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2020 Exchange Health Plan Choices Available for Preview Now through October 31, 2019 Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange), today announced 2020 health plans are available for preview starting today. Washington Healthplanfinder customers will have access to preview plans prior to the 2020 open enrollment and may signup to receive a reminder email when plans are available to purchase from November 1 through December 15. https://www.wahbexchange.org/2020-exchange-health-plan-choices-available-preview-now-october-31-2019/

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Opinion: How to Make Hearing Aids as Cool as Glasses

The Over The Counter Hearing aid Act The act reclassifies a whole category of hearing assistance devices so that people can buy them at a retail store, without have to go through an examination by an audiologist.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/opinion/hearing-aids.html

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For Passion or For Money, More Seniors Keep Working

More U.S. workers are working after turning 65, both out of financial necessity and to stay busy, a trend the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sees increasing over the next 10 years. The bureau projects the share of seniors working or actively looking for jobs to rise from 19.6%in 2018 to 23.3% in 2028, nearly double the rate of 1998, when it was less than 12% .https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2019/09/20/for-passion-or-for-money-more-seniors-keep-working

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Governor’s Office is Currently Recruiting for the Long-Term Care Trust Commission

The Governor’s office has opened the recruitment period for people interested in being considered for appointment to this Commission.  Go to:http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/DSHS-document_AUG-1-2019.pdf

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Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Here’s How to Prevent Them.

The rate of deaths after falls is rising for people over 75, a new study shows. But falls are avoidable for most seniors. We have some tips. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/health/falls-elderly-prevention-deaths.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/health/falls-elderly-prevention-deaths.html

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New Evidence of Age Bias in Hiring, and a Push to Fight It

The shadow of age bias in hiring, though, is long. Tens of thousands of workers say that even with the right qualifications for a job, they are repeatedly turned away because they are over 50, or even 40, and considered too old. The problem is getting more scrutiny after revelations that hundreds of employers shut out middle-aged and older Americans in their recruiting on Facebook, LinkedIn and other platforms. Those disclosures are supercharging

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Prices of the most common prescription drugs nearly doubled in less than a decade

The one issue most Americans can agree on is that the price of prescription drugs are out of control. Based on past trends, it appears that popular prescription drug prices doubled in less than a decade. https://qz.com/1634288/prices-for-common-prescription-drugs-shot-up-76-in-6-years/

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STOP Rx GREED: CUT DRUG PRICES NOW

It’s unfair that Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. We must crack down on price gouging and the greedy practices that keep prices artificially high. It’s time our leaders stick up for people 50+ and their families.   AARP has listed some commonsense solutions.    

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U.S. News & World Report: Why Washington is the Best State in America

Washington is the best state in the country, according to the third annual 2019 Best States rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The publication evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, including education, health care, infrastructure and the economy. The report emphasized Washington’s thriving technology sector as well as the state’s aggressive efforts to promote clean, affordable energy. “Washington state is an

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Attorney General Says 225 Charged in Elder Fraud Sweep

The nation’s top law enforcement official on Thursday announced the largest-ever crackdown on fraud against older Americans, highlighting a yearlong effort that led to criminal charges against 225 people here and abroad. Largest-ever sweep of elder fraud cases

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AARP Senate Finance Committee Nursing Home Statement March 2019

AARP has been deeply concerned over recent reports and evidence of dangerous conditions in nursing homes across the country.  This is their letter to the Senate Finance Committee.    

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For American Workers, 4 Key Retirement Issues to Watch in 2019

It’s going to be a busy year in Washington and state capitals for policymakers working to improve the retirement security of millions of Americans.

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Dementia Is Getting Some Very Public Faces

Stigma often prevents patients from acknowledging an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. A series of high-profile disclosures may help change that.    

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Affordable Housing Is Disappearing. These Mobile Home Residents Are Fighting to Protect Theirs

Mobile home park residents, most of whom own their trailers but rent the land beneath them, have always been among America’s most vulnerable low-income homeowners. But since the 2008 financial crisis, and as an aging generation of mom-and-pop park owners cashes out, a new breed of investors bent on raising rents to increase returns has bought up a growing share of the market. Link to article    

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2018 Fall Conference Recap

  The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Foundation held their 2018 Fall Conference on Thursday October 11, 2018 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.   We had 385 people including speakers attend the 2018 Fall Conference.  We had high overall evaluations of 4.7 with 5 being very satisfied.   The Sponsors\Exhibitors were: Adult Family Home Council of Washington, AARP Washington, Alzheimer’s Association, ARCORA Foundation, Association Senior

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2018 Fall Conference Online With TVW

TVW is airing  the 2018 Senior Lobby Foundation Fall Conference TVW may plug in segments of the conference in some of the generic "Washington State News and Public Affairs" slots.   Below are the online links to all of the sessions: 8:30 Opening session: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2018101030 Introductions with Walt Bowen & Bob Le Roy 2018-2019 Legislative Key Issues Rep Strom Peterson, Rep. Steve Tharinger, Sen. Karen Keiser, Cathleen

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Aging & Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) List of Acronyms

ALTSA has updated (October 2018) acronyms used by their agency.   Click "read more" for the list posted here

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Dementia Action Collaborative Fall Webinars

Established in 2016, the Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) is a group of public-private partners committed to preparing Washington state for the growth of the dementia population.   The Collaborative is offering 2 Fall Webinars  (click for more information)      

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8 Questions About Social Security Answered as Election Day Nears

Every two years, voters — whether they already count on the program, expect to or question paying into it — try to make sense of competing claims about it. It’s that time again - It’s no wonder that Social Security is politically contentious. The program’s reach is vast: More than 175 million workers contribute to it with every paycheck, and about 43 million retirees collect monthly benefits. For three in five older Americans, those checks

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How People With Type 2 Diabetes Can Lower Their Risk of Health Problems

A growing number of studies suggest that getting a handle on a few key risk factors can bring type 2 diabetes under control. Lowering blood sugar, for instance, reduces the risk of additional health problems, such as heart disease and stroke related to the disease. But most of these studies have focused on studying one risk factor — like blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure — at a time. In a new study published in the New England Journal

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