tjohnson@asaging.org's blog

    Posted 09.15.2019
    The American Society on Aging (ASA), a professional membership association with more than 5,000 members, is the essential go-to resource to cultivate leadership and advocacy, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of our members and others who work with, and on behalf of, older adults. At ASA…
    Posted 08.14.2019
    ASA and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, the oldest and largest school of its kind, continue their collaboration to offer a series of five-week courses in gerontology, in a convenient online format. Upon successful completion of each course, USC and ASA award a Certificate of Completion…
    Posted 08.14.2019
    “Fundamentals of Gerontology,” the first and longest running course in the online gerontology education series—a collaboration that began in 2015 between ASA and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology—will again be offered Aug. 26 to Sept. 27, 2019. This five-week, five-session course is an…
    Posted 08.14.2019
    ASA and USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology offer two five-week courses on elder mistreatment: “Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse & Neglect” and “Elder Mistreatment: Prevention of Abuse & Neglect.” The latter course, which delves into primary, secondary and tertiary preventions in…
    Posted 08.14.2019
    Approximately 1 in 10 adults ages 60 and older have experienced some form of abuse or mistreatment—physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial, or in neglect. As many older adults fall prey to more than one form of abuse or mistreatment, it can be difficult, especially when the victim…
    Posted 08.14.2019
    People now are living longer with both physical and mental chronic conditions such as hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease. Generally, these conditions last for more than one year and result in functional limitations. More than half of…
    Posted 08.12.2019
    By Jacqueline Lauder Professionals who work in aging services believe they have a firm grasp on the challenges related to aging. Yet despite what they think they know, many may not understand the re­alities of the aging experience until they themselves are aging. Consider this example: a couple is…
    Posted 07.24.2019
    By Rebecca M. Crabb, Patricia Areán and Brooke Hollister Senior peer counseling offers a promising and cost-effective means of addressing depression and loneliness in older adults. Senior peer counselors (SPCs) can share how they’ve solved similar life problems, suggest local resources, and even…
    Posted 07.24.2019
    The concept of rural is multi-dimensional, as it represents a small population across an immense land mass. Often overlooked as merely the “fly-over states,” especially by people who live in the nation’s urban cores, rural America also increasingly skews older, as the younger population often…
    Posted 07.19.2019
    By Eboni Green In the book Trees: Reflections and Poems, Herman Hesse (1984) shares a poignant poem about the sacred life of trees. Hesse says that, “when a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk:…