June 2019

posted 06.27.2019
By Kathleen Votava Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Recent years have brought many disaster events, including hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Michael, as well as wildfires and major flooding. Older adults and people with disabilities who have access needs and functional needs are…
posted 06.27.2019
By Alonzo L. Plough Preparedness for and resilience in the face of emergencies and disasters of many sorts are essential components of well-being and good health. This is particularly true for older Americans. The National Health Security Preparedness Index analyzes 129 measures of preparedness to…
posted 06.25.2019
The July–August 2019 In Focus section of Aging Today is a call to action to better protect older adults in the increasingly common events of natural disasters or other emergencies. Alonzo Plough launches the section, discussing the parameters of health security preparedness; Kathleen Votava…
posted 06.19.2019
Editor’s note: The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, and The SCAN Foundation fund the Aging and Disability Business Institute (www.aginganddisabili­tybusinessinstitute.org), led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The mission of the Aging…
posted 06.18.2019
A Blueprint for Health Plans Older adults often have complex medical and social needs, which are both intimately related, and inadequately addressed in the current health care system. Despite mounting evidence that supports the integration of the medical and social models of care, the transition…
posted 06.11.2019
By Amy Herr More than 1,000 seniors and advocates marched to Capitol Hill on May 8, 2019 to urge Congress to support increase funding for affordable senior housing—a priority issue for the American Society on Aging (ASA). Organized by ASA and Leading Age, the Senior Housing Now rally drew senior…
posted 06.07.2019
By Michael Adams Many people were shocked when news first broke in 2016 that Mary Walsh and Bev Nance, an older lesbian couple in St. Louis, Mo., were denied admission to Friendship Village Sunset Hill—a local continuing care retirement community (CCRC)—on the grounds that their 10-year-old…
posted 06.07.2019
By Judith Garber and Shannon Brownlee In 1995, Michael Russo (not his real name) was in his mid-50s and in remarkable health, effort­lessly running half-marathons and playing competitive racquetball. But when Russo sought treat­ment for his moderate Crohn’s disease, he soon became the victim of a…
posted 06.07.2019
By Jennifer Dawn Carlson My dad was a workaholic. He would toggle between work and more work, and then brief­ly relocate to the dark corners of sports fandom and politics, then return to yet more work. My family wondered whether he’d have a heart attack on the day he retired, sud­denly unable to…
posted 06.07.2019
The 2019 Aging in America Conference in New Orleans made headlines this spring. Browse this sample list of aggregated content. An Age-Friendly Rural America By Gaby Galvin (U.S. News & World Report) Addiction Among Older Adults Poses Complex Challenge By Gaby Galvin (U.S. News & World…