Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 24 | FALL 2017 |

From the Director

Thank you, Scott

For Pioneering Work in Behalf of Older Adults,
People with Disabilities, Service Providers

By Bronwyn Keefe

Sweet and bitter, bitter and sweet. This column is both, because we are announcing the upcoming retirement of our longtime director, colleague, and friend, Scott Miyake Geron (pictured at right), who is retiring from BU at the end of this semester. We'll miss Scott's pioneering vision, his creativity, and his companionship. At the same time, we are excited to hear about his future endeavors, many of which will continue to focus on the well-being of older adults and people with disabilities.

Scott is the founding director of CADER which began as the Institute for Geriatric Social Work (IGSW) in 2002. Scott brought his achievements in research and related practice, his knowledge of the aging field, and his belief that one of the most important ways to impact the lives of older adults and people with disabilities is through developing a skilled and well-prepared workforce.... Read more

Photo courtesy Scott Miyake Geron

Issues and Views

Conversation with a leader in managed care

What Skills Do Managed-Care Organizations Want
In the Long-Term Supports and Services Workforce?

By Mary Johnson

The way healthcare is delivered has changed dramatically over the past few years, spurred by the Affordable Care Act and its goals of better care, for more people, at lower cost. Increasingly, the emerging system centers around managed care. For long-term supports and services, managed-care organizations are becoming the main link between government and other funders; provider agencies; and individual "beneficiaries."

What skills and competencies do managed-care organizations want and expect from agencies and their workers who provide long-term supports and services? What kind of training is best? To find out, we asked a most qualified expert, Michelle Bentzien-Purrington (pictured at right). She is vice president of Managed Long Term Services and Supports and Duals Integration for Molina Healthcare, a national managed-care organization. Read what she says about standards, testing, why she'd train unpaid as well as paid care providers, and more.

Photo of Michelle Bentzien-Purrington courtesy Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Outside, in a National Park

Kids and Retired Volunteers
Are Beneficiaries and Stewards

By Mary Johnson

The New York Times once listed Edgar Rivas as one of the six most powerful aging-policy lobbyists in Washington. As part of a long career, he served on the staff of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and also held positions at state and area offices on aging and several national aging organizations, including AARP. But these days he often can be found in the woods outside of D.C.

Rivas is a member of the Canal Classroom Corps of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The Canal Classroom program relies on volunteer teachers–most, like Rivas, are retired–to work side-by-side with park rangers, providing natural history and other lessons to local students. "This work harkens back to my early years as a special-education teacher using the outdoors as a classroom for kids with cognitive disabilities," Rivas says.... Read more

Photo of Edgar Rivas leading hikers from the Latin American Youth Center
and YMCA, both of Montgomery County, Md., courtesy C&O Canal Trust

Notable News and Resources

More on what the ACA means for Americans

The ACA Has Cut Rate of Uninsured Women,
Narrowed Longtime Gaps in Care Access
For Blacks and Hispanics

The findings of ongoing research on effects of the Affordable Care Act since its implementation continue to emerge, even while the fate of the law–and the nation's healthcare system–remains unclear. Every day we learn more about what the ACA means for individuals and families. Two recent reports show how women and black and Hispanic Americans have fared under the law. Both reports are based on analysis of findings from The Commonwealth Fund's Biennial Health Insurance Survey. Read the specifics...

A timely, must-have guide

Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults

With Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey in mind, it's a good time to take a look at "Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults." This concise tip sheet from the American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation is the authoritative and practical resource that older adults, their caregivers, and service providers need in order to be ready for and respond to an emergency.

Older adults are among the most vulnerable to the effects of disasters like those we've just seen. That's not because of age, per se, but rather is due to health issues common in later life.... Read more and get the
tip sheet.

Update your skills with this newly revised course

Core Issues in Aging and Disability

This CADER course provides a comprehensive overview of how disability and age can affect function and quality of life along the continuum of adulthood. You will gain the skills and tools you need to help clients with disabilities and their families identify and obtain appropriate programs and services. You also will develop an understanding of the related legal and ethical issues and, not least, personal and professional values that come into play working with diverse clients who have a disability. Sign up now and receive a 10 percent discount (enter code ENEWS2017).

Courses and Certificate Programs

High-Quality Online Training Available for
The Aging and Disability Workforce

Expand your skill set and knowledge by earning CEUs or Certificates from Boston University's Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER). For over 10 years, CADER has worked with individuals and agencies across the country providing high-quality, cost-effective, self-paced online certificate programs and courses. For a list of available programs, and information, read more.

* individual courses * certificate programs * CEUs * programs for organizations *