Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 21 | SPRING 2014 |

From the Director

CADER awarded grant to plan training

How Affordable Care Goals Become Reality:
Mass. Healthcare Workforce Transformation Project

By Scott Miyake Geron

Those of us in aging and disability know that a skilled supports and services workforce is crucial if the goals of the Affordable Care Act—better care for more people at lower cost—are to become a reality. We also know that success depends on how implementation of reform plays out at the state and local levels. Here is a look at one new state effort.

Massachusetts has demonstrated a strong commitment to workforce development with the recent announcement of nearly $2 million in Healthcare Workforce Transformation Fund planning grants to organizations across the state. The Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research at BU is one of 51 grant recipients who will partner with healthcare agencies to improve workforce education and training by helping them assess the skills of their workforce and the adequacy of current training, and then develop plans to deliver any new training needed. Read more about this local story with national implications.

Boston University photo of Scott Miyake Geron

Issues and Views

In my opinion

Boomers Embody 'Aging with Disabilities'

By W. Andrew Achenbaum

The Affordable Care Act will be Obama's major accomplishment, yet another, related initiative also merits acclaim. The Administration for Community Living (ACL), created in 2012, pools resources for older Americans and people with disabilities to better integrate housing and educational initiatives with healthcare access. The joint effort makes sense for both populations. Why is there still discontent among many longtime aging advocates and older adults themselves when talking about "aging with disabilities"? Read more

Photo of W. Andrew Achenbaum courtesy University of Houston

'More skilled and confident'

CADER Customized Training for Options Counselors
In State of Georgia ADRC Program Is Success Story

By Mary Johnson

Assisting older adults and people with disabilities who are trying to navigate today's changing long-term-care system is tough. Amy Riedesel, an options counseling specialist for the State of Georgia's Department of Human Services, was looking for training that would enable options counselors in her statewide program to do their jobs more effectively. She found it in a customized program from CADER at Boston University.

"I was looking for a systematic, cost-effective way to provide consistent training to all our options counselors in the field, with proven results," Riedesel (pictured at right) said in a phone interview. "This is a success story." Read more about the workings and the results of CADER training for the Georgia ADRC.

Photo courtesy Amy Riedesel

Customized Training Programs for Organizations

From the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research
At Boston University

We can assess your organization's training needs
and help you meet them
as we've done for more than 450 organizations nationwide
with proven results

To find out how CADER customized training programs can
work for your organization, contact Frank Fay at

News to Note

Healthcare Marketplace & Medicare Advantage

Many People with Disabilities and Older Adults
Can Still Sign Up in Special Enrollment Periods

Healthcare Marketplace. Many older adults and individuals with disabilities who missed the March 31st deadline because of a particular difficulty may still be able to sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act's Healthcare Marketplace. This reprieve comes from Special Enrollment Periods the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) have established to serve people who failed to enroll on time because they experienced either "qualifying life events" or "exceptional circumstances" that kept them from enrolling.

Medicare Advantage. In another action that is also part of ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, CMS has established Special Enrollment Periods for Medicare beneficiaries that will allow them to enroll in a five-star Medicare Advantage plan in their area at any time during the year.

Read more to find out who qualifies and how to sign up.

Is hospitalization less likely?

Record Number of Older Adults Now Opt
For Living Wills to Guide End-of-Life Care

Almost three quarters of older adults in the United States, a record number, are opting for advance directives, or "living wills," to guide end-of-life medical treatment, up from 47 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2010, according to a study just published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The primary objectives of the new research were to describe trends in creation of advance directives and to find out whether use of advance directives reduced rates of hospitalization and hospital death.... Read more about the findings.

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