September 2015

posted 09.24.2015
By Dr. Mary Tuuk Family caregiving has become a full-time job for many of us as our parents require extra help to age in place. Today, 47 percent of adults care for a parent, plus a child while supporting an older child. With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day, the need for family and…
posted 09.22.2015
Obesity is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, osteoarthritis and some cancers. Significantly higher rates of comorbidities affect the obese, and there are increasing rates of obesity among older adults, which may eventually result in people’s need for long-term…
posted 09.21.2015
By Kevin Prindiville Growing up, my relationships with the most important older adults in my life revolved around food. My grandfather loved food. To make a living, he interwove this love with lifelong entrepreneurial endeavors—after graduating from high school, he immediately went to work as a…
posted 09.21.2015
By Jenny Campbell, John Feather, Marilyn Stein LeFeber and John Beilenson During the last decade, the age-friendly communities movement has grown significantly in the United States and abroad. This initial interest and support has generated several vibrant networks of cities and communities,…
posted 09.15.2015
Review by Carol Levine Bettyville By George Hodgman Viking, $27.94, 288 pages ISBN 9780525427209 Many caregiving memoirs follow a familiar pattern: a parent becomes increasingly frail and forgetful; dementia is diagnosed, conflicts within family or with doctors complicate care, end-of-life…
posted 09.14.2015
By Jen Mishory My generation—Millennials, young adults ages 18 to 34—can be described in many ways: they are the most diverse generation, the most educated and the hardest hit by the Great Recession. Increasingly, they can also be described as caregivers—for their grandparents, their parents and…
posted 09.14.2015
By Alison Biggar Though the idea that Millennials are an entitled, narcissistic generation is bandied about in the media on a regular basis, this label clearly does not apply to Nathan Allman, age 22. In 2013, as a junior at University of Wisconsin–Madison, Nathan entered a business plan in the…
posted 09.09.2015
By Kate Sprecher It’s 2 a.m. and you’re crawling into bed after meeting a tight deadline, dreading the alarm that will ring in a few short hours. Or maybe you’ve been tossing and turning all night, furious at your inability to sleep as the clock ticks steadily toward morning. You spend the next…
posted 09.08.2015
By Sara A. Quandt The health status of older adults is influenced by multiple factors, and the quality of diet over the life course and in old age is increasingly recognized as a crucial, but modifiable, determinant of health. But food contributes far more than nutrients. And for older adults,…
posted 09.08.2015
By Joel Berg Given that older adults sacrificed so much to establish and protect life in America as we know it, why do we allow millions of them to face the threat of hunger? And why do we allow millions of older adults—some of whom also face hunger—to suffer, against their will, from obesity?…