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. 27, No. 1, January/February

2006 Joint Conference to Examine Ways to 'Invest in Aging'
By now, you may have seen the myriad news stories about the first wave of 78 million boomers in the United States who will begin turning age 60 this month. The growing number of older adults and the unprecedented demands they will place on programs and...
A Tale of Two Conferences
2005 WHCOAThe president of the United States made an unannounced appearance at the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA), and in winning over delegates who were divided and angry about the administration's manipulation of the conference to influence...
Barriers to Crucial Dental Care for Older Americans
The second of two articles.The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends regular dental visits for all people 65 and older, yet only 43% of older Americans reported a dental visit in 1996, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality...
Budget War Bypasses Medicare, Social Security
Potomac SourcesWhile the war in Iraq rages with loss of life and a price tag mounting into hundreds of billions of dollars, a political battle is going on in Washington, D.C., over the future of spending for domestic programs affecting the health and...
Building Better Brains-From Lab to Laptop
What's the better mousetrap for the burgeoning boomer market? How about using scientific research to untrap the aging brain? In the following case study, neuroscientist Michael Merzenich explains how he and colleagues are translating laboratory research...
Common Objections to Better Screening
Following are commonly voiced objections I have heard over the years from consumers and professionals who raise concerns about intensifying the screening of people hired to serve older and dependent adults in their homes.Objection: Adults should be able...
Concern on Budget Cuts
As Aging Today went to press, Democrats in the U.S. Congress used parliamentary rules to stall enactment of the federal budget, the Deficit Reduction Act. The move returned the 70O-page bill to lawmakers for another vote-allowing more time for additional...
Creating Art Inspires Wellness among North Dakota Elders
Carefully rearranging pictures of grandchildren and ancestors, residents of the assisted living facility made room in their small apartments to display their own original artwork. The watercolors, quilts and pottery resulted from a yearlong arts program...
Happenings
Mark your calendars: January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, fighting the war on cancer. Contact American Cancer Society, (404) 329-7650; website: www.cancer.org/docroot/ PED/conteht/PED_2_3X_Pap_Tesl.asp: for Spanish: www.cancer.org/docroot/ESP/contenl/...
Increasing Safety for Elders: Screening In-Home Care Providers
Years ago, the director of a day treatment program for adults with developmental disabilities asked me to teach a workshop for her staff after an aide molested a wheelchair-bound client in a bathroom. A head nurse at a hospital for frail elders asked...
Letters
Is Social security Sustainable?To Aging Today:I thoroughly enjoyed Nancy J. Altman's article ("Can the Social security Program Really Go Bankrupt," Aging Today, November-December 2005). However, I think the issue President Bush is trying to convey, and...
Model Oral-Care Programs
Colorado and Ohio are among several states to initiate promising model programs for dental care targeting older adults.Since 1977, the Oral Health Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has reached out to lowincome elders....
Pressures on Medicaid Build-Often with Unjust Results
Predictably, given the aging of the U.S. population, Medicaid costs have been growing. Governments, especially the federal government, have not accepted rising costs as an inevitable result of the aging demographic and increasing healthcare needs: instead,...
Study: Product Innovation Lags for Elders
By now, everyone knows that the older population is huge and holds most of the financial assets of the United States. Furthermore, Americans know that a major influx of boomers will be aging into this already large and powerful group. But if these facts...
Using Life-Story Circles to Change the Culture of Ltc
In reading the book// Shouldn't Be This Way: The Failure of Long-Term Care (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2005) by noted University of Minnesota geriatrician Robert Kane and his sister, Joan C. West-a book inspired by the difficulties they...
What's Next? New Developments in the Age-Boom Business
MAJOR TRENDS EMERGINGIt was over lunch with Brad Vale of the Johnson and Johnson's corporate development fund that the light bulb went on for me. He mentioned that he had been a judge for Stanford University's Medical Device Business Plan competition...
Why Advertisers Will Stop Ignoring Aging Boomers
Although advertising agencies never had a healthy blend of gender and ethnicity until recent changes emerged-although many believe there's considerable room for improvement-agencies from the 19205 through the 19605 employed an effective mix of young,...