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 03.19.2018
By Julia Egan As we prepare for the “Silver Tsunami” as it’s controversially being called (e.g. the aging baby boomer generation), it is becoming increasingly important that us older adult providers be prepared to address all the needs of our aging population. While historically physical and…
posted 03.17.2018
By Michael Morgan More than 100 million people in the US are aged 50 years or older, which is about a third of the population. How do I know this? Because my five-year goal to significantly reduce deaths from Alzheimer’s has taught me many alarming facts. It all started when I watched my own…
posted 03.13.2018
By Diane Ty Karen was 43 years old when her mom was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. As her caregiving responsibilities increased, Karen missed her daughters’ soccer games, reduced her hours at work, and began suffering from depression. While Karen’s story is fictional, documenting…
posted 03.12.2018
By Deborah Bier For many people living with dementia, a good night’s sleep is difficult to achieve. There are many reasons why poor sleep and dementia go hand-in-hand, such as brain changes due to dementia, disordered breathing and environmental factors. One common factor that disturbs sleep is…
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…