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U.S. Transitions to 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The U.S. has officially transitioned the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to 988 – an easy-to-remember three-digit number for 24/7 crisis care.

The lifeline, which also links to the Veterans Crisis Line, follows a three-year joint effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to put crisis care more in reach for people in need. Continue reading

Poll Uncovers Usage Rates, Disparities Among Older Adults Using Health-Related Apps

Less than half (44%) of people age 50 to 80 have ever used a health-related app on their smartphone, wearable device or tablet, according to the new findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging.

Those who say they are in poor health, and those with lower incomes or levels of education, were far less likely to have ever used such apps. Half of those who haven’t ever used a health app, or have stopped using them, said they are not interested in using them. Continue reading

SAMHSA Offers Supports to Veterans, Service Members, and Caregivers

For age-friendly communities working to support local older veterans or work with community-based veterans’ agents, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is highlighting a need for attention to service members, Veterans, military-connected families, and caregivers who may be feeling a wide range of emotions as the tragic events unfold in the fall of Afghanistan. Continue reading