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. 32, No. 2, March/April

A Commitment to the Cause
Despite complaints that frequently surface in our media streams about self-absorbed generations - Millennial are egocentric, baby boomers are the Me Generation - I see many people, across all generations, who are serving the greater good. California's...
Ageism and the Mature Jobseeker
When Michelle, a 63-year-old worker from Washington was recently laid off, she worried she'd never find another job at her age. And she was right. For months, she pursued leads and heard nothing back. Finally, she sought help from the state's WorkSource...
A JEWEL of a Program Earns the 2011 MindAlert Award
JEWEL (Joining Elders with Early Learners), a joint program of Family Services of Westchester and the Mount Kisco Child Care Center, is the winner of the 2011 ASA-MetLife Foundation MindAlert Award, a national award program that recognizes innovative...
America Is at the Nexus of Aging and Multiculturalism
The United States, like other nations, is now experiencing a "silver" tsunami. And, as has occurred in other countries, we've seen this tidal force coming, but are not prepared for it.Millions of native-born baby boomers started turning age 65 this year....
Assisted Living and Medicaid: Exploring the Unanswered Questions
Increasingly, state Medicaid programs are offering to cover personal and healthcare services provided by assisted living facilities. But it's a new model, which means many policy questions remain unanswered, posing challenges for states, providers and...
Fear, Discrimination and Abuse: Transgender Elders and the Perils of Long-Term Care
Phyllis Frye is a long-time lawyer and a judge in Houston. She is also a prominent transgender activist. To transition from male to female - her true gender identity - she underwent several medical procedures and takes estrogen. In Phyllis's life, she...
From Success to Significance: A Woman's Place in a Post-Retirement World
In her recent book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from i960 to the Present (New York: Little Brown and Company, 2010), The New York Times columnist Gail Collins relates an incident involving Lois Rabinowitz, a 28year-old...
Kaiser Study Clarifies Level of Healthcare Reform Confusion
One of the bigger stories not covered in the press in 2011 has been how bipartisan bickering over healthcare reform leaves the public mightily confused. On February 24, the Kaiser Family Foundation published key findings from its Health Tracking Poll...
Long-Term Care Is Every Woman's Issue
There are some phone calls you never forget."I found your Dad unconscious on the floor. The ambulance just left. I'm going to the hospital. What are we going to do?"That early afternoon phone call from 1,800 miles away changed our lives forever. What...
Making the Shift: A Call to Action
How do we ensure mat the best thing that ever happened to us as individuals, me prospect of extended and healthier lives, is a boon to the broader community, now and into the future? Here are a few ideas (for more ideas, visit www.encore.org):Create...
Mentoring Builds Bridges, Enriches Lives and Supports Tomorrow's Leaders
In our modern world of work, job stability is uncertain and career padis are more fluid. And for many, the current economic outlook dictates diat many older adults will extend their work lives indefinitely.When faced with a major life transition - whemer...
Tackling the Traffic Jam on the Work Highway: Wise Work Practices Can Ease Intergenerational Clash
It's not just Britain's Prince Charles who suffers from a worklife "waiting in the wings" syndrome: many working women, waiting interminably to take over the reins, fear that their chance may have passed. Some may be thinking, "Why won't those baby boomers...
Talking to Wise Women: Stories of Purpose, Meaning and Passion
Stereotypes about older women abound in modem American culture. Ridiculed in television commercials that advertise dentures and incontinence products, mature women frequently are portrayed as incompetent, dull and stupid. But while researching my book,...
The Mid-Life Migration, the Big Shift and a New Social Imperative
We need a new map of life. We've been making do with one that was fashioned for an expected human longevity of 70 years. At one time such a lifespan constituted progress, but we can't stuffa 21st century lifespan into a life course designed for the 20th...
Then; Now: Anne Nolan, Providence, R.I
The following is excerpted from the appendix section of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Mid-Life by Marc Freedman. Reprinted with permission from Public Affairs, a member of The Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2011.When I went to work...
Training California's Direct-Care Workforce of Tomorrow
California is home to more than 150,000 certified nursing assistants and home healtii aides who provide paid care and support for older adults and persons with disabilities. These critical laborers, a skilled infantry of professional caregivers, make...
Women Are the New Economic Powerhouse
We've seen amazing technological and political evolution across the past century, but the single most powerful economic change has not been caused by technology or the rise of developing nations. It has been created by women.A hundred years ago, the...
Women Face Extreme Multitasking When Balancing Caregiving and Career
In Anna Quindlen's novel One True Thing, Ellen Gulden quits her job as a reporter at a New York magazine to take care of her dying mother. Her boss warns her that this is a bad career move. "Not to be crass," he says, "but a sick mother gets you three...