March 2018

posted 03.29.2018
The In Focus Section of the January–February 2018 issue of Aging Today takes on climate change, and its outsized impact on older adults, especially older women. How might we plan better for caregivers and their charges? Kathy Sykes lays out the most common scenarios with real life examples of…
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 03.28.2018
By Ty Johnson The Reframing Aging Summit on Tuesday brought together hundreds of aging professionals in the Imperial Ballroom for a talk about how we talk about aging and how deliberate changes in the conversation can reveal the covert ageism that sometimes flies beneath the radar. The FrameWorks…
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 03.15.2018
ASA’s Board Chair Bob Blancato, Chair-Elect Karyne Jones, and CEO Bob Stein today condemned remarks offered by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during testimony to the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee on Tuesday. As reported in The Hill, Zinke said "When you give discounted or free…
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 03.05.2018
By Erin McAuliff As planners and livable community advocates, we can always use help drumming up support for an important project or messaging proposed policies. While we know that engaging allies to assist can go a long way towards advancing these goals, more often than not we struggle to find…
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 03.05.2018
By Walter D. Dawson and John Cutler Developments in the acceptance of Medicare as part of the long-term services and supports system have taken place in recent weeks. The CHRONIC legislation (S.870) was incorporated into the Bipartisan Budget Act and signed into law on February 9. Just as…