February 2018

posted 02.28.2018
By Peggy Howard Moore Being of African American descent has its disadvantages in our American society and culture, and especially in business. A lot has happened in the past fifty-three years since the pas­sage of the Civil Rights Act, but that was just the beginning, with revisions, laws, and…
posted 02.28.2018
By Nancy R. Hooyman As we gerontologists age, we increasingly rec­ognize that aging is personally as well as professionally salient—a realization that was im­possible to grasp fully when we were younger and first entering the field. In a special edition of The Gerontologist, in an article…
posted 02.28.2018
By Joan Ditzion, Phyllis Mitzen, and Connie Goldman In 2006, Connie Goldman, Martha Holstein, Phyllis Mitzen, and Joan Ditzion, longtime professionals in the field of aging and longtime members of the American Society on Aging (ASA), realized there was no place at the Aging in America (AiA)…
posted 02.28.2018
By Toni Calasanti and Sadie Giles In her exploration of social justice, Nancy Fraser (2008) argues that “participatory parity” is critical, “overcoming injustice means dismantling institutionalized obstacles that prevent some people from participating on a par with others, as full partners in…
posted 02.22.2018
By Robert B. Hudson and Judith G. Gonyea Older women’s place in public policy has usu­ally been delayed, derivative, and secondary. Their needs, when addressed, have often arisen in the context of another more pressing political concern, or as the result of some perceived gap or failing in the…
posted 02.22.2018
The Winter 2017­–18 issue of Generations lays out the physical, psychological, cultural, and economic realities of aging as a woman in contemporary American society. In “On Being an Old Woman in Contemporary Society,” Guest Editor Martha B. Holstein is brutally honest in her assessment of how women…
posted 02.13.2018
By Susan Mende America is aging--with a rising number of people over 65. It’s a trend that is growing--by 2060, the number of older Americans is expected to more than double, rising from 14.5 percent of the population to nearly 24 percent. We are not the only country experiencing this phenomenon…
posted 02.12.2018
By Carol Marak Aging safely and independently at home is a natural desire of older adults. We want a space to call our own, and we prefer that place to reflect the person we’ve become, surrounded by dear friends. However, a large number of individuals ages 65 and older, 27 percent, according to…