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Alaska Long Term Care Community Forum August 2008

Not exactly community-involvement but at least comments are possible on the draft.

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Long Term Care Community Forum for Stakeholders of State Long Term Health Care Services and Supports [sic]

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has hired HCBS Strategies Inc. to develop recommendations for improving the long term care services it provides to older adults and individuals with disabilities of all ages. As part of developing these recommendations we have obtained feedback from stakeholders such as consumers and their families, providers and direct care workers. We are holding Community Forums to gain reactions from stakeholders on our draft set of recommendations before they are finalized. All those interested may attend.

Individuals are welcome to participate in person or through a web-enabled conference call. Individuals must pre-register for webinars in advance! For those that have limited computer or internet access they may participate by phone only by using the conference call numbers listed below.

Dates/Locations:
Tuesday, August 26th from1:00 – 4:00pm: Downtown Anchorage Marriott- Anchorage/ Via Phone: (702) 824-9512 Access code: 224-977-617 Audio Pin: #

Wednesday, August 27th 5:00 – 8:00 pm: Centennial Hall Convention Center- Juneau /Via Phone: (702) 824-9512 Access code: 126-987-378 Audio Pin: #

Friday, August 29th 1:00 – 4:00pm: Westmark Fairbanks Hotel- Fairbanks Via Phone: (702) 824-9512 Access code: 177-724-278 Audio Pin: #

To for more information or to register for the Forum webinars please go to www.AKLTC.com
If you have questions please contact Kristy Michael with HCBS Strategies by e-mail Kristy AT hcbs DOT info or by phone: 410-858-0807


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Atlantic Philanthropies: Mobilize Seniors

Atlantic Philanthropies Launches Partnership to Mobilize Seniors (10/04/06)

    Atlantic Philanthropies ( http://atlanticphilanthropies.org/ ) has announced a multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative to help communities mobilize people over the age of 60 in the fight against economic decline, failing schools, urban sprawl, and other serious social issues.

    Through research, planning, and community projects, the Community Experience Partnership will work to increase the involvement of seniors in volunteering, employment, and lifelong learning opportunities. During the first phase of the program, thirty community foundations will receive grants of up to $25,000 to assess and better understand the opportunities for older adults to devise creative solutions for problems in their communities. The initial $750,000 in local investments will likely be followed by millions in grants for planning and implementing new programs.

    “Tapping the tremendous potential of older adults to improve life for everyone in their communities is at the heart of this initiative,” said Laura Robbins, head of Atlantic’s U.S. Aging Program. “In communities across the U.S., the energy, skills, and experience of people over 60 are ready to be unleashed. Imagine how much stronger communities will be when they choose to benefit from the time and talents of their most experienced citizens.”

    “Communities Across America to Tap Boomers’ Experience to Tackle Problems.” Atlantic Philanthropies Press Release. 9/28/06.


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    EPA Technical Assistance Building Healthy Communities

    Request for Applications: Smart Growth Implementation Assistance
    Opportunities for Technical Assistance for Communities Interested in Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging.

    Are you trying to encourage smart growth activities that will help prepare for older adults in your community? Are you trying to encourage specific smart growth techniques like transit-oriented development? Or direct your state department of transportation investments to better support smart growth? Are you looking to use smart growth to reach economic development goals? Do you need help analyzing guidelines for school investments that best fit your state or community? Do you need to retrofit a commercial corridor? Or coordinate your community’s smart growth design with an active aging program?

    The Development, Community, and Environment Division in U.S. EPA’s Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation is responding to this need by issuing a request for applications for the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program. Through this program, a team of multidisciplinary experts will provide free technical assistance to communities, regions, or states that want to develop in ways that meet environmental and other local or regional goals.

    Communities, regions, and states around the country are interested in building stronger neighborhoods, protecting their environmental resources, enhancing public health, and planning for development, but they may lack the tools, resources, or information to achieve these goals. EPA can help applicants overcome these roadblocks by providing evaluation tools and expert analysis.

    EPA is soliciting applications from communities that want help with either policy analysis or public participatory processes. Selected communities will receive assistance in the form of a multi-day visit from a team of experts organized by EPA and other national partners to work with local leaders. Applications will be accepted until March 8, 2007. [deadline]

    For more information and application materials, please go to

      from the EPA Aging Initiative List-Serv

    EPA has developed five fact sheets for older adults and their caregivers related to environmental health topics. Many of these fact sheets have been translated into the common languages spoken for older adults and their caregivers. The purple series was also created to reach individuals with limited reading ability, for those persons reading at roughly the 5th grade level. ( See http://epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/index.htm#lowlit ) In addition, on line, one can find copies of the fact sheets with large print for persons with limited vision http://epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/index.htm#lowvision Fact sheets are available in hard copy at no cost or can be downloaded at the EPA Aging Initiative website. http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/index.htm#fs

    [If rural communities need assistance with developing a project, I know of a candidate, willing to relocate.]


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    Everyone is an auditor of care

    Another excellent reason for a genuine, autonomous senior advisory board. Everyone who visited this place should have been aware –and reported— the conditions. Having said that, it is also necessary to know to whom to report.

    It is important to be involved with the monitors, staff, et al. to see that they have the resources to do their job and that they do it.

    [“Rest home” must be a remnant newsmedia cliché. The news media also have a role to play in community health.]

    Serious concerns over rest-home care
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3741605a11,00.html

    24 July 2006, by KELLY ANDREW

    …Lower Hutt [New Zealand] rest home… Presbyterian Support Central, which owns the rest home, installed the cameras after receiving two anonymous complaints late last year….

    [district health board] Auditors, on their first visit in May, reported encountering a strong smell of urine, limited ventilation, kitchens with uncovered food and open cat-food tins, and dirty medication rooms.

    They found 24 areas where the rest home was not meeting the obligations of its contract. Four of these were rated as carrying a critical risk to residents’ welfare.


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