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Major California Senior Housing Groups Join Forces

posted 07.08.2015

On Tuesday, July 7 2015, the boards of ABHOW and be.group agreed to merge their companies, creating the largest nonprofit senior living provider in California and one of the half-dozen largest nationally.

Of Equines, Equanimity and Compassion

posted 07.02.2015

By Alison Biggar

Tim Hayes met his first horse at age 48. Two decades later, he travels the country giving clinics in natural horsemanship and demonstrating the unique connection humans share with horses and how it can salve spirits and ease troubled minds.

Born and raised in New York City, Hayes pursued psychology in college, but after failing organic chemistry, he turned to his second love, film and television. He created his own film and TV production company and spent 35 years directing, writing and producing TV commercials and movies.


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6 Online Resources to Start Advance Care Planning Conversations

posted 07.02.2015

By Judy Thomas, JD

It’s never too soon to start talking about advance care planning. Talking with patients and their loved ones—or even your own family members—and helping them plan for future medical needs is the best way to make sure their wishes will be respected.

Data Are Key to Meeting Native Populations’ Health and Long-Term-Care Needs

posted 07.01.2015

The only three National Resource Centers (NRC) in the United States focused on aging Native populations are the 2015 ASA Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA) Award winners. The NOMA Award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated high-quality, innovative programs to enhance the lives of a multicultural aging population. The Centers are supported by ACL/AOA funding through Title VI of the
Older Americans Act.


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A Matter of Faith and Trust: Why African Americans Don’t Use Hospice (VIDEO)

posted 07.01.2015

By Sarah Varney

Even as end-of-life planning gains favor with more Americans, African-Americans, research shows, remain very skeptical of options like hospice and advance directives. The result can mean more aggressive, painful care at the end of life that prolongs suffering. 

Kaiser Health News correspondent Sarah Varney, working in collaboration with PBS News-Hour, examines why this disparity exists and what is being done to change it.


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Don’t Touch! The Taboo of Intimacy in Assisted Living

posted 06.30.2015

By Ann Christine Frankowski

Social relationships are critically important to older adults residing in assisted living. Although research shows that intimacy and companionship relate positively to residents’ sense of independence, help facilitate good physical and mental health functioning and combat loneliness, such settings rarely promote or encourage such relationships between residents. This is especially true of residents’ most intimate behaviors, shows of affection and expression of sexual needs and identity.


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Advocating for Aging—When the Personal Becomes Professional

posted 06.29.2015

By Barbara Meltzer

After my father died in 2003, I moved my mother from Florida to an assisted living facility in Los Angeles, near where I live. As her primary caregiver, I spent a lot of time with Mom and watched helplessly as dementia slowly erased her mind. I went from being her beloved daughter to being the “nice lady” who came to visit, until one day, I reached out to embrace her and knew I had become a total stranger.


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Guiding Social Security Into the Next 80 Years: A Conversation with Carolyn W. Colvin

posted 06.29.2015

In June 2014, the Obama administration nominated Carolyn W. Colvin to head the Social Security Administration (SSA). She has been serving as Acting Commissioner since February 2013, and, in August 2015, she will be on hand to observe the agency’s 80th anniversary. Colvin came out of retirement in 2010 to be the SSA’s Deputy Commissioner, and embodies so many of the characteristics and values older workers possess—she has formidable intelligence and experience, is calm under pressure and is thoroughly engaged in her work.


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Views from the finish line of life

posted 06.29.2015

By Karl Pillemer

Ten years ago, I experienced a stunning revelation. By then, I had spent 25 years as a gerontologist. I was professionally occupied with all things aging. I conducted research using longitudinal data sets and sophisticated statistical analyses. I developed and evaluated programs to improve older people’s lives. I taught courses and gave lectures on aging. I opined on policy issues affecting our aging society. So what was the revelation?

I never talked with older people.


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