeting! On Oct. 5, we’ll randomly select one of our Twitter followers (404 and counting) to receive free registration to our upcoming Annual Meeting in Chicago. Not sure how to follow us? [...]

The AAHSA House: Extreme Home Makeover To the Power of 2

Yesterday, I learned what it takes to design, build, dismantle and move a house.  The answer: dramatic attention to detail. Several of us traveled to Atlanta yesterday to visit the AAHSA House, which is under construction for our Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago, November 8-11.  The house is just incredible to see.  It has large, [...]

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Groundbreaking

On September 10, 2009, I was blessed to be the staff person to represent AAHSA at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Groundbreaking event in Yonkers, NY.  Though the weather forecast predicted rain, the sun shined brightly on the groundbreaking for this 165,000 square foot “House of Angels,” designed to relocate, expand and update the current 90,000 square [...]

America’s “Aging Czar”

When I heard the word “czar,” thoughts of early 20th century Russia would come to mind. Thanks to America’s modern political rhetoric, the term’s come to mean a person whose passion is ensuring effective public policy on a particular topic. I’d like to introduce to America’s “Aging Czar,” Kathy Greenlee, the U.S. Department of Health [...]

Game On!

Summer may be officially over, but baseball season’s still in full swing (pardon the pun). And a Missouri member’s hit a home run with their recent baseball celebration.   More than 1, 300 residents, clients, staff and volunteers from Lutheran Senior Services  gathered to enjoy a “LSS Night at the Ballpark” at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium.  Members of [...]

Home in the Sky

Last week, I visited Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads with my colleagues Kirsten Jacobs and Wendy Green.  Goodwin House is expanding their campus with a new contemporary high rise that will serve an additional 100+ residents beginning next year.  While touring the community with David Bonck, Sr. Marketing & P.R. Associate, we met Dr. and Mrs. [...]

Consumer Focus Column: “We’ve Got Years Ahead of Us”

In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Americans are living longer than ever before. In 2007, according to the CDC, the average life expectancy reached 80.4 years for American women and 75.3 for men. The nation’s death rate is half of what it was 60 years ago.  This is great news, [...]

Candy and Commitment, Chicago-Style

Tootsie Rolls aren’t just candy to Emma Jones. They are a lifelong passion. This Chicago native, now a resident at a Providence Life Services nursing home, had a 30-year career promoting her favorite candy. She worked on promotions with Ernie Banks and Stan Musial and help coordinate an air drop of the treat to soldiers in [...]

2009 AAHSA House Enters the Home Stretch

What is sure to be the most exciting attraction at the AAHSA Annual Meeting in Chicago is almost complete. The 2,600 square foot AAHSA House is filled with creative ideas and is a walk-through example of how AAHSA members can and do improve the aging experience. Here’s what has been going on with it’s construction [...]

Klobuchar Shares Support for CLASS Plan

Sen. Amy Klobacher (D-Minn.) is the newest addition to the list of federal legislators who support making the CLASS Plan a part of health reform. MinnPost.com recently interviewed Klobuchar about her opinions on health reform. When asked...Show More Summary

Are You Prepared for the Silent Generation?

Last week, my colleague Melissa Sharp and I attended presentation with a thought-provoking title “CCRCs – The Silent Generation Revolution: Are You Prepared? Or Will You Be Left Behind?” The full-day seminar was held at Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean, Va., an AAHSA member supported by the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation. Kathleen [...]

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