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  • Medicare in 2022

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/04/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    What changes are coming to Medicare benefits in 2022? Join us for this webinar to discover what your clients with Medicare can expect to pay for coverage in the coming year and trends in the landscape of health and drug plans being offered.

    What changes are coming to Medicare benefits in 2022?

    Join us for this webinar to discover:

    1. What your clients with Medicare can expect to pay for coverage in the coming year
    2. Trends in the landscape of health and drug plans being offered
    3. Enhancement that have been made to Medicare Plan Finder to improve its usability
    4. Changes states have made to the Medicare Savings Programs since the pandemic, and
    5. Special circumstances affecting enrollment

    Ann Kayrish

    Senior Program Manager for Medicare

    National Council on Aging

    Ann is the Senior Program Manager, for Medicare at NCOA where she helps local, state and regional organizations develop and implement strategies to find, counsel and assist Medicare beneficiaries apply and enroll in benefits for which they may be eligible.

    Over the past 25 years Ann has had the opportunity to work in many parts of the health care industry including managed care, patient assistance programs, and provider and sales force relations.  Prior to joining NCOA, Ann managed the operations for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) in Montgomery County, Maryland helping the most vulnerable populations gain access to the health care benefits and services.  

    Ann received her B.S. in Health Care Management from Kings College in Wilke-Barre, PA and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

    Brandy Bauer (Moderator)

    Associate Director, Center for Benefits Access

    National Council on Aging

    Brandy Bauer is Associate Director of the Center for Benefits Access at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), where she coordinates all communications for the MIPPA Resource Center, identifies and promotes promising strategies to increase benefits access for older adults, and educates consumers about scams targeting older adults. Previously, she spent a decade in the international health and human service sectors, working on improving access to services for vulnerable and marginalized populations, including refugee and war trauma survivors in Europe, and as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan.

  • NCMHA Webinar Series: Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Attendees will learn the purpose and effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults. Attendees will learn how the program is administered and where to find a course in their area.

    Attendees will learn the purpose and effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults. Attendees will learn how the program is administered and where to find a course in their area. 

    Learning Objectives

    1. You will learn the purpose of Mental Health First Aid and what it covers.
    2. You will learn the purpose of Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults and what it covers.
    3. You will learn about the effectiveness of Mental Health First Aid as an evidence-based program.
    4. You will learn who should take these courses.
    5. You will learn about the ALGEE action plan (Assess for risk of suicide or harm, Listen non-judgmentally, Give reassurance, Encourage appropriate professional help, and Encourage self-help) and other support strategies.
    6. You will learn how to find a course or contact an instructor in your area.
    7. You will learn the steps to become a certified instructor and the associated costs.
    8. You will learn about how the program is administered and supported.

    Anne Chapman, MPH

    Director, Strategic Partnership, Mental Health First Aid

    National Council for Mental Wellbeing

    As the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the National Council for Behavioral Health, Anne Chapman’s focus is the development and stewardship of strategic partnerships that support the expansion of the council’s public education initiatives. Chapman has spent her career focused on partnership growth for organizations in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the National Council, she worked for the American Society of Clinical Oncology where she led their business development strategy to expand participation in practice health initiatives through partnerships with regional health systems and national organizations. While at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, she oversaw the cancer center’s growth and outreach strategy through affiliation expansion and public education programing. Her early career began at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she developed skills in strategy development. Chapman earned her Master of Public Health in Program Management from the Boston University School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religious Studies from Trinity College. She is also a certified Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid instructor.

    Karen Orsi

    Director, Oklahoma Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, and Member of the NCMHA Executive Committee

    NorthCare

    As Director of the Statewide Oklahoma Mental Health and Aging Coalition for 10+ years, Karen provides older adult behavioral health education and advocacy.  

    She is immediate Past Chair and current Vice Chair of the Planning and Advisory Council to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)HSAS and serves on the Oklahoma Behavioral Health Advisory Council, National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging Executive Committee, New View Advisory Council and Telligen’s Beneficiary and Family Advisory Council and Governing Board.  

    She developed the Oklahoma Older Adult Behavioral Health State Plan, the Reducing Depression initiative and the Older Adult Peer Support Specialty for ODMHSAS. She is a certified trainer for QPR, Talk Saves Lives, Healthy IDEAS, Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults. 

    Karen has a Sociology degree with a Psychology minor from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and has completed sociology graduate level course requirements at Chicago’s Loyola University.            

  • NISC Leadership Collaborative (LC) Meeting

    Contains 8 Product(s)

    The NISC Leadership Collaborative is intended to create a cohesive national senior center network organized to participate in a collaborative learning environment to share best practices, national initiatives, strategies and resources to spur innovation and to identify national senior center leaders.

    The NISC Leadership Collaborative is intended to create a cohesive national senior center network organized to participate in a collaborative learning environment to share best  practices,  national  initiatives,  strategies  and  resources  to  spur innovation  and  to identify  national  senior  center  leaders. This  initiative  welcomes  appointed  state association  leaders,  network  leaders,  and  leaders  of  NISC  accredited  centers  as members of the collaborative.

  • Fire and Falls Webinar Series: Engaging Firefighters and EMS for Falls Prevention

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    Hosted by NCOA and the Administration for Community Living, this series of 4 webinars features organizations that have successfully partnered with their local EMS and fire department to address falls prevention.

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    When an older adult falls and needs help getting up, emergency medical services (EMS) and fire departments are often the first to arrive at the scene. 

    Among people aged 65 years and older, falls are the leading cause of emergency department visits and account for 17% of all 911 calls. Up to 56% of 911 calls for falls do not result in transport to a medical facility. 

    The use of EMS for falls-related calls has heavy financial consequences to communities and decreases the availability of EMS to respond to more urgent needs. As a trusted source of information, firefighters and EMS can have a key role in falls prevention efforts, including addressing home hazards and referring older adults to falls prevention programs and services.   

    Hosted by NCOA and the Administration for Community Living, this series features organizations that have successfully partnered with their local EMS and fire department to address falls prevention. Speakers will share best practices and lessons learned. 

    You will discover new skills and gain innovative ideas that can be adapted and applied in your own community to bridge the fire and falls prevention networks.  

    Registration Details:

    • This series includes 4 live 60-minute webinars on September 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. 
    • Registration is FREE, and registrants will have access to both the live webinars and the recordings. 
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email, as well as email reminders prior to each live webinar with a link to join the event.

    See 4 Webinars in Series

  • Suicide Prevention Month - Insights and Strategies for Reducing Suicide among Older Adults

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This webinar is intended to raise awareness about suicide and highlight strategies to help professionals, consumers, families, and communities understand the role they can play in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide.

    This webinar is intended to raise awareness about suicide and highlight strategies to help professionals, consumers, families, and communities understand the role they can play in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide. 

    Speakers will discuss the impact of suicide, the implementation of 9-8-8 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and highlight community-based programs and resources that can help. 

    This webinar is hosted by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, and the National Council on Aging.

    Rep. Susan Wild

    Pennsylvania’s 7th District

    U.S. Congress

    Congresswoman Susan Wild has been a member of the Lehigh Valley community for more than 30 years. Her two adult children were born and raised in the Valley, where they attended public schools. Susan built a successful legal practice while raising her two children and became the first woman to be appointed as Allentown City Solicitor. In November 2018, Congresswoman Wild was elected as the first woman to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Wild has been appointed to the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is committed to fighting for quality, affordable health care for all, an economy that benefits every member of our community, and reforming our political system to return government to the American people.

    Dr. Laura Shannonhouse

    Associate Professor

    Georgia State University

    Laura Shannonhouse is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST), and a Suicide to Hope (s2H) Facilitator. Her clinical experiences (e.g. college counseling center, cancer center, crisis center, etc.) have included working with disaster impacted populations both domestically and internationally (e.g. illness-related trauma in South Africa; prolonged grief from daycare center fire in Mexico, post-Katrina charter school teachers; both southeast Asian and post-earthquake Haitian refugees, and urban homeless, etc.). Therefore, her research interests focus on crisis intervention and disaster response; she is curious about how people make sense of suffering through their faith. Specifically, she conducts community-based research in kindergarten through 16 systems and with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to prevent suicide (suicide first aid), and with disaster impacted populations in fostering meaning-making through one’s faith tradition (spiritual first aid).

    Kimberly Williams

    President and CEO

    Vibrant Emotional Health (New York)

    Kimberly A. Williams is the President and CEO of the Vibrant Emotional Health, a nonprofit organization which reaches over 2.5 million people each year to help them achieve emotional well-being through high quality, innovative programs. She began as a public policy intern in 2003, rising to President and CEO in 2017. She has served the mental health industry through various positions, including mental health advocate, administrator, educator, and consultant. As CEO, Williams has overseen the expansion of Vibrant’s premier programs they administer, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Disaster Distress Helpline, and NYC Well, New York City’s leading edge, multi-lingual, multi-modal contact center program that responds around the clock to the mental health needs of over 300,000 New Yorkers every year. Williams serves on a number of advisory committees and boards including the New York State Interagency Geriatric Mental Health and Chemical Dependence Planning Council, the New York State Health Foundation Community Advisory Committee, Mental Health News Education Inc., United Community Schools, and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, for whom she is immediate past chair. Her leadership in the field has been recognized by City and State New York, New York Nonprofit Media, Mental Health Association in New York State, and the National Association of Social Workers NYC Chapter. Williams has been an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work and NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her voice has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CBS Evening NewsThe Today Show and more.

    Amy Miller

    Senior Services Manager

    Jefferson Center for Mental Health (CO)

    Amy Miller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arvada, CO, with a broad range of experience in the field of aging.  Amy is the Director of Adult Outpatient Services at Jefferson Center for Mental Health, the Community Mental Health Center serving the suburbs and mountains west of Denver, Colorado.  Amy oversees the day to day operations of the community-based Senior Reach program, and as the Senior Reach National Consultant was closely involved with the training, implementation, and ongoing support for the Senior Reach sites in Colorado, Michigan, and New Jersey.   

    As Director of Adult Outpatient Services Amy provides programmatic oversight of the Senior Services Outpatient, Adult Outpatient, Mountain Services, and Vocational Services programs. During her time at Jefferson Center she has also developed a new program to provide individual and group therapy to individuals with Hoarding Disorder. Amy earned her BA degree in Psychology from the University of South Dakota and her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver; she is also a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

    Brian Altman (Moderator)

    Deputy Director of the Administration on Aging

    ACL

    Brian Altman serves as the Deputy Director for the Administration on Aging (AoA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL).  In this role, Altman provides expert advice, guidance and support to the agency and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging on key mission critical issues, initiatives and agency functions. Altman also builds and enhances AoA’s work with aging organizations to foster exchange of information and strengthen support for the agency’s vision, policies and programs including working closely with stakeholders.  

    Altman most recently served as the Director of Federal and Political Affairs at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) where he oversaw ASHA’s Capitol Hill office.  Altman advocated for increased access to audiology and speech-language pathology services in programs such as Medicare, newborn hearing screening and those funded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 

    Prior to joining ASHA, Altman served in federal government at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and completed a detail at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.  At SAMHSA, Brian served at various times as both the Director of the Division of Policy Innovation and the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. Altman also helped lead SAMHSA’s policy efforts on behalf of LGBT and aging populations, including co-leading the SAMHSA/ACL Behavioral Health Work Group.  
     
    Before joining SAMHSA, Altman was a senior government relations manager at Drinker Biddle & Reath where he represented a broad range of health care clients. Altman also has served as the Director of Public Policy and Program Development at the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) where his work included advocating for the Stop Senior Suicide Act. Prior to joining SPAN USA, he worked at the American Counseling Association and served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Claire V. Eagan, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. 
     
    Altman graduated from Duke University, cum laude, with a B.A. in public policy studies and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  

  • History in the Making: Congressional Proposals to Improve Medicare & Medicaid

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/13/2021

    This Fall, Congress is poised to enact historic investments in Medicaid home and community-based services and Medicare prescription drug, dental, vision, and hearing benefits. Learn the latest news and what you can do to help get this legislation passed.

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    This Fall, Congress is poised to enact historic investments in Medicaid home and community-based services and Medicare prescription drug, dental, vision, and hearing benefits. 

    This is a once-in-a-generation chance to make significant improvements to these critical programs that Americans depend on to age well. 

    Passing the legislation won’t be easy, and we need aging network advocates to add their voices. 

    Learn the latest news and what you can do to help get this legislation passed.

    Ramsey Alwin

    President & CEO

    National Council on Aging

    Ramsey Alwin joined NCOA as President & CEO in August 2020. She is a thought leader and policy advocate who has challenged outdated beliefs and sparked new solutions to address financial resilience as we age.

    In her career, Alwin designed a new measure of economic security for older adults that better accounts for out-of-pocket health costs and busts myths surrounding senior poverty. She worked to introduce the Measuring American Poverty Act in Congress to redefine the federal poverty measure to better account for older adults’ costs of living.

    Thanks to Alwin’s efforts, the U.S. Census Bureau formally implemented the Supplemental Poverty Measure nationwide, virtually doubling the elder poverty count and better demonstrating true needs among this population. Alwin also has led and organized efforts to enact state and local legislation and regulations using the new measure of economic security for income/asset eligibility for means tested programs.

    Prior to returning to NCOA, Ramsey was the Director, Thought Leadership – Financial Resilience at AARP, where she worked to position AARP as the global leader in challenging outdated beliefs and sparking new solutions related to financial resilience and longevity, so people can choose how they age.

    Alwin has been featured in major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and New York Times and has testified before Congress.


    Kathy Greenlee

    CEO

    Greenlee Global, LLC

    Kathy Greenlee, Chair-Elect of the NCOA Board of Directors, is an attorney with 25 years of public service experience. She has expertise in aging, long-term care, disability, elder rights, health care, community services, rural aging, and LGBT health.

    In 2009, Greenlee was appointed U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging by President Obama, a position she held for seven years. During her time in Washington, Greenlee created the Administration for Community Living (ACL), an agency that administers a broad range of aging and disability programs. Greenlee provided national and international leadership on preventing and responding to elder abuse. She chaired the Elder Justice Coordinating Council, created a federal home for state adult protective services programs, and created the national elder maltreatment data collection system. Greenlee also co-chaired the HHS LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee, an endeavor that resulted in comprehensive program and policy improvements for LGBTQ individuals.

    In fall 2018, Greenlee launched a consulting business, Greenlee Global, LLC, to pursue aging-related projects regionally, nationally, and internationally. In early 2018, the Sunflower Foundation announced a major grant to support her continued work in the areas of elder abuse and neglect. In May 2020, Greenlee began working with the State of Kansas, serving as the Kansas COVID-19 LTSS Liaison.

    Greenlee spent 18 years in Kansas state government. She served in numerous high-level positions, such as Secretary of Aging for Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas Long-Term Care Ombudsman, General Counsel for the Kansas Insurance Department, and Assistant Attorney General.

    Howard Bedlin

    Government Relations & Advocacy Principal

    National Council on Aging

    Howard Bedlin is responsible for all of NCOA’s federal and state legislative advocacy efforts on issues and programs of concern to older adults, which include the Older Americans Act, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, income security, and community services programs.

    Before joining NCOA, Bedlin was a legislative representative with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for more than 10 years. Before that, he had been the deputy director of government affairs for the National Association for Home Care and served as counsel for public policy for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

    Bedlin received both his law degree and master’s degree in public policy science from the University of Maryland.

  • Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

    Contains 13 Product(s)

    ​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. Register now to join us on May 6. When you register, you will be automatically signed up for all of the day’s sessions. Click the green Register button above to get started.

    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.

    Register now to join us on May 6. When you register, you will be automatically signed up for all of the day’s sessions. Click the green Register button above to get started. 

  • Aging Well for All: 2021 Public Policy Priorities for Older Adults

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/18/2021

    Join us as we convene the nation’s top policy leaders for straight talk about what needs to change to ensure that every American can age with health and financial security.

    Our nation has a new Administration, a new Congress, and an ongoing health and economic crisis. Now is the time for bold policy action.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the systemic disparities that leave too many Americans behind without the resources to age with dignity. 2021 offers a unique opportunity to address these inequities through public policy.

    For more than 70 years, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has been the country's leading voice for older adults and the organizations that serve them. NCOA believes aging well is something every American deserves—regardless of gender, color, sexuality, income, or zip code.

    Join us as we convene the nation’s top policy leaders for straight talk about what needs to change to ensure that every American can age with health and financial security.

     

    Ramsey Alwin

    President & CEO

    National Council on Aging

    Ramsey Alwin joined NCOA as President & CEO in August 2020. She is a thought leader and policy advocate who has challenged outdated beliefs and sparked new solutions to address financial resilience as we age.

    In her career, Alwin designed a new measure of economic security for older adults that better accounts for out-of-pocket health costs and busts myths surrounding senior poverty. She worked to introduce the Measuring American Poverty Act in Congress to redefine the federal poverty measure to better account for older adults’ costs of living.

    Thanks to Alwin’s efforts, the U.S. Census Bureau formally implemented the Supplemental Poverty Measure nationwide, virtually doubling the elder poverty count and better demonstrating true needs among this population. Alwin also has led and organized efforts to enact state and local legislation and regulations using the new measure of economic security for income/asset eligibility for means tested programs.

    Prior to returning to NCOA, Ramsey was the Director, Thought Leadership – Financial Resilience at AARP, where she worked to position AARP as the global leader in challenging outdated beliefs and sparking new solutions related to financial resilience and longevity, so people can choose how they age.

    Alwin has been featured in major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and New York Times and has testified before Congress.


    Kathy Greenlee

    CEO

    Greenlee Global, LLC

    Kathy Greenlee, Chair-Elect of the NCOA Board of Directors, is an attorney with 25 years of public service experience. She has expertise in aging, long-term care, disability, elder rights, health care, community services, rural aging, and LGBT health.

    In 2009, Greenlee was appointed U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging by President Obama, a position she held for seven years. During her time in Washington, Greenlee created the Administration for Community Living (ACL), an agency that administers a broad range of aging and disability programs. Greenlee provided national and international leadership on preventing and responding to elder abuse. She chaired the Elder Justice Coordinating Council, created a federal home for state adult protective services programs, and created the national elder maltreatment data collection system. Greenlee also co-chaired the HHS LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee, an endeavor that resulted in comprehensive program and policy improvements for LGBTQ individuals.

    In fall 2018, Greenlee launched a consulting business, Greenlee Global, LLC, to pursue aging-related projects regionally, nationally, and internationally. In early 2018, the Sunflower Foundation announced a major grant to support her continued work in the areas of elder abuse and neglect. In May 2020, Greenlee began working with the State of Kansas, serving as the Kansas COVID-19 LTSS Liaison.

    Greenlee spent 18 years in Kansas state government. She served in numerous high-level positions, such as Secretary of Aging for Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas Long-Term Care Ombudsman, General Counsel for the Kansas Insurance Department, and Assistant Attorney General.

    Sen. Bob Casey

    United States Senator (D-PA)

    Sen. Casey serves on four committees, including the Senate Finance Committee and Senate HELP Committee. He is also Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

    Sen. Tim Scott

    United States Senator (R-SC)

    Sen. Scott serves on four committees, including the Senate Finance Committee and Senate HELP Committee. He is also the highest ranking Republican member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

    Rep. Debbie Dingell

    U.S. Congresswoman (D-MI)

    Rep. Dingell serves on two committees, including the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and its Subcommittee on Health. She also serves as Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.