February 2014

posted 02.27.2014
By Phil Schenk West Virginia is more than stupid chemical plant locations. It’s a small, poor, elderly state where all the players in the field of senior services seem to know each other, have worked at the same place at one time or another, and, whether we like it or not, have to work together…
posted 02.24.2014
By 2015, half of those living with HIV in the United States will be age 50 and older. As this population expands, so does the need for information and resources about aging with HIV. The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), ACRIA, and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) recently launched a…
posted 02.19.2014
By Jackie B. Peterson I'm sure you already know all the facts by heart: we all know that 10,000 Baby Boomers are reaching age 65 every single day. We all know that more businesses are being started by people over 50 than by people in their 20s. We all know that solopreneurism is the wave of the…
posted 02.19.2014
By Kathy Burnes What does social bullying look like among older adults? Not so different than among adolescents, with the exception of cyber bullying. Most common are gossiping and spreading rumors about another elder, making critical comments within the victim’s hearing, or comments such as, “…
posted 02.13.2014
By Natalie Chin Thinking about who will make medical and financial decisions for you if you are unable to do so is an anxiety-producing process. Even more stressful may be discussing end-of-life decisions with your loved ones. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, advance…
posted 02.13.2014
By Robert Espinoza In October 2012, as Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast, Rebecca, 72, and her partner of 38 years, Barbara, 85, holed up in their New York City apartment to weather the storm. Over the course of four days, with no electricity or water, Rebecca began noticing a difference…
posted 02.13.2014
By Nancy J. Knauer and Andrea Anastasi Patrick Atkins and Brett Conrad lived together as a committed couple for 25 years. Though Brett’s family was supportive, Patrick’s family strongly disapproved of the relationship. In 2005, Patrick suffered a ruptured aneurysm and was hospitalized. Patrick’s…
posted 02.13.2014
By Karen L. Loewy Guardianship is not something anyone wants to contemplate. Having a court declare that you are unable to manage your own care or financial matters and appoint someone to make these decisions for you can be intrusive, restrictive, expensive and time-consuming. The risks of having…
posted 02.12.2014
By Carol R. Hegeman When we co-edited the textbook Elder Care and Service Learning twelve years ago, college classes in service learning in elder care were plentiful and more faculty and elder care entities were implementing programs each year. Now, with Federal funding for service learning gone…
posted 02.10.2014
By Karen Kolb Flude It has been a very exciting year for NEST as we continue to grow our constituent group with new members, content and contributions from our NEST colleagues. What is NEST? NEST stands for Network on Environments, Services and Technologies. We are a group of colleagues from…