Last week, this blog reported the Older Americans Act had lapsed. Earlier this week, The National Law Review reported that the Senate passed the Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2015. Welcome back, Act! This week marks the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of the original Older Americans Act, and this new reauthorization will support many of the initiatives discussed over the course of last week, including providing nutritional services for nearly 12 million seniors, and specific support for home-delivered meals.
As much as this blog has been harping on about being careful while engaging in activities, increases in split-and-fall accidents, etc…, etc…, the truth of the matter is, you folks all seem to be much healthier than you used to be. Over the past 15 years, deaths, hospital stays, and healthcare costs have all decreasedfor America’s elderly. In fact, the rates have fallen so much that there have been literally millions of fewer people hospitalized than there would have been had the rates from 1999 held out. Here’s to your health!
As we’re sitting here, a little over a third of the way through summer, if you’re in the eldest generation of a family, you might be feeling a little … stuck. Sure, it’s great that the grandkids are over every weekend, and the weather is nice, so you’re spending lots of time outside — really, who doesn’t love summer? But when the family is making plans to run away to Disney Land, you might be thinking that that’s not exactly your idea of a great summer vacation. But still, you don’t want to stay home the entire time. Maybe now’s the time to escape the younger generations for a while, and take one of these 7 relaxing getaways.