September 2017

posted 09.29.2017
Editor’s note: The SCAN Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation have united to fund a three-year grant to develop and es­tablish the Aging and…
posted 09.28.2017
By Carol Levine  You’re going home tomorrow!” Surely these must be among the most welcome words heard by a hospital patient. But between that statement and a trouble-free transition lie potential problems that can lead to poor outcomes and unplanned hospital readmissions. One key element of a…
posted 09.28.2017
By Cindy Padilla  Rural America defies easy definition. It is large and diverse, geographically, ethnically and culturally. In 2010, rural America was home to approximately 20 percent of the U.S. popu­lation, yet about 95 percent of U.S territory is still officially designated as rural. Rural…
posted 09.27.2017
By William F. Benson and Nancy Aldrich Rural older adults are dying from the opioid epidemic at a higher rate than older adults in the nation as a whole, yet fewer than one in 10 opioid treatment centers are located in rural America, and many rural first responders are not trained to administer…
posted 09.27.2017
By Dave Baldridge   Indian healthcare is in trouble. That reality worsens with the potential loss of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has at least partially begun to mitigate 50 years of not-so-benign federal neglect. “More than a million American Indians and Alaska Natives are enrolled…
posted 09.26.2017
ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson sent the following message to ASA members today welcoming the news that the latest and least acceptable effort to replace the Affordable Care Act will not move foward. The American Society on Aging welcomes the announcement…
posted 09.19.2017
ASA Board Chair Bob Blancato and Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Benson have sent a call to action to ASA members concerning the latest effort in the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The text of the message follows. We call on our members with Republican senators to make…
posted 09.14.2017
By Debra BenAvram What does malnutrition look like? It might be very different than you think. In fact, all too frequently, it looks a lot like my dad. Not long ago, Dad was admitted to the hospital. Because he is not underweight, he did not appear malnourished. Yet he had no appetite and grew…
posted 09.13.2017
The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, is projected to increase to 13.8 million by 2050. To help educate about and combat Alzheimer’s, ASA is pleased to introduce a special supplement to Generations, “Supporting People with Dementia and Their Caregivers in…
posted 09.07.2017
By Michelle Seitzer We know dementia impacts all levels of an aging society—the challenges it presents are universal—and therefore should be addressed as a public policy priority by all levels of government, all around the world. Many governments are taking action, but individuals are equally…