August 2017

posted 08.15.2017
After unanimous confirmation in early August by the U.S. Senate, Lance A. Robertson was officially sworn in on August 11, 2017, as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and the Administrator, Administration for Community Living (ACL), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS…
posted 08.11.2017
By Alison Hood and Alison Biggar For anyone with a connection to San Francisco, or even much of California during the late 1960s, the 1967 Summer of Love is a vivid reminder of a time when young people not only were idealistic, but also romanticized by older and younger generations. This Summer…
posted 08.11.2017
By W. Andrew Achenbaum The Summer of Love’s epicenter (1967) was the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, a 25-square­block district of San Francisco. The neighborhood’s Victorian houses, originally built for Irish workers, were in 1967 rented to students and musicians (such as guitarist Jerry Garcia,…
posted 08.10.2017
By Harry R. Moody A few years ago, I had what seemed like a great idea. I began to think seriously about disillusionment, both my own and what it might mean about aging. So I did a bit of research, and put together a poster session on the subject for the Gerontological Society of America’s annual…
posted 08.10.2017
By Stephen M. Golant It is fair to surmise that the 100,000 young people in their late teens and twenties who converged in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to participate in the 1967 Summer of Love were not especially tuned in to how their grandparents were coping with getting old. It…
posted 08.09.2017
By Kimberly D. Acquaviva As a 45-year-old lesbian with friends and family members on both sides of the aisle politically, I have the privilege of hearing a wide array of opinions about Donald Trump’s presidency and its impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer…
posted 08.09.2017
By Corey Prachniak-Rincón If our paths happened to cross a few years back at the Aging in America conference, when I was in the middle of a two-year legal fellowship addressing LGBTQ aging, please try not to think less of me when I say what came next in my career: I have gone to the other end of…
posted 08.07.2017
By Amanda Smith Barusch I was 12 years old during the Summer of Love, with a pixie haircut, a best friend, and a horse that I rode in the hills. My parents, my brother, and I watched the 6 p.m. news on television. Flower children kissed and danced in the streets of San Francisco, while Walter…
posted 08.07.2017
By Bob Blancato The world of aging lost two of their finest advocates in July, with the passing of Alfred Chiplin and Val Halamandaris. Alfred “Chip” Chiplin spent more than 30 years as a leader in Medicare advocacy, with a focus on protecting the rights of Medicare beneficiaries. He performed…
posted 08.07.2017
By Paul Kleyman As a journalist, my perspective on aging is somewhat unusual, in that in 1972, when I began writing my book, Senior Power: Growing Old Rebelliously (1974), I believed I’d somehow found my way to the cutting edge of a new frontier in the movement for social justice. Opposing ageism…