After 40 years, the Council on Aging Silicon Valley’s name has been changed to Sourcewise. Our mission is to provide adults, their families and caregivers with the tools and services needed to effectively navigate their health and life options.

Sourcewise will continue to provide these services and, over time, will strive to meet the needs of all residents of Santa Clara County, whether by providing information or providing complex care plans and service coordination. At Sourcewise, individuals are the core focus, and we will provide alternatives to help them with their unique situations.

Federal and State funds offer “safety net” programs such as child care or public and mental health programs. Unfortunately, these services do not offer a holistic approach when working with persons with multiple needs. For example, an individual in need of Adult Day Care may need transportation, in-home support services, and relief support for their primary caregiver.

Sourcewise seeks to assist individuals with navigating what can be a very difficult maze of options. A “no wrong door” approach to finding and receiving care will allow individuals to enter the service delivery system at any point and have access to an array of available services.

As federal and state funding decreases, programs will have to become more adept at reaching out to new populations in need of care. To accomplish this, Sourcewise, along with key community agencies, will play an integral role in facilitating local service partnerships. Over the coming months you will hear more about the exciting delivery of new Sourcewise services that will make Santa Clara County a better place to live.

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.