Press-Republican

April 17, 2013

Senior Briefs: April 17, 2013

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Press-Republican

---- — Forums to focus on caregiving, elder access to justice

PAUL SMITHS — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks will host two educational forums on caregiving for elders in rural communities and elder access to justice from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Paul Smith’s College.

In the morning, two state and national experts will help participants expand their knowledge and develop practical strategies to promote improved access to justice in the legal system and the courts for older adults. The forum is being held to encourage and help New Yorkers plan for and navigate the elder years.

During “Aging, Longevity and the Law,” Dr. Vera Prosper, a senior policy analyst with the New York State Office for the Aging, will introduce the state’s new Legal Services Initiative. As well, Robert Abrams, a nationally recognized expert in health and elder law, will share what all Americans must do to prepare for the elder years.

During “Elder Caregiving in Rural Communities,” Dr. Linda Lindsey Davis will discuss community-based chronic-illness challenges and describe practical strategies for caregivers and care partners of chronically ill elders in rural communities. She is a nationally recognized expert, and her R.U.R.A.L. model for community-based elder-care programs has been used by the U.S. Administration on Aging to guide the development of elder-care programs in rural communities.

To register for the forums, contact Sheila Schneck at 523-5580 or sschneck@adkmercy.org. The registration fee is $15. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration-fee scholarships are available for seniors experiencing financial hardship.

Rural elderly could lose rental assistance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says 15,000 low-income elderly and disabled people in rural areas could lose rental subsidies because of across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect earlier this year.

USDA’s rural rental assistance program helps low-income tenants live in government-funded housing. Vilsack said the money for that program could run out in August or September and the lack of rental assistance could not only have an impact on the tenants but also the owners of the apartment complexes.

He said USDA doesn’t “have a good answer to what happens other than we’re going to run out of money and that’s a consequence.”

Vilsack spoke about the subsidized housing at a hearing before the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday.