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. 31, No. 6, November/December

Aging with Dignity in the Golden State: A New Administration Offers Hope for the Future of California's Elders
California's governor-elect Jerry Brown has the opportunity to play a significant role in the health and wellbeing of the Golden State's emerging elder population.In 2011, the oldest baby boomers will begin to turn age 65. Over the next 20 years, California...
Alzheimer's Disease and the Family Caregiver
Alzheimer's disease is progressive, incurable and fatal. As the condition worsens, it deteriorates the victim's brain cells, stripping away memories, devastating muscle function and leaving the afflicted person unaware of the world around them and alienated...
ASA Announces New and Continuing Board Leadership
The American Society on Aging (ASA) is proud of and grateful to its strong cadre of dedicated members who generously serve on ASA's various boards and committees.The ASA is pleased to announce the election of five new members to the ASA Board of Directors....
Fighting Back and Finding Hope in Alzheimer's Identification and Treatments
Alzheimer's disease is the country's third most expensive disease, and will cost Medicare and Medicaid an estimated $20 trillion between 20 ro and 2050. However, the federal government invests less than $500 million a year on Alzheimer's research- a...
Forging a Career: A Transitional Tale
In this current economic climate, new college graduates are facing a hard job market with dismal prospects to begin that ideal career. The dismal rate of unemployment in this recession has affected workers of all ages, but it has particularly impacted...
Is Anti-Aging Medicine the New Ageism?
When I was reporting my book Selling the Fountain of Youth (New York: Basic Books, 2010), I traveled to Boston to interview Dr. Thomas Perls, a professor at Boston University School of Medicine and founder of the New England Centenarian Study (NECS)....
Leadership Program Builds a Culturally Competent Workforce for the Future of Aging
The ASA New Ventures in Leadership program is actively recruiting for its 2011-2012 class of Partners. The program's core goal is to help participants to enhance their professional skills so they may improve quality of life, health, safety and economic...
Living the Third Chapter Artfully: Happiness, Creativity and the Older Adult
Happiness is big business. There are hundreds of thousands of books on the subject, and billions of dollars are spent on pills and psychotiierapy visits in search of it. Yet happiness remains a temporary and, for some, an elusive state. Mental health...
Medicare: Pac-Man or Trainable Puppy?
The oldest of the baby boomers begin their Medicare eligibility in 201 1. They are the first of a wave of people, at least 3 million every year for the next two decades, who will join the ranks of Medicare beneficiaries. For the first time, there will...
New Resource Center's Director Aims to Keep Aging LGBT Elders Well-Served-And out of the Closet
Established this year through an historic Department of Health and Human Services grant, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is America's first organization to provide technical assistance toward improving the quality of services for lesbian,...
New Summit to Address the Emerging Economic Might of Mature Women
Women in the 21st century have an economic clout not dreamt of by their predecessors.There are more than 50 million women over age 50 in the United States. Now is the time to acknowledge their numbers - and their influence on the marketplace. Women are...
Of Stars, Constellations and Community
If, like me, you're a fan of taking an evening stroll, you'll know that the winter season offers its own special delights: the night sky seems clearer, the air is more crisp and invigorating (unless you happen to live in our country's balmier climes)...
Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease out of Getting Old-And Made Billions
The following is an excerpt from the preface and Chapter One of the book Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old And Made Billions by Arlene Weintraub. Excerpted by arrangement with Basic Books, a...
Ten-Plus Years After: The Olmstead Ruling Sees Progress but Faces Hurdles
The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), with support from The Scan Foundation, recently released 10Plus Years After the Olmstead Ruling: Progress, Problems, and Opportunities. The report documents what has happened since the landmark ruling...
Three Decades of Caring: A Conversation with Caregiver Advocate Kathy Kelly
Kathy Kelly has been working with caregivers since before there was such a term. In 1979, when she started at the Family Caregiver Alliance there were two staff members. That same year the current governor, Jerry Brown, signed the first piece of legislation...