October 15, 2018 Herb

Photo Caption: AARP States It’s that time again. Medicare Fall Open Enrollment occurs annually from October 15 to December 7.   During this time period, Medicare recipients can make unrestricted changes to their Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) plans during this Open Enrollment Period. Medicare beneficiaries can begin shopping for the best Medicare coverage during Medicare Fall Open Enrollment by evaluating whether this year’s Medicare plan coverage is still appropriate for their health care needs.  They can begin by gathering their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)/Evidence of Coverage (EOC) letter; a list of…

October 7, 2018 Herb

Photo Caption: National Institute on Aging This year’s influenza (flu) season has begun (the viruses are most common in the fall and winter) and state health departments are gearing up their efforts to mobilize to combat this contagious respiratory illness. Just over a week ago, at the Washington, DC-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) along with other public health departments, and health care professionals kicked off the 2018-2019 flu vaccine campaign. At the September 27th press conference, the CDC early estimates indicate that “more than 900,000…

October 3, 2018 Herb

  Photo Credit: AARP It’s not a surprise this writer.  Millennials and Generation Xers are as concerned about their personal finances, debt levels and the nation’s economy, as aging Baby Boomers, says a newly released AARP survey.  While poll after poll shows that Social Security and Medicare remains as popular as ever to Baby Boomers, this study’s findings reveal that Millennials and Generation Xers also see the value and importance of these programs. Just days ago, the Association of Young Americans (AYA) and the Washington, DC-based AARP, released this study, it is the second in their series of…

September 25, 2018 Herb

Today, the AARP Foundation released a new survey that finds that 1 in 3 adults age 45 and older are lonely.  While AARP researchers found that the percentage is unchanged from a previous loneliness study conducted, the study finds that about five million more middle age and older adults are lonely due to growth in this age group among the population. Looking back at survey findings over the years, researchers say that loneliness and isolation have emerged as key public health issues that can drastically impact a community’s quality of life and the U.S. economy if not properly addressed. The…

September 19, 2018 Herb

  National falls prevention observances throughout the nation are being held during September to raise the public’s awareness of the importance of preventing falls, particularly in the older adult population.  During September, in New Jersey, educators, caregivers, health providers and aging professionals will focus their efforts on one goal, that is preventing falls. “Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, intervention, and community support,” said Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director of the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) National Falls Prevention Resource Center, in a statement announcing NCOA’s 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22. “This…

September 5, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: AARP New Jersey policy makers will benefit from the newly released AARP report, Across the States 2018: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports, by Ari Houser, Wendy Fox-Grage, Kathleen Ujvari, of AARP’s Public Policy Institute. Just released last month, the 84-page report provides comparable state-level data pulled from a large number of research studies and data sources, some of the data coming from original sources. Each state profile is a four-page, user-friendly, print-ready document that provides each state’s data and rankings. The Washington, DC-based AARP considers Across the States to be “the flagship publication”…

August 28, 2018 Herb

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) This month, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) secured the Senate’s approval for $300,000 to establish an advisory council, created by the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would help grandparents raising grandchildren find resources they need. This funding was passed by the Senate as part of H.R. 6157 (see Hearthstone Estates July 16 blog article). According to the Senate Aging panel, approximately 2.6 million children are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives and experts expect this number to increase as…

August 12, 2018 Herb

On July 18, the, D.C.-based AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge program. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the nation (two in New Jersey), helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. “AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge Grant Program to answer that call and help build momentum for more…

August 6, 2018 Herb

To emphasize the continued need for vaccines throughout adulthood, New Jersey Department of Health (NJDoH) designated August as New Jersey’s Adult Vaccine-Preventable Disease Awareness and Improvement Month. Many New Jerseyans are not getting vaccinated to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases.  It is a vitally important time to start vaccinating the whole family—especially older adults. This vulnerable population is most at risk of contracting preventable communicable illnesses and accounts for the rmajority of diagnoses and deaths. During National Immunization Awareness Month, NJDoH is encouraging residents of Hearthstone Estates Assisted Living and New Jersey to make sure they are up-to-date with their immunizations to protect…

July 29, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: AARP According to the Washington D.C.-based AARP, older voters have identified Medicare as one of their top policy issues in the upcoming mid-term elections, yet too many lawmakers fail to clearly understand the positive contributions Medicare makes to the nation’s economy and the health security of millions of Americans. Any candidates who fail to talk about how they would strengthen Medicare for future generations do so at their peril, says the nonprofit, representing over 35 million members. This year’s elections are some of the most important in our lifetimes, says AARP, warning that Medicare,…