June 2015

posted 06.30.2015
By Ann Christine Frankowski Social relationships are critically important to older adults residing in assisted living. Although research shows that intimacy and companionship relate positively to residents’ sense of independence, help facilitate good physical and mental health functioning and …
posted 06.29.2015
By Barbara Meltzer After my father died in 2003, I moved my mother from Florida to an assisted living facility in Los Angeles, near where I live. As her primary caregiver, I spent a lot of time with Mom and watched helplessly as dementia slowly erased her mind. I went from being her beloved …
posted 06.29.2015
In June 2014, the Obama administration nominated Carolyn W. Colvin to head the Social Security Administration (SSA). She has been serving as Acting Commissioner since February 2013, and, in August 2015, she will be on hand to observe the agency’s 80th anniversary. Colvin came out of retirement in…
posted 06.29.2015
By Karl Pillemer Ten years ago, I experienced a stunning revelation. By then, I had spent 25 years as a gerontologist. I was professionally occupied with all things aging. I conducted research using longitudinal data sets and sophisticated statistical analyses. I developed and evaluated programs…
posted 06.18.2015
Anna Rahman, Ph.D. Soon after her sister Liz was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, Kathy*, a science and media teacher at a Chicago elementary school, applied for a leave of absence to care for Liz while she underwent months of treatment, including radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. Anyone…
posted 06.15.2015
By Joan Price We as Baby Boomers and elders have just begun to speak out loud about older-age sexuality, and we owe it to our generation (and those following us) to keep talking. I’ve been writing and speaking candidly about sex in later life for more than 10 years and in that time, I’ve learned…
posted 06.15.2015
In July 2008, 68-year-old Mr. S appeared on the doorstep of his longtime friend, Virginia, carrying a garbage bag that contained everything he owned. Despite the fact that he lived just a few miles away, Virginia hadn’t seen him in well over a year. She invited him inside. In halting, labored …
posted 06.10.2015
By Amy S. Kelley and Diane E. Meier Palliative care is a relatively new interdisciplinary specialty focused on improving quality of life for persons with serious illness and their families. Palliative care teams, composed of physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, provide an added…
posted 06.10.2015
By Linda P. Fried Medicare was created to improve the health and well-being of older people, while protecting families. It was established to provide financial protection to individuals from the catastrophic costs of medical care, and to hospitals from losses accrued while caring for uninsured…
posted 06.10.2015
Generations Guest Editors Tricia Neuman and John Rother devised and posed the questions in this discussion between Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and Thomas Rice, Distinguished Professor of the…