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. 24, No. 4, July/August

2003 Health and Aging Awards: From Meals to Stroke Sense
A meals program for older Indian and Russian immigrants in Massachusetts, which also connects them with information on wellness; the Feeling Fit Club in California, developed for at-risk older adults who resist exercise; and an Illinois project that...
Aging-Chicago Style!
"Neighborhoods that are without older people are neighborhoods without souls," observed Dominic Pacyga, a professor at Columbia College in Chicago and a leading authority on neighborhood change in the Windy City. He continued, "They are neighborhoods...
Applying Research to Practice: The Test for Dementia Settings
"Research should guide the design of new environments," observed Margaret P. Calkins during her lecture titled "Environments for People With Dementia: From Research to Practice," at the 2003 Joint Conference of the National Council on the Aging and the...
ASA Program Celebrates 10 Years of Promoting Diversity
New Ventures in Leadership (NVL) turned 10 this year. NVL is ASA's flagship program for promoting and developing leadership among professionals of color in the field of aging. At the 2003 Joint Conference of the National Council on the Aging and ASA...
Calif. Program Wins CNA Award
A Southern California program that takes a comprehensive approach to nurturing the careers of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) won the American Society on Aging's (ASA) 2003 award for recruitment, retention and promotion of nursing assistants in long-term...
Confusion Marks Medicare Drug Bill
Potomoc Sources"I'm from the government and I'm here to help you." Those are the words that have struck fear in the hearts of many a citizen. The promise by President Bush and Congress to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare may yet produce fear...
Connections: Portraits from a Long-Term Care 'Neighborhood'
"Connections: Portraits From the Neighborhood" is a photographic essay created for the Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale, N.Y., to focus on the importance of relationships between residents and staff caregivers. As curator of the home's collection...
Crafting the Message: Tips on Social Marketing in Aging
How can organizations in aging use the techniques of social marketing to attract the support and participation of active people near or in retirement? "Crafting the Message" was the title of a presentation given by Margaret Mark, president of Margaret...
Experts in Aging Can Give Companies Mature-Market Edge
One of the most interesting stories we've come across at The Wall Street Journal in recent years is that of a disconnect. On the one hand, within a dozen years the United States will have an estimated 106 million people ages 50 and older, or 45% of the...
GAO Faults CMS on Waivers
A new report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) faults the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (GMS) for poor quality-of-care management of the growing number of home and community-based waiver programs operated by states. Waivers exempt states...
Key Findings Point to Better Practices
Margaret P. Calkins provided an overview of key research findings that she gleaned from her review of the professional literature in long-term care and dementia. Following is her quick summary of recent studies, focusing mostly on settings for people...
Older-Adult Learning: Shifting Priorities in the 21st Century
Although I've been involved in gerontological education for years, my work in adult learning is really the focal point of my career, and, I might add, my true love. I know the power of education and lifelong learning and how they can open the minds and...
Phased Retirement Will Ease Many into Active Older Years
"The demographic clock is ticking," declares a recent report on phased (gradual) retirement from the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C."Many people in many countries may spend half their adult life in retirement, if the current patterns of retirement...
Public Libraries: Places for Renewal
Whether it is the shift from emphasizing books to supplying a wide range of information media, the move from face-to-face reference assistance to online reference available 24 hours a day, or the change from English-language materials to multilingual...
Reimagining Work: The Next Chapter
The United States is in the midst of a dramatic increase in volunteering by people 65 or older-a four-fold expansion since the early 1960s. This is happy news in a society that has long overlooked the social assets and human resources present in its...
What's Next? Life Options
Civic Ventures has developed its new Life Options program in an effort to help adults 50 and older answer the question, "What's next?" According to Civic Ventures Senior Vice President Judy Goggin, the San Francisco-based nonprofit developed Life Options...
Why Survive? Author Revisits His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book
In Why Survive? Being Old in America, published in 1975, I tried to portray old age in the United States as it was being lived at the time. Three decades ago, the difficulties older Americans faced were so many that I was prompted to ask, Why survive?...