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Compassion Fatigue: A Broad Application to the Field of Aging from Clients to Practitioners

posted 05.26.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Mental Health & Aging Network (MHAN) By Nicole Batsch When I was asked to write this article about compassion fatigue, I vaguely knew of its identity and definition. From working for many years with caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease, I immediately focused on how I might apply the concept to be a better prac...

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A “Village” Approach to Age in Place

posted 05.26.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Healthcare & Aging Network (HAN) By Andrew Scharlach Older adults in communities around the country are creating their own “villages” — grassroots, consumer-driven membership organizations designed to help them to age in place by reducing social isolation and unmet needs. In return for annual dues, member...

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Successful Aging in the Context of Alzheimer’s Disease

posted 05.26.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Healthcare & Aging Network (HAN) By Cordula Dick-Muehlke What does it mean to age successfully? That’s a million dollar question for the 76 million baby boomers who begin turning 65 in this year. In light of this demographic transformation, researchers have, during the past decade, sought to describe successful aging...

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Senior Center Without Walls

posted 05.26.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Network on Environment, Services & Technology (NEST) By Terry Englehart Senior Center Without Walls (SCWW), a non-denominational, non-profit community outreach program sponsored by Episcopal Senior Communities, offers activities, friendly conversation, and an assortment of classes and support groups on conference calls to e...

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FORSA Salutes Faith-Based Older Adult Service Providers

posted 05.26.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Forum on Religion, Spirituality & Aging (FORSA) The April 2011 issue of the FORSA segment of Aging Today Online was dedicated to the faith-based older adult service providers who are members of either the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA), FORSA, or both. These faith-based providers serve persons of all...

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LGBTQ Elder Services in a Canadian Context

posted 05.19.2011
The Canadian Perspective: Why LGBT focused care? Members of our LGBT community have historically experienced barriers in accessing health care and support services. Research evidence has confirmed that the health status of many LGBT is compromised due to many factors including societal prejudice, lack of education for health care professionals on LGBT issues, and the reluctance of many to see...

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Three Simple Ways You Can Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

posted 05.19.2011

This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s Healthcare & Aging Network (HAN)

By Shawna Reeves

As the economy continues its free-fall, scammers are coming out in full force. Elders’ financial losses are the predators’ gain. The decline in retirement income, home equity, and safety net programs all create a sense of financial insecurity and panic that can drive vulnerable elders into the arms of scammers.

The Changing Landscape of Senior Living

posted 05.19.2011

By Steve French

There is a movement afoot to help people remain independent as they age. This revolution is marked by innovative programs that include volunteers helping elders stay in their homes by providing needed at-home services, inventive elder-friendly home redesigns, and GPS and health tracking devices for loved ones.

Options and Opportunities

posted 05.19.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) By Joy Silver The mainstream senior care and residential services industry offers many options to the general aging population. Some services are offered by non-profit or governmental agencies that are not attached to residential facilities, whereas some residential options are owned by large or...

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The LGBT Consumer: A Growing Market Segment

posted 05.18.2011
This article is brought to you by the Editorial Board of ASA’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) By Barbara Howard Professionals are often surprised about the convergence of the for-profit world and aging services, and are even more astounded when businesses focus on the LGBT segment in particular. Why? The LGBT consumer represents a growing market segment that remains relatively underserv...

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