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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sounds a warning on growing deficit
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned that Americans may have to accept higher taxes or changes in cherished entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security if the nation is to avoid staggering budget deficits that threaten to choke off economic growth. More

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Health secretary warns of insurance scams
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The secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius, wrote to state officials to urge that they take action against "scam artists" reportedly marketing fake insurance policies to exploit the new law overhauling the health care system. More

Long-term care program debuts in new health law
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It got precious little debate in either the House or Senate, and President Obama didn't even mention it when he signed the huge health bill into law. But buried within the new health care overhaul is the first-ever federal insurance program to help Americans meet the often crushing costs of long-term care. More

Social Security sees significant growth in benefit applications
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In another sign of tough economic times, older Americans are fleeing the job market and applying for Social Security retirement benefits sooner than they had intended, and record numbers of people with physical problems are applying for federal disability insurance to try to make ends meet. More

U.S. private Medicare plans see flat payment change
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U.S. health regulators called for flat government payments next year to private insurers offering Medicare health coverage to the elderly, in line with recently passed health care legislation. More

Research & Trends

n4a supports new project promoting Broadband adoption for older adults
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The Project to Get Older Adults onLine (GOAL) hosted a press conference at the National Press Club to announce the launch of the new organization, which will provide a platform to promote the adoption of broadband services by the older adult community. More

30 fast-growing careers for older workers
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Many seniors are going to need to continue to work to finance their retirement years. A new report predicts which industries will be the most likely to create new jobs and hire older workers. Most of the job growth will be in what Northeastern University researchers Barry Bluestone and Mark Melnik are calling the "social sector," which includes health care, education, government, and social assistance jobs. More

Your toughest retirement puzzle: Long-term care
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Ask someone why he or she bought a long-term-care insurance policy and you will probably hear a story about family. Often a sad or scary story. More

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Deadline extended for n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards
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The n4a prestigious Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards annually recognize the best practices of Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs that are innovative, exemplify sound management and are replicable by the Aging Services Network. The deadline for n4a members to submit a nomination is extended to Thursday, April 15. Awards will be presented at the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow, July 17-21, in St. Louis. More

Special Needs Trust Resource Center
Special Needs Trusts safeguard personal assets that public benefits do not cover - all without jeopardizing the eligibility for government benefits and public assistance programs.

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Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging National Recognition Program
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The EPA Aging Initiative has released a call for applications for the 2010 Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging awards, which recognize excellence in communities that embrace smart growth and active aging principles that lead both to healthier environments and communities. Applicants must be public-sector entities that coordinate with their local Area Agency on Aging. Applications are due July 17. More

Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award
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This award recognizes leadership in implementing innovative partnerships between community agencies and caregiving researchers that bridge the gap between science and practice. These partnerships help move effective caregiver support programs to widespread use in the community more quickly and efficiently. Submit nominations for a team. More


Next Step in Care Web site provides caregiver guides in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian
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Next Step in Care provides information and advice to help family caregivers and health care providers plan safe and smooth transitions for patients. More

Second round of Census forms mailed to 40 million households
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To reduce the estimated $2.7 billion cost of following up with households that fail to mail back their 2010 Census questionnaires, the U.S. Census Bureau has begun mailing second forms to approximately 40 million housing units in areas that had below-average response rates in the 2000 Census. More

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