— Over the past six years, Vermont has dramatically improved services that help people continue to live at home as they age. A 2017 scorecard measuring state performance in providing such services ranked Vermont third overall—up from 20th in 2011. The Green Mountain State has shown more improvement than any other state in making services affordable and accessible for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers. Recognizing this achievement, the SCAN Foundation awarded the inaugural Pacesetter Prize for Affordability and …

— Americans overwhelmingly want to age at home. But that can be difficult for those who need help with tasks such as bathing and preparing meals. A state scorecard issued by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation shows Arkansas has a long way to go, ranking 41st nationally in meeting the needs of older residents and those with disabilities. The state does better in support for family caregivers (ranking 26th), but AARP advocates say more needs to be done. Arkansas …

— 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 …

— Texas ranks 35th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Texas include the percent of high-risk nursing home residents with pressure sores, as well as the percent of nursing home residents who are inappropriately receiving an antipsychotic medication. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support …

— RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina ranks 38th overall when it comes to services available for our aging population, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Even worse, NC’s support for family caregivers, especially those in families with long-term diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, ranks just eight slots from the bottom. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term …

— Des Moines – Iowa ranks 13th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but AARP warns more must be done to improve choice of long-term care setting and provider and effective transitions.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older …

— For Immediate Release June 19, 2014 Contacts:  Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Ingrid McDonald / 206-330-6531 New Scorecard Gives Washington High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents Advocates caution that more work is needed to support families who need long term care Seattle – A new report shows that Washington State’s long term care system ranks 2nd in the nation, but AARP and other aging advocates caution that budget pressures threaten to turn the clock backwards on Washington’s high quality and …