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. 4, July/August

Asa Interest Groups Focus on Lgbt Issues and Mental Health
During the past few months, I have been pleased to provide updates on the activities of the constituent groups of the American Society on Aging (ASA). These groups, which focus on special-interest areas in aging from business to religion and spirituality,...
A Woman-to-Woman Journey toward Aging and Spirituality
When I became the administrator of a new, large retirement community, I had the opportunity to interview more than 500 potential residents and their family members.As many of them became residents, I was often struck by the dilemmas that they confronted....
Belonging and Belongings: Lessons from Katrina
Hurricane Initiative Examines Impact on EldersMany lives were changed irrevocably on Aug. 29, 2005, although many of us did not know it yet. Since then, I have come to believe that the United States has been deeply changed by Hurricane Katrina. For who...
Catastrophe! Elders out of Emergency Loop
Nina Tumosa grew up in rural Maine, where she kept a typical emergency kit in her car including basic first-aid supplies, a blanket, a candle and a change of clothes. "But when my dad was living with me, I had to put in extra batteries for his hearing...
Civic Engagement in the Age Boom: An Untapped Resource
After more than 40 years of working in and around hospitals, retired nurse Kay Kindig knows that even patients with acute illnesses are often left alone in their rooms for long periods. "The staff in busy nursing divisions are simply too busy," she said....
'Don't Call Me Old': How Videos Help Face Fear of Aging
The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.-Madeline L'EngleAn attractive 50-plus woman wearing a one-piece swimsuit stands in front of a mirror while a wiry older man examines her and sometimes pulls at...
Happenings
Mark your calendars. Sept. 25-0ct. I is Active Aging Week-culminating on the International Day of Older Persons. For free professional resources and more information, visit www.icaa.cc/ Activeagingweek/resourcesaaw.htm. Oct. 8-14 is the Eighth Annual...
Heart Monitor Wins Contest
A simplified device for monitoring cardiac rhythm earned its developeriRhythm Technologies, based in Stanford, Calif.-a $10,000 development prize in the 2006 Boomer Business Plan Competition."When you look at heart care, and more specifically, cardiology...
How Far Has Family Caregiving Come? a 30-Year Perspective
In the mid-1970s, before Alzheimer's disease became a household term, a San Francisco woman, Anne Bashkiroff, struggled with her own private hell in trying first to understand her husband's illness and then find help in caring for him as he slowly and...
Law Center Helps on 20 Ltc Problems
Many nursing homes follow standard operating procedures that violate the federal Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987. Many of these unlawful practices-and suggested solutions to them-are discussed in the new guide titled 20 Common Nursing Home Problems-and...
Lessons for All Disasters from Florida's Hurricanes
The experiences of Sept. 11 in 2001, Hurricane Katrina and other dramatic events of recent years have generated numerous calls for a "culture of preparedness" among professionals in aging. Area agencies on aging and state units on aging are struggling,...
Medicaid's New Rules 'Disturbing'
Potomac SourcesLong-term care financing in the United States can give people a headache, and it is now getting even more confusing. New rules will create even more complexities for couples and families struggling with the emotional pain of having a loved...
Mental Health Practices in Disasters
Natural disasters usually come with little or no time for preparation. Elders caught in such catastrophes find that their lives are turned upside down and that there is little they can do but ask for help. They soon discover that no single agency is...
Study Finds Homecare Falls Short
Current homecare policies fall dramatically short of family needs, according to a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the United Hospital Fund of New York. "This study demonstrates the gap between the needs of caregivers of patients with chronic...
Terra Nova Films Turns 25
Terra Nova Films is celebrating 25 years of visual storytelling around issues of elderhood and aging. In 1976 Jim Vanden Bosch, fresh out of film school at the University of Iowa, read an article in Chicago magazine on the plight of several forgotten...
Winning Programs Prevent Addiction, Disease and Falls
The American Society on Aging's (ASA) 2006 Healthcare and Aging Awards bestowed laurels on six programs ranging from a community partnership in Portland, Maine, aimed at reducing unnecessary falls among elders to a healthy-lifestyles effort in Milwaukee...