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Older Adults Lack Equity for Mental Health and Substance Use Needs

Speaking today at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Rush University Medical Center professor Erin Emery-Tiburcio, PhD, ABPP, FGSA, told lawmakers about three key issues to consider in creating policy to address equity for older adults: access to care related to Medicare policies, the need for coordination of care for older adults who experience the most complex health issues, and the critical need for expanding the behavioral health workforce trained to work with older adults.

Photo courtesy of The Mental Elf.

Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department Establishes Award Program to Recognize Senior Citizens for Outstanding Volunteerism

MIAMI, Florida — Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the Board of County Commissioners have launched the Seniors Who Serve Volunteer Awards Program to honor elderly residents for exceptional community service. Nominees can volunteer in one or more of the following categories: Education/Mentoring, Health Care, Inter-Generational (strengthening links between elderly and the youth), Arts, Music & Entertainment, and Public Service. “We are excited to recognize our senior residents who continue to serve and contribute to our community,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. "Older residents have so much to offer and we are privileged to have such an active and committed senior community." 

Brain Capital: A New Investment Approach for Late-Life Well-Being

Within many societies and cultures around the world, older adults are too often undervalued and underappreciated, according to a new article in the journal Innovation in Aging. This exacerbates many key challenges that older adults may face. It also undermines the many positive aspects of late life that are of value at both an individual and societal level.

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2021 Florida Senior Games Opening Day Features Seven Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - The 30th Annual Florida Senior Games began nine days of competition with seven sports on Saturday. Five sports were on the courts as Basketball Shooting, 3-on-3 Basketball, Racquetball, Shuffleboard and Tennis were on their respective courts. Cyclists were on their bikes on the roads of Martin County and Archers were on the range at Fort Lauderdale Archers.

Social Security Benefits Increase in 2022

Approximately 70 million Americans will see a 5.9% increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2022.  Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). 

Reframing Aging Initiative Releases Video to Improve Communication About Aging

The Reframing Aging Initiative (RAI), a long-term social change endeavor designed to improve the public’s understanding of aging and the ways that older people contribute to society, has released a 2.5 minute video, "Frame of Mind: The Why and How of Reframing Aging." Advocates, teachers, and communicators who serve and care about older people will be able to use this educational tool, part of a series of three, to communicate more accurately about older people and the experience of aging.

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