For many, Social Security means that the middle-class worker at the end of his or her career can retire comfortably with a monthly income determined by the taxes they paid into the system. But what about those in poverty who are not eligible for Social Security, or those who receive so little in Social Security benefits that they are still impoverished?
Recent healthcare policy and payment reforms, such as Medicare’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program and the Value-Based Purchasing Program, among others, share a common feature: each reform incentivizes financial and performance accountability on the part of medical providers.
ASA member James Vandiver at age 80 emanates an energy matched only by his drive to help older adults and their families as director of the Harpeth Hills Resource Center on Aging in Brentwood, Tenn. He recently completed both gerontology courses ASA offers in conjunction with the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and says he immediately put what he learned to use.
Recent research documents social, health, and economic disparities among LGBT elders. This Summer 2016 issue of Generations showcases cutting-edge practices, programs, policy initiatives, and research designed to better address the unmet needs and lack of access to services for LGBT older adults, their families, and communities.
In December 2015, the White House Conference on Aging released a final report summarizing its decennial gathering, held earlier that year (White House Conference on Aging, 2015). In previous conferences, this report has mapped policy imperatives for the aging and long-termcare sectors.
It is with a heavy heart that I join with my community in honoring and mourning the loss of the individual treasured lives that were cut far too short in the senseless massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. As I listen to stories of those we lost, I’m moved by the love and courage linked forever to the lives and contributions of those who died, and to the survivors.