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. 28, No. 1, January/February

2007 Conference to 'Rethink Aging' with Diversity, Brain Power
Only a few weeks remain before the annual Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging (AS A) and National Council on Aging (NCOA) in Chicago, March 7-10. As the program planning cochairs for the conference, we have been honored during the past...
An Encore Journey: One Professional Writes Her Second Act
At last spring's Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and National Council on Aging, Jennie Chin Hansen delivered a special lecture with rare personal reflections about embracing the transitions of midlife-including quitting her impressive...
Author Goldman Finds Late-Life Love Both in Life and in Print
Author and former National Public Radio broadcaster Connie Goldman has devoted herself to programs and projects exclusively concerning the changes and challenges of aging since the late 1970s. Her most recent book, her fifth, is also her most personal...
Boomer Women: Retirement's Brave New World
Women boomers have grown up in a much different world than women currently in retirement. Compared with their predecessors, they married later, divorced more, acquired greater education, participated to a much greater extent in the paid labor force and...
CDC Brain Health Initiative Focuses on Cognitive Research
Anyone who has not yet heeded the public health message to get off the couch needs to know that there is another good reason to listen to the experts. Reducing cardiovascular risk factors and staying physically active may help preserve people's minds...
For Elders, Reports Focus on Matters of Life and Debt
Older people in the United States are increasing their credit card debt loads to unprecedented levels, leaving many "buried in unaffordable debt," according to a pair of new studies from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), based in Boston. The reports,...
Future of Work and Retirement Key Concern for an Aging Nation
I put 34 years into this firm, Howard, and now I can't pay my insurance! You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away-a man is not a piece of fruit.-Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a SalesmanNo longer is it just Disney toys and Nike shoes...
Happenings
For a continually updated calendar of events, visit the American Society on Aging website at www.asaging.org/calendarAiome.cfm. Another excellent online events calendar is maintained by the National Alliance for Caregiving, www.care giving.org. Following...
Letters
Robert N. Butler Responds on Productive AgingTo Aging Today:I enjoyed reading Jim Emerman's article "On Life's New Stage-And Its Changes in the Field of Aging" in the September-October 2006 issue. I would like to respond to his sentence, "So-called productive...
National Am Eye Healthy? Campaign Aims for Early Detection
Older people, especially aging boomers, are being reminded that it's never too early to spot potential vision problems beyond those which can be helped by a new pair of eyeglasses. The Am Eye Healthy? campaign recently began its second year, aimed at...
Social Security Apt to Stall, Health Locus Moves to States
Preserving Social security and expanding health insurance coverage-two of the pundit community's favorite issues-are sure to generate lots of commentary in Washington for 2007. All this talking won't turn into any significant action, but for reasons...
Studies: Exercise Mind, Muscle
Two new studies add muscle to the growing evidence that both mental and physical exercise help older adults flex their minds and bodies with greater health as they age.Scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine found that people 65 or older...
Survey: TV Devalues Boomers
"Baby boomers are frustrated that television and advertisers place too much emphasis on younger audiences and are missing the chance to connect with boomers in their peak earning and spending years," states a recent media-industry survey report conducted...
Tapping the Boomer Marketplace
As both an entrepreneur and professor of entrepreneurship, her title at Santa Clara University in Northern California, Mary Furlong is a keen observer of the boomer generation. Furlong is also the creator of the annual What's Next? Boomer Business Summit,...
Tax Credits for Caregivers: A Possibility in New Congress?
More than a decade ago, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter wrote that "there are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers."The...
The States of Aging Brains
What distinguishes normal cognitive decline from mild impairment or dementia?Scientists attribute the normal cognitive decline that comes with age to a decrease in brain size and changes in the way that neurons (nerve cells) function. This decline is...
Whose Death Is It, Anyway? Taking Charge of One's Dying
Being a close friend or immediate family member often provides an opportunity to be intensely involved in another person's dying process. In the mid1990s, I was part of the dying process of Millie, my best friend and colleague of more than 25 years,...