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In the United States, 43 million adult family caregivers care for someone older than age 50, and 14.9 million care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The last updated value of that caregiving was $450 billion per year, and it only stands to grow. These caregivers need our help, and ASA supplies the information and resources they need. What are the latest models for preventing cognitive decline? How much will long-term care cost and what are the other options? How does palliative care work versus hospice? Are there intergenerational programs that can enrich the lives of those with dementia? Find the answers here.



Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars. 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Start : 10:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Presented by ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Defining Quality and Why It Matters

posted 04.17.2017

By Catherine Anderson

There’s a saying that “You manage what you measure.” Whether you’re a program administrator within a state agency, a CEO of a health plan or a healthcare provider, what we choose to measure dictates where we focus our time and resources. That’s why identifying the right set of meaningful measures is so important—especially when it comes to the development of programs that serve individuals in need of long term services and supports (LTSS).

How Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Can Help Family Caregivers

Event Date: 
04.27.2017 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Short Description: 

The CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO), in collaboration with The Lewin Group and AARP, is excited to announce an upcoming webinar.

Full Description: 

Family caregivers are an integral component of the care team making it possible for their family member to live at home rather than in an institutional setting. However, their unpaid assistance, which in 2013 amounted to around 37 billion hours, can take a toll on their physical and emotional health. In November 2016, AARP published a report detailing how managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) can better address family caregivers’ needs. The report highlights a shift toward a person-and family-centered care approach along with new federal rules that are in place to support family caregivers in Medicaid.

This webinar will provide an overview of AARP’s report including promising practices demonstrating effective family caregiver supports for adults enrolled in Medicaid MLTSS programs and for those older adults who are Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Presenters from AARP will describe current innovative practices to support family caregivers in Financial Alignment Initiatives, including a focus on South Carolina Healthy Connections Prime and the Dementia Cal MediConnect Project, followed by a representative from Molina Healthcare who will speak to implementing these practices within a health plan.

In summary, the webinar will present the following information:

  1. Explain how managed long-term services and supports can lead the way to advancing person- and family-centered care;
  2. Describe promising practices demonstrating effective family caregiver supports; and,
  3. Provide tools and recommendations that pave the way to better addressing family caregivers’ needs.

Featured Speakers:

  • Michelle Bentzien-Purrington, Vice President, MLTSS and Duals Strategy, Molina Healthcare, Inc.
  • Wendy Fox-Grage, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Lynn Friss Feinberg, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Susan C. Reinhard, Senior Vice President, AARP Public Policy Institute

Intended Audience:

This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders—care managers, family caregivers, staff at social service agencies, Medicare–Medicaid plans, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs), managed long-term services and supports programs, and consumer organizations.

Breaking Stereotypes: Male Family Caregivers

ASA Board member Jean Accius, who is Vice President, Long-Term Services and Support Group in the AARP Public Policy Institute, has authored a blog post about some of the unique challenges facing male caregivers.

Elder Mistreatment: Prevention of Abuse and Neglect Course Description

The University of Southern California is home to the oldest and largest school of gerontology in the world—the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. ASA and USC have joined forces to offer an opportunity—exclusively available to ASA members—to earn a certificate of completion from USC in a convenient and flexible online format.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Start : 10:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Part of the Aging and Disability Business Institute Series


#AIA17: Day Four

posted 03.24.2017

The fourth and final full day of the 2017 Aging in America Conference kicked off at 7:00 AM with a yoga session in Plaza AB led by Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Senior Activity Center Director Douglas Paulsen. At 8:00 AM the 14th Annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit got underway in the Regency Ballroom and nearby meeting rooms.

#AIA17: Day Three

posted 03.23.2017

The third day of the 2017 Aging in America conference continued the unique learning and community-building experience, and our attendees and faculty are not slowing down.

#AiA17: Day Two

posted 03.22.2017

From the morning exercise and morning buzz with the Students and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group to the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception and Chicago dine-around, the 2017 Aging in America Conference was fully underway on Tuesday with nearly 2,500 participants.

Every year, this conference heralds an extraordinary creation and sustaining of community and commitment. Between individuals who are just meeting for the first time, or who have worked together for decades, thousands of moments of learning, sharing, renewal and discovery take place.

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