New analysis from ATI Advisory and the Long-Term Quality Alliance shows how new non-medical supplemental benefits can play an important role in meeting the evolving and dynamic needs of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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High-quality design has made its way into just about every category of products and services except for those serving the 55 million Americans that are age 65 and older. Attend a webinar this Friday with American researcher, professor, and author Don Norman.
A poll from NORC shows that a majority of U.S. adults age 70 and older have canceled or delayed medical care since social distancing began due to COVID-19. It also reveals that 20 percent of older adults have had a telehealth appointment, and almost half say the experience was about the same as their in-person visits. Access the chart pack for the full findings and visualizations.
Every day, older adults contribute to the vitality of California as parents, grandparents, friends, employees, employers, mentors, volunteers, artists, advocates, and more.
Since 1963, our nation has recognized May as Older Americans Month. This year, the state is celebrating Older Californians Month through the Make Your Mark campaign. Join in to celebrate what older Californians are doing in your community to stay safe and healthy!
A new poll from NORC, sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation and TSF, shows that a majority of U.S. adults age 70 and older have canceled or delayed medical care since social distancing began due to COVID-19, including one in six who have delayed essential medical treatments.
The nationally representative survey reveals that 20 percent of older adults have had a telehealth appointment, and almost half say the experience was about the same as their in-person visits. Read the full poll findings.
Hollywood, Health & Society is partnering with the Writers Guild of America to connect screenwriters and experts on a variety of COVID-19 topics. Today at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET, Dr. Chernof and the California Department of Aging’s Kim McCoy-Wade will discuss older adults and caregiving. RSVP for the webinar.
Hollywood, Health & Society is partnering with the Writers Guild of America to connect screenwriters and experts on a variety of COVID-19 topics. On April 28, Dr. Chernof and the California Department of Aging’s Kim McCoy-Wade will discuss older adults and caregiving. RSVP for the webinar.
Today at 10 am, PT, tune into AARP’s Coronavirus Tele-Town Hall on caring for family, friends, and neighbors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They’ll talk about creating a care plan, coordinating backup care, staying connected to isolated loved ones, and accessing local resources.
In addition, check out the following:
- We’re sharing ideas on ways to cope with the near and long-term effects of the pandemic—because we are all in this together.
- Family Caregiver Alliance has compiled a list of resources and articles for caregivers and their loved ones.
- An article from Recode shares how older adults can use technology to stay healthy and connected during this challenging time.
- Old People Are Cool, Design for Them Sucks: High-quality design has thankfully made its way into just about every category of products and services…except for things made to serve Americans age 65 and older. Learn what TSF is doing to improve design efforts with older adults.
- Treating the Other 1% – Americans with Unmet Needs: One percent of people with complex care needs account for 20 percent of U.S. health care expenditures, and they often experience multiple medical and long-term care challenges. Join Dr. Chernof for a discussion on delivering better care to these individuals.
A TSF-authored AARP blog post discusses how the California Master Plan should engage public and private sectors in systems-based solutions that touch all aspects of life experience (e.g., health, human services, housing, and transportation, among others).
In his first Perspectives of the new year, Dr. Chernof reflects on the substantial progress to transform care for older Californians that occurred last year, and highlights some of the key opportunities looking forward.
By participating in the 2020 Rose Parade® presented by Honda, we recognized family caregivers of all ages that serve as everyday heroes in the lives of older loved ones. Here are a few related media stories:
- USA Today – Watching the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day? One float will honor family caregivers with message of hope
- Forbes – Policymakers still are not paying attention to the needs of frail elders and their families
- The Orange County Register – Rose Parade float shines the spotlight on unsung humanitarians: adult caregivers
Here are TSF’s top three most accessed publications last year:
On Tuesday, January 7, the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) – in collaboration with Anne Tumlinson Innovations (ATI) and with support from TSF – will hold a public briefing on Medicare Advantage and the CHRONIC Care Act. We invite anyone interested in Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits to hear from Senator Mark Warner and a policy panel of expert stakeholders. Register today!
Representing the GenX generation on our Rose Parade® float, Claudia Farfan has cared for her mother for 33 years and is appreciative of the family medical leave benefits her employer offers.
Family caregivers represent all ages, backgrounds, and cultures and serve as unsung heroes in the lives of older loved ones. They deserve recognition for everything they balance in their lives. Their stories also inspire conversations about what people want for their own aging experience.
We will celebrate family caregivers through Hope’s Heroes: Honoring Caregivers of All Generations, a float at the 2020 Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The parade is a beloved New Year’s Day tradition, televised live from Pasadena, Calif. Tune in on January 1, 8 am PT/11 am ET.
Most Americans want to age in place in their homes and community and are largely supported by family, friends, and neighbors. Learn what Minnesota is doing to ensure their publicly funded long-term services and supports (LTSS) also support older adults’ needs and preferences.
On September 16, TSF is hosting the invitation-only California Master Plan for Aging Forum: Designing a System Built Around People and Partnerships. Register now to watch Monday’s livestream starting at 9:30 am PT.
California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, announced the Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, of which Dr. Chernof and TSF Board Chair Jennie Chin Hansen have been appointed. The committee will advise a Cabinet Workgroup on Aging as it develops the Master Plan, slated for completion by October 1, 2020.
- Read Dr. Chernof’s related Perspectives.
- Watch the recent We Stand With Seniors Capitol briefing.
- Join the new Together We ENGAGE Pledge for Action campaign, encouraging all Californians to share ideas for how to build an age-friendly California.
Help us showcase TSF initiatives at South by Southwest (SXSW) next March. Here’s how!
First, join the SXSW voting panel. Then vote on our two panels below by clicking the “Vote Up” button on each webpage.
- Organized by TSF: Old People Are Cool, Design for Them Sucks
- With The Permanente Federation: Treating the Other 1%: Americans with Unmet Needs
A vast majority of Californians back Governor Newsom’s Executive Order calling for a Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan), according to a new voter poll from We Stand With Seniors.
Seven of 10 voters – nearly half of whom have caregiving experience – want the state to be held accountable for the Master Plan’s investment and implementation. Findings were shared at a Sacramento briefing this morning. See the related infographic.
In a recent Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discussed the importance of designing a Master Plan that reflects what matters most to Californians. Also, read our Master Plan related policy briefs:
- Elements of the Executive Order
- Transforming a Fragmented System Through Statewide Leadership and Coordination
- Examples from Other States and Relevant California Efforts
We’ve been in the news!
- TSF’s Gretchen Alkema spoke to The Sacramento Bee about the need for more coordination across state services.
Dr. Chernof spoke on a Master Plan for Aging panel convened by KPCC’s AirTalk.
Governor Newsom called for the development of a California Master Plan for Aging. Read our overview of the Executive Order. Hear more from TSF’s Sarah Steenhausen, who spoke at the State of Reform conference.
- Get Dr. Chernof’s perspective.
- Learn how the Master Plan can transform California’s currently fragmented system.
- Review details of other states’ master plans.
- Spread the word about the Master Plan using the We Stand With Seniors toolkit!
We Stand With Seniors (WSWS), our partnership with West Health to educate state leaders on the need for a comprehensive, coordinated Master Plan for Aging, commends Governor Newsom’s Executive Order. It is a “historic step in recognizing and addressing the immediate need to ensure all Californians can age with dignity and independence.” Spread the word about the Master Plan using the WSWS toolkit.
Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19, calling for the development of a Master Plan for Aging. It outlines the framework for a Master Plan process, with a deadline of October 1, 2020. In Dr. Chernof’s Perspectives, he discusses the importance of designing a Master Plan that reflects what matters most to Californians.
Also, read our #MasterPlan4Aging policy briefs:
- California’s Master Plan for Aging: Transforming a Fragmented System Through Statewide Leadership and Coordination
- Developing California’s Master Plan for Aging: Examples from Other States and Relevant California Efforts
Researchers at University of California, San Francisco released a new report about the experiences of California’s Medicare-Medicaid enrollees between 2015-18. Cal MediConnect beneficiaries reported higher levels of confidence and continuity of care, but key differences remain by county, race, language, and disability levels.
One in three U.S. Millennials care for older loved ones; Online community will help manage stress and offer support
The SCAN Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to aging with dignity and independence, is launching a new consumer campaign called Do YOU give a care? to provide a community for the 10 million Millennials who provide daily care to family and friends.
Facebook Live Event
Spotlight Health, Aspen Ideas Festival
Featuring: Anne Tumlinson of Daughterhood, and Gretchen Alkema of The SCAN Foundation
In summer 2016, TSF led a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival about matching care with a person’s goals to get results. It featured Dr. Chernof and Dr. Mark McClellan, Director of the Center for Health Policy at Duke University, and was moderated by Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times. Listen to the panel here.