How does America rate when it comes to taking care of its older adults? In this year of election grandstanding and ongoing heated rhetoric about the nation's deficit, it's difficult to sort out face from hyperbole. The May/June 2012 In Focus section—as well as other feature articles in this issue of Aging Today—explores some of the realities of life for elders in today's United States, and peeks into future issues for the many baby boomers who are reaching older age and anticipating use of our national entitlement programs.
Today, many older adults are caring for children—their grandchildren—putting these children's needs ahead of their own (see Amy Goyer's article). And an increasing number of elders are caught in the grip of addiction; Patrick Arbore offers insight into how we might do a better job of recognizing the signs and stemming the tide. Then there are some everyday citizens who make a business out of advocating for elders and take action—a model response we all might consider emulating. If our government cannot seem to get a handle on persistent social ills, perhaps it's up to each one of us to step in—and step up—as advocates.
The Real Picture of Elder Poverty—Painted by the Numbers
by Gary Koenig
Growth of Grandfamilies Leads to Food Insecurity
by Amy Goyer
The Next Big Thing: Substance Abuse Among Aging Baby Boomers
by Patrick Arbore
Help is Out There for Veterans In Need
by Carolyn Ballou
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