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. 25, No. 3, May/June

Aging with Disability
For most Americans, life expectancy has increased 60% in the last 100 years, surging from an average of just 47 years in 1900 to about 77 in the year 2000. Major improvements in public health, the advent and availability of antibiotics, better medical...
Alzheimer's Studies on Depression, Diabetes
Two studies released in May by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) examine the dynamics of Alzheimer's disease from two markedly different but significant angles: the effects of untreated depression on caregivers of people with dementia, and the increased...
An Exclusive Interview with Asa Award Winner Hugh Downs
Hugh Downs makes it clear that he is far from being an expert on aging, "but I can't call myself an interested layman." In an exclusive interview, the venerable broadcaster recalled his half-century of flirtation with longevity, beginning with his 1951...
Asa Looks Back in 'Life Review' as It Celebrates 50 Years
I want to thank everyone who contributed to the tremendous success of ASA's 50th anniversary gala celebration in April. More than 700 people attended the reception and dinner-which included a visit from San Francisco's new mayor, Gavin Newsom-and the...
Asa Research Awards Focus on Supporting Frail Elders
The American Society on Aging presented its 2004 Student Research Awards to a graduate student in Los Angeles who examined the effectiveness of care advocacy for frail older adults in Medicare managed care programs, and to an undergraduate student in...
CDC Campaigns to Prevent Hospital Infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than 2 million patients get sick each year from infections they caught in the hospital-resulting in approximately 90,000 deaths. If these nosocomial infections-the term for hospital-contracted...
ESL Project Wins Best Practices in Human Resources Award
Pennsylvania Program Trains Nursing AssistantsOne nurse assistant in training learned English well enough on the job to communicate with her young children for the first time in the language they took to so easily in their new country, and to talk to...
Her Mother's Hip: A Professional's Close Encounter with Aging
Among the speakers at the recent Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and National Council on the Aging was anthropologist Luisa Margolies. She entered the realm of gerontology on April 28, 1993, with emergency phone calls to her home in...
Laws Prompt Design Changes
Although universal design has emerged from personal inspiration and produced good business results, legislative mandates played at least a partial role in prompting interest in this new approach by 10 of the 22 companies studied by the Center for Universal...
Letters
Medicare's Rx FraudTo Aging Today:The Medicare bill discussed in "Medicare Law Befuddles Elders" (March-April 2004) is a fraud. While it purports to demonstrate concern for the plight of elders regarding exorbitant Rx bills, the real agenda is clear:...
Pfizer and Catalyst Benefits Win 2004 Asa Business Awards
Health education and management programs for elders sponsored by Pfizer Inc., as well as a service created by Catalyst Benefits that helps organizations package health benefits for older adults, are the winners of the American Society on Aging 2004 Business...
Program Supports Elders' Special Needs
Developmental Disability With BlindnessLike their nondisabled peers, people with developmental disabilities are enjoying the benefits of increased longevity. In 1930, the life expectancy for this population was about 19 years. By the 1990s, it had increased...
Rand Survey Finds Half in U.S. Receive Recommended Care
Deficits in the quality of Healthcare in the United States "pose serious threats to the health of the American public and translate into thousands of preventable complications and deaths per year," states the first national "report card" on the quality...
The Medicare-Card Shuffle
Potomoc SourcesHalf a buck to help each Medicare beneficiary figure out which discount card to use to maximize prescription drug savings doesn't sound like much money. But about 50 cents is the change that jingles when you divide $21 million by the 40...
The Professional Chaplain's Role in Long-Term Care
The clients of long-term care vary in background, culture and life experience but are united in entering the long-term care setting because of losses in health that require specialized services. In exchange for needed assistance, clients experience the...
The Road from Ozzie to Ozzy: What to Do about Boomers' Health
Picture Ozzie Nelson: crew cut, conventional and comforting. Times have changed. Now, we've got Ozzy Osbourne: chaotic and out of control. It's a wild and different world out there for the boomers, both in its icons and its healthcare.Calmed by Ozzie...
Universal Design Good for Business
Universal design is a term coined more than 20 years ago by the late Ron Mace, an architect and designer with a disability. This term describes a way of designing all things for human use-including buildings, interiors, products and packages-that makes...
When a Wheelchair Means Freedom
Seven years ago, I left the world of the temporarily abled. Complications from surgery to remove a tumor from inside my spinal cord left me a paraplegic with Brown-Sequard's syndrome. On my right side, extreme neuropathy persists with no ability to perceive...