January 2018

posted 01.26.2018
By Alison Biggar Jessica Bruder, 39, an adjunct professor in the New York–based Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, set out to write a book about a 21st century labor issue, chronicling itinerant workers who toil for companies like Amazon and other seasonal employers. With…
posted 01.24.2018
By Stephen Campbell One million immigrants are employed in the direct care workforce in the United States—as personal care aides, home health aides and nursing assistants who provide daily hands-on assistance to older adults and people with disabilities. The ever-rising de­mand for direct care…
posted 01.22.2018
By María Isabel Capiello and Eulimar Núñez When a deportation happens, especially of a middle-age adult living with children and parents, older adults often lose not only a son or a daughter, but also a vital source of stability. Even as the elder stays in the adopted country, their…
posted 01.19.2018
The In Focus Section of the January–February 2018 issue of Aging Today tackles the thorny and ever evolving issue of immigration, and its impact on citizens, documented and undocumented older adults, and elders cared for by immigrants. An overview by Lisa Eckenwiler looks at the topic from the…
posted 01.19.2018
By Lisa Eckenwiler   The recent World Health Organ­ization (WHO) Report on Global Aging, which reconceptu­alized aging around “functional abilities” and situated it within a public health framework, put forward an urgently needed and ethically transformative vision of healthy aging: hav­ing “…
posted 01.16.2018
We at the American Society on Aging mourn the passing of Dr. Joshua Wiener. Josh was one of the foremost influencers of long term care research and policy over the past 30 years.  He served with absolute distinction wherever he worked, whether for the Department of Human Services, the Urban…
posted 01.09.2018
By Kendra Farrow and Pris Rogers Aging brings about changes in our vision. We find that our arms are too short and that we need more light to complete tasks. These experiences are typical and the adaptations, reading glasses and additional light, are easily accommodated. However, for 6.4% of…
posted 01.09.2018
ASA cheers last night's passage in the U.S. Senate of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, which aims to examine new strategies for supporting family caregivers throughout the country, where they make it possible for older adults and people with…