March 2018

posted 03.19.2018
By Julia Egan As we prepare for the “Silver Tsunami” as it’s controversially being called (e.g. the aging baby boomer generation), it is becoming increasingly important that us older adult providers be prepared to address all the needs of our aging population. While historically physical and…
posted 03.17.2018
By Michael Morgan More than 100 million people in the US are aged 50 years or older, which is about a third of the population. How do I know this? Because my five-year goal to significantly reduce deaths from Alzheimer’s has taught me many alarming facts. It all started when I watched my own…
posted 03.16.2018
By Tom Keating More and more, technology enables our lives in ways that facilitate independence and connectivity and it seems like there’s an app for just about everything. For individuals aging in place, apps can help them stay organized, accomplish daily goals, or remotely link them to their…
posted 03.15.2018
ASA’s Board Chair Bob Blancato, Chair-Elect Karyne Jones, and CEO Bob Stein today condemned remarks offered by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during testimony to the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Tuesday. As reported in The Hill, Zinke said "When you give discounted or free…
posted 03.14.2018
By Adela Carlin, Dolores Cole and Padraic Stanley Medical providers, lawyers and social workers are often in a position to engage older adults in conversations about advance planning. However, they have limited time and resources to provide the necessary support and guidance. Advance care…
posted 03.14.2018
By Steve McGraw and  Duane Knapp When most people think of a brand refresh for their organization, the conversation all too often focuses on a new logo or advertising theme or tag line. While these communication tactics may be important they should be the result of a well thought out strategy…
posted 03.13.2018
By Diane Ty Karen was 43 years old when her mom was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. As her caregiving responsibilities increased, Karen missed her daughters’ soccer games, reduced her hours at work, and began suffering from depression. While Karen’s story is fictional, documenting…
posted 03.12.2018
By Deborah Bier For many people living with dementia, a good night’s sleep is difficult to achieve. There are many reasons why poor sleep and dementia go hand-in-hand, such as brain changes due to dementia, disordered breathing and environmental factors. One common factor that disturbs sleep is…
posted 03.05.2018
By Erin McAuliff As planners and livable community advocates, we can always use help drumming up support for an important project or messaging proposed policies. While we know that engaging allies to assist can go a long way towards advancing these goals, more often than not we struggle to find…
posted 03.05.2018
By Katharine Forth What’s wrong with current balance testing and our understanding of balance? Have you ever had a balance test? Do you know anyone who has? I’ll predict that if you can answer yes, the person in question had a fall before they had the test. Isn’t that a bit like checking someone’…