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Senior Lobby Updates

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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LEWIS MASON THURSTON AREA AGENCY ON AGING COMMUNITY FORUMS

Executive Director Nicole Kiddoo will host five community forums for the public to provide input on its four year Area Plan. For information on the forums go to: http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/Area-Plan-Forum-News-Release.pdf

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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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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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Senior ranks rise 
at local food banks

Last year, 210,925 seniors sought help from food banks statewide; that was a nearly 7 percent increase over 2016 and accounted for more than 18 percent of the nearly 1.2 million food-bank recipients statewide, according to the state Department of Agricultural’s year-end report. The increases are even larger in Yakima County, where recent data shows the number of seniors seeking food assistance steadily climbing.   http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/senior-ranks-rise-at-local-food-banks/article_519e5604-a1d9-11e8-bef8-57ff5ee431b6.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

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Washington State Launches Online Tool To Compare Prices for Medical Procedures

Washington joins five other states in providing consumer-friendly data about health care cost, quality in their communities. If you or a loved one needed knee replacement surgery, would you want to know which surgeon in your community has the highest rating for quality of care? Would you like to know how much a knee replacement costs, on average, at all of the medical offices close to your home? Go to:   https://medium.com/wagovernor/washington-launches-new-online-tool-that-lets-patients-easily-compare-prices-for-medical-procedures-a54e78b74be9

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America’s elderly losing $37B a year to fraud schemes

  Elder financial abuse is a type of elder abuse in which misappropriation of financial resources or abusive use of financial control, in the context of a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, causes harm to an older person. See below:             https://www.vbjusa.com/focus-sections/accounting-and-finance/americas-elderly-losing-37b-a-year-to-fraud-schemes/    

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2018 DSHS Town Hall Meetings With Sec Cheryl Strange

Secretary Cheryl Strange is hosting Town Hall Meetings for our service providers. Vendors, partners and stakeholders are being invited statewide. She wants to know what DSHS is doing well, what the agency can do better, and what is important to our partners as we work together to transform lives.   Go to the link below for dates, times and locations: http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/18-0532-town-hall-flyer-orange-top-youre-invited.pdf

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Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.

It’s not just you. Those pesky robocalls — at best annoying disturbances and at worst costly financial scams — are getting worse. In an age when cellphones have become extensions of our bodies, robocallers now follow people wherever they go, disrupting business meetings, church services and bedtime stories with their children.     https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/your-money/robocalls-rise-illegal.html

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