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Scripps hosts national long-term care business center

Representatives from across the country met at Miami Nov. 8-10 to discuss coordinating programs that support healthy living and choices in long-term care for our nation’s aging population.

Miami’s Scripps Gerontology Center, with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), hosted the first of four national business centers assisting aging-service administrators to help older Americans live as healthfully and independently as possible for as long as possible in the place of overwhelming choice – their own homes and communities.

The business center – officially The National Center for Long-Term Care Business and Strategy in the Aging Network – featured workshops attended and led by officials from the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA), n4a and Scripps, as well as 30 representatives from area agencies on aging (AAAs) and Native American tribal organizations (Title VI programs) across the country. Lead speakers, seminars and workshops focused on how the 650 AAAs and 233 tribal groups can best design and implement aging services in line with the federal Choices for Independence program.

“The center should go a long way in formalizing our national approach to helping the area agencies and tribal organizations understand how best to implement Choices in their respective areas,” observed Bob Logan, deputy director of operations and membership services for n4a. “We’re very grateful to Scripps for their excellent work in putting the center together.”

Choices is a multimillion dollar AoA initiative and a vital component of the Older Americans Act reauthorization in 2006. It aims to help older adults remain in their own homes and communities by: expanding long-term care services; increasing disease prevention and health promotion measures; enhancing the national aging network’s capacity for implementing home- and community-based services; and streamlining the public’s access to such services.

The n4a contracted with Scripps in 2006 to head a $1.34 million, three-year project to facilitate Choices via the establishment of the business center in addition to conducting a national survey assessing the ability of AAAs and Title VI programs to implement the various components of Choices and creating an orientation/training manual for AAA board and advisory council members.

The center’s activities were conducted at Miami’s Marcum Conference Center. Scripps and Marcum will also host the second LTC business center, tentatively slated for May 2008. Two additional centers at proposed sites on the east and west coasts are in the planning stages.

Date Published: 11/15/2007
Volume: 27   Number: 10

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