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. 30, No. 2, March/April

Aging and Community: Asa Presents National Forum on Civic Engagement
The 2009 ASA-NCOA Aging in America Conference devoted a full day on March 16 to a National Forum on Civic Engagement, which presented the best practices in civic engagement. A group of 14 presenters, led by Marc Freedman and Nancy Morrow-Howell, included...
Aging and the Meaning of Spiritual Experience
Aging Today is pleased to offer the following essay, which has been adapted from the book, Spirituality and Aging (Baltimore, Md:The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) by Robert C. Atchley, distinguished professor of gerontology (emeritus) from Miami...
A Moving Collaboration: Asa and Ncst Take on Transportation Issues
Transportation plays a vital part in every human life, but most especially in the lives of older adults. The availability of accessible transportation for elders and their caregivers - is a critical bridge to their high quality of life and independence....
A Perfect Match: In-Home Staffing Agencies Can Pair Care to Client for Best Results
Problem: "I fired the helper you sent because she talked all the time. And she came late. She ate all the food in the refrigerator, watched television and argued with her children on her cellphone. Between the television and the cellphone, she didn 't...
Asa's 2009 Media Awards: The Year of the "Journals"
Three journalists, winners of the 2009 American Society on Aging (ASA) Media Awards competition, focused their award-winning investigative stories on the abuse of elders in homes and nursing homes. Lucette Lagnado, senior special writer in the New York...
A Trio of Care Scenarios
Scenario One. In their 40s and on through their 60s, most women will deal with an older mother, father or in-law who becomes frail and needs assistance. They must decide whether to bring care into the family member's residence, invite them into their...
Bioethicist Revives Elder Healthcare Rationing
In 1987, bioethicist Daniel Callahan published his book, Setting Limits: Med- ical Goals in an Aging Society, in which he described older Americans as "a new social threat," and as "a demographic, economic, and medical avalanche . . . that could ultimately...
Cognitive Aging and Community: A Newview
DEMENTIA IN EVERYDAY LIFE: CHALLENGES, CHOICES AND SOLUTIONSThe Alzheimer's Association estimates that more than 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease, and the challenges are significant and varied for individuals...
Coping with Early Stage Dementia
Decades ago, people diagnosed with middle- or late-stage dementia often would be placed in nursing homes, one of the few available care options. Mostly these "patients" were elderly and had been cared for at home. Not until the dementia advanced did...
Current Study Focuses on Aging Drivers
This study is funded by the National Institute on Aging (ROIAG020579). Special thanks to Lighthouse International and their clients for their support with this project.For older adults in our society, driving is more than an activity to accomplish daily...
Design for Dementia: Creating a Place Called Home
Senior housing design has evolved in bold and positive ways. Current residential facilities for elders can be carefully considered environments where all inhabitants, especially those with dementia, have a choice to interact with others, be in solitude...
Elders Spark a Social Revolution
Suzanne Stark is an 82-year-old author and freelance writer with an enviable social and professional life. At work on her latest assignment, she fills her days with research, committee meetings and stimulating social activities. Stark has heart problems...
Law Center Challenges SSA Benefit Suspensions
Eldercare and the LawThe following article is the second in a new series in Aging Today developed with the National Senior Citizens Law Center.THE CASE: Martinez v. Astrue is a national class action filed by the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)...
Scan Champions a New Vision of Long-Term Care
Nearly 30 years ago, a group of older citizens, frustrated by lack of access to health services, formed the Southern California-based Senior Care Action Network (SCAN), which eventually led to the creation of the nonprofit SCAN Health Plan, a "Medicare...
Seven Tips on Branding for the Elder Market
* Understand the older adult, your primary customer. Seek out older adults; talk to them about their problems and challenges. Understand these issues and impacts. Ask them how do they feel now; how do they want to feel; and what are their aspirations....
Silverride Cares
SilverRide is this year's recipient of the ASA Business and Aging Award. The award was presented on March 18 during the 2009 ASA-NCOA Aging in America Conference in Las Vegas. The ASA Business and Aging Awards honor companies that offer exemplary programs...
The 2009 Mindalert Awards Programs Tout Technology, the Performing Arts and a Boot Camp for the Brain
Educational programs in the performing arts, brain fitness and technology garnered this year's ASA-MetLife Foundation MindAlert Awards, which recognize innovation in mental fitness programming for older adults. The four award winners were honored at...
The Aging in America Conference: A Model of Successful Collaboration
This issue of Aging Today went to press shortly after our 2009 asa-ncoa Aging in America Conference in Las Ve- gas. I am pleased to report that the con- ference was a great success, with more than 3,500 partic- ipants, presenters and exhibitors at- tending...
The Demise of Letter-Writing
Aging Today is pleased to present the following essay, which is adapted from Wendy Lustbader's afterword to Glorious Adventure (Rochester, N. Y: Pioneer Network in Culture Change, 2008), eldercare advocate Carter Catlett Williams ' memoir about a daughter...
The Gender Inequalities of Eldercare
A longer version of this material, including research sources, originally appeared as the paper, "Housing and LongTerm Care Needs of Florida's Older Women: Acknowledging the Gender Gap," in Life Issues of Florida Women Mid-Life and Beyond (Tallahassee,...
The Old Road Is Rapidly Aging: Effective Assisted Living Approaches
Mr. B, an 85-year-old assisted living resident, has Alzheimer's dementia. Often, his 60-year-old son takes him out golfing and to lunch. He also enjoys visits from his great-grandchildren, but he can 't always remember them. Though popular with the staff,...