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. 6, November/December

A Checklist of Hr Trends
Based on our synthesis and analysis of today's workforce demographics, we recommend that employers begin preparing for the following changes to safeguard their talent pool:Aging. The average age of employees will continue to rise, and the workforce will...
Affordable Housing in L.A
When Eva Plasencio moved into Angelus Plaza, she didn't realize she was moving into a whole new phase of life. For 30 years, Plasencio had worked as a hairdresser in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Shortly after she retired, her husband died and...
California Report Offers Urban Strategies for Aging Well
The "sweeping demographic transformation" that will elevate the population of those 65 or older will place unusual pressures on California cities, according to "Aging Well: New Ideas for an Older California," a new publication developed by the Center...
Epilepsy among Older Adults Underdiagnosed, Undertreated
Epilepsy is probably not what you think it is, especially when older adults have it. Epilepsy is beset by myths and misunderstandings:Myth: Only children and young adults get epilepsy. Fact: The segment of the population with the fastest-growing incidence...
Growing Older in World Cities: Implications for Healthy Aging
Growing Older in World Cities, edited by Victor G. Rodwin and Michael K. Gusmano (Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 2006) is the first book to emerge from the World Cities Project, which the editors codirect. It is the first research project...
Happenings
Mark your calendars: November is National Family Caregivers Month. For information, contact the National Family Caregivers Association, (800) 896-3650; e-mail: info@nfcacares.org, website: www.nfcacares.org; and the National Alliance for Caregiving,...
Let 100 Ollis Bloom-A Rabbi, a Billionaire and a Vision
"Everything in my life is created by serendipitous moments," says Rabbi Harry Sky, recalling his key role in starting an adult learning program at the University of Southern Maine (USM) that has become the hub of a rapidly expanding national network...
'Let's Rethink Aging'-More Than Just the 2007 Conference Theme
Preparations are well under way for the 2007 Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the National Council on Aging, March 7-10 in Chicago. I am looking forward to welcoming you to the Windy City, my home turf, for this premier event...
Looking Ahead: Philadelphia Study Focuses on Diversity in Urban Aging
"Philadelphia has a huge aging population compared to other cities. I imagine we will be on the forefront, leading the way for other cities on how to handle this transformation of our city's demographics."This insight into the crystal ball of America's...
Study Examines Transportation Innovations for Rural Elders
When a small group of health professionals met in rural Maine to resolve a major transportation gap for local cancer patients, one hospital social worker described her horror on hearing that a patient had decided to have radical surgery rather than radiation....
Study: U.S. Unprepared for Aging
The city of Reno, Nev., partners with the Nevada Food Commodity and Distribution Program to support the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program provides low-income elders with vouchers to use...
The Aging Network's Role in the Future of Long-Term Care
How to provide long-term care (LTC) most cost effectively will become an increasingly urgent policy issue at both federal and state levels in the coming years. Discussions of this issue among some journalists and LTC policy experts often take an alarmist...
The Shift in Congress
Introduction of a bill allowing direct federal negotiations with drug companies under Medicare Part D is among the top healthcare measures likely to be introduced in the first 100 hours of the new Democratic majority, if, as expected, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,...
Two Metlife Studies Reveal the High Cost of Caregiving
The demands of family caregiving are costing U.S. businesses nearly $34 billion per year, and families are being burdened with as much as $77,447 in paid and unpaid care costs annually, according to two new studies released by the MetLife Mature Market...
Voices from the Media on Covering Elders' Civic Engagement
The traditional notion of retirement is changing. Casting aside the 20th century's "golden years" ideal of perpetual leisure, about 80% of Americans in their 50s and 60s expect to work at least part time through their so-called retirement years, according...
Wal-Mart's Effect on Part D
Potomoc SourcesMedicare's Part D drug benefit starts its second year in January with a new wild-card player in the game: Wal-Mart.The giant retailer, which has transformed markets ranging from toys to groceries, has moved massively into generic medications,...
WHY CEOs AND HR EXECUTIVES NEED A NEW WORKFORCE STRATEGY
Has anyone in American business not heard about the aging of the workforce? Business leaders are told regularly that they should be preparing for the coming shortage of new workers. Yet, as Ken Dychtwald, Tamara J. Erickson and Robert Morison state in...
Wisconsin's Managed Long-Term Care Model
Among, the current array of managed long-term care (LTC) programs, the Wisconsin Family Care Program (WFCP) may be the most instructive model involving aging-network programs. WFCP is administered by county service agencies in aging in the five project...