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. 4, July/August

Access and Medicare Law
"Passage of the Medicare Modernization Act offers an unprecedented opportunity to assist limited-income Medicare beneficiaries with their prescription drug costs," according to a new study, "Pathways to Success: Meeting the Challenge of Enrolling Medicare...
Accounting for What Matters: Are More Elders the Problem?
By now everyone has heard the bad news: More people are living longerand staying healthier. For the free-market establishment that rules the roost in Washington these days, nothing could be worse than a future filled with smaller, more mature societies...
A Poverty Program for All
THE MEDICAID CONUNDRUM: CONTROLLING COST VS. EXTENDING CAREConfronting the implications of an aging society begins in communities. After all, communities are where people live, work, educate their children and seek healthcare and social services, among...
Asa Media Awards Go to Wsj, Plain Dealer
Reporters on aging for The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and The Cleveland Plain Dealer won the 2005 American Society on Aging (ASA) Media Awards, presented at the Joint Conference of ASA and the National Council on the Aging in Philadelphia in March.Honors...
CDC Aims to Prevent Heart Disease from Midlife Onward
"Too many people think that dying from heart disease means passing away in their sleep when they are 90 years old, but that is not the reality," stated Nancy B. Watkins, the team leader for program services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's...
Cna Training Wins Hr Award
Growing Strong Roots: Peer Mentoring of CNAs to Enhance Retention and Care, in Albany, N.Y, took top honors in the 2005 Human Resources in Aging Awards competition, sponsored by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with the Brookdale Center...
Do Older Americans Hide Assets to Qualify for Medicaid?
Middle-Class Transfers a Myth"Under current policy, neither public nor private insurance protects people against the risk of long-term care," veteran health policy analyst Judith Feder told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on June 29. Feder, dean of...
Film Explores Elders' Life-End Issues through Father's Suicide
Few subjects in the field of aging are as provocative as that of suicide, and few moments in a family's life can be as shattering as when a beloved elder ends his life. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Stern not only endured this most personal...
Game, Videos Can Enhance Lives of Elders with Dementia
To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.-Thomas CampbellToo often, one hears the unqualified statement that "there is no treatment for Alzheimer's disease." This belief reflects either a misunderstanding or a misrepresentation of intervention...
Happenings
Aug. 18-21. American Psychological Association 113th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C. Contact: (800) 374-2721 or (202) 336-5500; website: www.apa.org/convention05.Sept. 12-15. American Society on Aging 2005 East Coast Autumn Series, Philadelphia....
Making a Difference: Asa's Direct Outreach to Elders
From its inception, the American Society on Aging has been committed to translating research into practice so that ASA members will have the latest information to apply in their service to older adults and their families. This commitment is the driving...
Making Medicaid Work
The alarming leap in national Medicaid costs from about $200 billion in 2000 to more than $320 billion this year-largely due to escalating healthcare costs, the slumping U.S. economy and employers' retreat from affordable health insurance-recently landed...
Medicare's New Prescription Drug Law's $720M Challenge
Lots of money is available under the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2006, and advocacy groups are working hard to make sure none of the cash goes unclaimed by those who need assistance. But a new report estimates...
Study: Public Backs Medicaid
A surprising new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) reveals that Medicaid, often characterized as Pac Man gobbling up state budgets, enjoys widespread support from Americans across party lines who do not want to see the program cut to help balance...
U.S. Health Costs Erode Care
Commonwealth Fund StudyA new survey of adults in the United States ages 50 to 70 shows that older Americans are so unsettled about their vulnerability to escalating health costs that 69% would be willing to have 1% of their earnings deducted from their...
Winning Programs Aid Homeless Elders, Ease End of Life
The 2005 Healthcare and Aging Awards honored seven exciting and innovative programs around the United States offering solutions to problems ranging from serving elders in the Alaskan wilderness to preventing homelessness among urban elders in Boston....
Work? Once More with Meaning
Studies on Redefining RetirementThree-quarters of respondents in a 10-nation study of retirement said working "would be part of an ideal later life," said Sir John Bond, Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings, sponsor of the recent report titled The Future...