Generations

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, Fall

A Boomer at Risk: A Tale in Personal, Cohort, and Historical Perspective
Opportunity: Learn from history.When disaster first struck in September 2008, 1 was in a sixteenth-century Italian villa to attend a former student's wedding. Because the temperature in the Gulf of Mexico had been disturbingly high all summer, I figured...
A Silver Lining to the Economic Crisis: The Case for Improving Social Security and Medicare
Opportunity: Strengthen Social Security and Medicare.Today's economic meltdown has been comared to the Great Depression of the 1930s, iere is one substantial difference. In the 1930s, hidden in the shadows of the unemployment and home foreclosure statistics...
Challenge and Resilience in Old Age
How service providers can foster resilience in difficult times.Today, many older adults are facing financial challenges they had not anticipated. In spite ofgood planning and sensible living, their resources have been sorely compromised, sometimes decimated....
Changing Work, Retirement, and Housing Patterns
The current economic crisis is having major impacts on the work, retirement, and residential arrangements of today's retirees as well as on current and future prospects of older workers and their families. Losses in the value of pensions, savings and...
Encore Careers and the Economic Crisis
Opportunity: Promote 'encore' jobs.The Great Recession is over, the chairman of [the Federal Reserve and other officials have Tared. It might not feel that way to the 10 percent of Americans who are officially unemployed, including the more than two...
Foundation Giving and the Nonprofit Sector: Turning the Economic Downturn into Opportunity
Opportunity: Fund innovative interventions and advocacy.Foundations, including those that fund in the field of aging, are facing challenging times as aTesult of the economic downturn. This article discusses recent factors affecting foundations, examines...
Intensifying Individual, Family, and Caregiver Stress: Health and Social Effects of Economic Crisis
Stories of adaptation-some showing amazing creativity, some bitter desperation-abound. How can practitioners respond appropriately?People are adapting. That's one of the few certainties to be gained from the current national and worldwide economic slump....
Is the Economic Crisis Driving Wedges between Young and Old? Rich and Poor?
The more potent and relevant cleavage in American politics is socioeconomic rather than generational.The current economic crisis, with its myriad threats to the financial well-being of Americans from all walks of life, raises the specter of conflict...
Meeting the Needs of Economically Disadvantaged Older Adults: A Holistic Approach to Economic Casework
As almost everyone struggles to manage their finances during this economic downturn, disadvantaged older adults face particularly daunting and complex challenges.Many older Americans have seen their hard-earned personal and employersupported retirement...
Perspective from Another Time of Economic Turmoil: INTERVIEW WITH A 'CHILD OF THE DEPRESSION'
Generations guest editor Jennifer Hicks recently had a conversation with Michael Walzer, a "child of the Depression," to elicit his perspective on living through that time of economic turmoil and, perhaps, some lessons for today.As usual, I was running...
Remembering the Architects of the U.S. Social Insurance System: A Dream Sustained 1935-2009
Lessons from a historian and activist, now in her 80s.The initiation and development of our system of social insurance was nurtured by the collaboration over four decades of five remarkable people: Robert Ball (1914-2008), Wilbur Cohen (1913-1985), Nelson...
Sustainability and Intergenerational Solidarity
How do we leave a world to our children and grandchildren that is at least as good as what we now have?Sustainability has marched to center stage in the American political and cultural lexicon asme first decade of the twenty-first century draws to a...
Talk about the Great Recession: Implications for an Aging America
This issue of Generations explores the implications, challenges, and, indeed, opportunities arising from the near economic meltdown as they apply to older Americans and their families, the country's social programs, and the readers ?? Generations. Our...
The Aging Network in Today's Economy
Even before the 'meltdown/federal,' state, and local budgetary pressures were interacting with growing numbers of older people to strain the capacity of Older Americans Act agencies and programs to deliver needed services to elders-especially home- and...
The Economic Crisis: How Fare Older Americans?
A situation that both challenges and draws upon the resilience of our nation.The global economic crisis, the Great Recession, the financial meltdown, the worst recession since the Great Depression: All of these terms have been used over the past fifteen...
The Economic Meltdown and Old Age Politics
Opportunity: Reframe the politics of aging.A giant window of potential social change has opened. And with it... the "mother" of all class struggles, gender struggles, and race and ethnic struggles. The issues at the heart of this nation starkly underscore...
The Moral Economy of Retirement
Why we must rebuild the foundation of belief in our nation's institutions, private and public.Nothing corrupts society more than to disconnect effort and reward.- John Maynard KeynesThe idea of "moral economy" refers to the relationship between ethical...
The Two-Legged Stool: The Reconfiguration of Risk in Retirement Income Security
In the past, both Social Security and employer pensions pooled risk across all beneficiaries, with the government and employers, respectively, assuming responsibility. Now the individual shoulders most of the risk.The recent financial crisis has highlighted...
Time for an All-Generations Approach to Public Policy
Opportunity: Apply intergenerational strategies.Because we owe so much to the past, we have the obligation to try to pass on a world to the next generation which is o little better than the one we inherited, so that those who come after, standing on...

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