VOLUME 20 | SPECIAL ISSUE 2013 | IGSW at Boston University

From the Director

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New Name, Same Job for IGSW News

By Scott Miyake Geron

Fighting for Our HealthIn the last issue, I announced that IGSW has been renamed the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research, reflecting the evolution of our mission over the past several years to focus on disability as well as aging. IGSW News is changing too. The new name of the newsletter will be introduced in our next issue, but we will retain the current format and stick to the newsletter's original purpose: For professionals interested in increasing knowledge and improving skills for care of older adults (and now, people with disabilities), the publication will examine relevant policy issues, practice, and innovative post-professional education and training. The goal is to do so in a way that is timely, authoritative, and useful to our readers.

For a look at where we've been, the "Issues and Views" section below presents archived articles from a range of practice and policy topics IGSW News has addressed over the past couple of years. John Rother offers an inside take on the politics of healthcare costs; Jill Abrams admonishes fellow social workers to apply their "client skills" in work with colleagues; and Lee Ellenberg shares the secrets of a successful community-based intervention that screens elders for substance abuse.

What do you think? As we begin our next phase as the Center, we ask you to participate in a reader survey. Please let us know how IGSW News can do a better job of keeping you informed.

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Issues and Views from the Archives

It's the (healthcare) economy, stupid!

John Rother on the Number-One Policy Issue

By Mary Johnson

(Mar.-Apr. 2012) Bringing down the cost of healthcare should be the nation's economic priority as well as its prescription for better care for all Americans, says John Rother (at right), who has now committed his considerable professional energy and clout to the cause. Rother, for many years the public policy voice of AARP, left the organization in September 2011 to take the helm at the National Coalition on Health Care, which comprises 85 national organizations advocating for systemic healthcare reform. Rother recently talked to IGSW News about President Obama, public opinion, and why healthcare affordability is today's central policy issue.... Read more

Photo of John Rother courtesy National Coalition on Health Care

In my opinion: Julie Abramson

Social Workers, You Can Make Interdisciplinary Teams Work

By Julie S. Abramson

Julie Abramson(Sept.–Oct. 2011) Social workers are in a unique position to contribute to the effectiveness of interdisciplinary teams because of their professional education, contends Julie Abramson, a longtime professor of social work and researcher and consultant on teamwork. "But to draw on these skills successfully," she says, "social workers need to relinquish the false dichotomy between the skills they apply with clients and those they apply with colleagues." Here, she tells how. Read more

Photo courtesy Julie S. Abramson

Nationwide problem, local solution

Community-Based Program Screens Older Adults
for Binge Drinking, Other Substance-Use Problems

By Mary Johnson

(May–June 2012) Binge drinking is a dangerous and costly public health problem, with people age 65 and older the most frequent binge drinkers, according to a new CDC report, Binge Drinking: Nationwide Problem, Local Solutions. However, a program at Boston Medical Center shows how a local institution, with strong support from the state, can indeed provide a simple, low-cost solution that is effective in reducing this and other substance-use problems in a range of community settings. Lee Ellenberg (at right), clinical director of the program, tells how and why it works—especially for older adults. Read more

Photo courtesy Lee Ellenberg

News to Note

Post-Election Kaiser Tracking Poll

What Role for Healthcare Issues in Voters' Choice?

While the future of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act provoked intense debate during the campaign leading up to last month's election, healthcare issues did not turn out to be a leading factor in the presidential choices of voters, according to results of the Kaiser Family Foundation's post-election November 2012 Health Tracking Poll. Voters were asked to name the two issues that most affected their vote for either President Obama or Governor Romney.... Read more

Grants to Aging and Disability Resource Centers

DHHS Awards $12.5 Million for 'Options Counselors'

Older adults and people with disabilities across the country are currently finding appropriate long-term services and supports through local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ARDCs) with more than $12.5 million in new grants recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grants, funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act, are to support ARDC "options counselors".... Read more

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