Enacted in 1965 before the Social Security Act amendments established Medicare and Medicaid, the Older Americans Act (OAA) declared a national rights-based commitment to the “inherent dignity” of older Americans. Title I of the OAA calls upon federal, state, and local governments and tribes to enable a good quality of life for older persons in their later years (AOA, n.d.). To realize its vision, the OAA relies upon the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the nationwide aging network.
Adults in the United States are generally assumed to function independently. Unless shown to suffer from a condition known to undermine independence, we understand that adults hold privileges such as the right to enter into legal contracts and the right to make decisions for her or his own person and property. We acknowledge an adult’s ability to choose and control personal finances, wills and other legal decisions, independent living circumstances, medical decisions, driving functions and sexual relations.
It’s time to connect two global patterns: Climate Change and Population Aging.
When Tom Friedman wrote Hot, Flat & Crowded, he overlooked one important element: Graying!
Climate Change: What’s Age Got To Do With It?
The rise in the number of Americans from ethnic minority backgrounds has been accompanied by an increased interest in disparities that characterize the health status and healthcare needs of the U.S. population. Much of the literature has focused on African Americans’ health disadvantages, which persist. Increasing interest also has been paid to the health of the Hispanic/Latino population, which currently is the largest minority population.
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Out of the approximately 32 million baby boomers ages 55 and older in the workforce, many soon will have to choose when to retire. Between the recession and increasing expenses, some are delaying retirement, which necessitates a continued high level of performance into their 70s. How can baby boomers create personal and professional changes to ensure longevity in their career?
What Does Aging Mean at Work?
Beyond greeting cards and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, Valentine's Day is an opportunity to honor the relationships we have with the people who are closest to us. And we are learning that these intimate relationships are just as important to health as many other lifestyle and biological factors.
It’s a Saturday morning and two third-year pharmacy students and I are sitting in Norma’s living room. Norma is an 82-year-old retired elementary school teacher, and is accompanied by her two daughters, Cindy and Patty. Like many adult children caring for their aging parents, Cindy’s concern for her mother’s health and medication use is absolutely valid; she has hired me to review her mother’s medications because of concerns following Norma’s hospitalization last year.