The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022

The longstanding direct support workforce crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to closures of critically needed services and a denial of access to community-based supports.
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Capitol Correspondence - 09.15.20

Free Resources on Decision-Making and Long-Term Planning for People with Disabilities

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As people with disabilities increasingly choose to live in the community and also live longer lives, we encourage our members to share these resources with their networks to assist with individuals’ life planning.

Resources on decision-making plans:

As announced by The Arc of the United States: “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) make many decisions.

These decisions affect every part of daily life, including buying things they need, managing a budget, and talking with doctors about health care.

It is very important to plan for how decisions are made and update this plan regularly.

This way, everyone can make the decisions they want.

The Arc’s Center for Future Planning has created free resources to help:

  • Learn about decision-making options for people with IDD
  • Understand the myths and limits of guardianship
  • Learn how to make, review, and adjust a decision-making plan throughout a person’s life to maximize their ability to make their own decisions.

Get the resources here.

 

Thinking through “The New Retirement”

Webinar by the American Society on Aging, September 16 from 12:30pm – 2pm ET. Topics will include:

  • What has the research revealed regarding how each of the four pillars—health, family, purpose, and finances—intertwine and how COVID-19 has impacted each generation’s hopes, fears and dreams?
  • Although the majority of all retirees view this stage of life as “an entirely new chapter,” vs “a winding down,” why are nearly one third struggling to find a new purpose?
  • How much control do retirees feel over their health and well-being and the disease they fear the most?
  • Why has the COVID-19 crisis has had less of a mental health impact on retirees compared to younger generations?
  • What role does family and community play in living well in retirement and why do so many older adults treasure these relationships more than anything?
  • What are people’s greatest financial fears pertaining to their later years?