tjohnson@asaging.org's blog

    Posted 10.07.2019
    Older people in the United States today often need to work past their desired “retirement age.” However, evidence demonstrates that this is not easy for most older workers; instead 52 percent of retirees left their jobs before they had intended to. Wages, hours, and working conditions for older…
    Posted 10.04.2019
    By Lori S. Kiker Approximately 38.4% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes. A major risk factor for cancer is advanced age. People > 65 years account for about 60% of newly diagnosed malignancies and 70% of all cancer deaths.        With over one-…
    Posted 09.24.2019
    By Paul Irving The demographic age shift is generally understood by now. In the United States, about 10,000 people turn age 65 each day; by 2035, Americans of retirement age will for the first time outnumber those who are younger than age 18. There is an awareness that population aging will have a…
    Posted 09.24.2019
    By Lori Smetanka Let’s be honest. People don’t think about nursing home quality until they or a loved one need care. Recent studies show that as many as half of Americans will live in a nursing home at some point in their lives, either for the short term, such as a rehabilitation stay, or because…
    Posted 09.23.2019
    By Paul Greenwood So you don’t really need a guardian?” asked Judge Cynthia Dianne Steel, Eighth Judicial District Family Court, of Rennie North during a June 2015 hearing in Nevada. “True,” replied North. “Do you want a guardian?” the judge probed. “No,” North emphatically responded. With that…
    Posted 09.23.2019
    The September–October 2019 In Focus section of Aging Today explores the consumer marketplace targeting older adults, which could make products and services to boost elders’ well being, spinning gold out of this “silver economy.” Lori Bitter demonstrates the potential value of this economy for…
    Posted 09.18.2019
    SAN FRANCISCO—The American Society on Aging and partnering organizations announced amicus brief filings in six lawsuits challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s ”Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” final rule. Led by Justice In Aging, the rule has been challenged in lawsuits filed in…
    Posted 09.06.2019
    By Meredith Whitmire Older adult malnutrition is much more common than many people think. Did you know that up to 1 out of every 2 older adults is at risk of becoming malnourished or is already malnourished? Malnutrition occurs across the healthcare spectrum, in hospitals, long-term care facilities…
    Posted 09.04.2019
    By Bruce Chernof, Shelley Lyford and Christopher Langston On June 10, 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19, calling for a California Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan). In his Ex­ecutive Order, Newsom outlines the broad framework for a Master Plan process, including…
    Posted 09.01.2019
    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…