By Cynthia McCormick
Cape Cod Times
May 11, 2013
A few decades ago, people living into their 80′s were “few and far between”, Paul Wild of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands said during a Friday forum on aging and disability. Today there are more than 6 million Americans who are 85 and older – and that number could reach 25 million by 2050 when the youngest baby boomers turn 86, according to the National Institute on Aging. “We really haven’t planned very well for it”, Wild told the audience of about 200 health and human service providers at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa.
Wild and other presenters spent the next few hours trying to connect the dots among the various programs on the Cape providing services for the elderly and disabled. The forum on long-term care services was the second in a series organized by the Aging and Disability Forum Planning Group, which includes Elder Services and the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, among other groups. Read entire article…
We are pleased to be a partner of the Cape Cod Commission for this year’s Spring Walking Weekend, April 19th to 21st. Explore Cape Cod’s natural surroundings through free walks and hikes for all ages and fitness levels. For walk schedules, descriptions, and information please visit: www.capecodcommission.org and click on Walking Weekend 2013 under Quick Links.
Navigating the Long Term Services and Supports System for Older Adults & People with Disabilities Forum scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis, MA from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This forum is the second in a series of aging and disability forums hosted by the Barnstable County Department of Human Services. The forum will highlight the local long term services and supports systems. This event is for anyone interest in learning more about the long term service systems on Cape Cod. 3 CEU’s available for RNs, SWs and LMHCs. Continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The event is free of charge but space is limited so registration is required.
The 2013 County Health Rankings Report was released on March 20th by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. This is the fourth annual Rankings, ordering each county within each of the 50 states according to a selection of health outcomes and health factors that contribute to a county’s health. The Rankings are based on the Social Determinants of Health model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play . Not just data alone, the Rankings initiative provides a framework for taking action to work together to improve population health at the community-level. The Department has a prepared a summary showing the rankings for Health Outcomes and Health Factors for the 14 counties in Massachusetts, comparing the 2011, 2012 and 2013 results, BCDHS Summary of Rankings and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have issued the 2013 Massachusetts Rankings Report. From highest to lowest comparing Massachusetts counties, Barnstable County dropped in rank from #6 to #8 for Health Outcomes and maintained its rank of #5 for Health Factors. Barnstable County Department of Human Services will issue a report shortly that provides detail on the indicators that contribute to the Health Outcomes and Health Factors summary scores. For more information also visit the County Health Rankings website at: www.countyhealthrankings.org/