May 2016

posted 05.31.2016
By Karen Kali This May we are honoring Older Americans as part of the Administration on Community Living’s annual Older Americans Month celebration. In the spirit of sharing our initiatives and ideas that are positively affecting older adults, I’m excited to focus on a special initiative of NCRC’…
posted 05.26.2016
By: Letia A. Boseman MPH, DHSc (c), CHES During the 2016 American Society on Aging (ASA) Aging in America (AiA) Conference, March 20-24, 2016, I had the pleasure of shadowing ASA staff members Dr. Carol Anderson, Vice President of Education and Krista Brown, Director of Education. They are the…
posted 05.25.2016
By Peter Whitehouse The greatest challenge to elders is not ageism, it is dysfunction in our political, ecological and economic systems. The deterioration of our democratic processes, the crisis of climate change and the injustice of income disparities reflect broad organizational and cultural…
posted 05.25.2016
By Daniel Callahan While there are many candidates for America’s list of core historical values, scientific progress would be near the top of all lists. It is the closest thing we have to a secular religion—a creed that says life can and should always get better. There is no end of possibilities…
posted 05.24.2016
By J. Craig Venter When I sequenced the first complete human genome—my own—in 2007, I learned I carried one of the genes associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Like many, I began to worry that the memory changes associated with normal aging were a sign that I was seeing the…
posted 05.16.2016
By Isaac Taggart ASA’s Student and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group is excited to report about the phenomenal success of their second annual mentoring session series and events that were featured at the 2016 Aging in America Conference! This year the STEP Group facilitated their second annual…
posted 05.16.2016
By Terri Tobey The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care, edited by Anne Basting, Maureen Towey, and Ellie Rose, describes the collaboration of three disparate entities experimenting with a novel approach for engaging long-term care residents in life enrichment activities.…
posted 05.12.2016
Crystal McGaha Out of my concern for and curiosity about older adults I often wonder, “How can we, as professionals in aging, encourage and help elders find substance, happiness, healing, inspiration and, importantly—purpose and fulfillment? How can we shift focus away from decline, deficiency…
posted 05.12.2016
by Jodi M. Sturgeon In the latest issue of Generations, guest editor Steven Dawson writes about what he calls the “triple threat,” a changing eldercare landscape in which increased demand for services is coming up against a restricted labor supply and declining unemployment. The traditional…
posted 05.11.2016
By Deirdre M.W. Lok and Malya Kurzweil Levin Aging in America is changing rapidly, as is what it means to identify as LGBTQ. As shifting national demographics create an increased number of older adults, and as LGBTQ individuals achieve greater rights and visibility; the confluence of these two…