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Bridging the Digital Divide for HCBS Beneficiaries (Part I)

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The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) has left many older adults and people with disabilities grieving the loss of close relationships and a sense of community due to physical distancing orders, staffing shortages, and the closing of day programs. All this takes a considerable toll on their physical and mental well-being. The transition to telemedicine and virtual services in place of in-person services has helped expand care to millions.

4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

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Public health practitioners, professionals in the aging network, mental health providers, health care professionals, and anyone interested in ensuring the mental health of older adults should attend this free, virtual event on May 6, 2021.

The symposium is brought to you by NCOA, the U.S. Administration for Community Living, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Registration is free and will open in March.

ACL’s Senior Nutrition Program Celebration Webinar

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The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is developing plans for the second annual “Celebrate Our Senior Nutrition Program.” Their website will feature tip sheets, infographics and a community toolkit to offer resources you can use to support and engage your community. The toolkit provides resources you can use to assist and involve your community. It also includes information on how to share highlights of your program, as well as insights on how to engage virtually, enhance socialization, and promote your program during COVID-19.

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APS TARC Webinar: Understanding Decisional Capacities of Older Adults

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Capacity assessments of older adults is steeped in the fundamental tensions between two core ethical principles: autonomy (self-determination) and protection (beneficence). Adult Protective Services caseworkers must often consider the impact of cognitive functioning on a person’s risk for elder abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

Person-Centered Practices Self-Assessment

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In this webinar, the NCAPPS team will share a new tool to help leadership measure progress in developing a more person-centered system, the Person-Centered Practices Self-Assessment. The tool’s creator will provide an overview of the tool, and staff and people with lived experience from one state will share their experiences putting the tool to use.

Presenters:

  • Mary Lou Bourne, founder of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practice and developed the organization’s first PCP Mentor Trainer requirements

Ready Seniors Virtual Workshop

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Increasingly, frail older adults with complex health issues live alone in the community, far from their relatives and caregivers. An older adult may depend upon community service providers for basic necessities and psychosocial support prior to a disastrous event. However, the need for these critical services increases when services are disrupted or the senior is impacted during a major disaster.

ACL/CMS Promising Practices Training: Bridging the Digital Divide for HCBS Beneficiaries - Access, Affordability, and Digital Literacy

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Many older adults and people with disabilities do not have the financial means to pay for internet service in their home nor purchase an internet enabled device - such as a PC, tablet, or smart phone. Further, many lack the skills needed to confidently navigate the internet and digital communities by themselves.

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