tjohnson@asaging.org's blog

    Posted 05.26.2020
    America is becoming more aware of its aging population, and is evolving to be more “age-friendly.” But our nation’s older adults who fall prey to elder abuse remain largely unrecognized and uncared for. Why? Older people experiencing elder mistreatment are much less likely to seek help due to…
    Posted 05.22.2020
    Faced with the outsized impact of the COVID-19 virus upon the Navajo Nation, this past April the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), sent a team of healthcare workers (seven physicians and 14 nurses) to Arizona and New Mexico to work with Diné struck by the disease. The University has a…
    Posted 05.21.2020
    This month ASA has joined the Elder Justice Coaltion, the National Adult Protective Services Association, and AARP in supporting the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act, introduced in the Senate by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jerry Moran (R-KS). “Our members in states and cities…
    Posted 05.21.2020
    By Toby S. Edelman In 2018, Skyline Healthcare collapsed. The New Jersey–based company had owned and managed a handful of nursing facilities until 2016 or 2017, when it rapidly expanded and began to manage facilities across the country. Primarily these were facilities that large nursing home chains…
    Posted 05.20.2020
    By Paul Greenwood "Why did you not tell anyone after discovering that you had been defrauded?” was a ques­tion I asked many victims during my 22-year tenure as head of San Diego County’s Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit at the San Diego District Attorney’s office. The answer was eerily consistent. “I…
    Posted 05.19.2020
    Fighting elder abuse and mistreatment—especially amid the current pandemic’s stringent shelter-in-place rules—should be a major public health priority. Yet, elder abuse frequently goes undetected, leading to poor health outcomes, and even death. Research suggests that only one in twenty-four cases…
    Posted 05.14.2020
    By Ruth Katz Older residents in long-term care and the staff who serve them are under siege. They are getting sick—even dying—in unprecedented numbers amid this coronavirus pandemic. My decades of inside-the-beltway experience as a policy analyst and advocate in no way prepared me for the sadness…
    Posted 05.14.2020
    By Lewis Richmond I often teach that Buddhism is about how to be truly happy, so I have been studying the new research field of “happiness studies,” which focuses on the objective measures and causes of happiness. Researchers have found three factors that reliably increase happiness as we grow…
    Posted 05.13.2020
    Editor’s note: This past January, ASA surveyed its members about what it takes to be a leader in the field of aging, what members would like to learn about how to develop leadership knowledge, skills and abilities, and who best personifies leadership. ASA members identified respected leaders in…
    Posted 05.12.2020
    “I think [elder mistreatment] is one of those things that probably flies under the radar . . . I imagine it is probably more prevalent than what we identify.” This was a survey response from one Emergency Department medical director, when asked about how his ER screened patients for signs of elder…