Aging Today

Aging Today is the bimonthly newspaper published by the American Society on Aging. Aging Today covers developments in public policy, research, practice, media, and programming in the field of again. Each issue includes four pages devoted to in-depth coverage of a single issue.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 5, September/October

Age Wave and SunAmerica Study Reveals What's Really Happening with Retirees
There are many news stories discussing how baby boomers will rethink retirement, choosing to work beyond the classic retirement age, probably in second careers, possibly part time. The SunAmerica Retirement Re-Set Study from Age Wave, in partnership...
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Amah's Legacy of Strength and Spirit in the Face of Alzheimer's
Every summer day in Northern California is a blessing. The sun lights up a relentlessly blue sky, the breeze whips in from the Pacific Ocean, and if the air had a flavor, it would be farm-fresh berries. As we walk to the local cabana club in San Jose,...
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An Homage to Age Lift Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older
An homage to age Lift Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older By Wendy Lustbader Tarcher/Penguin, $25.95, 256 pages, ISBN 9781585428922In 1968, Dr. Robert Butler introduced the term "ageism," which referred to the negative and separatist...
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An Intergenerational View: Shifting Perceptions of Human Brain Aging Can Bring Generations Together
Our conventional understanding of Alzheimer's disease as an "Old Timer's disease" has too often kept us from seeing brain aging as an intergenerational issue- but the landscape of perception is changing.For decades, late-life dementia has been understood...
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A Playdate with Nature: Both Young and Old Can Connect with the Environment-And Each Other-In Meaningful Ways
The demands and distractions of modern society are preventing too many of us from appreciating nature. Constraints on our time and fear of danger keep us indoors. Children spend more time doing homework and playing organized sports than they do in unstructured...
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Can "Silver" Industries Corner Tech-Savvy Baby Boomers?
Since 1986 when I launched my company, SeniorNet, I have been an evangelist for elders to learn how to use computers- to remain connected, informed and entertained. Through three decades the story has been the same: Older adults are enthusiastic users...
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Dr. Amy D'Aprix: The Caregiver's Caregiver
By ASA StaffDr. Amy DAprix is a consultant, author, corporate speaker, coach, aging and retirement expert, and the executive director of the DAI Foundation-a nonprofit established to meet caregivers' needs. She is a strong advocate for elders and their...
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Emergency! Yes? No. Urgent Care Centers Are on the Rise, Filling in the Care Gap for Elders
Ruth Willig is no stranger to healthcare. Now 87, she worked for many years in a lab as a microbiologist. The assisted living facility where she now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., is close to all her doctors and healthcare facilities, and to her daughter,...
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Finding Strength in Community
The heat of this past summer- from the blistering temperatures across the country, to the inflamed deficit and debt dealings in Congress and on the Hill- has caused widespread anxiety from Wall Street to Main Street.We who advocate for America's elders...
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Fit-4-Life Wins the 2011 NOMA Award
Fit-4-Life is the 2011 ASA Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA) Award winner (www.asaging.org/ award-excellence-multicultural-aging). The NOMA Award rewards organizations that have demonstrated high-quality, innovative programs enhancing the lives of...
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Intentional Communities Can Prevent Institutional Angst, Connect Generations and Prevent the Medicalization of Aging
For more than two decades, proponents of culture change in longterm care have worked on transforming the institutional nursing home model. More recently, the focus has turned to assisted living and even independent community housing.What we see is that...
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Let Us Now Embrace Our Aging Society
Karl Marx once wrote that a "spectre is haunting Europe," namely, the specter of a workers' revolution. Today another phantom is haunting us: the fear of an aging society. A 2010 book by Ted C. Fishman on global population aging, Shock of Gray, offered...
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Multigenerational Living Is Rising, and May Be to Everyone's Benefit
Laura and Paul Patyk, both in their mid-40s, have a full house. With six children, any home would be a bit crowded. But in 2003, the Patyks invited Laura's parents to live with them when her mother became ill with congestive heart failure and a stroke....
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Positive Inheritance: Inter (Generational) Dependence Can Work to End Elder Exploitation and Abuse
People in the helping professionsincluding attorneys- occasionally encounter situations that point up the vulnerability of older adults. Without mutually supportive family ties or longterm relationships with trusted professionals, older adults who are...
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Rituals Raise Hope, Preserve Tradition and Create Joy for People with Dementia
Throughout life, secular and sacred rituals mark somber and joyous occasions. Some are small and experienced with intimates, like birthdays. Others are more inclusive- graduations, weddings or commitment ceremonies. Still others may involve the whole...
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Schools for All Ages: How Intergenerational Programs Nurture the Youngest-Young and Oldest-Old
Each morning, two-year-old Molly checks into her classroom and then visits the "neighbors" next door with a teacher. She sees Tom, Margaret and other elders attending the adult day services program. Though she loves pre-school, Molly's morning separations...
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Shining a Light on Young Caregivers
America's only youth caregiving group illumines a silent epidemicBy ASA StaffIt wasn't until a therapist asked Connie Siskowski about her experience as a young caregiver to her beloved grandfather- if she thought it was normal thing for a kid to do-...
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Social Security and the Big Whack
Forget Washington, (we) the people want Social Security to stay intactMedicare and Social Security are the pillars of retirement living. More than 54 million people get a monthly check from Social Security, and 47 million Americans have Medicare coverage...
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SSI Needs to Be Reinvigorated-There's No Way to Survive on Its Current Benefit Levels
In an October 30, 1972, radio address on the day he signed the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program into law, President Richard Nixon described the new program's purpose, saying, "For millions of older people, it can mean a big step out of poverty...
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The Beautiful Minds Campaign Connects Creativity and Brain Health
There has been a recent and increased focus on how engaging in creative activities can benefit the aging process. Building on the foundational research of Drs. Robert Butler and Gene Cohen, research from Drs. Tony and Helga Noice, Research Center for...
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The Expedition Obsession
An Alzheimer's advocate's pursuit of summitsThe climbs up Mount Vinson, Mount Aconcagua and Mount Everest are behind Alan Arnette. But despite these successes, when Aging Today spoke with Arnette, he was anxiously anticipating his climb up Alaska's Mount...
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The Power of Story Can Unite Us across Culture, Age and Disability
Stories tell us who we are, and enable us to pass on our values and social rules. In the 1960s, Dr. Robert Butler first raised the importance of "storying" in later life through reminiscence. Since then, research and practice in narrative have grown,...
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Trading Up: With CarTrade, Elders Swap the Independence of Driving for a Safer Ride That They Know and Love
Every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., Vicky Hodgkins goes line dancing at the South Portland Community Center. From there she heads to a friend's home for lunch and a game of cards, and at 3 p.m., returns home.Hodgkins is using her car, but she is not driving....
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