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    Posted 07.17.2018
    The In Focus Section of the July–August 2018 issue of Aging Today addresses the media and how it covers aging—from Jay Newton-Small’s astute detailing of the evolution of the age beat, to Stacy Smith and Katherine Pieper’s thoughts on how Hollywood might reduce or eliminate ageism in its…
    Posted 07.17.2018
    By Katherine Pieper and Stacy L. Smith We are in a new age of consumption—media consumption that is. And it transcends demo­graphics. Individuals ages 60 and older represent roughly 20 percent of the U.S. popula­tion. In 2017, elders represented 16 percent of movie-ticket buyers in the United…
    Posted 07.06.2018
    By Robynn Cox Over the past forty years, the United States has taken part in an experiment in mass incarceration. Incarceration rates up until the mid-1970s were relatively stable, after which they began to increase exponentially (see Figure 1, on page 49) due to an increase in the demand for…
    Posted 07.02.2018
    By Karen D. Lincoln Levels of economic inequality—encompassing inequality in the distribution of income and wealth—have hit unprecedented heights and appear to be rising. In 2014, the average income for adults in the United States was $64,600. How­ever, this average obscures a great deal of…
    Posted 06.27.2018
    By Bruce A. Chernof 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…
    Posted 06.25.2018
    Social identities such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation shape economic and social experience. The Summer 2018 issue of Generations demonstrates how America’s increasing economic and social inequality affects older adults over time. In “Economic Inequality in Later Life,” Guest Editor…
    Posted 06.25.2018
    By Bridget K. Gorman and Zelma Oyarvide The older adult population in the United States is more diverse than ever before—including diversity based on sexual and gender minority status. Recent studies indicate that there are more than 2.4 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans­gender (LGBT)…
    Posted 06.25.2018
    By Manuel Pastor and Rachel Morello-Frosch In recent years, public health advocates and researchers have promoted the idea that in­­equality is not just morally distasteful, but also potentially damaging to overall health and well-being. Among the most compelling advocates of this position…
    Posted 06.04.2018
    While today’s decision by the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop is a narrow one, ASA nonetheless disagrees with the notion that a business owner providing custom services can claim a right to violate discrimination laws. ASA joined with SAGE in filing a brief in support of the Colorado Civil…
    Posted 05.21.2018
    Mirroring the complexities of our modern world, the work of aging advocacy also is chal­lenging and complex. Aging Today recently spoke with three advocates in the aging sector about why they do the work they do.   Advocating for Indigenous Populations   Dave Baldridge, executive director…