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. 6, November/December

Can the Social Security Program Really Go Bankrupt?
Social Security is of vital importance to the United States. Although most people associate the program with its retirement benefits, Social security is most accurately thought of as a family protection program. In addition to providing a guaranteed...
CDC Gets to Root Causes of Oral Disease in Elders
The first of two articles.The eyes may be the window to the soul; but the mouth mirrors a person's health and well-being throughout life and into old age. That is because oral dis eases and conditions can affect many aspects of an individual's general...
Elders Racing against the Clock
World Masters AthletesRacing Against the Clock, produced and directed by Bill Haney (Uncommon Productions 2004); DVD $20 plus shipping and handling, available at www.rac ingagainsttheclock.com.About halfway through this inspiring and moving documentary,...
Evidence-Based Practice: What Does It Mean for Aging?
Evidence-based practice (EBP) has become the watchword of human services in recent years. Derived from evidence-based medicine (EBM), EBP has many meanings-and in some cases, no meaning-but generally speaking, it espouses reliance on experimental research...
Fitness Convention's Hot 50-Plus Trends
Boomers have become more aware of the value of working out, and the fitness industry is becoming more aware of the value of the overdo market. That's the message from Julie McNeney, chief operating officer of the International Council on Active Aging...
Guides to the Dementia Journey
Three recent books offer help for families and insights for professionals caring for an elder with dementia.Navigating the Alzheimer's Journey: A Compass for Caregiving by Carol Bowlby Sifton (Baltimore: Health Professions Press, 2004); paperback, 652...
Han and Learn Groups Help Advance Asa's Strategic Plan
Each of the American Society on Aging's (ASA) eight constituent groups bring together professionals in the field of aging with particular interests through targeted newsletters, conference sessions, Web pages and more. In the last issue of Aging Today,...
How Nursing Homes Coped amid the Hurricane Chaos
It is said that disasters bring out the best in people, and Hurricane Katrina did just that for most workers in the longterm care field. When the storm bore down on the Gulf Coast in late August, providers lent a helping hand to residents and colleagues...
It Shouldn't Be This Way: One Mother Faces Long-Term Care
The demand for long-term care is increasing steadily. It is the best-kept embarrassing secret in the United States. Almost every adult in this country will either enter a nursing home or have to deal with a parent or other relative who does. Demographic...
Lessons from Joan-In Kindness, Courage and Humor
During Joan's treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, we got to know some people fairly well whose lives also had been touched by cancer. Advanced cancer is like a club-a club you do not want to join! Membership provides...
On Being an Elder
The idea that elderhood should have developmental tasks would seem to contradict the very idea of an old age rich in being. In fact, doing is and must remain (until the last breath is drawn) an element of every human life. For adults, the idea of putting...
Optimal Aging Manual, a Tome for Wellness and Security
Optimal Aging Manual: Your Guide From Experts in Medicine, Law and Finance, edited by Kevin W. O'Neill and Renno L. Peterson (Sarasota, Fla.: Optimal Aging LLC, 2004); hardback, 1, 193 pages; $59.95.There's some bad news, but also much good to report...
Puzzling out Medicare Part D
POTOMAC SOURCESPrepare for confusion, puzzlement, uncertainty, head-scratching. That's the best way to get in the mood for handling the new Medicare Part D drug benefit for yourself, a client, your parents or anyone else among the 40 million people enrolled...
Selected Books for Family Caregivers
Books on family caregiving, from how-to manuals to social-policy essays, have increased in recent years from a constant trickle to a babbling creek. Perhaps it will take a river of them to change eldercare for the better in the United States, but the...
Study: U.S. Needs Older Workers
Working in retirement, once considered an oxymoron, is the new reality, according to a recent report titled Managing the Mature Workforce, from The Conference Board, the business research nonprofit based in New York City that produces the Consumer Confidence...
The Cultures of Care
Families, healthcare professionals and health policy makers and administrators have distinctive cultures-ways of viewing the world-that affect their priorities and actions in the care of elders or ill people. Culture in this sense includes but goes beyond...
Understanding Oral Conditions
The most common oral conditions include the following:Tooth Decay. Nearly one in five elders has untreated tooth decay (cavities), according to the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2002). Although dental-disease prevention...
Whcoa Vets Raise Concern, Hopes about 2005 Conclave
"I have a dream," declared go-year-old Arthur Flemming at the 1995 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) with a purposeful allusion to Martin Luther King, "a dream that this nationa) community will not only live up to the obligations that it has at...