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May12 th

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.

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.

May7 th

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!

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Dr. Chernof and the California Department of Aging’s Kim McCoy-Wade discussed meeting older adults’ needs during COVID-19 on a Writers Guild of America/Hollywood, Health & Society panel. Watch the recording and check out our related resources page.

Alongside the long-term care flexibilities created due to COVID-19, mobility managers connect older adults and people with disabilities to transportation services in their communities. A recent AARP blog unpacks the latest trends.

April28 th

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.

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The Aging and Disability Business Institute annual survey unpacks how community-based organizations (CBOs) are adapting and expanding services to meet the health-related, social needs of older adults and people with disabilities. The deadline to contribute is May 1.

April23 rd

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.

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April15 th

Health care stakeholders are changing how they operate to confront coronavirus (COVID-19). As new policies emerge, the Better Care Playbook has created a resource center to curate federal guidance aimed at addressing COVID-19 for people with complex care needs.

Millennial family caregivers experience unique challenges. Read perspectives in this recent Washington Post piece. Within it, Aisha Adkins expresses hope that the current COVID-19 crisis exposes what needs to be fixed in the health care system.

April8 th

In his latest Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses how person-centered care is fundamental when confronting the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Also, read Dr. Chernof’s additional contributions to the Better Care Playbook and Next Avenue.

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Health care stakeholders are changing how they operate to confront coronavirus (COVID-19). As new policies emerge, the Better Care Playbook has created a resource center to curate federal guidance aimed at addressing COVID-19 for people with complex care needs.

Also, ATI Advisory created a helpful slide deck to describe recent federal and state policy action.

Symbol of virus COVID-19.

April1 st

The Aging and Disability Business Institute annual survey unpacks how community-based organizations (CBOs) are adapting and expanding services to meet the health-related, social needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

March26 th

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.

We honored caregivers of all generations at the 2020 Rose Parade® earlier this year. Aging Today recently wrote about several of the caregivers whose experiences and advice we’ve shared.

March11 th

Every three years, based on results of the AARP Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard, we honor states making significant progress in improving LTSS for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.

In 2017, Wisconsin was awarded the Pacesetter Prize for Choice of Setting and Provider. The state exhibited more progress in this domain than any other state, moving up from No. 8 in the 2011 Scorecard to No. 6. The next Pacesetter Prize recipients will be announced in summer 2020.

Symbol of state of Wisconsin Pacesetter Prize Winner

March3 rd

Learn about a Northern California model’s three-pronged approach to help long-term care residents return to the community.

 

February26 th

New federal opportunities are prompting states to develop or enhance integrated care programs for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. In this new brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), early adopters of these care models share insights on the factors that drove their investment and led to successful implementation.

State Efforts to Integrate Care Brief

Dr. Chernof and the Administration for Community Living’s Lance Robertson published a Health Affairs blog on addressing social determinants of health through partnerships between health care and community-based organizations (CBOs).

February20 th
TSF will be at South by Southwest (SXSW) next month. Follow all the conversation on Twitter, and join our two sessions if you’re attending.
  • 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.

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February13 th

Every three years, based on results of the AARP Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard, we honor states making significant progress in improving LTSS for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.

In 2017, Vermont was awarded the Pacesetter Prize for Affordability and Access. The state moved up from No. 19 in the 2011 Scorecard to No. 3, exhibiting more improvement than any other state. The next Pacesetter Prize recipients will be announced in summer 2020.

Symbol of Vermont, 2017 Pacesetter Prize awardee

February4 th
Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2020-21 proposed budget on January 10. Read our fact sheet on how this proposal would impact the state’s older adults, people with disabilities, and the Master Plan for Aging.

The state’s website encourages Californians to share their vision for the Master Plan for Aging, as well as keep up to date on its progress. Learn more about TSF’s Master Plan initiative.

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January30 th

Watch videos, both of our float at the Tournament of Roses® parade and of our two youngest float riders sharing what they’ve learned about caregiving.

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How can services that address social needs be integrated into clinical care? A new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine identifies current approaches and recommendations to expand social care in health care delivery. Read the related blog post.

January28 th
Health care nonprofit for older adults to undertake national search for president/CEO successor

We announced today that after 12 years as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce A. Chernof, MD, FACP, will retire by the end of 2020. He has led the Foundation since its beginning in 2008. Read the full press release.

January7 th

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.

December12 th
Baby Boomer Laura Mosqueda helped care for her own mother for 12 years, and is the first female dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Her mother-in-law Emilia represents the Silent Generation and has lived in her East LA home for 63 years, raising her own family while caring for both her parents. See all of our Rose Parade® float rider stories, including Claudia Farfan, whose profile is also available in Spanish. Also, watch Laura’s caregiving story.
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We honor caregivers of all generations, particularly younger adults who have unique needs and experiences. Check out this Vox video and story on how millennial caregivers can be recognized, get informed, and feel supported.

Young millennial people posing for the camera.

December4 th

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.

Two Hispanic women smiling.

November20 th

Representing the baby boomer generation on our Rose Parade® float, Jerry and Judy Crotsenberg care for Judy’s mother from the family farm in Hillsboro, Wis. Read their story about how they are the epitome of a care team.

Three older adults smiling.

Medicare Advantage plans now have the flexibility to offer special non-medical benefits for members with complex care needs. Read guiding principles on how these benefits can best support consumers and be sustainable. Also, hear from the National MLTSS (Managed Long-Term Services and Supports) Health Plan Association, one group who helped to develop these principles.

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November14 th

We honor caregivers of all generations, particularly younger adults who have unique needs and experiences. Check out this Vox video and story on how millennial caregivers can be recognized, get informed, and feel supported.

Six young millennial people posing for the camera.

Aisha, a millennial, and Cooper of Gen Z are riding on our Rose Parade® float. While caregiving, each learned about their own values and goals. Read Aisha’s and Cooper’s stories.

Aisha and her mother taking a selfie. Mary and cooper pose for a photo in their living room.

November6 th

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.

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Craig Terasawa of Temple City, Calif., is one of eight caregivers riding on our Rose Parade float. Craig runs the family pharmacy while serving many roles: primary caregiver for his father and sister, doting husband, and active dad. Watch his video.

Craig and his father at a baseball game.

October30 th

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently highlighted the Medicare-Medicaid integration efforts of leading states.

A related toolkit from Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., shares strategies states can implement when reforming their Medicaid long-term services and supports.

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.

October10 th
Today, we’re debuting a brand new www.TheSCANFoundation.org and e-blast platform titled The Buzz!
September26 th

Improving health means addressing upstream social factors, like access to stable housing. Read the latest report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Integrating social care into the delivery of health care

September18 th

Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal have many choices to get the health coverage they need, but it varies by county. This policy brief outlines available choices across the state, and describes the My Care, My Choice web resource.

August7 th

This summer, MemoryWell reporting unpacked “daughterhood circles” for family caregivers and the proportion of millennial caregivers from Hispanic families.

As part of Do YOU give a care?, learn how one millennial caregiver gives a care.

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July11 th

Reflecting on our 10th anniversary, Driving Change: The SCAN Foundation’s First 10 Years highlights successes during our first decade and recommits to transforming care for older adults, now and for the future.

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June26 th

Transportation can be a major obstacle for those who want to age in place, but do not drive. This AARP report, part of the 2017 Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard, details the value of and access to mobility managers.

Read our fact sheet on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, and learn how the Master Plan has great potential to transform California’s currently fragmented service delivery system.

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.

June13 th

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!

Master Plan for Aging word cloud

June11 th

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:

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May23 rd

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report on how artificial intelligence (AI) applications can support independent living for older adults and people with disabilities.

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May1 st

Raising awareness about younger caregivers and Do YOU give a care?, MemoryWell recently shed light on the complex medical care that half of family caregivers provide. It also reported on California lawmakers’ consideration of establishing a volunteer care corps.

Earlier this year, We Stand With Seniors (WSWS) hosted a film screening and panel in Sacramento. Watch the highlights video, emphasizing why California needs a Master Plan for Aging.

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April3 rd

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) published a new report with considerations for governors and state leaders as they design and implement strategies to meet the long-term care needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

July11 th

One in three U.S. Millennials care for older loved ones; Online community will help manage stress and offer support

Young man kissing grandma. #YouGiveACare

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.

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June23 rd

Facebook Live Event

Spotlight Health, Aspen Ideas Festival

Featuring: Anne Tumlinson of Daughterhood, and Gretchen Alkema of The SCAN Foundation

June25 th

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.

January24 th
Dr. Bruce Chernof wrote a blog for Health Affairs that appeared on January 23, 2013.  Here’s an excerpt…

“Great struggles sometimes result in unexpected opportunities. In the waning moments of 2012, Congress remained in session to bridge partisan divides to solve the fiscal cliff impasse with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA).

Signing the ATRA into law also achieved policy change on items far beyond the tax code. For example, the new law repealed the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) provision in the Affordable Care Act.” Read on…