August 2005 Aging News
August EPA Aging Initiative List Serve
Proceedings of the Aging Americans: Impacts on Ecology and the Environment
The EPA presents the transcripts and findings of the "Proceedings of Aging Americans: Impacts on Ecology and Environmental Quality Workshop," of August 10-12, 2004. The report includes research on the exposure of humans and ecosystems to various pollutants, the extent of the exposure, and the health and ecological effects with result from such exposure. The report originated from The Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The full report is available at:
Heath Literacy for those with Limited Reading Comprehension
The Aging Initiative will be conducting out reach to improve health literacy among older adults and their caregivers with low reading comprehension. These publications will mirror the publications in the series of information for Older Adults and their Caregivers including Age Healthier, Breathe Easier, Effective Control of Household Pests, and Planning for Excessive Health Events. The first publication is "Safe Steps to Rid Your Home and Garden of Pests." A copy of the pdf can be downloaded at http://www.epa.gov/aging/pdfs/lowlit_echp_english_2008_07.pdf (PDF) (2 pp, 122K , About PDF)
Hard copies of the fact sheet can be requested be sending an email and your mailing address to email@example.com.
Environmental Hazards Weigh Heavy on the Heart
Did you know that environmental hazards can contribute to heart disease and stroke? This fact sheet summarizes the steps that older adults can take to minimize their exposure to environmental hazards such as indoor and out door air pollution, tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, lead arsenic and extreme heat events. The pdf is available on the Aging Initiative website http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/ehwhh/ehwhh_english_100-F-09-043.pdf (PDF) (4 pp, 191K, About PDF)
Hard copies will be available in September. To place an order for hard copies, please send your mailing address, and the number of copies you would like to firstname.lastname@example.org
Generations United Biannual Meeting
Generations United will hold its biannual meeting in Washington, DC September 13-17th. The US EPA Aging Initiative staff will be presenting at this meeting. The conference theme is "The Intergenerational Current: Across the Life Span and Around the Globe."
For more information please see http://www.gu.org/
Society for Human Ecology (SHE) Annual Meeting
From October 13-16th, the Society for Human Ecology will hold its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. At this 20th anniversary meeting, the US EPA Aging Initiative will be making presentations. For more information please see http://www.societyforhumanecology.org/20thAnniversary.html
National Gerontological Nursing Association Annual Meeting
The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is holding its annual conference in Myrtle Beach, SC October 15th -17th. The conference "Gerontological Nursing: Looking towards the Horizon," will focus on the care of older adults in administration, research and clinical issues in education. For more information see
Grantmakers in Aging Annual Meeting
The Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) will hold its annual conference from October 26th-28th in Baltimore, MD. The meeting is entitled "Aging with Attitude," and will feature sessions and workshops that highlight the importance of including older adults in work focusing on economic growth, improving health care and meeting housing challenges.
For more information, see: http://www.giaging.org
Still time to enter "I Remember 1970: Photo, Essay, Poetry and Song Contest"
The Aging Initiative is accepting submissions for the 2005 Photo, Essay, Poetry and Song Contest, "I Remember 1970." Along with the many important events of the year, including the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the first Earth Day celebration, what do you remember about your community? What was happening in your community in 1970? Looking through an environmental lens, what changes have occurred to the environment in your community? Have there been major improvements in the water quality of lakes, rivers, streams, or oceans? Has the air quality improved? Has your community become better equipped for walking and biking? Young adults who do not remember 1970 could interview older adults in their community about what they remember about the environment in their community in 1970 and how things have changed. All ages are welcome to submit their creative work. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 1, 2005. Winners will have their works displayed on the Aging Initiative website. For submission directions please see: http://www.epa.gov/aging/remember1970/index.htm
Houston First to Test Community Sun Safety Program
Houston Mayor Bill White announces that his city will be the nation’s first "SunWise City," expanding EPA’s sun-safety program into the community. SunWise Cities is an EPA pilot initiative that will raise awareness about sun safety on a community-wide basis. The program’s aim is to protect people from UV overexposure with heightened awareness and simple steps, such as encouraging the community to use sunscreen, wear hats and sunglasses and seek shade. To learn more about the SunWise program, visit:
Federal Plan Proposed to Ensure Power Plant Pollution Cuts
To ensure that emissions reductions required under the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) are achieved, EPA is proposing a federal implementation plan to require power plants in CAIR states to participate in one or more of three separate cap and trade programs. EPA will hold public hearings on the proposal on September 14, 2005 at EPA’s offices in Research Triangle Park, NC. For more information on this action, visit:
Better Beach Health
EPA’s most recent data on beach closings and advisories show that beach closures have decreased significantly over the past year, thanks to improved water monitoring and state and local actions to address sources of pollution. EPA has also provided nearly $42 million in grants to 35 costal and Great Lakes states and territories. The grants serve to help improve water monitoring and fund public-information programs that alert beach-goers about the health of their beaches.
Summary information for 2004 is available at:
General information about EPA’s beaches program is available at:
E-mail UV Alert system
EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service (NWS) have developed and launched the UV Alert system, a free service that notifies email subscribers when solar UV radiation is unusually high. Based on the NWS’s daily UV Index forecasts, the system delivers warnings directly to e-mail in-boxes across the country. You can register for the UV Index forecast at:
Are Females at Greater Risk to Fatal Coronary Heart Disease and Ambient Particle Pollution? A recent study published in then National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ publication Environmental Health Perspectives found an elevated risk of fatal coronary heart disease associated with ambient levels of particulate matter in females, but not in males. For more information see http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2005/8190/abstract.html
EPA Fellowships Available
EPA is offering new fellowships through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) and Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) programs to encourage and support students to pursue careers in environmental studies. Both programs focus on developing future leaders in environmental science, education, assessment and restoration efforts. STAR fellowships support masters and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields. GRO fellowships support both undergraduate and graduate students in environmental studies. The deadline for applications for STAR and GRO fellowships is October 18, 2005. More information about applying for these fellowships is available at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow
Rehabilitation Long-Term Training
The Department of Education recently announced its Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program. The program will support projects that provide basic or advanced training leading to academic degrees or certificates in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation and projects that provide support for medical residents in the area of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Eligible applicants include; state, county and city governments, public and private institutions of higher education, Native American tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations and others. Applications are due September 19, 2005. For more information see: http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-072905-001/Grant.html
Aging Services Network Integrated Care Management
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging are accepting applications for projects that will increase understanding of models of integrated health and long term care. The grants are designed to increase the understanding of partnerships with managed care organizations, Medicare, financing arrangements to improve the quality of care for older people. Applications must be post marked by September 6, 2005. For more information see:
Long-Term Care Awareness
The Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications to participate in a project entitled Long-Term Care Awareness Campaign. Five to ten states will be selected to promote increased awareness of the need to plan for future long-term care needs. Applications are due October 7, 2005. For more information, please see:
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