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The LTSS newsletter shares news, funding and webinar announcements, and online resources at the LTSS TA Center. Designed for health planners, health department or program employees, care providers, tribal leaders, community advocates, and anyone else interested in LTSS, the newsletter is published monthly and emailed to those who have signed up to receive it.

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Read past newsletters dating back to November 2014, when the first edition was published.

July 2019

  • Helping elders avoid falls
  • Building strength and balance
  • 2019 National Senior Games
  • When forgetting is more that just getting older
  • Funding opportunities to enhance services for the elderly and people with disabilities, and TOR grants
  • Webinar: Uniting Tribal Nursing Homes in Excellent Long-Term Elder Care
LTSS Newsletter - July 2019

June 2019

  • End-of-life care in tribal communities
  • Summer heat and mail-order medicine
  • Upcoming Event: National Title VI TTA Conference
  • June is National Aphasia Awareness Month
  • Disaster preparedness for people living with dementia
  • Funding Opportunity: Tribal LTSS Resource Center
  • Webinar: Reclaiming Indigenous Food Relationships—Improving Health with Culture

May 2019

  • Caring for elders affected by trauma
  • Trauma-informed care for tribal elders
  • Medicare covers wellness visits, not routine physicals
  • Oral health care tips for caregivers
  • Planning activities for people with dementia
  • Webinar: Changing Tribal Demographics in Post-Acute Care

April 2019

  • Monitoring elders' nutrition needs
  • New data on AI/AN disability rates
  • Older Americans Month
  • Emergency planning for vulnerable adults
  • The importance of Medicare for older AI/ANs
  • Webinar: From Tundra to Table: The Seal Oil Project

March 2019

  • HCBS and the cost of LTSS
  • New Medicare cards have arrived
  • Vaccination: Our best shot at healthy aging
  • Weighing the benefits of congregate meal programs
  • Interrupted sleep worsens pain
  • Webinar: Lifeline Internet and Telephone Discount Program Overview

February 2019

  • Prevent diabetes for heart and brain health
  • TA Center resources: Diabetes and Native health
  • Patient-centered care through storytelling
  • Emergency preparedness for people with disabilities
  • Funding opportunity: Substance use disorder treatment
  • Find out what's covered through Medicare app
  • Public comment open for pain management best practices
  • Webinar: Find Local Providers and Resources with the Eldercare Locator

January 2019

  • Traditional foods recipes for elders and caregivers
  • TA Center resources: Traditional foods resources
  • Funding opportunities: Supporting and protecting elders and people with disabilities
  • Keep an eye out for glaucoma
  • Age+Action Conference: Registration open
  • Brain health and healthy aging webinar series
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases community outreach website
  • Webinar: Relationship building in Indian Country—Outreach and Outcomes

December 2018

  • Washington State University partners with tribes on Alzheimer’s initiatives
  • TA Center resources: Alzheimer’s and Native health
  • Funding opportunity: Addressing Alzheimer’s disease-related disparities
  • Holidays in assisted living and home-based care
  • New year's resolution: Smoking cessation for 60+
  • Save the date: American Indian Disability Summit
  • Blackfeet Tribe to build new long-term care facility
  • The high value of informal caregiving

November 2018

  • Supporting Native Veterans
  • Support for family caregivers
  • Age+Action Conference: Call for proposals
  • Helping elders adjust to seasonal changes
  • Planning care for people with dementia
  • Redesigned Eldercare Locator website
  • Funding opportunity: Reduce gaps for AI/AN health data
  • Webinar: Cherokee Elder Care’s PACE Program

October 2018

  • Emergency preparedness for home care
  • Prime time for flu vaccination
  • Supporting staff and residents through their grief
  • Connected Care Toolkit offers chronic care management resources
  • Annual health summit helps tribes address disparities
  • Webinar: Tribal/State Elder Justice Collaborations That Work

September 2018

  • Data show increased use of home- and community-based care
  • Disabilities and health care access
  • Excessive earwax can cause health problems for elders
  • Native American Nutrition Conference
  • Get ahead of sepsis
  • LTSS and Medicaid Toolkit
  • Webinar: New Medicare Card Updates and Social Security Disability Benefits Overview

August 2018

  • Financial sustainability for tribal nursing homes
  • Alaska hunters supply traditional foods for elders
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recognized for health achievements
  • Funding opportunity: Disaster assistance
  • Respite care for elders with dementia
  • New data on nursing home staffing
  • Transportation survey: Older adults and people with disabilities

July 2018

  • Addressing caregiver burnout
  • Funding opportunity: Enhancing access to home modifications
  • Telehealth needs for rural tribal caregiving
  • Culture and Health – Diabetes in Indian Country
  • Disability Network Business Strategies: CBO Toolkit
  • Webinar: Tribal Nursing Homes – Financial Sustainability

June 2018

  • New data on mistreatment of elders and people with disabilities
  • Funding opportunity: Native American Elder Justice Initiative
  • Opioid use among people with disabilities

May 2018

  • World elder abuse awareness day is June 15
  • New Medicare cards are on the way
  • Funding opportunity: mainstream voucher program

April 2018

  • Culturally sensitive care in tribal nursing homes
  • Funding opportunities to enhance services for people with disabilities
  • CMS publishes new tribal nursing home directory

March 2018

  • End-of-life planning for people with dementia
  • RAISE family caregivers act will help families of people with disabilities
  • Funding opportunity: Paralysis Resource Centers

February 2018

  • Protecting nursing home residents during emergencies
  • Training: Positive outcomes for Alaska Native elders
  • Elders and the flu

January 2018

  • Sundowning: Tips for caregivers
  • Connecting elders to health care coverage
  • Choosing a care setting for elders

December 2017

  • Protect your patients and residents with the flu vaccine
  • Funding opportunity: Research to Improve Native American Health
  • LTSS video: caregiver support

November 2017

  • New Navajo health care system will enhance LTSS
  • Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home offers culturally sensitive care for elders
  • LTSS video: Dementia and Alzheimer’s care for tribal elders

October 2017

  • Traditional Foods
  • National Title VI Program Survey Results
  • Apply for NACCHO's Disability Technical Assistance Program

September 2017

  • Emergency preparedness for tribal LTSS programs
  • Upcoming Conference on Dementia in Native Americans
  • Protecting Elders Against Financial Harm

August 2017

  • Quickly Find LTSS Research to Support Your Program
  • New Videos Highlight Ways to Support Long-Term Care in Your Community
  • Recent Research Shows High Diabetes Rates Among AI/ANs and Elders

July 2017

  • Emerging Issues: Alzheimer's Disease in Indian Country
  • Hospice Care in Indian Country
  • Funding Opportunity: Reducing Harm Among the Elderly

June 2017

  • Effective Communication for Patients with Dementia
  • Webinar: Tribal Nursing Home Stories
  • Previous webinar: Tribal Data Collection and your Community's LTSS Story

May 2017

  • Providing Spiritual Support
  • Standards of Care for Diabetes
  • Webinar: Diagnosing and Treating Parkinson's Disease

April 2017

  • New Chronic Care Management Resources
  • Dementia—Beyond Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Comments Wanted: Draft Principles for a Person-Centered Approach to Serious or Advanced Illness

March 2017

  • Traditional foods offer elders taste of home
  • Taxing strategies – deductions for medical expenses
  • Ideas for caregivers: Helping someone with Alzheimer’s get the most from a doctor visit

February 2017

  • Tribal Strategies to Care for Veterans
  • Promising Practices: VA Programs in Indian Country
  • Veterans May Endure Higher Pain Severity Than Nonveterans

January 2017

  • New Year’s Resolution: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
  • Memory Care Forum
  • New and Updated LTSS Reports

December 2016 Update

  • Researchers Recommend Medication Review After a Fracture
  • Oglala Sioux Nursing Home Provides Care Close to Home
  • Study: Hearing Loss Nearly Universal Among Elders Age 80 or Above

December 2016

  • Focus on Family Caregivers
  • Tribal nursing home providers UNITE!
  • Alaska facility builds tundra garden for residents

October 2016

  • Flu vaccinations for caregivers
  • CMS announces new nursing home rules
  • ACL funds an advocacy center for people with disabilities

September 2016

  • CMS Seeks to Simplify, Modernize PACE
  • FEMA’s Guide for People with Disabilities
  • Talking to People with Alzheimer’s

August 2016

  • Could More Community Health Aides Expand Tribal LTSS?
  • Immunizations for Elders and People with Disabilities
  • Why People Are Ashamed to Claim

July 2016

  • How much do you know about Medicaid and long-term care?
  • Helping elders cope with the heat
  • Technology for caregivers

June 2016

  • Two Tactics to Try in Alzheimer’s Care and Prevention
  • Kenaitze Indian Tribe Opens New Tyotkas Elder Center
  • Putting the Control Back in Remote Controls

May 2016

  • LTSS Technical Assistance Center Q&A
  • Funding Opportunity: Elder Justice Innovation Grants
  • Tribal Nursing Homes: Traditional Foods, Traditional Lives

April 2016

  • ‘Invisible Work’ Takes Toll on Unpaid Caregivers
  • April Is Occupational Therapy Month
  • New Solutions Needed for Diabetes Management Among Elders

March 2016

  • Improving LTSS for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Study Finds Higher Dementia Rates for Natives
  • Pine Ridge Elders Educate Peers on Advanced Care Planning

February 2016

  • Video: A Gathering of Tribal Leaders
  • Speaking the Same Language about Elder Abuse
  • New CMS Guide Helps Hospitals Tackle Readmissions

January 2016

  • Winterize to Prevent Falls
  • Perspectives on Dementia
  • Nursing Textbook Focuses on American Indians

December 2015

  • Elder Abuse in Indian Country
  • International Day of People with Disabilities
  • Flu Prevention

November 2015

  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • Native One-Stop Portal

October 2015

  • New Nursing Home on the Pine Ridge Reservation
  • ACL Launches "What Is Brain Health?"
  • Flu Vaccines among Younger and Middle-Aged Adults May Help Protect the Elderly

September 2015

  • World Alzheimer's Month
  • National Native American Conference on Alzheimer's Disease
  • New Survey Finds Gaps and Inconsistencies in State Dementia Training Standards
  • New Court of Appeals Ruling on Minimum Wage and Overtime for Direct Care Workers
  • Promote Depression Screenings on October 9

August 2015

  • First National Native American Conference on Alzheimer's Disease
  • ACL Requesting Feedback on Adult Protective Services
  • NCOA Releases Action Plan for Preventing Falls
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 50
  • Native American Disability and Health Resources

July 2015

  • Heat Sickness and Medication Side Effects
  • Secrets to Successful Aging from Alaska Native Elders
  • Proposed Rule for Medicaid Managed Care

June 2015

  • Starting the Conversation About Elder Abuse
  • Safety Resources for Tribal Members with Disabilities
  • New LTSS Video Series: What Works for Us
  • New Program Profiles and Reports on Elder Abuse Prevention

May 2015

  • 2015 White House Conference on Aging
  • National Lessons Learned from the Money Follows the Person Initiative
  • Traditional Foods Back on the Table for Alaska Native Elders

April 2015

  • Menominee's Long-Term Care Model Is Semifinalist for Honoring Nations Award
  • New CMS Tribal Affairs LinkedIn Group

March 2015

  • New Housing Resources Available to Tribes
  • Updated Standards for Home- and Community-Based Care

February 2015

  • Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness
  • Study Finds Exercise Good for Depression in Elders
  • Influenza Management in Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Medicare Matters: A New Toolkit for Engaging AI/AN Elders

January 2015

  • Nursing Home Successes: Cutting Antipsychotic Drug Use by 97%
  • Report on Health Care Barriers for Elders

December 2014

  • Checking in on Loved Ones During the Holidays
  • Protecting the Circle of Life
  • Recommended Reading: Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report
  • The Rural Assistance Center: A Resource for Funding Opportunities

November 2014

  • Alzheimer's Disease Awareness
  • Honoring Caregivers