VOLUME 18 | MAY–JUNE 2011 | IGSW at Boston University

From the Director


Building an integrated workforce

New IGSW Course Links Aging and Disability Services


By Scott Miyake Geron

ScottAddressing the critical shortage of skilled long-term-care workers needed for older adults and people with disabilities requires much more coordination and collaboration among the various disciplines and workforce groups engaged in care.

At IGSW, we know from our work with states and agencies across the country that narrow professional boundaries continue to stand in the way of service integration and innovation. Long-standing service silos of aging, disability, mental health—and the entrenched service philosophies associated with each—too often impede efforts to develop a shared response to common problems. Our new online course, Core Issues in Aging and Disability, directly confronts these issues.... Read more


New Course!

Core Issues in Aging and Disability


The strongest new movement in support and care is integration of long-term services for older adults with those for people with disabilities. As service providers increasingly work with individuals from both populations, IGSW's new, comprehensive course will bring you up-to-date. Understand how disability and age can affect function and quality of life along the continuum of adulthood. Learn about integrated approaches to "long-term living," and the practical implications for consumer choice, ethics for service providers, and existing programs. The course guides you to new resources and clarifies federal laws and regulations that affect disability and aging. Useful links and video clips are included. This clip about "seeing the person first" highlights issues of consumer choice and self-determination. Enhance your current strengths and gain new skills with this new course.



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Issues and Views


In my opinion: Susan Kryczka

Continuing Education Online Is
Becoming the Norm, for Good Reason


By Susan Kryczka


SusanAn ever-growing community of professionals need access to real-world, practical, on-the-job training at a time and place convenient for them. And, increasingly, they are finding it online. They are using online courses and programs to learn new skills or to enhance and update what they already know, to fulfill requirements for continuing education units (CEUs), or to meet criteria for licensure renewal....

Susan Kryczka, former head of distance education at Boston University and current chief operating officer of Educators Serving Educators, a nonprofit division of Excelsior College that helps institutions of higher education develop online programs, discusses the advantages of online instruction to meet professional requirements and says that acceptance among employers is growing. Read more



A more vulnerable target than Medicare?

Medicaid Budget Proposal Threatens
Safety Net for Elders, People with Disabilities


Though Medicare is most often seen as the elders' healthcare program at political risk, it is Medicaid, the major provider of long-term in-home services and nursing home care for older adults and people with disabilities, that may be the more vulnerable target. The recent proposal by the House Committee on the Budget to change Medicaid into a program financed through block grants to the states has been identified as a serious threat, while awareness Bobamong the general public is low.

"Trying to balance the federal budget by shifting risk to the states is like a game of musical chairs, with too few chairs and everyone trying to ensure that when the music stops, they are not the one left standing," says Robert Applebaum, a long-term-care expert.... Read more




News to Note


Assisted living, nursing home, homecare

National Survey Compares Long-Term-Care Costs


Costs of assisted living and nursing home care continue an upward trend, while homecare costs remain flat, according to the results of a recent national study. The 2011 Cost of Care Survey is the latest in a comprehensive series of annual surveys by Genworth Financial, a global financial services company based in Virginia. This year's findings showed the median annual cost of long-term care in an assisted living facility to be $39,135, an increase of 2.4 percent from 2010, while the comparable cost for a private nursing home room is $77,745, a rise of 3.4 percent. At $18 per hour for homemaker services and $19 an hour for home health aide services, the median hourly cost to receive care in the home was unchanged over the past 12 months.

"The findings of this survey underscore the need to rebalance long-term care toward the community," said Scott Miyake Geron, IGSW's director.... Read more



From July's preliminary recommendations

New Diagnostic Guidelines for
Alzheimer's Approved


The preliminary recommendations for new guidelines for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease that were proposed last July at the Alzheimer's Association's international conference have now been approved, the Association and the National Institute on Aging recently announced. Published online on April 19, 2011, the new guidelines can be found in the May 2011 issue of Alzheimer's & Dementia, along with related articles.

The guidelines have not been uncontroversial. When the preliminary recommendations were proposed, some leading researchers and clinicians worried that approval would be premature, with too many key questions still unanswered.... Read more