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June 14,2016

New Materials Available on Older Americans Act Reauthorization

Information regarding the recent reauthorization of the Older Americans Act is now available on the ACL website. Click here to find the official compilation, frequently asked questions, summary of changes, and more.
Highlights of changes related to the long-term care ombudsman program, elder abuse, and the funding formula for Titles III B, C & D and the compilation, FAQs, summary, and guidance regarding serving holocaust survivors (Section 10) are available on the Consumer Voice website.
For more information on OAA Reauthorization, click here.

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Tomorrow is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; New Elder Abuse Issue Page

Tomorrow is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).   It’s an opportunity to share information and spread awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life.  Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported. 

WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2006 in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. For more information, visit the Administration for Community Living's WEAAD website.

Consumer Voice has put together a new elder abuse issue page.  This page provides fact sheets, brochures, and webinars on several aspects of elder abuse, along with additional resources from other organizations.  Plus, the page highlights residents' thoughts on elder abuse and the importance of raising awareness about the issue. 

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Use Your End of Year Resources to Equip and Empower Your Staff, Volunteers and Consumers

Fiscal year ending at the end of June? Take advantage of discounted conference registrations and get Residents' Rights Months products available in the Consumer Voice store.

The time is now to get the best possible discount on the Consumer Voice Annual Conference!  

Attended by ombudsmen and consumer advocates, residents, family members, attorneys, policy experts, and more - don't miss this important event!

  • Plenary and workshop sessions address the latest issues affecting long-term care consumers
  • Hear from key federal and state experts about important policy initiatives and best practices
  • Network with your peers from around the country

Register at the early rate and get $50 off the regular registration rate.  Plus, register as a group and receive an additional discount!  For more information about the conference group rates, click here.
Register for the conference now!

Visit the Consumer Voice Online Store for a range of great products and resources including our Residents' Rights Month materials. The My Vote Matters Activity Toolkit provides all you need to engage residents with the 2016 Resident's Rights Month theme My Vote Matters.  Use this activity to emphasize resident's right to vote and right to have a voice, no matter where they live or what type of care they receive.

Plus, large posters, small posters and stickers are sold separately. 
Check out even more great products and resources at the Consumer Voice Store.

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Study Finds 1 in 5 Nursing Home Residents Experiences Some Form of Resident-to-Resident Mistreatment

A new report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that at least one in five nursing home residents has experienced some form of mistreatment from other residents.  Researchers studied ten nursing homes in New York over a one-month period to determine the prevalence of resident-to-resident mistreatment.  Incidents of mistreatment were reported via resident and staff interviews, observation, chart reviews and reports of the incidents. Researchers found that at least 20 percent of nursing home residents experienced some form of resident-to-resident mistreatment and that verbal aggression was the most common type of mistreatment.  Click here for more information.

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Spotlight on Educational Resources

The Consumer Voice and the National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) have a multitude of resources available online covering a wide range of long-term care topics.  Visit the Consumer Voice website and the NORC website to explore all the available resources.  Take a look at this week's highlighted resource:

Abuse and Neglect Fact Sheet - This newly re-designed information sheet from Consumer Voice presents resident's rights with regard to neglect and abuse, and steps to take if these rights are jeopardized.  Information covered includes examples of abuse and neglect and how to spot it and ways of reporting abuse and neglect.

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In this Issue

New Materials Available on Older Americans Act Reuathorization

Tomorrow is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; New Elder Abuse Issue Page

Use Your End of Year Resources to Equip and Empower Your Staff, Volunteers and Consumers

Study Finds 1 in 5 Nursing Home Residents Experience Some Form of Resident-to-Resident Mistreatment

Spotlight on Educational Resources

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Residents' Rights Month 2016

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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Wednesday, June 15: Financial Frauds and Scams Against Elders: Government Responses and Resources, 2:00pm ET, Webinar from National Consumer Law Center and the Administration on Community Living National Legal Resource Center

Wednesday, June 22: Medicaid Managed Care Rule: Implications for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports, 2:00pm ET, Webinar from the Disability and Aging Collaborative

Thursday, June 30: After the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease: Preparing the Patient and Caregivers, 12:00pm ET, Provider webinar series from CMS Resources for Integrated Care

Sunday, July 31: Last day to register for Consumer Voice Annual Conference at early discounted rate

October: My Vote Matters, Residents' Rights Month 2016

November 2-5, 2016: Consumer Voice 40th Annual Conference, Arlington, VA

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Thursday, June 9
National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in NHs show nursing home residents receiving antipsychotics decreased 28%

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