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    Posted 11.26.2019
    ASA joins The SCAN Foundation and other collaborating organizations in celebrating family caregivers through Hope’s Heroes: Honoring Caregivers of All Generations, a float at the 2020 Rose Parade, a beloved New Year’s Day tradition televised live from Pasadena, California. Tune in on January 1, 8…
    Posted 11.26.2019
    By Jerry Reed In 2017, slightly more than 8,500 older adults older than age 65 died by suicide. Put another way, 16.85 percent of suicide deaths were older adults. Without a concentrated effort, and given the growth of America’s older adult population, what is a serious problem now will surely…
    Posted 11.22.2019
    By Michael Adams and Jared Renteria The generation of people in the LGBT community that helped (or watched) the Stonewall upris­ing shatter many limits society had imposed upon them now are aging in communities focused largely on youth and youth culture. As members of this generation plan for the…
    Posted 11.21.2019
    By Betsy Werley In April 2005, at age 49, I shook hands with Chase Manhattan Bank on a severance package for my 18 years of service and set out to launch a nonprofit career. A month later, I shook hands with The Transition Network, a nonprofit for women ages 50 and older who want to explore what’s…
    Posted 11.18.2019
    The November–December 2019 In Focus section of Aging Today contains six articles that paint a rather bleak landscape of life for older adult veterans in the United States. John Rowan reveals the truth behind the reporting of veteran demographics; Anica Pless Kaiser, Kelly O’Malley and Jennifer Moye…
    Posted 11.15.2019
    By Ramsey Alwin Editor’s Note: This column, “Aging with Options,” is sponsored by the AARP Public Policy Insti­tute. Column content will focus on innovative solutions to change systems and empower indi­viduals and their families to thrive at home and in community.  The world is witnessing a major…
    Posted 10.29.2019
    Editor’s note: The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living and The SCAN Foundation fund the Aging and Disability Business Institute (www.aginganddisability­businessinstitute.org), led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The mis­sion of the Aging…
    Posted 10.29.2019
    By Monique Morrissey The U.S. retirement system is flawed and inadequate. The remedy? Expand Social Security and ensure employers and workers contribute to simple, affordable retirement plans. To address the looming retirement crisis in the United States, economists, advocates, and reformers need…
    Posted 10.29.2019
    By David Neumark Population aging poses fundamental public policy challenges. Barring changes in the employment of older adults, population aging implies a shrinking number of workers to sup­-port a growing number of retirees. Population Aging and Age Discrimination The projected population aging…
    Posted 10.29.2019
    By Carl E. Van Horn and Maria Heidkamp Findings from two large surveys posit solutions for the millions of older Americans working in precarious or part-time jobs. Even though the labor market in mid-2019 was strong and unemployment was at a fifty-year low, more than 1 million job seekers ages 55…