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    Posted 12.28.2018
    The January–February 2019 In Focus section of Aging Today urges readers to consider a new view on Alzheimer’s and dementia, to find the value in people with dementia, instead of dehumanizing them and reacting only to their disease. As Peter Whitehouse says in the lead article in the section, “What…
    Posted 12.28.2018
    By Peter J. Whitehouse Alzheimer’s is an intractable, wickedly complex problem that requires new imagination. Let’s start by thinking of Alzheimer’s as a sort of “elephant in the room” that blocks creat­ing a more positive view of aging. The word itself is so fear-inducing that it limits our…
    Posted 12.28.2018
    The Fall 2017­ issue of Generations explored Generation X, a much ignored and sometimes maligned generation: its influences, demographics, work and social challenges, political leanings, and what lies ahead for this cohort as it ages. A selection of articles from this issue are now online. In “…
    Posted 12.21.2018
    By Tim R. Johnston As the Baby Boomers move into older age, it is important to reflect upon how LGBT members of Generation X (people born roughly between 1965 and 1980) understand their identities, positions in the world, and responsibilities to other members of the LGBT community, as well as to…
    Posted 12.21.2018
    By Ai-jen Poo We all reach a milestone in our lives when we turn to someone to emulate and realize there is no one else, it’s just us. It’s the moment when we not only realize that we have come of age, but also that we now own responsibilities we had always assumed were others’. Manag­ing…
    Posted 12.21.2018
    By Tom Kamber I grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey, which happens to be the epicenter of American boardwalk life. It’s home to Bruce Springsteen, street racer muscle cars, second-tier mobsters, and saltwater taffy. It is also the place where, during my high school years in the early 1980s, video…
    Posted 12.21.2018
    By Roberta Baskin and Claire Sommer Gen Xers are sustainability natives—born into the understanding that our planet is in peril. They grew up with NASA’s iconic 1972 Blue Marble photo, the first Earth Day in 1973, the seminal 1988 founding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 1992…
    Posted 12.21.2018
    By Stephen Katz This article is a critical reflection on Generation X, with a focus on the utility of the concept of generation for identifying this group. In the current popular literature, Generation X is usually defined by its demographic location straddling earlier Baby Boom and later Millen­…
    Posted 12.21.2018
    By Peter J. Whitehouse and Candace Steele Flippin The world needs innovative ideas, critical thinking, and deep learning, all grounded in a celebration of diversity. Individual and demo­graphic aging and intergenerational conversa­tions offer individuals and communities such culturally creative…
    Posted 12.20.2018
    By Shelley Lyford For far too long, hospitals around the country have suffered from shortages of generic drugs essential for treating patients and saving lives, including saline solution, chemotherapy agents, antibiotics and analgesics. These shortages have forced hospitals to scramble to se­cure…