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. 3, May/June

2006 Joint Conference Spotlights Asa's Constituent Groups
During the 2006 Joint Conference of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and American Society on Aging (ASA) held in March, more than 3,500 attendees, staff and volunteers enjoyed educational training opportunities and professional networking in Anaheim,...
Asa's First Multicultural Awards Honor Three Programs
For the first time, the American Society on Aging's Network of Multicultural Aging (NOMA) presented its NOMA Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging at the association's annual meeting in Anaheim in March. The three winners-a comprehensive lifelong...
Asa's Winning Combination
The American Society on Aging (ASA) board of directors presented its major awards for 2006 at the association's recent conference in Anaheim, Calif.Lynn Friss Feinberg, at left in photo, received the ASA Leadership Award, presented to a member who has...
Caregiver Study: Dementia Brings Losses, Gains
Worries about the stigma of Alzheimer's disease leads to denial and potentially dangerous delay in diagnosis: an average of 6 years when caregivers fear dementia has developed, and almost 3.5 years when the person experiencing the onset of cognitive...
Children, Diplomas and Brains Key to 2006 Mindalert Awards
A long-term care facility placing babes in elders' arms, a pioneering campus program for older learners and a national campaign to bring the knowledge of Nobel Laureates and other scientists to bear on issues of brain health are the winners of the 2006...
Counter Culture: Aging Waitresses Focus of Media Project
"Waitressing is hard work at any age," says documentary photographer Candacy Taylor, "But one has to wonder, how does an 80-year-old waitress like Esther Paul carry 20 pounds of food and dishes on her arms for 10 hours a day? Not only does she remember...
Grantmakers Trifecta
Three grantmakers in aging were honored with the 2006 ASA Chair's Awards presented at the recent Joint Conference of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA) in Anaheim, Calif. The awards were bestowed by Jeanette...
Grief and Dementia
I begin with the caution that my "expertise" in grief is strictly homegrown. I'm not a therapist or a scholar, but a widow who lived with dementia for nearly 14 years in the person I loved most. It took me years to recognize that I was grieving for my...
Happenings
July 13-15. "Quality Improvement: A Leadership and Performance Imperative," Health Forum and the American Hospital Association Leadership Forum for hospital and Healthcare executives, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco. Contact: (805) 677-4296; website:...
Keeping Up with Generation Jones
Business and AgingYes, a demographic baby boom filled the nation's maternity wards between Jan. 1, 1946 and Dec. 31, 1964. But, no, there wasn't a monolithic Baby Boom Generation born during those 19 years. Two distinct new generations sprang from that...
Letters
Ethical WillsThank you for including Judith A Shultz's article "Ethical Wills: A Tool for Resolving Unfinished Business" (MarchApril 2006). Ethical wills are a wonderful way for us all to transmit our spiritual legacy.Rabbi John D. CooperBuderim, QueenslandAustralia'Swimsuit'...
Part D: Low-Income Elders, the Donut Hole and the Election
Millions of Americans can still enroll in the new Medicare Part D prescription-drug benefit even though the first deadline has come and gone. For most of the 42 million people on Medicare, May 15 was the well-publicized date for them to sign up. Now,...
Politics and Policy in Aging: A Political Scientist's Journey
For more than four decades, Robert H. Binstock has been a leading political scientist in gerontology. Now the Professor of Aging, Health and Society at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, he was awarded the American Society on Aging's (ASA)...
Scholars Meet to Challenge the Stigma of Dependency
What is dependency? Why is it so feared and stigmatized? Anne Basting, director of the Center on Age and Community and associate professor of theater at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM), has been thinking about dependency, independence and...
The Image of Age in America
"Madonna is not the only one that can reinvent herself," declared Lupe Ontiveros, 2005 Emmy nominee for her role as Juanita Sous, Eva Longoria's strong-willed mother-in-law on ABC-TV'S Desperate Housewives. "I was a social worker in East Los Angeles...
'Unbefriended' Elders Receive Court Protection in California
The three cases summarized in the box adjacent to this article, and others like them, were the focus of San Francisco's Conservatorship Work Group, a group of professionals convened by the Probate Division of that city's Superior Court under a 2002 grant...