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JUL 17 | CAADS WEBINAR: Your Participants Oral Health is More Important than You May Realize: Why Oral Care Matters for a Healthier Body
JUL 17, 2019 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific)
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Non-member: $39 | Order Form: Fill-InWrite-On

NOV 12-14 | CAADS FALL CONFERENCE | Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
SAVE-THE-DATES and watch for details to come.

WEBINAR RECORDING & HANDOUTS -- Independent Contractor or Employee? How California’s New Classification Rules Can Affect Your Center
CAADS Member: $25 | Non-member: $149 Order Form: Fill-InWrite-On

THE CAADS HISTORY & PHYSICAL FORM — A CDA-Approved Standardized Tool
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What's New . . . JULY 9, 2019

CAADS WEBINAR | Your Participants Oral Health is More Important than You May Realize: Why Oral Care Matters for a Healthier Body

JUL 17, 2019 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific)
CAADS Member: FREE Member Benefit | REGISTER
Non-member: $39 | Order Form: Fill-InWrite-On

In 2018, Center for Oral Health completed the California Assessment of Oral Health Status of Older Adults. “A Healthy Smile Never Gets Old” examines the unique oral health needs of older adults and offers a series of recommendations for improving access to care and strengthening oral and overall health and wellbeing amongst older Californians. This is the first report to document oral health needs of this population in the State. CAADS members participated in this project.

Older adults have unique oral health care needs and face significant barriers to maintaining optimal oral health. In addition to policy action, there are several opportunities to better integrate oral health into existing systems of care and social support. This webinar will cover the basics of oral health as it relates to older adults in adult day service centers, highlight some best practices and share simple and tangible tools and resources to incorporate oral care and identify unmet dental needs among older adults.


  • Understand the importance of oral health, its connection to overall health and well-being and the unique oral health care needs of older adults
  • Understand the landscape of access to oral health care for older adults in California
  • Implement specific best practices, tools and resources that can be used to integrate oral health into your programs and organizations

Center leaders and staff

Dr. Sahiti Bhaskara, MPH, BDS, Director of Public Policy and Research, Center for Oral Health Dr. Bhaskara directs and manages the organization's policy, research, and evaluation work including the work with several counties to develop their oral health strategic plans and designing the Oral Health Action for Older Adults project – a multi-pronged policy and awareness initiative aimed at improving oral health of older adults. Dr. Bhaskara is certified by the American Board of Dental Public Health. She is a foreign-trained dentist with an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her Dental Public Health Residency at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2016.

Vanessa Montano, RDH, Research Program Coordinator, Center for Oral Health Ms. Montano is a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Research Program Manager at the Center for Oral Health. As a part of the Research, Policy and Evaluation team, she coordinates several projects while also provide direct preventive services in community settings. Ms. Montano graduated from the University of the Pacific- Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, earning her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in June 2016. After passing her National Boards and State Clinical Examinations, she received her California Registered Dental Hygiene License in October 2016. Since then, Ms. Montano has been able to treat the geriatric population in both the private practice sector and the public health sector. Working in these diverse settings and keeping to date with the newest research/studies through continuing education hours has provided her with a vast knowledge on the oral health issues our seniors are experiencing.

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House Advances Medicare Improvements

JUN 28, 2019 | Justice in Aging | SUPPORT LETTER

On Wednesday, the House Committee on Ways & Means unanimously advanced numerous bipartisan bills to improve the Medicare program for beneficiaries. The bills include the BENES Act, which would simplify Part B enrollment, a provision to make the Part D Limited Income Newly Eligible Transition (LI NET) program for low-income beneficiaries permanent, additional funding for SHIP counselors to do low-income outreach and enrollment, and a statutory exclusion of complex wheelchairs from the competitive bidding process. The committee also voted largely along party lines to advance a bill eliminating cost-sharing for the Medicare Chronic Care Management programs.

Read more about these bills in Justice in Aging’s letter of support.


Cal Duals Coordinated Care Initiative
Monthly Update: June 2019

JUN 28, 2019 | Cal Duals

The Cal Duals Coordinated Care Initiative Monthly Update: June 2019 is now available.


Increasing West Nile Virus Activity in California: Californians Urged to Protect Against Mosquito Bites

JUN 26, 2019 | CA Dept. of Public Health | Number: 19-020

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all Californians to protect themselves from mosquito bites during West Nile virus(WNV) season, which extends from now through early fall.

West Nile virus is influenced by many factors, including climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of WNV immunity in birds. For most people, the risk of developing serious illness is low. However, some individuals – less than one percent – can develop serious neurologic illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis. People 50 years of age and older, and individuals with diabetes or hypertension, have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop complications from WNV infection.

CDPH recommends that people protect against mosquito bites and WNV by practicing the "Three Ds":

  • DEET - Apply U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 according to label instructions.
  • DAWN AND DUSK - Mosquitoes that transmit WNV usually bite in the early morning and evening, so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times
  • DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers.


Governor Gavin Newsom Calls for Creation of a Master Plan for Aging

JUN 10, 2019 | Office of Governor Gavin Newsom | EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor’s executive order calls for the Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency to convene a cabinet-level Workgroup for Aging to advise the Secretary in developing and issuing the Master Plan.

The order also directs HHS to convene a Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, which will include a Research Subcommittee and a Long-Term Care Subcommittee with an interest in building an age-friendly California.

SACRAMENTO – Recognizing that California’s over-65 population is projected to grow to 8.6 million by 2030, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order calling for the creation of Master Plan for Aging to be developed by October 1, 2020. The Master Plan will serve as a blueprint that can be used by state government, local communities, private organizations and philanthropy to build environments that promote healthy aging. MORE


Open Forum: The governor’s ageist budget proposal

MAY 20, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle | FULL ARTICLE

Despite headlines trumpeting prioritization of families in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised state budget proposal, grandma and grandpa are largely missing from the picture.

Newsom placed a whopping $21 billion into the state’s reserve fund, so why do we have a budget so out of whack with California’s older adult needs and programs?

No other population is growing faster than older adults, and yet from 2010 to the present, funding by the Older Americans Act to states has decreased. This forced ongoing cuts by California’s 33 Area Agencies on Aging for assisted transportation, personal care, case management and more.


AARP Endorses Credit for Caring Act - A New Federal Tax Credit to Help Family Caregivers Who Spend Own Money to Care for Loved Ones

MAY 15, 2019 | Sierra Sun Times | FULL ARTICLE

WASHINGTON - AARP endorses the bipartisan Credit for Caring Act introduced in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives today, and commends the sponsors. This bill would give a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 annually to eligible family caregivers.


CAADS Representatives Testify at State Capital

MAY 10, 2019 | CAADS

sen_budget_sub_3Sacramento, CA — CAADS members and staff have been busy testifying in the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees on CAADS budget “ask” for the published fee-for-service Medi-Cal rate to be increased, in addition to supporting Senator Nielsen and Assemblymember Gallagher’s $500,000 request for the Peg Taylor Center to continue to meet Butte County’s need for services after the Camp Fire disaster.

CAADS staff also advocated for an 8 percent increase in provider rates for adult day programs serving participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in addition to supporting funding requests for the Assisted Living Waiver program, Caregiver Resource Centers, and Alzheimer’s disease research.

Debbie Toth   Mallory Vega   Cory Miller   Lydia Missaelides   Christin Hemann

Above (L to R): Debbie Toth, Choice in Aging; Mallory Vega, Acacia Adult Day Services; Cory Miller, Peg Taylor Center for Adult Day Health; Lydia Missaelides, CAADS Executive Director, and Christin Hemann, CAADS Associate Director.


Dodd honors Sheila Allen as Yolo Woman of the Year

MAY 8, 2019 | Davis Enterprise | FULL ARTICLE

SACRAMENTO — Sheila Allen, executive director of Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, longtime public health professional and registered nurse, was recognized today by state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, as the 2019 Woman of the Year for Yolo County.

“Sheila is an exceptional community leader whose commitment to serving older adults is unmatched in Yolo County,” Sen. Dodd said. “She is a true asset to her organization as well as our aging population. We’re fortunate to have someone like Sheila working on behalf of our seniors.”

She received her honor in the Capitol on the Senate floor.


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  • CAADS | State Advocacy Fund
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  • ALE | Nina M. Nolcox Scholarship Fund

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California Association for Adult Day Services, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit grassroots-driven organization, advocates for the growth and development of adult day services in California and nationally. Centers in membership with CAADS provide innovative day programs that support individuals with physical or mental disabilities and older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
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ALE logoThe Alliance for Leadership and Education (A.L.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit arm of CAADS. Its mission is to advance innovation and quality in Adult Day Service through research and analysis, education and training, and leadership for the benefit of consumers and their caregivers.

Lydia Missaelides

Lydia Missaelides, MHA
Executive Director of the Alliance for Leadership and Education



CAADS is a proud member of the National Adult Day Services Association.

California representatives currently serving on the NADSA Board of Directors:

Corinne Jan, RN, PHN (NADSA Chair)
CEO, Family Bridges / Hong Fook Centers

Lydia Missaelides, MHA (NADSA Treasurer)
Executive Director of the Alliance for Leadership and Education

Amanda Sillars, MSW, LCSW
CEO, Total ADHC Solutions, Inc.
Thousand Oaks


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To schedule a presentation, call 855-613-7080

See the SMP/Medicare fraud section at, for more information on ways to protect yourself from healthcare fraud and how to detect it.

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State Lawmakers Eye Federal Dollars To Boost Mental Health Counseling By Peers
Kaiser Health News
By Rob Waters
JUL 1, 2019

A silver wave? California braces for elderly boom that could overburden state
The Sacramento Bee
Mila Jasper and Phillip Reese
JUN 14, 2019

For Help With Long-Term Care Costs, Look To The States
Chris Farrell, Contributor | Next Avenue Contributor Group
MAY 10, 2019

Understanding Loneliness In Older Adults — And Tailoring A Solution
Kaiser Health News
Judith Graham
MAR 14, 2019

A Growing American Crisis: Who Will Care for the Baby Boomers?
Jay Newton-Small
FEB 15, 2019

Gavin Newsom Calls For ‘Master Plan On Aging’ In California
Capital Public Radio
Chris Nichols
FEB 15, 2019



The Strange Political Silence On Elder Care
JULY 2019
Washington Monthly
By Grace Gedye
long-term care| ailing older relatives | women struggling | home health aide | family care providers | a systemic problem

One Way To Keep LA Seniors Safe From Abuse: An Active Social Life
JUL 3, 2019, a.m.
By Michelle Faust Raghavan
isolation | elder abuse | social relationships | adult day health care | prevent abuse | help caregivers

An Active Social Life May Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s
Posted on JUL 2, 2019, 11 p.m.
World Health.Net
Alzheimer's disease | active social life | cognitive function | resilience | cognitive impairment | amyloid protein | volunteer work

New budget boosts health coverage for low-income Californians
JUN 25, 2019
By Ana B. Ibarra, Kaiser Health News
low-income | Medi-Cal | Medicaid | universal healthcare coverage | 'Senior penalty' | restoring benefits

Adult Day Centers Carving Out Bigger Role Amid Shift to Home?
JUN 24, 2019
Home Healthcare News
By Robert Holly
social determinants of health | decreased hospital readmissions | adult day services - competitor and partner | Cost of Care Survey | group care | wraparound services | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Sevices (CMS) | PACE

Adult Day Centers Provide Middle Path in Shift to Home — and More Competition for Skilled Nursing
JUN 19, 2019
Skilled Nursing News
By Alex Spanko
adult day providers | longtern care continuum | positive social spaces for seniors | PACE | Centers for Mediacre & Medicaid (CMS) | home and community based services (HCBS)

Kaiser Permanente to build giant, new $900 million Oakland headquarters
JUN 17, 2019
San Francisco Chronicle Roland Li

Food Aid Expansion Expected To Help Low-Income Seniors Improve Their Health
JUN 5, 2019
The California Health Report
Claudia Boyd-Barrett
SNAP | CalFresh | food aid | food stamps program | ssp | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

When it comes to longevity, social factors play a bigger role than healthcare: study
MAY 20, 2019
Jacqueline Renfrow
social factors | behavioral factors | longevity | Stanford University School of Medicine's study | premature death

Advocates Call For Increased Funds To Support Californians With Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities
MAY 16, 2019
California Healthline
The California Health Report
Natalya Estrada
Lanterman Act | Developmental Disabilities | advocates

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More younger people forced to step into caregiver role amid earlier Alzheimer's diagnoses

Millnial Caregivers
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Why are women more likely to age in poverty?

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Click on the picture to watch the Justice in Aging video above to hear from women who are struggling with poverty and learn what we can do about it.

Human Kindness--it just flows around here
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Click to view the clip from CAADS 25th anniversary video
Honoring Adult Day Services pioneers and those they serve.

Could adult daycare centers be one solution to providing lower cost care for Alzheimer's patients?
DEC 14, 2018
Danielle Prieur
Listen To The Story

Seniors and Children Find Inspiration Together at a Day Care With a Heartwarming New Approach
FEB 2, 2018
Time Magazine
Megan McCluskey
Featuring ONEgeneration

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