June 2020

posted 06.28.2020
Editor’s note: This past January, ASA surveyed its members about what it takes to be a leader in the field of aging, what members would like to learn about how to develop leadership knowledge, skills and abilities, and who best personifies leadership. ASA members identified respected leaders in…
posted 06.26.2020
By Nancy Kusmaul, Angela Mattie, and Joanne Lynn  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the media has focused on numbers in nursing homes—numbers of cases, numbers of deaths—even numbers of staff or of face masks. Yet the news has missed the human experience behind those numbers: what has it been like to…
posted 06.26.2020
There has been much written of the heroism of healthcare workers during the pandemic, and they are certainly to be lauded. But there’s less talk of aging services staff and volunteers who are keeping older adults fed and housed, never mind much mention of older adults and how they are coping during…
posted 06.19.2020
Recently the deleterious effects of social isolation and its exacerbation by stay-at-home orders have gotten a lot of press. The time is ripe to consider housing for older adults and whether, generally, it aids social connection or prevents it. Architect Charles (Chuck) Durrett and gerontologist…
posted 06.17.2020
The COVID-19 pandemic, though truly tragic,has proven to be a great accelerator of how healthcare is received. Two years ago, San Diego’s West Health, in partnership with the University of California San Diego Health launched a pilot study to better understand the challenges and opportunities in…
posted 06.16.2020
By Ruth Katz What have we come to in this age of COVID-19? Testing, which has the ability to bring us a simple set of medical facts upon which providers can base life and death care and treatment decisions, has become an ethical and economic dilemma. Plus there’s plenty of magical thinking to go…
posted 06.15.2020
Editor’s note: This past January, ASA surveyed its members about what it takes to be a leader in the field of aging, what members would like to learn about how to develop leadership knowledge, skills and abilities, and who best personifies leadership. ASA members identified respected leaders in…
posted 06.15.2020
Despite the horrific statistics around elder abuse and neglect—1 in 10 older adults is affected—the United States has not moved to fund elder abuse prevention and response efforts.  We can—and must—do better. The Spring 2020 issue of Generations, “Taking Action Against Elder Mistreatment,” contains…
posted 06.13.2020
The American Psychological Foundation is offering scholarships and grants that may be of interest to ASA student members. Deadlines approaching! To apply for any of the programs listed below, click here.     Scholarships APF Graduate Student Scholarships/ ‘COGDOP’: $5,000 Due: June 30, 2020 $2,…
posted 06.11.2020
“I don’t want to think about that.” “It only happens in nursing homes.” These are common reactions when people are confronted with the subject of elder abuse. And though these responses may be expected, they are the wrong way to talk about elder abuse. Professional organizations working in aging…