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. 25, No. 4, July/August

$10,000 Business Plan Challenge
MicroMRI, a company started by a student at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, has won the $10,000 Boomer Business Plan Challenge, a competition aimed at developing products and services for older adults and aging boomers.Among...
Asa Names Seven 2004 Healthcare and Aging Awards
A service in Idaho that educates elders living at home about nutrition, food safety and money management; a project to support caregivers in isolated regions of Alaska; and a nationally emulated program in Massachusetts to get older adults physically...
A Tale of Two Futures from Man, Age 122
ASA Award Winner Harry R. MoodyImagine that it's the year 2067 and you're listening to the memories of a 122-year-old man talking about what life has been like in the early decades of the 21 st century. That's the fiction used by Harry "Rick" Moody for...
Conference Panel Surveys Landscape of Boomer Aging
"The boomers have been a transformative generation since they began, just by their sheer numbers," commented demographer Leobardo Estrada, "Society has had to respond to them. And as they move into older-adult ages, I think we're going to see them transform...
Creative Aging in Four Phases
At 15 I set my heart upon learning. At 30 I established myself in accordance with ritual. At 401 no longer had perplexities. At 501 knew the mandate of heaven. At 601 was at ease with whatever I heard. At 701 could follow my heart's desire without transgressing...
Drug Prices Jump in First Quarter
Wholesale prices for the 197 brandname prescription drugs most frequently used by older Americans rose by an average of 3.4% during the first quarter of 2004, compared with a 1.2% rate of general inflation for the same period, according to a study released...
Experience Corps Study: Volunteering Is Healthy
What would be the effect of a volunteer program for older adults that was designed specifically to optimize health benefits for the participants?A recently published report describes just such a study. Linda P. Fried and her coauthors examined Experience...
James Birren Examines the History and New Ecology of Aging
ASA Hall of Fame Award"The age quake brings with it the most complex issues of science today," stated James E. Birren, who is now, at age 86, one of the reigning pioneers of gerontology. Yet, he told an audience at the 2004 Joint Conference of the American...
My Time Author on Life Stage Formerly Known as 'Retirement'
You're restless. Not so young, but restless. What are you going to do with the rest of your life?You don't look old, don't feel old. But the kids are grown. The house is quiet. And at work? Talk of downsizing, takeovers, the R-word-retirement-and then,...
New York Educator Wins Asa's 2004 Cavanaugh Award
When Barbara Ginsberg was 10 years old, she turned in a class assignment that called on students to describe a sciencefiction world. "I remember being very enthusiastic," she told an audience during her special lecture at the recent Joint Conference...
Nine Steps to Forgiveness
Research conducted by the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, which I direct, enabled us to distill nine steps people can take to forgiveness. The following steps appear in my book Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness...
PBS Caregiving Program, California Reporter Win Media Awards
The producers of And Thou Shall Honor: Caring for Our Parents, Spouses, and Friends, the PBS special on caregiving in America, and age-beat reporter Nancy Weaver Teichert of The Sacramento Bee won the American Society on Aging's 2004 Media Awards in...
Political Paradox of Medicare Law
Let us consider the paradoxes of politics. Sometimes what we think we know just isn't so: Democrats like big government, right? They enjoy creating new programs and love to tell voters about them. So one would think Democrats should be happy with the...
Program Aims to Train 10,000 Advisers on Drug Discount Cards
Since the debut of the Medicare prescription drug discount cards in May 2004, providers in the field of aging have been besieged with questions from older people on Medicare asking for help in figuring out the complexities of this new program. As part...
Stanford University Project Explores the Power of Forgiveness
I currently work as the director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, which I cofounded and where I teach people ways to manage their hurt feelings and to live lives of greater satisfaction. As a health psychologist, I began this project as...
TEACHER'S 10 Rs FOR REACHING ELDERS IN CLASS
Ruth Harriet JacobsWhen the late Gray Panther founder Maggie Kuhn famously advised older people to do something outrageous every day, perhaps no one took the recommendation more to heart than Ruth Harriet Jacobs. The retired sociology professor, now...
The Volunteer Factor
No one doubts that volunteers are good for society. In fact, all societies depend on volunteers, both formal and informal, to address a wide range of problems that other social and political institutions cannot solve by themselves. Having a large and...