Posted April 16, 2013
More than 30 adult day services supporters from 16 states made 50+ scheduled visits with legislators in Washington, DC on April 15-17, 2013. The four primary policy priorities this year include protecting Medicaid funding, encouraging reauthorization of the Older American’s Act, advocating for adult day services to be included in the Medicare program and assuring good implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Tracking implementation of the ACA could impact policies such as hospital readmissions, accountable care organizations and state Medicaid policies. Read more about the NADSA Public Policy Agenda.
(L to R) Chip Cromartie, NADSA Chair-Elect and Executive Director of Adult Center for Enrichment, Greensboro, NC; Teresa Johnson, NADSA Managing Director; Lisa Peters-Beumer, Assistant Vice-President Adult and Senior Services, Easter Seals, Chicago, IL.
Posted April 9, 2013
The National Adult Day Services Association invites you to watch the new PBS documentary Age of Champions for free from April 18th – 28th, at ageofchampions.org/premiere. Age of Champions tells the story of five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age.
Age of Champions
is a powerful resource for learning more about seniors and inspiring people of all ages to lead a healthier, happier and more active lifestyle.
Watch the full documentary at ageofchampions.org/premiere
Adult day services representatives in South Carolina recently landed an outstanding opportunity to educate the public about adult day services when they were invited to appear on a television broadcast. Barbara Wright, owner of Helping Hands and Hope Bridge, and Coretta Bedsole were invited to appear on Lt. Governor McConnell’s weekly television show broadcast on SC Educational Television. This unique opportunity educates policy makers and the public about the benefits of adult day. Please take some time to review the interview and consider how you can make a difference in your community.
(Used with permission of SC Educational Television)
Join us in Washington, DC, on April 15-16, 2013, for the annual public policy event as we approach federal leaders about the importance of adult day services. Learn more at http://www.nadsa.org/public-policy/nadsa-capitol-hill-day-april-2013/.
“This Doesn’t Look Like Dementia – Serving people with FTD in day services programs”
Register now in the NADSA online store at www.nadsa.org
Presenters: Sharon S. Denny, MA and Sandi Grow, RN
Webinar sponsored by NADSA on Jan 31, 2013
Day services are a critical resource for families facing frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). People affected are typically younger, more active and have different symptoms and challenges than people with Alzheimer’s. This session will present information and case studies to illustrate challenges in care, the impact on family, and strategies for providing quality services to people with frontotemporal degeneration. Staff training tools, including behavioral interventions, activities, and resources and support for continued learning will be discussed. Ample time for questions will be included.
Sharon S. Denny, MA is Program Director at The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) where she directs support and education for families and healthcare professionals. She has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and over 25 years’ experience in program development with organizations that serve people with medical and psychiatric disabilities.
Sandi Grow, RN is the wife of Karl – diagnosed with FTD in March of 2007 at the age of 54. Sandi is an RN and has continued to work while caring for her husband. Their experience with several day services programs and now long term care epitomize the importance and value of the partnership needed between family and staff for quality services.
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Amanda Leggett was one of two Doctoral Candidates awarded Beth Meyer-Arnold dissertation fellowships at the 2012 National Adult Day Services Conference. She is enrolled in Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Her research is on “Depressive Symptoms, Anger and Daily Cortisol of Caregivers on High and Low Stress Days” under the advisement of Dr. Steven Zarit.
Read about Amanda and her research at Penn State here: http://live.psu.edu/story/61822#nw5