The In Focus Section of the May–June 2018 issue of Aging Today explores what tops the aging advocacy agenda.
According to author and USC gerontologist Kathleen Wilber, it should be family caregiving, elder abuse and isolation. What works best for advocates in aging? Collaborating with the younger generation, says Donna Butts of Generations United; and taking advantage of the new resistance, says Anna Galland of MoveOn.org. Also Aging Today profiles three admirable activists who advocate for Native Americans, for caregivers and against food insecurity in the older adult population.
Phyllis Mitzen, Valerie Gruss and Memoona Hasnain describe a congenial program between sister cities Chicago and Shanghai, in which councils of delegates visit each others’ countries and take back best practices in aging services. And, Eric Carlson of Justice in Aging makes an eloquent plea for pushing nursing homes beyond their current mediocre care, putting some of the responsibility firmly in the hands of professionals in the aging services sector.