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. 26, No. 3, May/June

Arts Innovator Honored for Tapping Elders' Creativity
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imaginationFrom "Wild Geese" by Mary OliverLike the geese in Mary Oliver's poem, Susan Perlstein's imagination called out to her, "harsh and exciting," and announced her place "in...
Asa Business Winners Focus on Older Drivers, Senior Discounts
The financial services firm The Hartford and SeniorDiscounts.com, an online directory of age-related discounts, won the American Society on Aging (ASA) 2005 Business and Aging Awards in categories for large and small companies. ASA also presented honorable...
Asa Hall of Fame Couple
Gerontological advocate, physician, psychiatrist, public servant, author and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert N. Butler, along with his spouse Myrna I. Lewis, a leading authority on mental health and related issues for elders, received the 2005 American...
Asa's New Strategic Plan: Policy, Diversity, Leadership
In March 2005, the American Society on Aging (ASA) board of directors concluded an effort that began in 2004: to shape a new five-year strategic plan for the organization, which will be implemented this October. In addition to such goals as assuring...
Big Boomer Plans
American Society on Aging (ASA) President and CEO Gloria Cavanaugh, left, presented an outsized check to officers of the Tibion Corporation of Moffett Field, Calif., for winning the second annual $10,000 Boomer Business Plan Challenge, during the association's...
Experts Warn of Mental Health Crisis If Elders' Needs Ignored
A grim picture emerged of mental health for older Americans from presentations by winners of the American Society on Aging (ASA) 2005 Mental Health and Aging Network Awards. The two honorees told of a U.S. mental health system that is fragmented in delivery...
Health and Aging Winners from Remote Alaska to Chicago
A program reaching out to elders and family caregivers across almost a quarter-million square miles of Alaskan territory, a Chicago project to better serve memory-impaired older adults from five language groups, and a model for providing supportive housing...
Initial Findings: Arts Improve Elders' Health
Preliminary results from a federally sponsored study indicate that involvement in professionally run arts activities seems to have powerful, positive intervention effects on the health and mental health status of older adults. Sponsored by the National...
Letters
Rumi ReduxTo Aging Today:My wife gets Aging Today and I just peek. But because I peeked at the March-April issue, I also visited your website and came upon Harry R. Moody's article, "Rumi's Poetry of Aging," which you published in the January-February...
New Economic Security Standard Challenges Old Poverty Threshold
Two older women, both with modest incomes, live alone. One is managing well; the other can't afford her medication, is seeing the foreclosure of her house for delinquent taxes and has credit card debt she can no longer pay. Although their incomes are...
Nurse-Designer Honored for Retirement-Housing Study
ASA Graduate Student Research Award"Being able to use kitchens and bathrooms may present the greatest challenge and the greatest safety hazard to an older person," states Glenda Gilmore Andes in her doctoral dissertation evaluating dozens of homes marketed...
Redefining Rehabilitation-To Prevent Excess Disability
Having worked in rehabilitation for nearly my entire career, I am convinced that how we view rehabilitation needs a cosmic shift. The field has become caught up with competing diseases or disorders rather than taking a holistic approach to promoting...
Secrets of the Centenarians
"I'm nearly dead," declared Ruth Sneider. She added, "I want to tell you all that it's no fun being 103.1 don't recommend it unless you're really well." In fact, Sneider was alive and very well following an ordeal with a late limousine that then broke...
The Picture of Mental Health
The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, which includes dozens of organizations, such as the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Psychological Association and the American Society on Aging, has recommended resolutions...
The Social Security Stalemate
Potomac SourcesAnyone who wants to understand why a stalemate in the Social Security debate has developed in Washington only needs to know a couple of political don'ts. "Don't raise my taxes" is the best expression of the program of President Bush and...