June 2015

posted 06.29.2015
By Barbara Meltzer After my father died in 2003, I moved my mother from Florida to an assisted living facility in Los Angeles, near where I live. As her primary caregiver, I spent a lot of time with Mom and watched helplessly as dementia slowly erased her mind. I went from being her beloved …
posted 06.29.2015
In June 2014, the Obama administration nominated Carolyn W. Colvin to head the Social Security Administration (SSA). She has been serving as Acting Commissioner since February 2013, and, in August 2015, she will be on hand to observe the agency’s 80th anniversary. Colvin came out of retirement in…
posted 06.29.2015
By Karl Pillemer Ten years ago, I experienced a stunning revelation. By then, I had spent 25 years as a gerontologist. I was professionally occupied with all things aging. I conducted research using longitudinal data sets and sophisticated statistical analyses. I developed and evaluated programs…
posted 06.15.2015
In July 2008, 68-year-old Mr. S appeared on the doorstep of his longtime friend, Virginia, carrying a garbage bag that contained everything he owned. Despite the fact that he lived just a few miles away, Virginia hadn’t seen him in well over a year. She invited him inside. In halting, labored …
posted 06.10.2015
By Amy S. Kelley and Diane E. Meier Palliative care is a relatively new interdisciplinary specialty focused on improving quality of life for persons with serious illness and their families. Palliative care teams, composed of physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, provide an added…
posted 06.10.2015
By Linda P. Fried Medicare was created to improve the health and well-being of older people, while protecting families. It was established to provide financial protection to individuals from the catastrophic costs of medical care, and to hospitals from losses accrued while caring for uninsured…
posted 06.10.2015
Generations Guest Editors Tricia Neuman and John Rother devised and posed the questions in this discussion between Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and Thomas Rice, Distinguished Professor of the…
posted 06.10.2015
By Marilyn Moon Medicare is one of the most successful programs of the federal government. It has achieved nearly universal coverage of healthcare for the most difficult populations to serve—people ages 65 and older and those with permanent disabilities. It ranks well above private insurance in…
posted 06.09.2015
Few issues have flummoxed policy makers more than how to address the need to improve coverage of long-term-care services and supports (LTSS). Two leading experts, Sheila Burke, adjunct lecturer and faculty research fellow at the Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School…
posted 06.09.2015
By S. Jay Olshansky When Congress signed Medicare into law in 1965, the life expectancy of the U.S. population was 70.2 years, the probability of a baby born in 1965 reaching age 65 was 71.3 percent, and among those who had already celebrated their sixty-fifth birthday in the year Medicare was…