This article is the first in a series of three columns on aging and technology. The January–February 2014 issue of Aging Today will feature the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign and the work of Deana McDonagh, an industrial designer with postings in both the School of Art and Design, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Sciences and Technology.
Say you have just been elected to Congress, and find yourself sitting on the committee that considers healthcare bills. First up is a nursing home bill that would require nursing homes to make reasonable accommodations for a resident’s preferences, and allow family members to visit at any time of the day or night, at the resident’s discretion. Your congressional colleagues probably know little about the day-to-day reality in nursing homes, but nonetheless the decision rests with Congress. How do you vote?
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. This law barred the federal government from recognizing married same-sex couples. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “Under DOMA, samesex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways,” and that DOMA wrongfully “instructs all federal officials … that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others.”
Busted! A Week’s Worth of Fraud Victories
A glance at recent DOJ and FBI enforcement announcements shows that many criminals are arrested weekly. During one week in August 2013:
Each Thursday (aka #ThrowbackThursday) we're sharing pictures of ASA memories as we get ready for our 60th Anniversary in 2014. This week we've opened the archives of conference program books! It's fun to look back and see how far we've come from a program called "Computers in Aging: The New Frontier" in 1985.