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. 24, No. 2, March/April

A Guide to Creating Wholistic Ministries for Senior Adults
THE AGING SPIRITMy initial interest and fascination with holistic ministry began during a residency I had in clinical pastoral education at a Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester, Minn. As I took the initiative to understand the whole patient, my supervisor...
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Assessing the Family and Medical Leave Act-10 Years Later
FORUMThe approach of the 10-year anniversary of the enactment of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers an opportune time to evaluate the effects of this legislation, as well as proposed reforms. There was tremendous symbolism for many Americans...
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CDC Warns on DES Drug Risk to Aging Mothers and Children
DES, a synthetic estrogen, was given to a generation of women who had suffered miscarriages or premature deliveries; the hormone was intended to improve their chance of a safe and successful full-term pregnancy. But studies in the 1950s and later showed...
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Families, They Are A' Changing
The demographic revolution has had a profound impact on the structure of the American family-an impact demanding that professionals in social work pay close attention to the aging of the population. Longevity has created an unprecedented opportunity...
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Happy 10th Anniversary-Special Groups Share the Spotlight
ASA UPDATEIn 1993, the American Society on Aging (ASA) began its new strategy of creating membership constituent groups focused on broad interest areas, such as health, mental health and older adult education. That year, either at ASA's Annual Meeting...
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Hartford's Focus on Social Work in Aging
An unusual program in the San Francisco Bay Area is working to increase the capacity of schools of social work at three universities; exposing master's of social work (MSW) students to the full range of programs and services within six county departments...
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Living Century PBS Series: History through Centenarian Eyes
RESEARCH TODAYFor video producer Steven Latham "every stereotype of aging just went out the window and really turned my world upside down about what it meant to get old." He had just met his first centenarian, Senior Olympics shot-put champion Ben Levinson,...
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Long-Term Care Insurance: Is It a Pitfall or Panacea?
BUSINESS AND AGINGThe drive to establish long-term care insurance (LTCI) as a permanent fixture of Healthcare financing in the United States is picking up steam. As more and more people opt for LTCI, though, two trends seem evident: Insurers and their...
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'Medicare+Choice' after 5 Years
As the battle over the future of Medicare heats up in Congress, meaningful debate is floundering in the confusion over what elementary terms mean. Not since Alice was lost in Wonderland has the English language been so unhelpful a tool to understanding.Two...
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New Institute Aims to Train Practicing Social Workers
IN FOCUS"In the past the field of social work has been oriented toward caring for children and families," said gerontologist Scott Miyake Geron, of Boston University's School of Social Work, "yet, research shows that there are too few social workers...
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Piano Lessons-How to Play 88 Keys for Music, Aging and Life
ARTS AND MEDIA CURRENTS"You have a piano teacher?"The amazement of others no longer surprises me. Piano lessons can evoke memories of an intimidating teacher, mortifying recitals and an activity far too demanding and stressful to be undertaken voluntarily....
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Prescription-Drug Battleground Emerges in Canada and Cyberspace
Potomac SourcesThe real battleground for the Medicare prescription-drug benefit may be the Internet, not the halls of Congress. Rising numbers of Americans-nobody knows precisely how many but some estimate a million or more-are going across the virtual...
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Social Work : Building Its Role to Serve an Aging Nation: Social Work in Aging: A Panel of Experts Looks to the Future
What critical advances in social work will best serve the aging population? What key barriers need to be overcome to achieve those advances? What role can professionals play in realizing improvements for tomorrow? For this "In Focus" section on the future...
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Social Work: Building Its Role to Serve an Aging Nation: Why Education Is Needed
IN FOCUSThe demographic shift to an increasingly older society will have a dramatic impact on individual choices over the life course, on the structure of the family and on multiple social institutions. In this context, the social work profession has...
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Social Work's Top-10 List of Competencies
What do social workers need to know about working with elders and their families in order to approach their job competently? The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), based in Alexandria, Va., distilled answers to this question from 945 completed...
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Universal Designs Build Bridges between Students and Elders
I imagine, or at least hope, everyone has had one of those "Yes!" moments, the times when everything seems to fit together-the times that bring a sense of being in the right place at the right time, doing the thing one was meant to do. My most recent...
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