Resources

ACL and Aging Partners’ Meeting – Discussion of State Program Report (SPR) Proposed Revisions

This presentation presents pre-decisional, proposed changes to the SPR. Information is provided for feedback purposes. CLICK HERE for PowerPoint of presentation

 

Outlook on Legislation: Nutrition and Aging

Click on the above link to download a copy of Bob Blancato's PPT Handout from his presentation at the Insitute of Medicie on October 28, 2015.

The Value of Medicines Series

Importance of Adult Vaccinations

Pfizer’s Chief Medical Officer, Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., discusses the importance of adult vaccination and why it is important to talk to a healthcare provider about appropriate vaccines that may protect you or a family member.  Watch Now

Some people think that immunization is only for infants and young children, but that’s far from the truth—adults need vaccines too.  In fact, nearly 50,000 adults in the United States die from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases or their complications each year.  This month, please join us in raising awareness of the power of prevention as we recognize World Immunization Week during April 24-30.

As adults as young as 50 get older, their immune systems decline, leaving them more susceptible to infectious diseases, like pneumococcal pneumonia, a type of pneumonia.  In fact, pneumonia is a leading cause of death in the United States.  Yet, despite increased personal risk, many adults aren’t vaccinated.

Additional resources:

 

The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRC) is designed to assist the national aging network, including local nutrition programs as well as national associations and state and regional agencies involved with aging, in the implementation of the nutrition portions of the Older Americans Act. The NRC is a cooperative initiative of the Administration on Aging and the Meals On Wheels Association of America. NANASP serves on the Steering Committee. See more at http://nutritionandaging.org/

National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging

The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRC) is designed to assist the national aging network, including local nutrition programs as well as national associations and state and regional agencies involved with aging, in the implementation of the nutrition portions of the Older Americans Act. The NRC is a cooperative initiative of the Administration on Aging and the Meals On Wheels Association of America.

- See more at: http://nutritionandaging.org/#sthash.asf5HRIL.dpuf

Pharmacists Looking to Improve Medication Adherence for Patients

Watch YouTube Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqQ7cPHe-NY

Adherence to medications among people with chronic conditions is a growing problem with enormous health and financial implications.  Research conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University demonstrates that the average patient skips nearly five refills of chronic mediations per twelve month period. The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) reports that one-third of patients who take regular medications miss doses because they run out before refilling their prescription.

Pharmacists are demonstrating that with proper medication management at the pharmacy, these common problems can be substantially reduced.  More than 10,000 pharmacies across the nation are embracing the Appointment Based Model (ABM).   This service helps patients better manage their medications by coordinating, or  “synchronizing,” prescription refills, which ultimately improves medication adherence outcomes.

In ABM, also known as “med sync,” pharmacists synchronize chronic prescription refills so that they all come due on the same day each month.  The program eliminates the need to call in multiple prescription refills, reduces the number of trips to the pharmacy and provides an opportunity for patients to meet one-on-one with their pharmacist on a monthly basis to discuss their medications.

“There are many factors that keep patients from adhering strictly to their medication regimen,” says Tim Weippert, Executive Vice President of Thrifty White Pharmacy.  “Pharmacists are actively working with their patients to simplify the prescription refill process and thus improve medication adherence that is so critical to maintaining good health, resulting in healthier outcomes for their patients.”

Please visit the American Pharmacists Association ABM web page at www.AlignMyRefills.com to get further information on this important pharmacy program.  In addition to information about ABM, you will find the ABM Zip Code Pharmacy Locator map.  If you insert your zip code, you will see a listing of all pharmacies in your area that provide this exciting program.  If your pharmacy is not listed, please ask your pharmacist if they could provide this service for you.

NANASP Presents: Helping Employers Support Working Caregivers with a New Focus on Therapeutic Nutrition

Today's American families are the primary providers of long-term care in their own homes; 2/3rds of these family caregivers also work. Nutrition significantly impacts an older adult's health outcomes and therefore ultimately influences getting caregiving employees back to work. This session highlights a new on-line toolkit for employers that provides therapeutic nutrition information/links to services to help them better support caregiving employees.

Presented by:

Kenneth Matos, PhD, Sr. Dir. Employment Research & Practice, Families and Work Institute
Mary Beth Arensberg, PhD, RD, Director, Health Policy & Programs, Abbott Nutrition 
Robert Blancato, MPA, Executive Director, NANASP


Employer Elder Care Toolkit: Focus on Therapeutic Nutrition

The Employer Elder Care Toolkit: Focus on Therapeutic Nutrition toolkit was designed by Families and Work Institute to give employers helpful information to support mature employees and those providing care for sick or elderly loved ones.  This toolkit includes nutrition information and resources for employers to enhance employee care giving outcomes and speed the return to work and good health for employees and their loved ones.

Other Resourse Links
Matz, Blancato & Associates
http://www.matzblancato.com
Email: rblancato@matzblancato.com

Administration for Community Living
http://www.acl.gov

Administration on Aging
http://www.aoa.gov

Leadership Council of Aging Organizations
http://www.lcao.org/

United States Department of Agriculture
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
http://www.longtermcare.gov/

Elder Justice Coalition(Elder Justice Act)
http://www.elderjusticecoalition.com

National Center on Elder Abuse
http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/

Family Caregiver Alliance
http://www.caregiver.org

National Committee for the
Prevention of Elder Abuse
http://www.preventelderabuse.org

U.S. Department of Labor
http://www.dol.gov

National Diabetes Education Program
http://www.ndep.nih.gov/

Library of Congress
http:// www.congress.gov

http://www.independentsector.org/programs/gr/lobbyguide.html

 

Nonprofit Lobbying Guide
http://www.independentsector.org/programs/gr/lobbyguide.html

House Appropriations Committee
http://appropriations.house.gov

House Budget Committee
http://budget.house.gov

House Education and Workforce Committee
http://edlabor.house.gov
Committee of Jurisdiction – OAA

House Energy and Commerce Committee
http://energycommerce.house.gov/
(Subcommittee on Health)

House Ways and Means Committee
http://waysandmeans.house.gov/

Senate Appropriations Committee
http://appropriations.senate.gov

Senate Budget Committee
http://budget.senate.gov

Senate HELP Committee
http://help.senate.gov
Committee of Jurisdiction – Older Americans Act

Senate Special Committee on Aging
http://aging.senate.gov

Senate Finance Committee
http://finance.senate.gov
Committee of Jurisdiction - Medicare, Social Security