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Recognition of Family Caregivers in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

This AARP Public Policy Institute research report examines support for family caregivers in managed long-term services and supports. The report finds that states have made progress in this area, but have opportunity to continue improving support for family caregivers in their MLTSS programs. One potential solution suggested by the report is to ensure that MLTSS contracts between states and health plans include clearly defined requirements to identify and support family caregivers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71997

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The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on the Aging Services Network and the Older Adults They Serve

This issue brief explores the results from NCOA's survey on how the opioid epidemic impacts older adults and their caregivers. The brief explains the survey methodology, discusses key findings, and proposes recommendations for the aging network.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71899

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Michigan Policy Brief: Direct Care Workforce Shortage

Like many states, Michigan is facing a looming workforce shortage as their aging population grows. This policy brief from the Michigan Aging & Adult Services Agency highlights the challenges and opportunities in addressing the state's direct care workforce (DCW) issues. Challenges that have led to this shortage include low wage levels, lack of affordable comprehensive training, and low job appreciation and respect. This paper identifies various strategies for overcoming these issues.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71885

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Valuing the Invaluable: 2019 Update Charting a Path Forward

The latest report in the AARP Public Policy Institute’s Valuing the Invaluable series estimates the economic value of unpaid family caregiving at $470 billion in 2017. The report also explores family caregiving trends, highlights federal and state policy changes since the release of the previous Valuing the Invaluable report in 2015, and offers further policy recommendations to enhance the well-being of caregiving families.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71830

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Factsheets for AAPI Older Adults, Caregivers, and Aging Organizations

These resources are designed for AAPI Older Adults, Caregivers, and Aging Organizations. The fact sheets cover the issues of emotional abuse, neglect, and how caregivers of those with dementia can care for themselves. The fact sheets are available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Samoan, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and English.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71805

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Users of National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) Services

This data profile compares caregivers who used NFCSP services such as education or respite care to those caregivers who did not use these services, including caregivers who exclusively used AAA services. The profile also examines caregiver characteristics including age, relationship to care recipient, and level of caregiving intensity.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71761

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HCBS Conference 2019- Presentations

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference is hosted annually by ADvancing States (formerly known as NASUAD). This event highlights best practices from across the country in home and community-based services. The conference includes federal, state, and local policymakers as well as those who administer, manage, and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs. This link contains all of the slide presentations from the 2019 HCBS Conference.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71741

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Supporting the Critical Role of Family Caregivers: State Opportunities

This fact sheet was developed as part of the Center’s Helping States Support Families Caring for an Aging America initiative. Six states – Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Virginia- are involved with the initiative. This fact sheet provides an overview of unpaid family caregiving and lists options state leaders can consider implementing in order to support family caregivers in their state.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71677

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Tips for Older Consumers to Stop Illegal Robocalls

The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) released a tip sheet to help older adults stop receiving robocalls. Telemarketers, debt collectors, and scammers utilize illegal robocalls- automated telephone calls- to target potential victims. This document provides older consumers with several tips they can use to lessen the frequency of robocalls, while protecting them from scams.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71662

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Workforce Matters: The Direct Care Workforce and State-Based LTSS Social Insurance Programs

The report provides an overview of the expected increased need for direct care workers and a breakdown of the current direct care workforce. In each description of barriers facing the direct care workforce, PHI includes program and policy recommendations. Challenges and recommendations in this report include areas regarding: wages and benefits, training, advanced roles, supervision, recruitment and retention, data collection, decision-making, family caregivers, and matching service registries.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71660

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