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. 28, No. 6, November/December

Addicted! Helping Elders Find Pathways Back from Abuse
FLORIDA'S BRITE MODELWith the aging of the boomers, concern is increasing about elders who mis-.use alcohol, medications or illicit substances. Relatively few programs are specifically designed for this age group.In recent years, though, important new...
Close to the Bone Exposes the Myths and Wisdom of Illness
CLOSE TO THE BONE EXPOSES THE MYTHS AND WISDOM OF ILLNESSIt is said, in mythology and in human life, that only when a person is stripped of all pretense, all joy, all beliefs and all roles, to the point of feeling that there is no return, then-ah, only...
Dignity Denied: The Cost of Imprisoning Older Women
"Staff says all inmates are to be treated just alike. There is no differentiation, whether you're old, crippled or whatever"-Myrtle Green, 73, incarcerated at the California Institution for WomenThe United States maintains the dubious distinction of...
High Stakes for Older Gamblers
At age 67, Anna was in excellent health until the death of her husband of 40 years, when she became very depressed and withdrawn. Having never held a full-time job after her marriage, Anna, with no one to cook or clean for, found herself disoriented...
Letters
Successful AgingTo Aging Today:Your headline "Will Shift to 'Successful Aging' Include Low-Income Elders?" (September-October 2007) caught my attention because our 2,400 primarily low-income elder constituents have been offered access to most aspects...
Lifelong Retail Helps Design Elder-Friendly Communities
Imagine living in an elder-friendly community where traditional retail products, services and ambiance are a stroll away. Now, imagine that older customers can't use much of what's sold there because the products are not relevant to their everyday lives....
Literary Luminaries Explore Aging
On the Book Shelf"Part of growing up and growing older involved expanding beyond those limiting paradigms that hobbled us when we were younger," writes best-selling novelist Julia Alvarez in her essay "Caring Across Borders: Aging Parents in Another...
Medication Misuse: A Growing Concern for Aging Population
At age 79, Mrs. R is frail and lives alone with multiple chronic diseases. Her condition is adequately managed by eight daily medications, but her caregiver recently alerted me to Mrs. R's sudden, unexplained mood changes, marked by increased irritability....
More Than Money: Older Women Find Help in Facing Transitions
Roberta Cohen planned for her retirement the way most people do. "I focused on how much money I would need to retire," she said. "I didn't concentrate on what I'd actually be doing." When she left her 30-year, high-powered, high-stress career in banking,...
New Programs on Creative Brains, Patient Transitions and More
Over the past year, the American Society on Aging has experienced several important changes. ASA's new president and CEO, Robert Stein, and the ASA staff have developed a fresh format for the annual conference, as well as new programs and services to...
Nursing Home Cost Hits $77K
The basic rate for a private nursing home room in the United States rose to a whopping annual average of $77,745 this year, up 3% from 2006, and a semiprivate room hit $68,985 a year, according to the latest survey conducted by the MetLife Mature Market...
Quality-Improvement Project Cuts Worst Pressure Lesions 69%
A national collaborative project of nursing homes and Medicare's Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) successfully reduced the incidence of the most serious pressure ulcers by 69% in one year, according to a new study published in the October 2007...
Study Is First to Detail U.S. Dementia Prevalence
Potomac SourcesScientists are on the verge of painting a new and dramatically detailed portrait of Americans who have Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The first brush strokes on the canvas came with the November publication of new data on the...
The Science of Addiction: Implications for Elders
Scientific discoveries in the last 10 years have provided a new understanding of addictions and led to the development of improved treatment approaches that significantly increase the promise of long-term sobriety. New tomography techniques using PET-scan...
Women's Groups Are Booming
With 4,000 Americans turning age 60 every day and more than 70 million expected to be 65-plus by 2020-the majority of them women-the need for support in people's postretirement years will continue to grow. In addition to The Transition Network, other...
Words to Age By: A Guide on Style and Usage
"Frankly, I don't have a problem with senior," stated one newspaper reporter."I HATE seniors, and so does everyone I know" declared yet another journalist."Get rid of boomer, even if there is no great alternative" insisted a columnist."Baby boomer is...