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    Posted 06.19.2019
    Editor’s note: The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, and The SCAN Foundation fund the Aging and Disability Business Institute (www.aginganddisabili­tybusinessinstitute.org), led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The mission of the Aging…
    Posted 06.18.2019
    A Blueprint for Health Plans Older adults often have complex medical and social needs, which are both intimately related, and inadequately addressed in the current health care system. Despite mounting evidence that supports the integration of the medical and social models of care, the transition…
    Posted 06.11.2019
    By Amy Herr More than 1,000 seniors and advocates marched to Capitol Hill on May 8, 2019 to urge Congress to support increase funding for affordable senior housing—a priority issue for the American Society on Aging (ASA). Organized by ASA and Leading Age, the Senior Housing Now rally drew senior…
    Posted 06.07.2019
    By Michael Adams Many people were shocked when news first broke in 2016 that Mary Walsh and Bev Nance, an older lesbian couple in St. Louis, Mo., were denied admission to Friendship Village Sunset Hill—a local continuing care retirement community (CCRC)—on the grounds that their 10-year-old…
    Posted 06.07.2019
    By Jennifer Dawn Carlson My dad was a workaholic. He would toggle between work and more work, and then brief­ly relocate to the dark corners of sports fandom and politics, then return to yet more work. My family wondered whether he’d have a heart attack on the day he retired, sud­denly unable to…
    Posted 06.07.2019
    By Judith Garber and Shannon Brownlee In 1995, Michael Russo (not his real name) was in his mid-50s and in remarkable health, effort­lessly running half-marathons and playing competitive racquetball. But when Russo sought treat­ment for his moderate Crohn’s disease, he soon became the victim of a…
    Posted 06.07.2019
    The 2019 Aging in America Conference in New Orleans made headlines this spring. Browse this sample list of aggregated content. An Age-Friendly Rural America By Gaby Galvin (U.S. News & World Report) Addiction Among Older Adults Poses Complex Challenge By Gaby Galvin (U.S. News & World…
    Posted 06.05.2019
    By Julie Richards and Young Hee Kim Older adults have surgery for many reasons. But do you know that elective surgeries can pose significant harm for older adults? This is because some of their more common health concerns—the potential risk of complications may be increased in older adults due to…
    Posted 06.03.2019
    By Alison Biggar Women trickled into the United Methodist Church meeting room in Oakland, Calif., on a cold Thursday evening in February, bundled up, smiling, ready to practice singing in the Threshold Choir. Although a crowd diverse in age and style, when the singers be­gan harmonizing, their…
    Posted 05.30.2019
    By Vincent Antenucci In 1979 President Carter delivered a speech titled, “A Crisis of Confidence,” which was later called his “Malaise Speech.” The word “malaise” didn’t come up in the speech, but this unofficial title accurately reflected the national mood. I was about to turn 17 when President…