March 2018

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 Manel Kappagoda and Derek Carr In the United States, older adults have the highest rates of diabetes of any age group; one-quarter of all adults over the age of 65 have diabetes, according to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.…
posted 03.22.2018
By Rosemary Jordan and Erin Partridge Elder Care Alliance will be facilitating a peer group meeting for Life Enrichment Directors or people in analogous roles at the Aging in America conference. As we have launched an internal Community of Practice for our Life Enrichment Directors and worked on…
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 03.14.2018
By Adela Carlin, Dolores Cole and Padraic Stanley Medical providers, lawyers and social workers are often in a position to engage older adults in conversations about advance planning. However, they have limited time and resources to provide the necessary support and guidance. Advance care…
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’…