May 2011

Remembering Fallen Heroes

Monday, May 30, 2011

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This Memorial Day,  Jennings Center for  Older  Adults  remembers those who have fallen while  serving our  country. We are thankful for their service and pray for their families, especially those who have recently lost their loved ones. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Memorial  Day  traditions  date back  to 1868.  Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

 

(Article source: United  States Department of Veterans Affairs at  www.va.gov)

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Allison Q. Salopeck, Chief Operating Officer at Jennings Center for Older Adults, joined peers from around the state on May 18 at the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Conference to share the not-for-profit difference in senior services with state legislators and administration officials.

Nearly 100 not-for-profit senior service providers from around the state converged on the statehouse to offer LeadingAge Ohio’s proposals within the state’s Medicaid program. Supportive of the Governor’s stated commitment to overhaul the Medicaid reimbursement system for senior services and his proposed quality incentives for skilled nursing care, LeadingAge Ohio’s proposal would work within the administration’s framework and legislative leaders in the state budget bill. LeadingAge Ohio has presented a variety of potential changes to better reward those service providers, particularly skilled nursing facilities meeting quantifiable quality standards.

“As a not-for-profit senior service provider, we are committed to providing quality services to our residents and the community-at-large. We understand the desire for choices in the most appropriate setting,” said Salopeck. “We are supportive of the efforts by our state leaders to incorporate greater quality measures into senor services and are happy to work through our association to enact meaningful reform in the Medicaid reimbursement program.”

LeadingAge Ohio representatives have testified before both the House and Senate Finance Committees and have shared their proposals with legislative and administration leadership. For more information on LeadingAge Ohio and its positions on the Medicaid and senior service funding visit www.leadingageohio.org and click on the “Advocacy” button.

Jennings Center for Older Adults is a vibrant continuum of care campus for older adults. Deeply rooted in the Catholic faith, the campus offers residential and community-based services to meet the changing needs of older adults. Our convenient location at I-480 and I-77 is easily accessible. Jennings offers a full continuum of care, including independent senior apartments, assisted living, Alzheimer’s support,  long-term care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, respite/short stay suites, adult day services, and an on-site wellness center. These services are augmented by an array of activities, including daily intergenerational programs and Catholic services.

Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio (formerly AOPHA) is a nonprofit association that represents approximately 400 not-for-profit long-term care organizations and those providing ancillary health care and housing services. As of February 1, AOPHA became LeadingAge Ohio, reflecting the role of the association and its members in being at the forefront of innovation in providing quality housing and health care services for Ohio’s older and disabled population. Members are sponsored by religious, fraternal, labor, private and government organizations committed to providing quality services for residents and older persons in the community-at-large.

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Older Americans Month: Connecting the Community

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Every May since 1963, people in towns and cities across the country have come together to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans—borne of wisdom, experience, and the will to realize their dreams and speak their minds. Older Americans Month is our chance to show our appreciation and support [more…]

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