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. 33, No. 3, May/June

2012 Aging in America Calls for Renewed Advocacy and a New Vision of Aging
We need a new Claude Pepper," said Bob Egger, founder of D.C. Central Kitchen, at a General Session during the 2012 Aging in America Conference, March 28-April 1, in Washington, D.C. "He would never have stood for what we're doing now," Egger declared,...
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2012 ASA Awards Program Honors Exemplars in the Held of Aging
Each year, ASA honors individuals and organizations with its longstanding awards program, which includes the ASA Award, the ASA Hall of Fame Award, the Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education, the Graduate Student Research Award,...
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A Brain-Healthy Lifestyle Could Be a Crucial Tactic in the War on Alzheimer's
The Alzheimer's Association recently reported the staggering estimate that Americans are paying $200 billion dollars a year for the care of 5 million Alzheimer's victims, whose Medicare payments are almost three times those of older adults without dementia....
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A Crisis Averted: Six Strategies to Support America's Caregivers
Care managers often see caregivers who are in distress and at the end of their patience. "It's been so long since anyone cared about me," can be a common refrain. Many caregivers feel this way. Their caregiving journey may be one they did not expect...
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A Sense of Purpose, a Time for Advocacy
Those of us in the ASA community are always on a bit of a high following the Aging in America Conference, and this year is no exception. With more than 3,000 attendees, and set in our nation's capital, this year's Conference-though always an excellent...
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BrainBoost-to-Go!
moves a memory enhancement model into the heart of the communityBrainBoost-to-go! is the 2012 Mind-Alert Award winner in the category for programs designed to enhance mental fitness for early-stage cognitiveIy impaired older adults. The ASA-MetLife Foundation...
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Caregivers Need Education to Ensure Medication Adherence
With the aging of the baby boomers, our population mix is trending older. At the same time, chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes are increasing. As the incidence of such diseases continues to rise, so does their cost to society....
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Community-Based Service Providers Are the Best Link to Help in Underserved Communities
Underserved communities historically have few resources-fewer healthcare and ancillary service providers, and less access to transportation, food services and caregiver resources. In many instances, community-based services represent the only lifeline...
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Growth of Grandfamilies Leads to Food Insecurity
Growing numbers of grandparents in the United States are raising grandchildren, which can bring extra financial challenges and food insecurity (limited or uncertain access to food) to the entire family.According to the U.S. Census, more than 2.5 million...
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Help Is out There for Veterans in Need
California is home to 1.9 million veterans, 63 percent of whom are 55 years old and older. Veterans' benefits, available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) and the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), can help veterans...
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House Must Act to Restore Vital SSI Lifeline for Refugees
On September 30, 2011, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits came to an end for up to 4,600 refugees, asylees and similar immigrants admitted to the United States on humanitarian grounds. Most of those affected are older than the general SSI population,...
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How One Visionary Is Pioneering Change in Care Management
There's no doubt that America is failing a percentage of its elders, and sometimes it becomes a citizen's job to step in and advocate. Nancy Rockett Eldridge is one of those advocates.Eldridge's leadership and tenacity are legend, especially when it...
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Meaning and Belonging Can Stave off Isolation in Later Life
Depressing!" said Gladys, 74, when I asked her how she felt about aging. "I'm at the stage where everything is just falling apart." When asked whether her spiritual life was a resource, she just laughed. "I stopped believing in God when I was 12. In...
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Social Action Can Leverage Change in Long-Term Services and Supports
Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." At the 2012 Aging in America Conference in Washington, D.C., one such group-policy...
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Stories from the Fringe: Elders Learn to Live-And Cope-With Loneliness, Anxiety and Addiction
Statistics exist on the number of elders who are homeless, and how many might be mentally ill or drug addicted, but it might be a bit harder to find statistics on the effects of social isolation. What seems rare is to hear directly from those enduring...
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The ACA Can Mean a Better Future for America's Elders
In late March 2012, while the Aging in America (AiA) conference convened in Washington, D.C., the Supreme Court heard three days of arguments over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA's potential for elders was discussed in-depth...
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The Next Big Thing: Substance Abuse among Aging Baby Boomers
Through my work I have heard many stories from professionals in aging services regarding older adults who continue to "party" well into their 60s. Substances used often include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription medications and, of course,...
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The Real Picture of Elder Poverty-Painted by the Numbers
About 3.5 million Americans ages 65 and older lived in poverty in 2010. An additional 2.3 million older Americans were "near poor," with incomes below 125 percent of the poverty line. For these poor and near-poor older adults, life is often a constant...
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