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    Posted 06.03.2020
    By Joanne Lynn and Terry Fulmer A large number of nursing home residents will die of COVID-19, and no one can change that fact. This is hard to take, and it has been easier to focus elsewhere, rather than to confront the facts. Good practices may delay the introduction of the novel coronavirus into…
    Posted 05.21.2020
    By Matt Gontarchick On May 21, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled, “Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis” during which members and witnesses discussed the pandemic’s impact on long-term care facilities as well as recommendations to improve safety for residents,…
    Posted 05.11.2020
    By Beverly Rollins Last Fall I attended a meeting that featured a discussion with our County Executive, the leader of our County’s executive branch. Among the topics he addressed were his long term planning efforts for the County. After he finished I raised my hand and asked whether he was…
    Posted 05.01.2020
    Read the Spring 2020 Issue of Generations—for free! A good old age—one lived in well-being and dignity—should be possible for everyone. Not just for some. An estimated 1 in 10 older adults in America and across the globe are affected by elder mistreatment, which can be physical, psychological or…
    Posted 05.01.2020
    By Anne Montgomery Later in life, if you become functionally disabled or frail and it’s no longer easy to live at home, you may want to move to a place that honors your independence and meets your needs for supportive daily care. For most of us, the first choice would not be a nursing home. But…
    Posted 05.01.2020
    By Aida Farmand and Teresa Ghilarducci The COVID-19 recession has changed the risks of working. Some people work in jobs at risk of short- and long-term elimination—many workers already have been laid off or soon will be. But for the many workers still on the job, especially older workers, there…
    Posted 12.04.2019
    By Jennifer Molinsky and Christopher Herbert Last month, the Joint Center for Housing Studies released a new report highlighting older adults’ increasingly uneven access to safe, accessible, and affordable housing. Housing America’s Older Adults: 2019 finds a record number of older adults are…
    Posted 09.19.2019
    By Matt Gontarchick On September 18, the House Education and Labor Committee unanimously approved by voice vote H.R. 4334, the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019. The bill would reauthorize the Older Americas Act (OAA), which expires at the end of the month. Discussion on the legislation was…
    Posted 10.22.2018
    By Amy Herr and Amy Berman After Phyllis Benning, 66, suffered several strokes that left her unable to walk, she thought she might spend the rest of her life in a nursing home. She was able return to her home—and walk again—with the help of a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Program of All-Inclusive…
    Posted 07.26.2018
    By John Robinson For most of our evolution, humans knew aging as painful and progressive decline. Coping with the inevitable scourge of senescence, we were, sometimes at least, treated more respectfully by family, strangers and society (i.e., dismissed as real equals). Eventually, however, all…