July 2018

posted 07.30.2018
By Kyle Moore and Teresa Ghilarducci After 11 years of economic expansion, the difference in unemployment rates between black and white older workers is at a historic low—just 1.1 percentage points apart. Black work­ers usually suffer from much higher rates of unemployment than whites, so the…
posted 07.30.2018
By Jessica Empeño Imagine this: You knock on the door of your dad’s bedroom to see if he’s okay. All of a sudden – BANG! – then a sharp pain, and you realize you’ve been shot. Your dad has dementia. He thought you - his daughter - were an intruder. He grabbed a gun thinking that he needed to…
posted 07.26.2018
By John Robinson For most of our evolution, humans knew aging as painful and progressive decline. Coping with the inevitable scourge of senescence, we were, sometimes at least, treated more respectfully by family, strangers and society (i.e., dismissed as real equals). Eventually, however, all…
posted 07.24.2018
By Raca Banerjee Mary is a 55-year old patient with terminal breast cancer. She suffers from severe pain and her doctor suggests that she consider using a fentanyl transdermal patch to help allevi­ate her symptoms. In response, she exclaims: “Fentanyl? The stuff that killed Prince? No thank you…
posted 07.24.2018
By Diane Yentel Federal investments in affordable housing benefit us all—America’s older adults, their fami­lies and our nation. A growing body of research has found that having a stable, affordable and accessible home with access to supportive services helps older adults with aging in place…
posted 07.17.2018
By Jay Newton-Small I was winding down the marathon of covering a presidential election in 2016, when I met with my editors at TIME Magazine to discuss what I would cover after the election.   “How about aging?” I suggested. My editors hesitated: How about the White House? Or, at least,…
posted 07.17.2018
The In Focus Section of the July–August 2018 issue of Aging Today addresses the media and how it covers aging—from Jay Newton-Small’s astute detailing of the evolution of the age beat, to Stacy Smith and Katherine Pieper’s thoughts on how Hollywood might reduce or eliminate ageism in its…
posted 07.17.2018
By Katherine Pieper and Stacy L. Smith We are in a new age of consumption—media consumption that is. And it transcends demo­graphics. Individuals ages 60 and older represent roughly 20 percent of the U.S. popula­tion. In 2017, elders represented 16 percent of movie-ticket buyers in the United…
posted 07.06.2018
By Robynn Cox Over the past forty years, the United States has taken part in an experiment in mass incarceration. Incarceration rates up until the mid-1970s were relatively stable, after which they began to increase exponentially (see Figure 1, on page 49) due to an increase in the demand for…
posted 07.02.2018
By Karen D. Lincoln Levels of economic inequality—encompassing inequality in the distribution of income and wealth—have hit unprecedented heights and appear to be rising. In 2014, the average income for adults in the United States was $64,600. How­ever, this average obscures a great deal of…