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Life doesn’t end at retirement, in fact, your next chapter in life begins. Here we share stories, experiences and ideas on how to grow, discover and renew ourselves in our golden years.
On June 6, 2012, the N.Y. State Department of Health released on its website copies of the first mailing that will be sent to consumers affected by the mandatory MLTC initiative.
As revealed in an Advisory Group conference call on May 31, the State is not waiting for CMS approval of its waiver amendment before starting its communications to consumers. This letter is purportedly being mailed this week to Manhattan recipients of Personal Care Services residing below Central Park. Here is an excerpt from the letter:
This is an important notice from the Medicaid Program. We are writing because you get home care or other long-term care services. The way you get these services will change in the next several months. To keep receiving your services, you will be required to join a Managed Long Term Care Plan.
The requirement that you must join a Plan is subject to approval by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). You do not need to do anything at this time. This letter is to tell you what this change means to you and how it will happen.
The mailing includes a list of all MLTC plans, including MAP and PACE. It also includes the toll-free number of the enrollment broker, NY Medicaid Choice, for consumers to call with questions about MLTC: 888-401-6582.
The mailing with be sent in English and Spanish and also includes a card in 18 languages instructing people to call the toll-free number for assistance in their language.
As far as we know, this does not change the previously proposed implementation timeline.
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Do you know where you’ll be eating your Thanksgiving dinner? Chances are, there’s a senior in New York or New Jersey who doesn’t know if they’ll be eating dinner at all on Thanksgiving – or the days that follow.
There are nearly 9 million older Americans who wake up in the morning and don’t know if they’ll get enough to eat. You can change that.
This Thanksgiving, make twice the difference to help a senior in BROOKLYN who’s struggling to find their next meal. Every penny you give will go directly to hunger relief organizations in New York and New Jersey.
With your support, we can reach older Americans who won’t get the nutrients they need without a helping hand.
Through our targeted, community-based programs, AARP Foundation will use 100% of your donation to help with local food assistance programs. Senior hunger is a threat close to home and your gift today will make a difference for real people struggling just around the corner from you.
Right now, hungry seniors in New York and New Jersey need your help. Will you step up to lend them a hand? Every donation you give today will be matched by Met Life Foundation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000!
Give older Americans facing hunger a reason to be hopeful this Thanksgiving by making your urgent tax-deductible donation to AARP Foundation.
Thank you for helping seniors facing hunger, and standing with us as we help seniors facing other challenges, such as housing, income and isolation.
President, AARP Foundation
Aging in America, the 2012 annual conference of the American Society on Aging is the largest multidisciplinary aging conference in the country. It is recognized as the leading platform for sharing knowledge, perspectives, best practices and replicable models that help participants enhance their skills and be more effective in their work with older adults. There’s no better professional development opportunity for the people and organizations whose missions support quality of life and care for elders.
Who: American Society on Aging
When: March 28 – April 1, 2012
Where: Washington, D.C.
For more details just click here–> www.asaging.org/aia12
By Jane Gross
(Published Oct. 15, 2011)
HERE is the dirty little secret of health care in America for the elderly, the one group we all assume has universal coverage thanks to the 1965 Medicare law: what Medicare paid for then is no longer what recipients need or want today.
No one then envisioned the stunning advances in medicine that now keep people alive into advanced old age, often with unintended and unwelcome consequences. Indeed, scientific reports have showed the dangers, not merely the pointlessness and expense, of much of the care Medicare is providing.
Of course, some may actually want everything medical science has to offer. But overwhelmingly, I’ve concluded in a decade of studying America’s elderly, it is fee-for-service doctors and Big Pharma who stand to gain the most, and adult children, with too much emotion and too little information, driving those decisions.
In the last year alone, and this list is far from complete, here is what researchers have found both useless and harmful, according to leading medical journals:
• Feeding tubes, which can cause infections, nausea and vomiting, rarely prolong life. People with dementia often react with agitation, including pulling out the tubes, and then are either sedated or restrained.
• Abdominal and gall bladder surgery and joint replacements, for those who rank poorly on a scale that measures frailty, lead to complications, repeat hospital stays and placement in nursing homes.
• Tight glycemic control for Type 2 diabetes, present in 1 of 4 people over 65, often requires 8 to 10 years before it helps prevent blindness, kidney disease or amputations. Without enough time to reap the benefits, the elderly endure needless dietary limits and needle sticks.
TO READ FULL ESSAY CLICK HERE –> How Medicare Fails the Elderly – NYTimes.com.
Black women are likely to develop physical limitations earlier in life than others their age, according to a new study. Researchers from Case Western University in Cleveland analyzed self-reported information on the mobility, strength and physical limitations of more than 8,700 older people included in the 1994-2006 U.S. Health and Retirement Study. The participants ranged from 53 to 75 years old. The study found a higher rate of physical problems among black women in their 50s and 60s in the study of black, Mexican-American and white men and women. “We could not find the reason why African-American women developed limitations faster than other gender and racial/ethnic groups,” said David Warner, assistant professor of sociology, in a university news release. After their mid-60s, however, the rate at which disabilities occurred among black women began to decrease, and by age 75 the rate leveled off, the study found. For the study, recently published in Social Science & Medicine, the researchers also examined the participants’ early life experiences, socioeconomic status, marital status and health-related behaviors to determine how these factors might affect people’s disabilities. Men of all racial and ethnic groups fared better than women the study found. Better-educated, wealthier men, in particular, reported fewer physical health issues. Women are at greater risk for disadvantages, such as lower incomes and lack of health care in midlife, which may have lifelong effects, the researchers said. At age 75, Mexican-American women fared worst — with nearly five disabling limitations, twice as many on average as white men — the study found. The study authors said future research should address the unique health experiences of older black women. Preventive efforts are also needed to eliminate racial- and gender-related functional health disparities, they said. The U.S. National Institutes of Health funded the investigation.
SOURCE: Case Western Reserve University, news release, HealthDay