A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Introduction Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Education can and must assume the role as the ultimate equalizer, in addition to its role as an economic engine. Over the past few decades, post-secondary education and training have become increasingly crucial to the American economy. In 1973, workers with a post-secondary education held only 28 percent of jobs; by comparison, they held 59 percent of jobs in 2010 and will hold 65 percent of jobs in 2020.… Full story »

Telepsychiatry in NC: Mental Health Care Comes to You Mental Health Research

This article on Telepsychiatry in NC was published in North Carolina Insight in July 2014.  We are highlighting our previous work on mental health as part of mental health awareness month.    Getting mental health care to the rural areas of North Carolina has never been easy. Twenty-eight counties across the state still do not have a psychiatrist.… Full story »

A Q&A with David Kirkman Aging Research Winter 2015

David Kirkman, Special Deputy Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division   The Consumer Protection Division in the N.C. Department of Justice is home to the Elder Fraud Unit, a group of four individuals dedicated to preventing and assisting elderly victims of internet, phone, and home repair fraud. David Kirkman, a Special Deputy Attorney General with the Consumer Protection Division, answered a few questions about the Unit’s work and the new legislation.… Full story »

Examining New Legislation to Combat Elder Fraud Aging Research Winter 2015

On July 23rd, 2013, Governor Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 140, “Financial Exploitation of Older Adults,” into law as N.C. Session Law 2013–337. The new law is the culmination of several years of work and research on fraud committed against the elderly, a resulting Task Force comprised of legislative, state agency, law enforcement, and financial sector representatives, and a bill introduced by one of the legislators serving on the Task Force.… Full story »

North Carolina’s Aging Services Plan: Are We on Track? Aging Research Winter 2015

  “We’re the Taptations with white hair / We’d rather dance than rock in a rockin’ chair!” Today, 20 percent of our population in North Carolina is 60 years old or older, with the number expected to rise by 58.3 percent by the year 2033. Even more significant is the 102 percent increase in individuals between the ages of 75 and 84 expected during the same period.1 Policymakers and state administrators have been focused on the unique challenges related to North Carolina’s growing senior population for some time.… Full story »

The Public Price of Growing Old Aging Research Winter 2015

North Carolina’s population is aging. In 2011, the number of individuals age 65 and older who call the state home began to grow at an estimated rate of 153 persons each day, 56,000 persons each year. If this projected rate of growth continues, approximately 20 of every 100 North Carolinians—some 2.3 million individuals in all—will be age 65 or older by 2030.1 Population aging is a dynamic hardly unique to North Carolina; rather, the entire country is traveling down the same demographic road due to the aging of the “Baby Boomers,” the 76-million person cohort born between 1946 and 1964.2 Thanks to advancements in medicine, public health, and socioeconomic conditions, Baby Boomers are poised to enter the last third of their lives enjoying degrees of health and independence far surpassing those experienced by prior generations.3 Viewed in one light, this is a stunning social achievement.… Full story »

Comparing the Aging Population and Long-Term Care Across OECD Countries Aging Research Winter 2015

Across the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member and partner countries included in the data, the share of the population over 80 years old will increase, on average, from 4 percent in 2010 to 10 percent by 2050. At 16 percent, Japan will see the largest percentage among the member countries, and Mexico, at 6 percent, the smallest.… Full story »

Cecilia Ebron’s Story Aging Research Winter 2015

For many caregivers, the responsibilities for tending to an elderly loved one can become a life-altering event, often meaning that their own lives and careers are put on hold. Cecilia Ebron’s mother suffered a massive stroke in April 2012, affecting the left side of her body and leaving her with diminished mental capabilities.… Full story »

Caring for our Seniors: Rebalancing Long-Term Care Services in North Carolina Aging Research Winter 2015

Donna Futoransky never expected to be looking for a part-time job. She never expected to be personally caring for her elderly parents well into her own retirement. She never expected that she would one day have to move her mother and father into her own 869-square-foot home. But that’s what happened when her parents’ life savings and thoughtful planning became another victim of the Great Recession.… Full story »

Long-Term Care Programs in North Carolina: Money Follows the Person Aging Research Winter 2015

Money Follows the Person The Money Follows the Person demonstration  program was created by Congress in 2005 to assist states in rebalancing their long-term care spending to give more Medicaid-eligible recipients the option of transitioning from institutional care to home- and community-based care.1 To qualify for the program, participants must have been in an institution for at least 90 days and must express a desire to transition back into their homes and communities.2 Money Follows the Person participants are eligible for up to $3,000 in transitioning supports, funds that can be used to cover the costs of moving back into a community setting, such as “security deposits, utility startup expenses, furniture, accessibility modifications or other one-time items and services that may be required to transition.”3 The Money Follows the Person demonstration program has been shown to reduce Medicaid long-term care expenditures in other states by transitioning more individuals away from expensive institutional care and back into communities.… Full story »