March 2018

posted 03.29.2018
By Ty Johnson Bringing the Aging in America Conference to San Francisco, just a train ride from Silicon Valley, was a deliberate move to enhance the focus on technology this year, which led to a handful of tech experts talking about predictive analytics, or data that can tell the future. But what…
posted 03.29.2018
By Ty Johnson Wednesday’s General Session, titled “Ending Senior Poverty: Why We Can’t Wait,” included both a pointed call to action from ASA Chair Bob Blancato and a major announcement from Public Policy Chair Bill Benson, but AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson was the one who got…
posted 03.25.2018
By David Bass, Jennifer Cardellini, Alyssa Ciancibello, Leah Eskenazi, Kathleen Kelly, Katie Maslow, Julie Rentsch and  Rachel Schaffer According to a report by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 8.5…
posted 03.22.2018
By Rebecca Ferrini and Linda Bounds If you can scribble, you can paint!  The art teacher/ambassador greets the class of  physically and cognitively impaired students,  parked  in wheelchairs and lounge chairs facing one large blank canvas. These nursing home residents, along with the colorful…
posted 03.16.2018
By Tom Keating More and more, technology enables our lives in ways that facilitate independence and connectivity and it seems like there’s an app for just about everything. For individuals aging in place, apps can help them stay organized, accomplish daily goals, or remotely link them to their…
posted 03.14.2018
By Adela Carlin, Dolores Cole and Padraic Stanley Medical providers, lawyers and social workers are often in a position to engage older adults in conversations about advance planning. However, they have limited time and resources to provide the necessary support and guidance. Advance care…
posted 03.05.2018
By Erin McAuliff As planners and livable community advocates, we can always use help drumming up support for an important project or messaging proposed policies. While we know that engaging allies to assist can go a long way towards advancing these goals, more often than not we struggle to find…
posted 03.05.2018
By Katharine Forth What’s wrong with current balance testing and our understanding of balance? Have you ever had a balance test? Do you know anyone who has? I’ll predict that if you can answer yes, the person in question had a fall before they had the test. Isn’t that a bit like checking someone’…
posted 03.01.2018
By Anna Lea Cothron, Emily Long & Shelley Matthews Transportation is necessary for access to healthcare, community participation, and overall quality of life. This is no different for older adult populations. Older adults are more likely to restrict their driving in bad weather, at night, or…