January 2019

posted 01.30.2019
By Susan Frick “I began to see little chinks in my armor.  And, I knew that something seemed out of balance and, I couldn’t figure it out.  It was, it was a, it was a mystery to me.” Scott, living with Alzheimer’s at age 57 For the past several years I’ve been listening to people’s stories. As a…
posted 01.25.2019
By Eboni Green Some would say you learn the most about yourself when persevering through adversity. That grit, a term that speaks to strength of character, passion and resilience, as well as an ability to accomplish goals, cannot be affirmed until it is tested. Donna Marie Johnson’s grit was…
posted 01.24.2019
By Elizabeth Blount In 2015, an estimated 43.5 million adults had provided unpaid care to an adult or child, according to the AARP report “Caregiving in the U.S.” Although some adults may provide unpaid care by choice, half of the over 1, 248 caregivers interviewed for the study reported that they…
posted 01.22.2019
By Linda E. Maurice As a person who has worked in lifelong learning for the past eleven years, I have seen quite a bit of change and evolution in this retirement phenomenon. We know that a large portion of our aging, Boomer population are seeking a “different” path for their retirement pastimes. …
posted 01.15.2019
By Sandra von Doetinchem It is my greatest pleasure to contribute to the American Society on Aging as the chair of the Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN) Council. I would like to thank the whole council for their amazing work, their enthusiasm and passion in the field of lifelong…
posted 01.14.2019
By Laura M. Keyes and Cathy Boyer-Shesol Enjoying a local park, getting around your community to visit with friends, affording housing and staying actively engaged in our communities can be more challenging as we age. Barriers may exist for individuals, such as losing the ability to drive or…
posted 01.14.2019
ASA is pleased to announce new and continuing membership of its Board of Directors for terms that begin or renew on April 18, 2019. We thank all of our new and continuing Board members for their service and com­mitment, while we honor the many con­tributions of those members whose terms will be…
posted 01.08.2019
By Laura Trejo, Debra L. Cherry and Lorenza C. Sanchez As America ages, ensuring that its communities embrace the needs of persons with demen­tia is an emerging challenge crucial to address. Today, the Los Angeles region has the nation’s largest concentration of older persons. If the region were…
posted 01.08.2019
By Jason Flatt Previous research has shown that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) older adults face unique health disparities. Compared to older adult heterosexuals, LGBTQ older adults are more likely to report higher rates of several chronic conditions associated with dementia…
posted 01.07.2019
Cultivate your leadership skills and expand your networks at ASA's 2019 Leadership Institute. With the oft-mentioned 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day, and ASA’s Corps of Accomplished Professionals hard at work helping ASA members transition out of working in the field of aging, the Leader­…