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. 34, No. 1, January/February

An Argument against Healthcare Rationing
One of the major findings of the research on healthcare costs is that Americans use more medical resources in the last year of life than in any previous years. This statistic has led some to call for age-based rationing: limited healthcare resources,...
ASA: Looking Ahead, Staying the Course
Now that the election is long past (and what a long campaign season it was), and those in Washington, D.C., are attempting civility to avoid the fiscal cliff, we can all breathe a bit easier and reflect on what the New Year may bring, which is why we...
ASA Offers a Path Forward
Professionals in the field of aging often focus so intently on helping others that they forget to help themselves. To remedy this, ASA encourages all Aging in America Conference attendees to take advantage of the Saturday Pathfinder Sessions, nine special...
Asian American Mental Health Status Varies Widely Down Ethnic Lines
Dr. Mark Smith is a geriatric psychiatrist practicing in an outpatient clinic in Philadelphia. Several of his older adult Asian patients suffer from depression and anxiety. There is Mr. Chen, a 69-year-old Chinese immigrant who has lived in the United...
A Soulful, Heart-Based Reinvention of Assisted Living
Imagine you are 70, your spouse has just died and your children have decided it's no longer safe or prudent for you to live alone.It's your worst nightmare- complete with memories of the insecurities and trepidation felt in the first days of school,...
A STEP in the Right Direction
For someone new, the field of aging can be large, complex and filled with programs, people and jargon everyone else already seems familiar with. ASA's Students and Emerging Professionals Committee (STEP) can help banish any confusion by providing community,...
Deficit Budgeting and the Big Unknown
Many people are worrying about how to slow the growth of Medicare spending, which has soared from 4 percent of the federal budget in 1970 to 16 percent in 2011, and is projected to hit 19 percent in 2035. Some posit a simple solution: spend less money...
Diversity Summit Showcases America's Evolving Cultural Landscape
There is a new demography in 21stcentury America. The US. population, once largely Caucasian, is dramatically evolving- heading toward "majority-minority" status. This evolution is not limited to younger generations: the makeup of America's elder population...
Ellen Goodman Spurs "The Conversation"
Baseball. The weather. Grandchildren. All common kitchen table topics.Ellen Goodman wants us to add a new one: death- specifically, how we want to end our lives. In a keynote speech this past November at the annual conference of The Senior Coalition...
Goodbye to Jumpy: Lessons for the Health System
For 15 years, I have made a living writing about death and dying, and about aging and caregiving. My experience stems from having cared for my grandmother in the early 1990s, and I was motivated by my outrage at discovering a healthcare system that was...
Groundhog Day Election, Groundhog Day Results?
The November 2012 election is being referred to as the "groundhog day" election. President Obama was re-elected. Democrats retained control of the Senate. Republicans maintained control of the House and all respective congressional leaders remained the...
Harvests of an Urban Farm Help Immigrant Farmers Reap Income and Food Security in the Windy City
That wise saying about teaching a man to fish and he'll not go wanting has been tweaked slightly by Marta Pereyra who, for the past year and a half, has been running RAPP (the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program), a popular and successful urban...
In Memoriam: Harold "Skip" Adams
Decorated Marine Corps officer and World War II veteran Harold "Skip" Adams died on Nov. 12, 2012, at age 86."Skip was an officer and a gentleman, and so much more," said ASA CEO Bob Stein. "If one could possibly pick a single individual as the poster...
In Memoriam: Leonila Vega
On Nov. 19, 2012, the aging services industry lost a passionate advocate for direct-care workers with the passing of Leonila Vega from cancer. Since 2007, Vega served as executive director for the Direct Care Alliance (DCA), establishing it as a national...
Long-Term Care: How Will It Fare under the New Obama Administration?
In more than a year of intense campaigning, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney had much to say about long-term supports and services. Yet a re-elected President Obama will almost certainly make critical decisions that will profoundly affect federal...
Medicare and America's Economic Security
Despite 2012 campaign rhetoric claiming the contrary, Medicare faces certain change. Pressure to keep cost growth down will ensure that Medicare will be part of deficit reduction negotiations over the coming months. This is not surprising, given that...
New Strategies to Be Revealed at the National Forum on Care Transitions
Every medical professional, aging network provider and family has a story of a care transition that went awry, but more and more have stories of successful care transitions as supportive interventions emerge and become part of our medical and social...
Of Entitlements and the 2012 Election
The 2012 election should have strengthened the hand of those working to maintain the critical protections of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The open question is whether elected officials will, in its aftermath, refrain from voting for potentially...
Post-Election, Moving Forward on the ACA
President Obama's re-election clarifies a great deal when it comes to moving forward with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). There had been wide speculation during the campaign that should the president not be re-elected, the ACA would...
Preparing America to Care: Training Our Nation's Homecare Workers
One of the greatest challenges we face in the immediate future is building a skilled, stable caregiving workforce to help meet the daily needs of America's rapidly aging population. Homecare is the nation's fastest growing job category, underscoring...
Sexuality and Long-Term Care: Do They Mix?
Now that I've become a "sex expert," I hear true stories about senior sex almost daily. Recently, a 92-year-old friend, after telling me for the umpteenth time that people her age didn't think about sex, confessed that she was reading the second installment...
Thinking Globally Enriches Advocacy for Elders Worldwide
Throughout the world, many older adults are not cared for properly, neglected and marginalized as burdens. Each year, with continued meager allocations of resources to solve serious problems, more and more elders are in need of interventions, both personal...
Togetherness-The New American Lifestyle?
With President Obama's re-election, the White House remains the country's number one multi-generational household. Raised in part by his grandparents, the president speaks often of valuing the sacrifices they made so he could thrive. Almost four years...
Videoconferencing Opens Enjoyable Virtual Realities-And Real-Time Learning-For Elders
University Circle Interactive Cleveland (UCIC) is on a mission: to promote education and lifelong learning through the use of videoconferencing. Developed more than a decade ago through a National Endowment for the Arts grant as an educational videoconferencing...
Vigilance Needed to Protect New Deal, Great Society Programs
Many loud voices are calling for drastic changes to New Deal and Great Society programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. These vital programs have made it possible for most older Americans to live in relative economic security, with access...