New Medicare Cards are Coming Soon

by Seema Verma, CMS Administrator. This post originally appeared on the CMS blog.
To read this article in Spanish, click here.


When you get your new Medicare card in the mail, keep it safe! Guard your card to prevent fraud.

As you may have heard, or perhaps you’ve seen a recent TV commercial, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will soon be issuing every Medicare beneficiary a new Medicare Card, without Social Security Numbers, to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe, and to help ensure that we always put the needs of patients first.

It’s unfortunate that criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or.... Read More

             

Your Money, Your Goals – Overcoming Barriers Through Financial Empowerment

by Nicole Van Nelson. This post originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

Finances can be overwhelming for many people, and a variety of factors can increase financial challenges, especially for Elders.

Economic Barriers

Economic barriers are a significant challenge for many who already feel that finances are overwhelming, and these barriers in turn can create additional challenges, often related to health.

Low-income households, especially people that live and work in areas where there is a lack of employment or educational resources (which disproportionately include racial and ethnic minorities), often experience a lack of access to healthy lifestyle options..... Read More

             

NAPCA tells Congress about the needs of older Americans in the workforce!

In response to the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Request for Information, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) delivered comments on the opportunities and challenges facing older adults in the workforce and provided recommendations for policymakers to help older workers.

Almost 20 percent of people over the age of 65 are currently in the workforce, and that number is expected to grow by 74% over the next two decades, making mature workers the largest source of talent in the United States. This changing demographic creates opportunities for employers because older adults who are retired or unemployed have relevant skills to offer and are interested in re-entering the workforce. They tend to be dependable,.... Read More

             

Congress Invests $300 Million in Older Adult Employment Training through SCSEP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2017
Contact: Wes Lum, (206) 624-1221

Congress Invests $300 Million in Older Adult Employment Training through SCSEP

The U.S. House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved a draft FY18 budget bill this week that funds the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at $300,000,000, which is a reduction of $100 million from FY17.

SCSEP is funded through Title V of the Older Americans Act and is the only federal job training program focused exclusively on helping Americans return to the workforce. The program assists low-income unemployed adults aged 55 years and older by providing job training.... Read More

             

Computer Classes Change Life for South Asian Elders

This post originally appeared on the India Home blog.

Until eight weeks ago, Rabeya Khanom had never used the internet. “I didn’t know anything about it,” she told me. She had just said goodbye to her computer teacher at India Home’s Desi Senior Center and was feeling a mix of emotions. Sadness because the free 8-week long computer class was ending. But also happiness because, as she pointed out, she could now, “email, and send photographs, buy ticket from travel sites, book hotel.”

Rabeya Khanom, 72, is a student with eight other Bangladeshi seniors in the free computer classes offered by India Home, in partnership with OATS, an award winning New York City nonprofit (the acronym stands.... Read More

             

NAPCA tells Congress why SCSEP is important and valuable to our communities!

As the only job training program focused exclusively on helping older Americans return to the workforce through temporary paid work experiences that can lead to unsubsidized employment, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) knows firsthand the impact of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) within our communities.  As Congress moves forward with its FY18 appropriation process, we took the opportunity to tell policy makers why SCSEP is important and valuable to our communities!

As part of NAPCA’s #SCSEPSuccess campaign, we collected over 755 comments in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults in seven states.

The comments collected.... Read More

             

Black, Gray and Gay: The Perils of Aging LGBTQ People of Color

by Chandra Thomas Whitfield. This article originally appeared on NBCNews.com.

Cecelia Hayden Smith, 72, knows exactly how she wants to live out the remainder of her golden years: lounging lazily on the porch of a cozy house tucked along a quiet, treelined street in Washington, D.C.

She’d greet her partner each morning with a homemade country breakfast, and their afternoons and evenings would be filled with lively games of Spades and Bid Whist with a dozen or so housemates — all fellow LGBTQ elders.

“I’ve already picked out my rocking chair,” the retired substance abuse counselor quipped. “Just call me ‘Mama C,’ and make sure my room is in the front, so I can always see.... Read More

             

Finding a Place to Call Home: Dr. Dio Gica Talks SAGE, Pride Month, and Housing for LGBT Older Adults

It’s LGBT Pride Month, and we’re celebrating all month long with a series of interviews with staff at SAGE || Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders. Today’s interview is with Dr. Diosdado Gica, Chief Program Officer. Dio presented with the Diverse Elders Coalition during the 2017 Aging in America conference in Chicago, IL. Here he talks about Pride Month, intersectionality, and what it means to have a safe place to call your home.

What is your role with SAGE?
I am SAGE’s Chief Program Officer, and in addition to managing the direct services we provide here in.... Read More

             

Identifying and Addressing Financial Exploitation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Older Adults

Financial exploitation is a serious problem afflicting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults across the nation. According to the National Adult Protective Service Association (NAPSA), the prevalence of financial exploitation is on the rise, with:

1 in 9 older adults reporting being abused, neglected or exploited in the past twelve months; 1 in 20 older adults indicating some form of perceived financial mistreatment occurring in the recent past; and, Only 1 in 44 cases of financial abuse ever being reported.

Among AAPIs, recent evidence in a longitudinal study of Chinese older adults reveals:

Financial exploitation is the second most common form of abuse among Chinese older adults, with an incidence.... Read More
             
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