January 2020

posted 01.31.2020
By Charles P. Golbert Financial exploitation of older adults is a rapidly growing problem in American society. The loss by victims of elder financial abuse is at least $36.48 billion each year. About 36.9 percent of older adults is affected by financial exploitation in any five-year period, with…
posted 01.30.2020
By Verna M. Cavey Having now lived in retirement communities for a decade, I value this opportunity to write from the perspective of a resident (of independent living), and respectfully offer a few thoughts. I worked for many years in education, but it took retirement for me to reach the peak of…
posted 01.29.2020
By Stephani Shivers and Michael Lepore Panic often ensues when a person receives a diagnosis of dementia. The best next steps after receiving a diagnosis of dementia—inclusive of Alzheimer’s Disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and other types—are unclear…
posted 01.28.2020
Interview by Alison Biggar Dr. Elizabeth Tung is a primary care and internal medicine physician and social epidemiologist at the University of Chicago, specializing in social risk factors and health disparities related to chronic disease. Aging Today spoke to Tung in October 2019 about her study…
posted 01.27.2020
By Stephen M. Golant As older adults age into later life, they often face disruptive changes that make their dwell­ings, neighborhoods and communities seem less appealing. When they retire and seek new leisure, volunteer or career activities, they may be disappointed by what is available nearby.…
posted 01.26.2020
By Alison Biggar Habitat for Humanity’s mission is simple: To bring people together to build and rebuild homes and communities, while catalyzing new pathways to safe, decent, affordable hous­ing. President and CEO Dan Rosensweig of the Greater Charlottesville Habitat affiliate in Virginia, despite…
posted 01.25.2020
By Cynthia Rudder and Lori Smetanka When a nursing home closes and a resident has to move, her health can deteriorate. Change is difficult for vulnerable nursing home residents, many of whom have some form of dementia and most of whom have already reluctantly left their homes to move into a long-…
posted 01.24.2020
By Lynn Gold Mom was already growing tired of yet another round of Chemo. I had not been able to visit nearly as often as I’d wished, especially now that she was alone in our family home. When I had last visited, Mom focused more on the ever-running TV than on conversation. Discussing feelings was…
posted 01.23.2020
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program invites candidates with a strong commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in aging-relevant policy work to join the next class of Health and Aging Policy Fellows (2020-21). The program aims to create a cadre of leaders who…
posted 01.22.2020
By Liana Valente and Lisa Lehmberg The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Since its founding in 1949 following the Second World War, the mission of the UN, as stated in its Charter, has been to maintain international peace and security, protect human rights, deliver…