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. 34, No. 4, July/August

Adjusting Workforce Policies for Mature Workers Could Reap Big Economic Gains
Many mature workers will need help navigating today's complex labor market. Acknowledging there is little help available for mature workers, the U.S. Department of Labor supported a three-year Aging Worker Initiative (AWI), culminating in December 2012,...
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Aging without Progeny: Who Will Care for Childless Elders?
According to a June 2011 MetLife study of caregivers, nearly 10 million adult children older than age 50 are caring for their parents, with approximately 25 percent also providing financial assistance (http://goo.gl/Jo8KH).While such statistics highlight...
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Asking for Help as We Age Actually Fosters Autonomy
When I met Elizabeth, a for- mer teacher and Navy WAVE veteran, she was in her late 80s and living alone in a suburban neigh- borhood in New York. Elizabeth didn't love to ask for help. In fact, she made it known to children and friends that she wanted...
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Award-Winning Partnership Forges Positive Health Outcomes for a Diverse Population
The Hawaii Healthy Aging Partnership is the 2013 ASA Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA) Award winner (www.asaging.org/awardexcellence-multicultural-aging). The NOMA Award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated high-quality, innovative programs...
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Breaking Barriers and Hitting Milestones
This past May, two octogenarians were busy competing to be the oldest climbers to summit Everest. Eighty-year-old Yuichiro Miura of Japan had successfully scaled the mountain and was on his way back down, while 81-year-old Nepali Min Bahadur Sherchan...
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California Law Slashes Hospital Pricing for Uninsured
In 2006, the California state legisla- ture passed the Hospital Fair Pricing Act, requiring hospitals to make pric- ing rates for people without insurance that came in at or below 350 percent of the federal poverty level.The law also included price caps...
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Connecting across Generations, Finding a True Friend
red was the angel of our neighbor- hood, a generous and friendly per- son. My friendship with Fred was one of truest and closest I've had.We were real friends, not just across- the-street neighbors. Fred was first- generation Italian American, born in...
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Duals Demonstration Projects Require a Watchful Eye
Big changes are coming in the way care is delivered to dual eligibles, or people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has entered into agreements with five states (California, Illinois, Massachusetts,...
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Friendship and Conscious Community-Building: Secrets to a Happier, Longer Life?
I am a single woman without children, journeying through what author Mary Catherine Bateson refers to as a "second adulthood." I live alone. And I am doing my best to gracefully grapple with the vicissitudes of getting older. Depending upon health and...
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Friendship a Pillar of Survival for LGBT Elders
Family and friends are essential to people as they age, offering social interaction and connectedness, reducing social isolation and loneliness, and assisting with daily tasks of living.Yet such support may be lacking for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...
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Health Inequities May Be More about Place Than Race
While there has been overwhelming evidence documenting health disparities across the life course, inequalities among older adults are now becoming a huge concern for public health officials. Individuals 85 years old and older are the fastest growing...
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New Initiatives Needed to Address Social Isolation in America's Solo Dwellers
Living alone, often framed as an opportunity for personal growth and discovery, is an increasingly popular living arrangement, especially among older adults. But living alone isn't always an easy choice, despite elders' desire to remain at home. As we...
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Sexuality and Intimacy- What's Aging Got to Do with It?
Despite what the popular media might indicate, sexuality and in- timacy play an active role in our lives as we age.There is an abundance of research, from the Journal of the American Medical Association to the Journal of Gerontologi- cal Nursing to the...
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Stand Up and Cheer! ASA's 2013 Award Winners Elevate Service to the Field
The American Society on Aging's 2013 awards program has named a number of worthy individuals and organizations for their contributions to ASA, to the field of aging and to older adults (for more information on ASA's awards, visit asaging.org/awards)....
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'Surviving and Thriving' More Challenging as LGBT Adults Age
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults share a social history of coping with adversity. Someone who now is 75 came of age at a time when concealing homosexuality was the only choice, as it was classified as a mental disorder, and...
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The Alchemy of Collaboration Turns Research into Program Gold
Traditionally there has been a gap between the work of applied researchers and providers, but it is closing, to the enormous benefit of aging adults and their families.Providers had expressed a hunger for evidence of worthwhile program approaches and...
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The Sequester: Now beyond a Threatening Gesture
Be careful what you ask for-you just might get it. Of course, nobody really asked for the sequester. It was meant to be an option so dire that Congress, the White House and many others couldn't imagine it going into effect. Some other solution would...
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Yes, We Can! Innovative Cognitive Programs Help Dementia Patients Improve Brain Function
The Mind Aerobics Suite of Cognitive Fitness Programs is the 2013 MindAlert Award winner in the Early Stage program category. The ASAMetlife Foundation MindAlert Award program annually recognizes innovative mental fitness programs developed by nonprofit...
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