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Taking a Trauma Informed Approach with Events of Escalation given by SAMHSA - Understanding the Link between Trauma & Housing Insecurity. Recommended for aging network and law enforcement.

Legacy Interviews | American Society on Aging ( The Legacy Interviews is our newest ASA Studios Production. This 12-week webcast series will feature interviews with diverse legendary pathfinders who have spent decades in the field of aging, health and social services. Each interview will be conducted by Ken Dychtwald, to capture the wisdom and character of gerontology’s pioneers to inform, inspire and guide current and future professionals in the fields of aging and related services for years to come.

Review of NJ4A supported current legislation regarding older adults

Credit for Caring Act, S. 1443

The Credit for Caring Act would create a new, non-refundable federal tax credit of up to $5,000 for eligible working family caregivers to help address the financial challenges of caregiving. The Act would allow family caregivers to offset costs like hiring a homecare aid and installing grab bars, putting money back into their pockets.

Choose Home Care Act of 2021, S.2562

If enacted, the Choose Home Care Act would enable eligible Medicare patients (as determined by a carefully controlled assessment tool) to receive extended care services as an add-on to the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for 30 days post-discharge. The Choose Home Care Act would help seriously ill individuals to recover safely at home, increase patient and family satisfaction, and significantly reduce the risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus or other infectious diseases. The act also saves the Medicare Trust Fund in avoided nursing home costs for a percentage of patients who are able to receive nursing home level care in the home.

Keeping an Eye On…

A memo to Senate Democrats from leadership on Monday (Aug. 9) includes lowering the Medicare eligibility age and policies to improve health equity and invest in graduate medical education on the list of other highly expected health reforms the Senate Finance Committee is instructed to consider when it writes its piece of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, but the memo stresses that individual policies have yet to be scored.

With the increased interest in telehealth due to the pandemic, this article highlights some issues surrounding the use of telehealth.

Many calls to NJ’s Offices on Aging are from family members caring for a person living with Alzheimer’s Disease. As one ages, the risk of development of the disease increases and adding family history, lifestyle, and other risk factors, the risk is further heightened. With news of a first-in- long-time medication, Aduhelm, that is being promoted to interfere with the damage that amyloid deposits have in the brain. There has been controversy regarding the accelerated release/approval of the medication. All aspects are well-captured in this article.

On August 1, Senate Majority Leader Schumer released the final text of the bipartisan infrastructure legislation. The Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) would provide $973 billion over five years from FY 2022 through FY 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, water, power and energy, environmental remediation, public lands, broadband and resilience.

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