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Aging Today

Monthly Archive (Aging Today)

posted 04.09.2015
As a group of lawyers working to improve the lives of older adults, my colleagues and I ask what justice means for all of us as we age often. That question—and its answers—recently led us to change our name from NSCLC to Justice in Aging. Read More
posted 04.09.2015
Vern Bengtson has spent a good portion of his career questioning the prevailing wisdom on family dynamics and their effect on a person’s psychology, and how people do or do not pass along religious beliefs, ethics and values.  Read More
posted 04.06.2015
Describing the way frail elders and dying people were cared for in post–World War II Britain, Dr. John Hinton wrote in his 1967 book, Dying (London: Viking Press), “The dissatisfied dead cannot noise abroad the negligence they have experienced.” Half a century later, and an... Read More
posted 04.06.2015
Tens of millions of individuals who are older than age 50 are beginning to wonder, “Will I be able to get the medical care I need as I get older?” Policymakers and educational leaders are starting to ask, “Will tomorrow’s doctors have the skills they will need to handle... Read More
posted 04.06.2015
“Sixty is the new 40,” promises the media. Yet do baby boomers accentuate the positives of aging without facing up to the challenges of advancing years? Read More
posted 03.16.2015
Almost 40 percent of elderly American Indians and Alaska Natives describe their overall health status as “fair” or “poor,” which is considerably higher than the rate (26 percent) reported among the overall U.S. population ages 65 and older. Read More
posted 01.28.2015
The 30-plus-year debate over the future of Social Security has taken a turn for the better. Progressive Democratic lawmakers who have provided vital support for Social Security in Washington are moving away from their longtime defensive posture and declaring their support for... Read More
posted 01.27.2015
This past September, labor organizer Ai-Jen Poo was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” for her work pursuing rights for the 1 to 2 million domestic workers (including homecare workers) in the United States. Read More
posted 01.21.2015
Many of the ills facing older Americans today began years ago, when they were victims of age discrimination in the workplace, resulting in terminations and layoffs, chronic unemployment and, ultimately, a financially impoverished early retirement. Read More
posted 01.20.2015
Fundamentally, the Church affirms the dignity and sanctity of each person, and in doing so, it is affirming the very best of aging policy. Though most controversial social issues do not impact the elder population, the significant issues are suffering and death. Does suffering have meaning? Can I... Read More