May 2015

posted 05.26.2015
Review by Jarmin Christine Yeh Over the last century, the declining rates of fertility and increasing life expectancy due to advancements in science, technology, medicine, and living standards, have contributed to a global phenomenon whereby older individuals are becoming a proportionally larger…
posted 05.12.2015
June 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law in 1965, Medicare has opened doors to healthcare and increased economic security for hundreds of millions of older adults, people with disabilities, and their families. In…
posted 05.09.2015
By Julie Carter and Hannah Weinberger-Divack Medicaid has provided funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS) for nearly 40 years, which has allowed many low-income beneficiaries who otherwise would not have been able to afford it to receive long-term care in their homes and…
posted 05.08.2015
By Carol Levine My late husband Howard had been a sports publicist. From him I learned that “There is no ‘I’ in team.” But when he became totally disabled as a result of an automobile accident, and I became his caregiver, I found that there was a “U” in team. I was repeatedly told “You are…
posted 05.08.2015
By Nadia Ibrahim and Bethany Applebaum Susan sought primary and behavioral health services at the local Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)–funded federally qualified health center. During a regularly scheduled visit, her behavioral health provider noticed Susan was particularly…
posted 05.08.2015
For the past eight years, Southwest Airlines generously has provided air tickets to a number of attendees at the Aging in America Conference. This year, they allocated a large portion of their gift to people attending the ASA Leadership Institute at the Conference. They were awarded tickets based…
posted 05.07.2015
By: Neyal J. Ammary-Risch  Each May, the National Eye Institute (NEI) celebrates Healthy Vision Month, a yearly observance aimed at encouraging Americans to take care of their vision and protect their sight. It is timely that Older Americans Month coincides with Health Vision Month because eye…
posted 05.04.2015
By Amy Phillips Spring is in full swing and the Aging Network has all kinds of activities planned for Older Americans Month. But many communities across the country are preparing to celebrate May from a completely different angle, with a hula class at a library, street festivals, documentary…
posted 05.01.2015
In a fortuitous bit of timing, the May 2015 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month coincides with the publication of the Spring 2015 issue of Generations. It’s fortuitous because both the golden anniversary and Generations focus on how older adults can take charge of their lives and remain…
posted 05.01.2015
By Paul Irving Ageism is alive and well, with old-age stereotypes lurking in public and private institutions. From the water cooler to the webpage, negative age bias is frustratingly prevalent. For older individuals, recognizing the current reality is a difficult, yet necessary, first step toward…