Our Mission

The mission of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans is to strive for social and economic justice, and civil rights for all citizens to enjoy lives with dignity, personal and family fulfillment, and security. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wow! What a month!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Elderly Americans: Aging with Dignity, Meaning"

The New Hampshire Alliance e-mail address was the recipient of a message from the author of this piece from a Pennsylvania news outlet with a link to her article this morning.  With my usual caution, and curiosity, I googled "PhillyVoice" and searched the site for the author's name.  I found the article and read it, and I decided to share it with you, because under the political back and forth about Social Security and Medicare that constantly frightens us as seniors lies a deeper reality of what we face as we age in America.
This matters. For the first time in human history, the majority of people in wealthy nations will live well into their 70s -- and often beyond. America is undergoing a demographic transition. In the report “Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being” compiled by 15 federal agencies, it is estimated that by 2030, 72 million Americans will be over 65 – that’s 20 percent of the overall population. Compare this to 1930, when older Americans constituted 5.4 percent of the population...
Do read the article, and let's discuss these realities.  Perhaps we would be wise to discuss them with our candidates as well.  I am one who believes in the power of storytelling, and we need to tell our stories.  We need to share the realities of aging in America, in all its many forms, to support each other  and to do the work that is needed to help each other and those who will grow old in the future. We have a lot to share, and sharing and helping are what the New Hampshire Alliance is all about.

Lucy Edwards, President
New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nursing Home Rules Modernized

At the White House Council on Aging meeting this week, the administration announced changes to the rules that nursing homes must follow for Medicare and Medicaid. 
After nearly 30 years, the Obama administration wants to modernize the rules nursing homes must follow to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments.
The hundreds of pages of proposed changes cover everything from meal times to use of antipsychotic drugs to staffing. Some are required by the Affordable Care Act and other recent federal laws, as well as the president's executive order directing agencies to simplify regulations and minimize the costs of compliance.
We urge you to support these rules - seniors and families need to be sure that those of us who need these services can be safe and well-cared for in these facilities.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Who will take care of aging Americans?

An interesting article posted on the Washington Monthly website reminds us that very few of us have real plans for care for us and our family members when we can no longer take care of ourselves at home. The author notes that
Here’s a simple but stunning fact: Public policy has made no provision to finance the growing long-term care needs of aging Americans in a fiscally sustainable way. In fact, a bipartisan commission convened by Congress in 2013 failed to agree on a viable solution to pay for Americans’ increasing long-term care needs. The result: A looming social and economic crisis that threatens both middle-class finances and well-being.

Medicare does not cover long term care for the long term, so without insurance that specifically pays for home care or nursing care, or substantial savings, many of us who can no longer care for ourselves or our family members will have to go on Medicaid.
Medicaid has now become the nation’s largest de facto provider of long-term care, spending $140 billion on long-term care in 2012. Spending on long term care now accounts for as much as one-third of all Medicaid spending and nearly two-thirds of all spending on long-term care nationally. 

Is this sustainable?  It's an issue we should be talking to candidates about.