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. 23, No. 5, September/October

And Thou Shalt Honor Brings Caregiving to PBS-And Beyond
Dale Bell's film and television productions have won an Academy Award, a Peabody, an Emmy and other kudos, but none of that glitter lightened his load when he found himself doing double-duty family care. For 10 years, he flew regularly from New York...
ASA Projects: Living Well, Cultural Competency and More
In this issue, I want to update readers of Aging Today on some of the marvelous special projects the American Society on Aging (ASA) staff have been involved with. These projects are part of our effort to enhance the skills and knowledge of professionals...
Benjamin Rose's Legacy
Cleveland industrialist Benjamin Rose founded the nonsectarian organization that bears his name in 1908. Rose, who earned his fortune in meat packing, established the organization to provide financial aid to older people, especially women. The nonprofit...
CDC Aims to Minimize Disability
More than 54 million Americans-- over half of them age 65 or older-have at least one disability. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, disabilities cost the United States $300 billion a year. John E. Crews, a health scientist for the...
Deals vs. Steals: Drugs on the Net
POTOMAC SOURCES It's safe to say that Congress won't pass a law this year providing prescription drug coverage for the 40 million people enrolled in Medicare. The U.S. House approved a bill, but the Senate went on summer recess in August after rejecting...
Did the Devil Do It? Study Links Mortality, Religious Struggle
Although numerous studies have documented that church attendance is associated with a reduced risk of mortality, research presented at the National Council on the Aging and the American Society on Aging Joint Conference in Denver last spring revealed...
From State Policy Chief to Provider
Richard Browdie misses being on the aging A-list. "I was always getting calls from the media and policymakers when aging-related issues would come up," recalled the nationally recognized U.S. public-policy expert. Yet, last year Browdie realized that...
Healthy Brains
The American Society on Aging's launch of a new online health-promotion project in August, Strategies for Cognitive Vitality, is the latest addition to a website created in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This module...
Is Company Stock Hazardous to Retirement?
WARNING: Company stock may be hazardous to your retirement. Corporate stock certificates will never carry cigarette-type warnings like the one above, but retirement experts have become so alarmed in the wake of scandais-such as those at WorldCom and...
One in Four Elders Skip Drugs
Almost a quarter of older Americans skip doses of their medications or do not fill prescriptions because of costs, according to a survey of elders in eight states released in July by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund. Researchers...
Preventing Falls among Elders-A $20 Billion a Year Challenge
One of every three older Americans-- about 12 million people-fall each year. Although most fall from a standing position rather than from a height, the impact of that fall can be devastating. Of the approximately 13,000 Americans who die from falls every...
Real Pension Reform Demands Employee, Retiree Control
FORUM Although about 50 million Americans participate in pension plans with some $6 trillion in assets, U.S. institutions--Congress, firms, federal agencies-have suffered from attention deficit disorder about plan inadequacies. Now, rudely awakened to...
Report Shows Gaps between State Units on Aging, Health
State Health Departments (SHDs) and State Units on Aging (SUAs) constitute a vital network for healthy aging, yet a new report reveals significant gaps between these agencies' funding approaches and operating philosophies-gaps that impede thei ability...
Retirement Housing: What the Changing Market Wants
The first article in this two-part series, "Retirement Housing Industry Is Facing a `Midlife Crisis'" (Aging Today, July-August 2002), described how changing demographics are altering the very shape of retirement communities. In the following article,...
States Make Healthy Choices for Elders
The Aging States Project: Promoting Opportunities for Collaboration Between The Public Health and Aging Networks includes a "Promising Programs" section that highlights a selection of eight successful collaborations between state units on aging (SUAs)...
The New Love and Sex after 60
Times have already changed since we wrote the first edition of Love and Sex After 60 in 1976. Recently, Ballentine Books published the fourth revised edition, now titled The New Love and Sex After 60. A quarter of a century ago, the subject made a lot...
Toward Healthy Aging 2010: Meeting the National Agenda
When the Surgeon General of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services released Healthy People 2010 almost three years ago, the detailed mandate for improving the nation's health declared that its central goals for Americans were...
Vision, Hearing Impairment Get Overdue Attention
Most people do not realize that vision loss and hearing loss are among the top seven chronic health conditions that affect quality of life and medical service use among older adults in the United States. When the federal government released Healthy People...