Speaking with neurologist Adam Gazzaley is akin to running behind an experienced trail racer—they’re always around the next bend and out of sight before you’ve managed to catch your breath. Or as Gazzaley puts it, “I do tend to work pretty intensely.”
Today, somewhere in our nation, no one responded to her screams when a woman living in a nursing home fell. Today, the son of a man living in assisted living stole money from his father’s checking account. Today, a caregiver argued with a woman living in her own apartment, and the woman ended up with a black eye.
Elder abuse—in all of its forms—is an outrage against humanity.
$1.2 trillion. That’s the projected annual cost by 2050 of caring for Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s. To put it in perspective, the price tag for rescuing the U.S. financial system during the 2008 crash was $700 billion. The Apollo program to land an American on the moon cost about $110 billion in today’s dollars.
“God, Give us the grace to accept with serenity the
things that cannot be changed...”
In the context of Alzheimer’s care, Spirit and Science unite in this familiar prayer, informing us that acceptance is what research reveals to be the most healing balm for caregivers. But, similar to all spiritual endeavors, acceptance involves a challenging journey.
It’s almost Halloween and while most people are thinking about scary ghosts and zombies, we bet that ASA Members are also thinking about the scary realities that older adults face every day.
Here are 6 scary facts about aging and how ASA members are tackling them at the 2015 Aging in America Conference (March 23-27 in Chicago):
Members of the American Society on Aging have a rich history of supporting students and emerging professionals. We are committed to nurturing future leaders in aging by providing students access to the best information, resources and professional development opportunities at little or no cost. We are pleased to offer the following resources to help full-time graduate and undergraduate students attend and benefit from the 2015 Aging in America Conference.