July 2019

posted 07.24.2019
By Rebecca M. Crabb, Patricia Areán and Brooke Hollister Senior peer counseling offers a promising and cost-effective means of addressing depression and loneliness in older adults. Senior peer counselors (SPCs) can share how they’ve solved similar life problems, suggest local resources, and even…
posted 07.24.2019
The concept of rural is multi-dimensional, as it represents a small population across an immense land mass. Often overlooked as merely the “fly-over states,” especially by people who live in the nation’s urban cores, rural America also increasingly skews older, as the younger population often…
posted 07.19.2019
By Eboni Green In the book Trees: Reflections and Poems, Herman Hesse (1984) shares a poignant poem about the sacred life of trees. Hesse says that, “when a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk:…
posted 07.19.2019
By Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld and Sandi J. Lane During 2017, almost 8 percent of the U.S. population was affected by a disaster. The figures did not change significantly in 2018, during which 124 disasters were declared. A record number of weather events topped the list, prompt­ing communities, long…
posted 07.15.2019
America’s population is aging at an unprecedented rate. Are you and your peers ready to respond to the challenges of this demographic shift? “Advanced Concepts in an Aging Society” is the newest course in the joint certificate online course series offered by ASA and the USC Leonard Davis School of…
posted 07.15.2019
By Jeff Scribner Each day over 10,000 baby-boomers turn 65. Of those who reach this milestone, 1 in 5 will be the victim of elder abuse. In almost 60% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member. Two thirds of those are adult children or spouses.  The three major types…
posted 07.02.2019
The American Society on Aging applauds the Supreme Court’s decision on June 27, which will block the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, although the court’s mixed opinion shows that more must be done to guarantee the continued accuracy of the nation’s decennial population…