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. 24, No. 1, January/February

Books on Care Cover Comfort, Dignity, Love
New books for family caregivers and those they care for continue to roll off the presses. Some, like Connie Goldman's The Gifts of Caregiving (see article on page 16), convey stories and general advice, and others are specific to certain diseases. Following...
Culture, Ethnicity and Medications
Numbers are significant in every culture. In Western tradition, for example, the number 13 is considered unlucky, and seven is seen as lucky. There are many schemes and rituals for choosing the six magic lottery numbers-but is it possible that beliefs...
Dance Program Gives Creative Lift to Adult Daycare Clients
ARTS AND MEDIA CURRENTS When people dance, their physical movements express the images and emotions they experience when listening to music. For people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, dance offers a way to express creativity without words. The...
Elders of Color Have Lower Cancer Survival
Elders of color in the United States "are far less likely to survive cancer" according to Brandeis University ci searcher John Capitman, principal investigator of a new study funded by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Capitman,...
Experts Respond to Volunteer Survey
A key barrier to fully enlisting older people as volunteers, said Peter D. Hart in presenting his study The New Face of Retirement at the 4th Annual Coming of Age conference, "is that we have not figured out as a society how to give true value to volunteerism."...
Family Caregiving-Data Show Both the Burden and Benefits
Increasingly, studies are showing both the burden borne by family caregivers and the benefits of their contributions to American society. Recently, several studies have been released with extensive analysis, charts and graphs based both on new research...
Firm Shows LTC Residents 'It's Never 2 Late' to Use Computers
How old is too old to use a computer? Ask Colorado, and they'll tell you it might be 109. That's because one of their nursing home residents, Mamie Legg, is io8 and regularly sends audio e-mails back and forth with elementary school children in the state....
From Hospital to Home: Guides Help Families Make Transition
Waiting until the hospital discharge process begins is the worst time for patients and their family caregivers to begin planning for the transition from an acutecare hospital to homecare. Despite the possibility of mistakes and misunderstandings that...
Geriatric 'Pharm' Rounds Sensitize Medical Students
The increasing age of the U.S. population has been well documented, and people 65 and older now account for 39.1% of all hospital discharges, up from @20% in 1970, according to figures released in June by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)....
Helping Elders Overcome Prescription Drug Addiction
"She can't be addicted-her doctor prescribes the pills she takes." This statement expresses one of the common myths and misconceptions about the potential for substance abuse among older people. Many medications, although they may play an important role...
Learning to Be Old Author Takes Hard Look at Myths of Aging
AGING TODAY FORUM Following is an excerpt from Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture and Aging, (Lanham, Md.: Roman and Littlefield, 2003), the new book by author and essayist Margaret "Peg" Cruikshank, who teaches women's studies at the University of...
Medication Management: Pharmacist a Must for Homecare
Federal regulations governing nursing homes &quire that a pharmacist routinely review the medications taken by all residents in order to identify and correct common medication problems that, especially among older people, can jeopardize health and...
Meet the 'Shaws': A Demographic Portrait of Older Americans
Who is the typical older American? The answer is a sketch that leaves much of the texture and ambiance in the paint box, not on the canvas. For example, despite the fact that the typical older family in the United States had a median income of $23,084...
Polls Show Impact of Rising Costs on Health of Elders
Almost six in 10 people age 65 or older in the United States (58%) reported paying more for healthcare in the last year, according to The Wall Street Journal Online-Harris Interactive HealthCare Poll conducted in December. The survey of 2,438 U.S. adults...
Study Shows How Older-Volunteer Force in U.S. Could Double
Despite stressful times-antiterrorism anxieties, the slumping economy and shaken faith in institutions from the Catholic Church to bankrupt corporations-older Americans are volunteering their time and energy to community programs in rising numbers. Also,...
Study Urges Empowering Care Receivers
Researchers on caregiving for elders have long noted the importance of caregiver empowerment, especially around the issues of physical and emotional burnout. However, very little research has focused on the part the receivers of eldercare play in the...
Surviving Addiction-Audrey's Story
"I'm not going to take away one of dad's last pleasures in life." Many people, when speaking of an aging parent's use of alcohol and medications, commonly mistake addiction for pleasure. For example, people may say, "There really isn't much for him to...
The Gifts of Caregiving-Stories from Hardship to Hope
Many years ago I read eight words that shaped the direction of my career as a public radio producer, writer and speaker. Author and poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote, "The universe is made of stories, not atoms." People read a story in a magazine or a newspaper...
The Mitzvah Model Brings Meaning and Mission to Late Life
What are you doing with the rest of your life? This is the question for elders looking ahead to years or decades stripped of the jobs or roles that previously defined or confined them. It is the question both for those with energy, economic resources...
Tumbling After: One Caregiver's Story, Down-And Up Again
SPECIAL SECTION: THE HEART OF FAMILY CARE Susan Parker begins her memoir, Tumbling After: Pedaling Like Crazy After Life Goes Downhill (New York City Crown Publishers, 2002), with the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill went up the hill ITo fetch a pail of...
Wake-Up Call on Cash-Balance Pensions
Thirty years on the job, a gift certificate, a farewell party from fellow workers-and the solid monthly pension check you have anticipated for years. Wake up! That was your father's reality, if he was lucky enough to work for a major corporation-but...