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    Posted 11.13.2018
    By Liddy Manson Ten thousand Boomers turn 65 every day in America, and their average life expectancy will be roughly 10 years longer than their parents. Those in the middle three quintiles of wealth have somewhere between 60 and 70 percent of their net worth tied up in their homes, most of which…
    Posted 11.02.2018
    By Kathy Brandt Many older adults receiving treatment for a serious illness, such as heart failure, lung disease, cancer or another illness, don’t have access to palliative care, which can improve the way they feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Timely access to palliative care…
    Posted 10.25.2018
    The November–December 2018 In Focus section of Aging Today looks outward, toward global solutions for the world’s longer-lived societies. Michael Hodin suggests a cultural shift to embrace a new, global social contract; Donna Butts, Ernst Gonzales and Alex Yoss detail international co-housing…
    Posted 10.24.2018
    By Megan Burke Editor’s note: The SCAN Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation have united to fund a three-year grant to develop and establish the Aging…
    Posted 10.17.2018
    By Ty Johnson The American Society on Aging has called on Nail Communications to suspend an ageist advertising campaign that began Sept. 24 as part of ACRONYM’s “Knock the Vote” initiative. The advertisement, which features older voters profanely and smugly telling young people not to vote and…
    Posted 10.17.2018
    By Paige Hector When the words “caregiving” and “older adults” are used in the same sentence, most people assume the older adults are receiving the care. This article focuses on when the older adult is the parent of and caregiver for an adult child. That child may have an intellectual or phys­ical…
    Posted 10.15.2018
    By Kate Lang and Eric Carlson Carol did the very best that she could. When her mother’s vision declined, Carol bought and delivered groceries to her and took off work to drive her to doctor appointments. When her moth­er’s dementia progressed and she could not live alone, Carol took her mother in,…
    Posted 10.08.2018
    By Jaia Peterson Lent and Adam Otto Substance use, most recently the opioid epi­demic, is hurting America’s families and often placing greater responsibility upon grandparents to care for their grandchildren. Increasingly, child welfare systems, as they face shortages of foster parents to meet a…
    Posted 10.08.2018
    Caregiving is a challenge for many Americans, but what does it take to be a 21st century caregiver as an older adult? How do such caregivers get by, what resources are available to them, and what solutions and supports may be on the horizon to help? In “The New American Gothic: Older Americans as…
    Posted 10.01.2018
    By Mercedes Bern-Klug   Living in Grant Wood’s home state of Iowa, and being on the faculty at the University of Iowa where the famous painter taught for a dozen years, I often drive visitors to Eldon, Iowa (popu­lation 908). We go there to stand before the house whose façade served as the backdrop…