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. 33, No. 5, September/October

A Desire for Change Makes One Woman's Wish Come True
What happens when you reach a point in life where you have all the time in the world, but no money to do anything with it? This "lightning bolt" question struck Cass Forkin while she was on a vacation cruise, taking a break from her duties as chief financial...
Appalachia and Its Aging Cohort: An Early Warning System for American Aging?
With its higher proportion of older residents, Appalachia may be America's "canary in the coal mine"- an early warning system heralding the problems and possibilities that can attend an older population.The region has 420 counties in 13 states, which...
Eldercare in Indian Country: In the Long Term, on Their Own
More than 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) live in the United States, with a projected three-and-a-halffold increase between 2010 and 2050 of AI/ANs ages 65 years or older. Much of what we think about aging among AI/ ANs is largely...
Feeling Young-A Prescription for Growing Old?
Growing older in a society that devalues later life involves slowly acquiring a stigmatized identity. But people are resourceful; they have strategies for keeping positive selfimages intact.One strategy is to hold on to a youthful self-image that defies...
I Listen, I Tweet, I Lead: Notes on Digital Leadership
I tweet, I text, I link, I listen, and this is the new way I lead. This is 2012. The messages around leadership are the same: to mitigate the loneliness of older adults and provide venues that instantiate their roles as leaders in society. I lead by...
Leadership for the Third Age
Developing leadership is vital to the aging community since the well-being of people at all life stages involves their interaction with groups- from family to government to the whole human community.The field has grown concomitantly with the number of...
Leadership Insights from New Ventures in Leadership Partners
Since ASA established the New Ventures in Leadership (NVL) program more than two decades ago, the program, which focuses on developing leaders of color, has graduated more than 350 leaders. Three recent NVL graduates offer their insights on leadership...
Loneliness Has Very Real Health Costs to Elders
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), were surprised twice by one study on loneliness and its impact on elders: once, to find that a "feeling" seriously affected elders' health; twice, to find that what they had thought of...
Move with Balance Fosters Equilibrium and Cognitive Fitness in Older Age
TheASA-MetLife Foundation MindAlert Award Program annually recognizes innovative mental fitness programs developed by nonprofit organizations. Move With Balance is the 2012 MindAlert Award winner in the Mental Fitness Programs for the General Population...
Population Aging Is Tilting the World's Societies. Is This a Crisis-Or an American Leadership Opportunity?
The aging of the global population is one of the greatest social, political and economic challenges the world faces in the 21st century. For developed and developing nations, populations are poised to become far older than they have ever been. By 2050,...
San Francisco Poised to Lead on LGBT Elder Issues
This past June, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance establishing a task force on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders; LGBT Supervisors Scott Wiener, David Campos and Christine Olague sponsored the...
The New Leadership Equation: Five Core Ingredients
After nearly 40 years in the field of aging, I've come to believe there are five key ingredients for becoming and remaining a leader in this arena.First, you must have a forwardfacing vision and mission.You've got to imagine how you'd like things to...
The Practicalities of Effective Leadership: A Conversation with Robyn Golden
Robyn Golden, a former chair of ASA's Board of Directors, and now a co-chair of the ASA Public Policy Committee, is director of Health and Aging, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, III. Recently, Aging Today asked her to share her thoughts on what...
The Supreme Court Speaks: The ACA Survives, but Concerns Remain
In general, June 28, 2012, was a good day for older Americans. Because of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), improvements in the Medicare program remain in place and nearly half of the 8.6 million Americans ages 50 to 64 who currently...
Training Day: National Resource Center Teaches LGBT Cultural Competence
There are approximately 2 million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders in America-a number expected to double in the next 15 years. LGBT elders face a complex set of issues when they need to use services from providers in the aging network;...
Uncertain Times, Course Correction and Compromise
This past summer's crazy temperature swings, storms and unpredictability have left many unsettled, literally and figuratively. But everything seems in a whirl of perpetual uncertainty these days: world markets are tumbling, healthcare reform-even in...
Volunteers Provide Peek into America's Past
Volunteerism can be a force to be reckoned with: this holds true for the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. Through the efforts of more than 125,000 volunteers, the public can now take a look at some of the detailed information from America's 1940 Census.When...
What Makes a Great Leader? Thoughts from the Next Generation
In early spring, ASA conducted the inaugural session of its Leadership Academy, which ran for three months, culminating in a five-day leadership track at the 2012 Aging in America Conference. The Academy curricula included web seminars, leadership development...
Wisconsin's Senior Statesmen: How Citizen Advocates Can Effectively Impact the Aging Agenda
David Brooks, in a June 25 New York Times editorial, "The Power of the Particular" (www.nyfimes. com/2012/06/26/opinion/brooks-thepower-of-the-particular.html), said he would like to "pull aside politicians and business leaders and maybe everyone else...