March 2018

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 03.22.2018
By Rosemary Jordan and Erin Partridge Elder Care Alliance will be facilitating a peer group meeting for Life Enrichment Directors or people in analogous roles at the Aging in America conference. As we have launched an internal Community of Practice for our Life Enrichment Directors and worked on…
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 03.05.2018
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 Lakelyn Hogan Over the past few decades, we’ve seen increased dialogue and support for women who are navigating their careers as they raise young children. But much less attention and discussion have focused on the unique challenges that come with navigating a career when caring for aging…
posted 03.01.2018
By Jarmin Yeh In August 2014, I was a graduate student at the University of California, San Francis­co (UCSF), when my grandmother died, four months after my cousin, a medical student at the University of California, Los Angeles, commit­ted suicide. These were four months in which my…