— By Dana E. Neuts Last year, Lucia Bodenheimer’s husband was diagnosed with the early stages of dementia. A friend referred her to Elder Services, part of the statewide Family Caregiver Support Program. Bodenheimer, 78, of Spokane, now attends twice-monthly meetings to discuss concerns and get support from fellow caregivers. “I found myself in a situation I knew nothing about,” she said. “I felt like I was drowning and I needed a life jacket. This supplied that life jacket with a …

— More should be done to improve long-term services and supports, especially care quality and support for families caring for those with disabilities or frail loved ones St. Petersburg, Fla. – Florida ranks 43rd in the U.S. in helping older Floridians and their families to live independently at home and in their communities, according to a new AARP scorecard issued today. AARP Florida’s state director said state leaders should accelerate the pace of change and focus especially on programs paid for …

— Massachusetts scores in the bottom half, at number 30, of all states when it comes to the overall affordability and quality of long-term services and supports (LTSS). As described in a new report by AARP Public Policy Institute, The Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation, these services include: home care adult day health services residential services such as assisted living and nursing homes respite care as well as other support for family caregivers Ahead of the curve? “This scorecard screams: …