Long Term Care Industry Ranks as Nation’s 10th Largest Employer

(NewsUSA) – As Washington considers reworking Medicaid — the healthcare program for the poor — a crucial fact remains ignored: For every $45 billion spent in Medicaid every year by federal and state governments, long term care facilities are able to generate $529 billion in total economic activity, support and create over 5.4 million jobs, and return over $60 billion in taxes back to federal and state coffers."In this economic engine that is the American economy, long term care is one of the pistons, consistently firing even in the worst of hardships," stated Governor Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).According to a national economic impact analysis compiled by AHCA using Impact Analysis for Planning (IMPLAN) data software, the long term care profession ranks as the nation’s 10th largest employer, above merchandise retail, food retail and both military and non-military federal government personnel. In 2010, these companies created 63,000 jobs while many other businesses struggled to stay afloat. Long term care facilities support industries and sectors statewide, from food services to private hospitals to insurance carriers.The report underscores the important role nursing facilities play in the U.S. economy. Parkinson hopes the report will convince lawmakers to protect the funding streams that ensure these facilities can continue to play an important role in the national economy, saying, "If states cut Medicaid, that will have direct and drastic implications on not only our profession, but more importantly our ability to serve the greatest generation. The potential for increased job growth — a priority of every lawmaker in this country — is huge. Our profession must receive the appropriate funding needed for us to meet the demand of baby boomers in the coming years."For more information, visit www.ahcancal.org.

Solutions for Seniors Struggling in Today’s Economy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Turmoil in the economy. Skyrocketing jobless numbers. Budget cuts putting families at risk. And senior services being cut. And cut. And cut.
Whether it is nutrition, housing, or medical needs, seniors and their caregivers are now looking for new ways to keep themselves clothed, fed and housed. In fact, President Obama’s full-year Continuing Resolution for 2011 included a 45 percent national cutback of Senior Community Service Employment Program funding from the fiscal year 2010 budget.
With federal funding at the top of the chopping block, many of our elderly don’t have access to even one hot meal a day. Meals on Wheels, a non-profit agency, had to establish a waiting list at many of its sites across the U.S. this year.
While the world of senior nutrition programs faces trying fiscal times, there are services out there to help. Mom’s Meals (www.MomsMeals.com), created by a family to care for their aging grandmothers, delivers fresh-prepared, nutritionally balanced meals right to the doors of those who need them most. At only $5.99 per meal, far less than the cost of a restaurant meal, Mom’s Meals are designed by a dietician and chef and contain the proper nourishment for seniors.
While transportation options are also being cut, a little digging will show that certain agencies are working for the benefit of seniors. At the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, transportation was identified as the third most important priority of seniors, right under reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (No. 1) and matters pertaining to long-term care, according to the National Center on Senior Transportation. The NCST has made it their mission to increase transportation options for older adults and enhance their ability to live more independently within their communities throughout the U.S. More about the NCST can be found at www.seniortransportation.net.
With these federal cuts also comes added financial burden on seniors and their families. To help, AARP offers their Money Management Program, a daily service to help low-income older or disabled people who have difficulty budgeting, paying routine bills and keeping track of financial matters. More information about it can be found at www.aarpmmp.org.

Innovation Reigns When Times Get Tough

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When people see closed storefronts in the neighborhoods where they live and work, they’re reminded that the toll this economy has taken on businesses affects their own lives. And yet some companies — faced with the same adverse headwinds — seem to rise to the challenge and go on to prosper as never before.
Why is that? And could there even be a lesson to be learned here if you’re thinking of starting your own business as a result of either being unemployed or just plain fed up with your current job?
The “i-word” keeps popping up among experts as the answer to that question. “The whole engine that drives any economy is innovation,” says Stephen Gnass, executive director of the National Congress of Inventor Organizations, a non-profit for inventors and inventor groups.
Take IBM, for example. It practically reinvented itself years ago — going from a stodgy seller of large, pricey computers to a global software and consulting giant — and just recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. And then there’s the more under-the-radar case of New Jersey-based GAF.
North America’s largest roofing and ventilation manufacturer is celebrating its own anniversary this year — 25 years longer in business than IBM, but who’s counting? — and one way it got there is by coming up with unique answers to consumers’ and businesses’ desires to go green. In fact, it made quite a splash last summer when it teamed up with New York City’s Department of Buildings to paint 1 million square feet of roofs white — GAF supplied the reflective paint for one of the many projects of the initiative, as well as materials and labor — as a way of cutting the city’s energy costs.
To GAF’s CEO, Bob Tafaro, that kind of nimbleness is key. “When you put customers first by ensuring that they get quality products and service, and when you keep your employees focused on innovation, you’ve got the formula for surviving long term and throughout even the toughest economic times.”
The company’s commitment to service and innovation has actually produced a number of “firsts,” including: the first ready-to-lay asphalt roofing, the first to use color granules in roofing materials, and the first to offer a lifetime shingle warranty. And, oh yes, for those concerned about the outsourcing of American jobs, everything’s made in America. For more information, visit www.GAF.com.

Navigating Your Relationship With a Recruiter

In a weak economy with fewer available employment opportunities, job seekers must employ advanced tactics to stand apart from their competitors. Professional third-party recruiters – sometimes called “headhunters” – can help job seekers find positions that match their skill set and circulate their resume among hiring managers.

Recruiters are experts hired by companies to identify the best candidates for available positions. Their relationship with job seekers is mutually beneficial; recruiters need job seekers to fill positions, while job seekers want access to employers. To maximize the potential of this relationship, job seekers must understand recruiters and their role in the employment process.

Will a Return to Traditional Values Save Our Economy?

The American economy is deeply mired in a financial dilemma, and the waters have begun to smell a little stagnant. Despite statements issued by White House budget director Jack Lew that progress is being made, citizens haven’t been given much reason to have faith in their government. Americans don’t know where to look for solutions when their representatives can’t see past chunks of red and blue.

In a time when many people point to advanced technology for answers, some experts are encouraging Americans to reconnect with the philosophies of their forefathers. Modern society has produced conveniences and amenities alongside challenges and apathy. This probing issue is the focus of conservative columnist, television and radio host and political activist Armstrong William’s  latest book.

Get the Most Out of Your Rental Property

Managing a rental property can be an excellent source of income in today’s economy.

A third of the nation’s households rent their residences, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Report, and that number rises as high as two-thirds in large metropolitan areas, such as New York and Los Angeles.

Given the steady demand for rental housing, it’s no wonder that individuals are investing in real estate, but there are several things property managers should keep in mind if they hope to make a profit.

Small Business Tips for Staying Afloat During a Down Economy

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses are responsible for generating 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years. And in his latest stump speech, President Obama called small businesses “the places where most jobs begin.”

Despite their value, the nature of small business makes them particularly sensitive to a volatile economy. Millions of U.S. small businesses — especially in the retail, business services and housing industries — were made vulnerable by the recent housing slump and credit crunch, causing potential customers to tighten their purse strings and making it more difficult for small businesses to obtain loans and credit. Therefore, the question becomes, how do small businesses survive during a down economy—especially when they’ve already cut costs as far as they can go?

Businesses Find New Solutions in Today’s Economy

As the economy continues to slowly expand, businesses are seeking new media to reach their customers. In addition to traditional print, radio and online advertising, marketing directors are often required to create and implement a social media strategy. According to Forrester Research, three out of four Americans currently use social media. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have become incredible success stories, but more importantly they’ve evolved into tools to grow sales and profits. As a result, the management of many small to medium-sized companies are struggling to find the right balance to effectively communicate and grow their businesses in the Internet age.

Earn College Credit for What You Already Know

Despite signs that the national economy is getting back on its feet, Americans who lost their jobs to the recession are having a harder time getting back on theirs. Jobs have changed—a lot—and along with them the skills and knowledge required to enter and advance in the workforce.

In the new economy, more jobs require the skills and knowledge obtained in postsecondary education. But for adults lacking degrees, the traditional structure and organization of higher education often pose significant roadblocks to success.