The Baker Administration announced that residents can now easily initiate a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application when applying for or renewing their MassHealth benefits online.
According to the announcement from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), this option will improve customer experience by streamlining the process to apply for SNAP benefits while residents are already submitting information needed to determine their healthcare eligibility benefits. Continue reading
Last week, the Massachusetts legislature passed a $52.7 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). Here are some of the items that support older adults and healthy aging: Continue reading
Racial and ethnic discrimination has a significant impact on the health of people of color, affecting mental health and contributing to high blood pressure, negative health behaviors, and early aging, according to an issue brief released by the Commonwealth Fund. For Black older adults, the cumulative effects of race-related stress experienced over the course of a life can increase the risk for mental and physical health problems. Continue reading
Soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on nursing homes was thrust into the spotlight. As people began to think and talk more about nursing home residents and the care workforce, many existing narratives of nursing homes were reinforced–that they are underfunded, understaffed, and ill-equipped to provide high-quality care. Continue reading
Every year the Honoring Choices Partners & Friends celebrate April 16 National Healthcare Decisions Day using their easy-to-use programs and tools.
Just choose a date in April or May to co-host a webinar; they’ll supply the presentation and post on the 2022 Events Calendar. Continue reading
Check out the following events that can help promote inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities! Continue reading
One-third of people 50 and older report rarely or never having their care preferences taken into account by their clinicians, with more people of color and lower-income individuals saying so.
A report and infographic, created in conjunction with the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst with support from The SCAN Foundation, provides the first ever look at how person-centered care models are working (or not) for older adults. Continue reading
A new poll commissioned by The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) found that 73% of people in America think direct care workers are underpaid and 94% believe oversight of nursing homes and home care agencies is important. Continue reading
In a “spotlight” research report, AARP’s Public Policy Institute advocates for separating medication literacy from health literacy as 86 percent of adults ages 65 and older regularly take at least one prescription medication and the average Medicare beneficiary takes 4.6 prescriptions per month. Continue reading
Use of telehealth has been common during the pandemic among adults age 50 and older, but that use has also brought concerns around equity, according to a survey of adults in America age 50 and older by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
While older adults, according to the poll, like the ease of scheduling visits, doing so sooner than in-person appointments would be available, and with specific clinicians, there is a concern about a lower quality of care. There are also a range of issues with technology access. Continue reading