February 2020

posted 02.28.2020
Editor’s note: The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living and The SCAN Foundation fund the Aging and Disability Business Institute, led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The mission of the Aging and Disability Business Institute is to build…
posted 02.28.2020
By Melissa Simpson To say Medicare rules are complex is an understatement. It is important to enroll at the right time to escape penalties, to avoid duplicate coverage, and to make informed decisions. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is an unbiased local source of information…
posted 02.24.2020
By David Bass, Alyssa Ciancibello, Leah Eskenazi, Kathleen Kelly, Katie Maslow and Rachel Schaffer An estimated 16 million Americans provide care and assistance for nearly 6 million older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Family caregivers for those living with dementia are twice…
posted 02.24.2020
By Leacey E. Brown and Jane Strommen The preference of older adults for aging in place is well documented. What’s more, this trend is not new. Aging in place has been the preference for several decades. Yet, the reality of achieving this goal is quite murky. Barriers to aging in place are…
posted 02.21.2020
By Michael Morgan We are all familiar with the challenges that Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias pose to senior and long-term healthcare. With the age of early onset beginning to edge into the 55-year range, and the 5 million US and 44 million worldwide affected-and expected to triple in…
posted 02.21.2020
By Elizabeth Gould Disasters often happen without much warning and can affect anyone. They can be weather-related (such as earthquakes or hurricanes) or human-made (such as mass shootings or the collapse of bridges or buildings). People living with dementia are particularly vulnerable during a…
posted 02.19.2020
By Jenna McDavid and Ocean Le With 10,000 adults turning 65 every day and a shortage of geriatricians to support older adults (according to a study by Dr. Adam Golden in the September 2015 issue of Academic Medicine), the health and wellbeing of our aging population will heavily rely on informal…
posted 02.18.2020
By Sara Zeff Geber The senior housing industry is making a lot of changes in order to prepare for the baby boomers. They are transforming their dining rooms into foodie heavens and competing for advantage by hiring some of the top chefs in the country. They are embracing a variety of new…
posted 02.13.2020
By Lucas Livingston If you've read my AgeBlog post last year, The Healing Power of Art, you’ll know that the topic of healthy living and aging through arts and cultural enrichment is really taking off. Conversations within academia go back decades connecting art enrichment with cognitive and…
posted 02.12.2020
By Michael Hughes For patients with the highest needs, just getting to the doctor can be a challenge. Functional and other limitations often challenge their ability to regularly attend primary care appointments. As a result, little issues become bigger ones and – when care is sought – it’s often in…