Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 20 | JULY-AUGUST 2013 |

From the Director

Lessons for U.S. service and care

Uganda Conference on Complex Social
Problems Shows Global Connections

By Scott Miyake Geron

Fighting for Our HealthSummer is the time for reading, and travel. In July I had the opportunity to attend the 18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) Symposium in Kampala, Uganda. Traveling so far to discover so many connections among researchers in different areas emphasized once again how the twenty-first-century global arena propels us to think in more connected ways about complex social problems. For those of us serving older adults and people with disabilities in the United States, what we heard was both inspirational and practical.... Read more

Boston University photo of Scott Miyake Geron

Issues and Views

Readers' Question Time

What Have You Read This Summer?

Summer Reading

In summer, we ask a group from the fields of aging and disability what they've been reading and why. This year, they are Anthony Lee, aging resources specialist at the Aging Resources Center of Central Iowa; W. Andrew Achenbaum, professor of history and social work at the University of Houston; and Dawn Carr, social science research associate at Stanford University's Center on Longevity. Their choices resonated in their work and personally. Here's what they said.

Photos courtesy Anthony Lee, Dawn Carr
Photo of W. Andrew Achenbaum by Thomas Shea

Non-Medicaid programs fare worst

States Struggle with Resource Limits, Growing
Demand for Supports and Services, Report Says

Fighting for Our HealthThe country is at a crossroads in providing long-term supports and services for older adults and people with disabilities, according to a new report that highlights the struggle of states to meet growing demand in the face of limited resources. The number of caseloads of elder protective services, for example, has increased in the past two years, but with flat or even reduced funding in most states.... Read more

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News to Note

Open enrollment begins October 1

DHHS Launches Info Site, Funds Health Centers
To Help Consumers Choose Affordable Care is the destination for Americans seeking information about the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace. Since the Department of Health and Human Services launched the site in June, Americans have been able to find out what they can do to get ready for open enrollment through state health insurance exchanges, which begins October 1. Read more

Survey shows consumers need more info

Retail Pharmacy Giant CVS Caremark Will Help
Its Customers Prepare for Insurance Exchanges

The Obama Administration and states readying their Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges are not the only ones rushing to prepare and encourage Americans to enroll in an insurance plan beginning October 1. CVS Caremark, the retail pharmacy giant, is among a number of for-profit and nonprofit entities that are rolling out their own enrollment information programs for consumers. Older adults and people with disabilities living in the community are among those who most frequently depend on retail pharmacies for service and information. Read more