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GLBT Elders Visibility Lacking in Media

posted 02.09.2015

By Ken South

GLBT elders have been called an invisible generation. A search of Google scholar using the terms “invisibility of GLBT elders” will show more than 2,000 journal articles referencing this phenomenon. Some older folks, especially those in the “pre-Stonewall” generation (those aging prior to the late 1960s), lived a discreet personal life, which enabled them to survive in a hostile social environment. Many in this WWII generation are proud they were able to hide their sexual orientation.

A Primer for Progressives

posted 01.28.2015

Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All
By Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingson
The New Press, $12.75, 208 pages,
ISBN 978-1620970379

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An Epidemic of Age Discrimination

posted 01.21.2015

By Patricia G. Barnes

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.

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The Role Local Governments Play in Developing Age-Friendly Communities

posted 01.20.2015

By Abraham D. Benavides, Mary Blumberg and Laura Keyes

Demographic changes forecasted in the doubling of the baby boomer population between 2012 and 2060 will challenge public administrators as cities plan how to provide sufficient services for older adults. This changing aging population will by necessity make local governments more aware of community design and the need to provide services that are elder friendly.

Exploring End of Life and the Nature of Suffering

posted 01.20.2015

By James P. Oberle

Under the auspices of Pope Francis’s leadership, many have noticed a change in how the Catholic Church interacts with individuals, organizations and the media. There is an expectation that significant change in Catholic teaching might be on the horizon. But have there been any changes in how the Church approaches issues of aging?

Catholic Views on End of Life

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Some People Make a Difference, and Some People Make you Different

posted 01.13.2015

Some People Make a Difference, 
and Some People Make you Different.

I love this tweet from social media guru Saleem Sharma. Mentors draw on their experiences and skills to offer guidance, advice, and inspiration. But more importantly, they change how you think, they build your strengths, and you end up becoming a different person because of them.

On Grant Writing in Aging: Tips from a Grant Reviewer

posted 01.13.2015

Dear grant writer,

I used to be you and, once I in a great while, I still play that role: a person who works like crazy to get a proposal submitted and waits anxiously for a reply that will mean so much to an organization and the people it serves. I know the pit-in-the-stomach feeling of realizing that sometimes jobs may depend, in part, upon the success of my written word.