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M4A wants to remind consumers of all ages at all stages to START WITH M4A!  We are the first place to contact to get help, information, and resources. Our Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Specialists are always here to help!

ACL Announces $3 Million Investment to Strengthen Adult Protective Services

ACL is pleased to announce an approximately $3 million investment to continue efforts to develop tools and infrastructure to support states in building the Adult Protective Services (APS) of tomorrow.  Over the next three years, ACL will undertake the following tasks:
  • Update the National Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for State Adult Protective Services Systems on the 2-year schedule established at launch, create a dissemination plan for the guidelines, and produce a research agenda to build a stronger evidence-base of best practices in APS.
  • Design and implement an APS client outcomes study evaluating how various micro-, mezzo-, and macro- system components impact APS client outcomes.
  • Create an inventory of screening and assessment tools used by APS and others to screen for elder abuse, and assess each tool’s level of validity.
The investment is the result of a partnership between ACL’s Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services and ACL’s Office of Performance and Evaluation.  This work will be carried out by New Editions Consulting, Inc. (a woman-owned small business), and is part of ACL’s ongoing commitment to support the development and evolution of APS systems, and to strengthen APS’ capacity to address the abuse, neglect, and exploitation too often faced by older adults and adults with disabilities.  These projects further ACL’s vision for older Americans and people with disabilities to be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and fully participate in their communities without threat of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

Visit the Protecting Rights and Preventing Abuse section of the ACL website to learn more about these efforts.
M4A received a $10,000 CAWACO grant to expand our Dementia Friendly Training Program and make available our newly designed toolkit to use for training purposes. 

We are scheduling new training events beginning in February. M4A encourages you to reach out to your local law enforcement and first responders and have them contact M4A to schedule their training.

Two New Issue Briefs on Nutrition Services Program (NSP) Available: A Look at the Foods Consumed and the Food Sources of Nutrients for NSP Participants and NonParticipants


The Administration for Community Living (ACL) conducted a three-part evaluation of its Title III-C Nutrition Services Program (NSP). In addition to the previously released Process Evaluation, Cost Study, and Outcome Evaluation reports, ACL is releasing additional reports and issue briefs based on data from the evaluation.
Two new issue briefs are now available:
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Visit Nutrition Services for more information about this program. Learn more about ACL's Program Evaluations and Reports

New Living Well Alabama Workshop in Clanton!
 
FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
 
Thursdays starting February 21st
10:00 am
Chilton Baptist Association
 
Call 205-670-5770 to register
www.LivingWellAlabama.org

 
Registration Open for State Advocacy Day

Be our special guest at the Alabama State Advocacy Day on March 13, 2019 a unique state advocacy experience where you will meet with state legislators, tell your story and explain why it is important for them to make Alzheimer’s issues a top priority! With nearly 400,000 Alabamians affected, your voice is critical to raising Alzheimer’s awareness and urgency. Contact Sharon Wheeler at 205-379-8065 x1425 or sewheeler@alz.org &

REGISTER TODAY!

 
M4A has received a new shipment of our Project Life Connect Emergency Pouches which connects your information to First Responders in case of an emergency.  We want to send a special SHOUT OUT to AARP and our Living Well Alabama program for their financial support!  

If you are interested in receiving some of these to distribute across your local community, please contact our office at 205-670-5770 or email Robyn James at rjames@m4a.org.  
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