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  • Archive for July, 2010

    Happy 45th Birthday Medicare!

    Friday, July 30th, 2010

    On July 30th, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson officially signed the Medicare bill into law. Forty-five years ago today the President stated,

    “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern     medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully, put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years. No longer will young families see their own incomes, and their own hopes, eaten away simply because they are carrying out their deep moral obligations to their parents, and to their uncles, and their aunts.

    And no longer will this Nation refuse the hand of justice to those who have given a lifetime of service and wisdom and labor to the progress of this progressive  country.”

    Today, Medicare has consistently provided coverage to over 45 million older Americans and Americans with disabilities.

    However, the original Medicare system has also undergone some major changes since it was first created in 1965. The system has not always aged gracefully, but its importance and much needed assistance has rarely waned.

    So what exactly does this system look like after 45 years of hard work and dedication to America’s elderly? Read our fact sheet on Medicare basics to learn more about the system as it stands today and take a moment to reflect on how Medicare may have already helped you as you’ve grown older or how one day it just might.

    Happy 45th Birthday Medicare!

    Get Involved: Join the conversation and add your thoughts on how can we use next year’s Older Americans Act reauthorization to strengthen healthy aging programs!  Vote and comment on ideas on NCOA’s Exchange.

    The Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Special Blog Post from WISER’s NASI Intern

    Monday, July 26th, 2010

    By Anne Kelts

    Today marks the twenty-year anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark for anyone living with a disability or serious illness in our country.  The legislation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in hiring, promotion, job training, and other privileges of employment.

    Disability can affect anyone, and most people know someone with a disability or serious illness, whether it existed from birth or was developed over the course of life by accident or illness.  As the older sibling of a thirteen-year-old boy with developmental disabilities, I understand the profound importance of the ADA. My brother has shown me that individuals with disabilities can communicate and work just as efficiently as the typically-developing people around them; they just do things in a different way.  For example, my brother communicates by typing what he wants to say into a computer program that speaks for him.  Though he is too young right now to work, I am confident that his skills – specifically, his expertise with computers – will prove useful for him in the future when he looks for a job, and that the Americans with Disabilities Act will help protect his rights.

    What many people fail to realize is that disability can also take a serious financial toll. According to the National Disability Institute, 49 million Americans with disabilities are living in poverty, and individuals with disabilities are 3 times more likely than non-disabled individuals to be poor. For women who are already twice as likely as men to be living at or near poverty in old age, living with a disability can further compound their financial insecurity.  Because of this, it is important to understand the issues surrounding disability so that you can be prepared if you or a family member ever encounters these challenges.

    For more information on resources and government assistance for people with disabilities, check out WISER’s new “Disability: Facts and Resources” guide at

    Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Older Americans Act! (And Know Why You’re Celebrating!)

    Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

    Today marks the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Older Americans Act.  Although you may not know every aspect of the legislation, if you are an older American, you have most likely been positively impacted by the Act.  You may have gone to an area agency on aging, received community service employment, or interacted with the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA).

    The Administration on Aging, which oversees all of these establishments, was created through the Older Americans Act, and serves as the national center for diverse issues affecting older individuals.  It authorizes 56 state agencies on aging, over 600 area agencies on aging, almost 20,000 service providers, and hundreds of tribal organizations that work to fit the community-based services needs of older individuals. (Click here for a list of the state area agencies on aging.) NCEA has been a part of the Administration on Aging since the late 1980’s, and is an important resource in combating elder abuse.  In addition, AoA collaborated with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to create Aging and Disability Resource Centers which are now in the majority of states, and provide individuals and their caregivers with resources on home and community-based long-term care.  These centers will continue to be essential to communities as the baby boomers age and near retirement. All of these services are made possible through the Older Americans Act, and have been important additions to the original legislation.

    Take a few moments today to visit the Idea Exchange, a website devoted to encouraging a national dialogue on this important legislation’s reauthorization, which takes place in 2011.  Individuals and organizations are invited to share their ideas on what they feel should be added or emphasized in the Act to best serve older Americans.  To offer input on OAA’s reauthorization by email, you can visit:


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