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Census Facts For Olders Americans Month - May

U.S. Census, April 2016


President Kennedy first celebrated older Americans by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month. After a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country. Every President since has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May in support of older Americans. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter's proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month. This month continues to be a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition. Here are some convenient truths about older Americans.

One Cheer For Congress Renewing The Older Americans Act

By Howard Gleckman, April 20 2016, Forbes


Congress has finally renewed the Older Americans Act—a key piece of the social safety net for seniors. It is good that, after a decade in limbo, the law finally has been reauthorized. But before you break out the balloons and champagne, remember that keeping programs alive on paper is not the same as paying for them. And the government safety net for seniors has been fraying for years, victimized by woeful underfunding.


Congressional reauthorization of the OAA won’t change that. True, it was an important symbolic win for older adults, but it does not provide a dime to operate programs such as Meals on Wheels, information services, transportation, assistance for family caregivers, and the like. That has to happen each year when Congress passes its spending bills—an annual drama that has poorly served older adults and their families.

The graying of HIV: 1 in 6 new U.S. cases are people older than 50

By Lenny Bernstein, April 6, The Washington Post


Thousands of people 50 and older are diagnosed with HIV each year in the United States, a development that has significant consequences for the health care and social support they need and the doctors, counselors and others who provide it. 


Older people tend to be sicker when the infection is finally discovered. They usually have other health conditions that accompany aging and often are too embarrassed to reveal their illness to family and friends.


Spring vegetables: Find them, cook them, eat them

By Mackensy Lunsford, April 19 2016, Asheville Citizen Times


Winter isn't always the best time to open a restaurant, particularly one with a hyper-local focus. But now that spring is in full gear, the menu at Local Provisions, which opened around Thanksgiving, is in full bloom with some of the green and growing things the season has to offer.


You could consider chef Justin Burdett's soup, green and packed with stinging nettles, a strong Appalachian tonic for curing once and for all winter ails.

IRS Fact Sheet on the Affordable Care Act

FS-2016-10 (12 February 2016)


Affordable Care Act: Tax Facts for Individuals and Families

The Affordable Care Act includes the individual shared responsibility provision and the premium tax credit that may affect your tax return. This year marks the first time that certain taxpayers will receive new health-care related information forms that they can use to complete their tax return and then keep with their tax records.

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