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    Posted 05.14.2019
    The May–June 2019 In Focus section of Aging Today delves into the difference between social isolation and loneliness, for instance, Ashwin Kotwal and Carla Perissonotto detail the health effects, and Jennifer Dawn Carlson highlights how men can react to social isolation post-retirement. Other…
    Posted 05.07.2019
    By Alisha Sanders As we pursue long-term services and supports (LTSS) financing reform, policy makers must bear in mind two related concerns. First, for reforms to be meaningful across the economic spectrum, the needs of low-income older adults will have to be considered. Second, even when…
    Posted 04.30.2019
    By Amy Herr and Paul Downey As we approach the 2020 elections, ASA will be shining a brighter light on advocacy for the older adults that we serve. Advocacy for older adults is one four pillars of the new Strategic Plan adopted by the ASA Board on Sunday, April 14. The time is now! In 2019, one…
    Posted 04.30.2019
    By Barbara Gay, Ruth Katz, and James H. Johnson Jr. As with the healthcare system, the long-term-care “system” (such as it is) in the United States is characterized by racial disparities in financing, access, quality, and service delivery. Older African Americans in particular experience challenges…
    Posted 04.24.2019
    By Howard Gleckman Imagine you are asked to build a U.S. healthcare system designed to maximize the well-being of older adults and others with chronic conditions. You do not need to worry about making this new system fit within current financing and delivery models, though the medical and…
    Posted 04.24.2019
    By Barbara Coulter Edwards and Aditi P. Sen The financing and delivery of long-term ser­vices and supports (LTSS) for our nation’s rapidly aging population are present and growing challenges in America that will significantly impact individuals, families, communities, and taxpayers. Assuring access…
    Posted 04.19.2019
    By Ruth Katz We humans live complicated and rich lives, but lives of hopeful perseverance nonetheless. We reside comfortably in stark dichotomy. We smoke, for example, knowing that smoking kills. “It is a happy faculty of the mind to slough that which conscience refuses to assimilate,” wrote…
    Posted 04.18.2019
    By Ty Johnson The 2019 Diversity Summit, sponsored by Senior Service America, gave Aging in America Conference attendees a crash course in the challenges minority populations are facing as they age, as well as how even the most well-meaning efforts to bring about equality can fall short if there…
    Posted 04.17.2019
    By Ty Johnson Speakers discussed the importance and intersectionality of oral health during the Tuesday Aging in America general session, sponsored by GSK. Beth Truett, principal at BJT Solutions and formerly of Oral Health America, took attendees through the simple connections between oral…
    Posted 04.16.2019
    Americans do not, generally, plan for their own very likely future need for long-term care, and the federal government has yet to offer a program that meets these needs for most people. Family caregivers provide much of that care, at great cost to them, and long-term care insurance has shown…