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    Posted 05.11.2016
    By Ann C. Wilder Incorporating content on LGBTQ+ aging populations into the social work curriculum can be challenging, especially when teaching students in a region known for discrimination and prejudice toward LGBTQ+ individuals. I teach in deep East Texas, which lies behind the “Pine Curtain,”…
    Posted 05.10.2016
    By Steven L. Dawson and Christopher A. Langston Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” With this quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe emblazoned above its imprint, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2008 published the groundbreaking Retooling for an Aging…
    Posted 05.10.2016
    By Jessica Nagro and Michèle J. Saunders The Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) is a group of thirty-one national organizations, joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America (see below for a roster of EWA members). The Institute of Medicine (…
    Posted 05.10.2016
    By Rani Snyder and Nancy E. Lundebjerg In 1978, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) grappled with the challenge that an aging America would present to the healthcare workforce. It wrestled with this issue again in 1993. And in 2008. All of the resulting reports called for increased investment in…
    Posted 05.10.2016
    By Laura N. Gitlin and Nancy Hodgson A well-prepared eldercare workforce is urgently needed worldwide to provide care for the growing population of older adults ages 65 and older (Crisp and Chen, 2014). By 2030, the United States will need an estimated 3.5 million more health and human service…
    Posted 05.05.2016
    By Heather M. Young and Elena O. Siegel The Institute of Medicine’s report, Retooling for an Aging America, envisioned care that is responsive to an aging society, with an adequate supply of competent workers and improved delivery systems, including healthcare teams that work together (IOM, 2008…
    Posted 05.04.2016
    By Abby Marquand and Amy York The caregiving workforce has been described as the “critical link in the availability and quality of services” for our nation’s elders (U.S. Senate Commission on Long-Term Care, 2013). We know that the demand for health and longterm-care services will expand…
    Posted 04.28.2016
    If you couldn’t make it ASA’s 2016 Aging in America Conference, which was held in Washington DC this past March 20-24, or you just can’t get enough of AiA16, you’re in luck! Many of the most popular session from this year’s conference are being scheduled as web seminars, which are free to ASA…
    Posted 04.27.2016
    By Krystal L. Culler Retaining brain health and cognitive fitness as we age are two topics that recently have been gaining national and global attention from researchers, providers and healthcare professionals. In 2014, the National Institute on Aging developed an educational toolkit offering…
    Posted 04.26.2016
    By Mandy Weirich This blog post is dedicated to my first cousin, Ricky Smith, whose beautiful smile and laughter could light up any room. Ricky died from AIDS in 1994 at age 30. In 2011, I went back to school to get my master’s degree in Social Work. At the time I was working in adult protective…