ProAging Email Network Newsletter February 16, 2006

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— Guide to Retirement Living – Delaware Valley Edition Deadlines
— Conference Brings Together 4 Key Senior Associations
— 2004 SURVEY SHOWS ELDER ABUSE STILL A MAJOR PROBLEM
— MIKULSKI CALLS FOR INCREASED RESOURCES, SUPPORT FOR AMERICA’S SENIORS
— Jacqueline Marcell on Today Show Discussing Assisted Living and Nursing Home Placement
— Webcams link family, nursing home patients

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Guide to Retirement Living – Delaware Valley Edition Deadlines

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Our PA/NJ/DE editon deadlines are fast approaching. For additional information contact Lisa Harkins at 215- 953-1448, toll-free at 1-800-394-9990 ext. 1502 or lharkins@gwpi.net.Read on…


Conference Brings Together 4 Key Senior Associations

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The 2006 Conference will be a joint conference with four partners: The Virginia Guardianship Association; the Virginia Elder Rights Coalition; the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers; and a special track of workshops by the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities.

The 2006 conference is scheduled for April 3 and 4, 2006 at the Woodlands Hotel and Suites in Williamsburg.Watch the website for up to date information.


2004 SURVEY SHOWS ELDER ABUSE STILL A MAJOR PROBLEM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — February 8, 2005 — The latest survey by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) shows a 19.7 percent increase in the combined total of reports of elder and vulnerable adult abuse and neglect to adult protective services (APS) and a 15.6 percent increase in substantiated cases in the four years since the last survey was conducted in 2000. According to the 2004 Survey, conducted on behalf of NCEA by Dr. Pamela B. Teaster, President Elect, NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE PREVENTION OF ELDER ABUSE and Ms. Joanne Marlatt Otto, Executive Director, NATIONAL ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES ASSOCIATION , state APS agencies received 565,747 reports of suspected elder and vulnerable adult abuse in 2003, as compared with 482,913 reports four years ago. The 2004 Survey is the most rigorous study of state- level APS data conducted to date and provides a unique picture of the elder abuse problem. Fifty states, Guam, and the District of Columbia responded to the survey. Most importantly, about two-thirds of the states were able to separate out reports of elder abuse from vulnerable adult abuse. Among those states, 253,426 of the incidents that were reported in 2003 involved elder abuse, ranging from a low of 85 in Guam to a high of 66,805 in California.


MIKULSKI CALLS FOR INCREASED RESOURCES, SUPPORT FOR AMERICA’S SENIORS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D- Md.), senior Democrat on the Retirement Security and Aging Subcommittee of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today called for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) and criticized President Bush’s FY 2007 budget, which includes a decrease of $72 million for OAA programs. Created in 1965, the OAA is essential for the delivery of social and nutritional services for America’s seniors.

“Seniors today are living longer, healthier lives. We must do what we can to help them be as independent and active as possible. We must provide the resources necessary to meet new challenges and support our seniors,” said Senator Mikulski. “Too many OAA programs have been flat- funded, cut or, in this year’s budget, eliminated completely. We must commit ourselves, our dollars and our programs to meet the needs of our growing and changing senior population.”

Senator Mikulski’s comments came at a committee hearing this afternoon, which presented a roundtable discussion of leading senior organizations that addressed OAA best practices and areas for improvement. Witnesses participating in the discussion included the CEO/Executive Directors from AARP, the National Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels Association of America and National Family Caregivers Association.


Jacqueline Marcell on Today Show Discussing Assisted Living and Nursing Home Placement

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New York City (PRWEB) February 14, 2006 — Katie Couric interviewed Jacqueline Marcell on TODAY, discussing when it’s the right time to consider placing a loved one in a care facility. It’s time when safety is in question and a person’s ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) is severely impaired: getting in or out of bed or a chair, using the toilet, bathing or showering, dressing and eating. When fears that an elderly person may leave the stove on, get lost, fall down stairs or get hurt in any way, and family helpers or in-home caregivers are not an option–it is time to act.New York City (PRWEB) February 14, 2006 — Katie Couric interviewed Jacqueline Marcell on TODAY, discussing when it’s the right time to consider placing a loved one in a care facility. It’s time when safety is in question and a person’s ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) is severely impaired: getting in or out of bed or a chair, using the toilet, bathing or showering, dressing and eating. When fears that an elderly person may leave the stove on, get lost, fall down stairs or get hurt in any way, and family helpers or in-home caregivers are not an option–it is time to act.

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Webcams link family, nursing home patients

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. A new program is using webcams to link nursing home residents with distant family members and friends. Syracuse-based Peregrine Health Management Company has begun installing the cameras, which allow face-to-face conversations over the Internet, in each of its eight facilities in New York and Maryland.Read on…

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