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Social Security: The Foundation of Economic Security

posted 03.17.2016

By Virginia Reno

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security in 1935, he saw the program as a fundamental way to advance economic fairness and social justice. Social Security has grown and improved to fulfill FDR’s vision, and we have  just completed a year celebrating the 80th anniversary of this important program.

Off to Work We Go (Again)… Can Working Longer = Retirement Security?

posted 03.15.2016

By Sara E. Rix

Extended employment is going to be a more important component of retirement planning for a growing number of older Americans. With fewer employers offering defined benefit plans or retiree healthcare, do-it-yourself retirement has become the name of the game.


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LEARN Network News

posted 03.15.2016

By Sandra von Doetinchem

It is my greatest pleasure to contribute to the American Society on Aging as the chair of the Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN) Council since nearly three years. I would like to thank the whole council for their amazing work, their enthusiasm and passion in the field of lifelong learning, as well as for the time they have devoted to LEARN. I would also like to thank these members who will complete their terms of service at the 2016 Aging in America Conference: Gay Hanna and Laci McKinney.

Behind the Scene: Getting Ready for the Panel on Latest Trends from Lifelong Learning

posted 03.15.2016

Modern technology… wow, what we would do without it when planning for a conference collaboration?  In our case, it is indispensable for a diverse group of six folks from all over the country, coming together through electronic resources to lay out an upcoming panel discussion for AiA16. Time zones, pshaw. Dedication overcomes distance.  But beyond the modern convenience, what is truly amazing is the level of excitement we share about our topic…Lifelong Learning.

World’s Oldest Man Named: 112-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

posted 03.11.2016

Today, Guinness World Records confirmed that Israel Kristal is the world’s oldest man, at 112 years and 178 days old. Kristal, born in 1903, lived through both World Wars. He was the sole survivor from his family in Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi concentration camp. Kristal currently lives in Israel with his second wife and their son.

Assistant Secretary for Aging Sees Network at a Crossroads—And a Place of New Opportunities

posted 03.10.2016

By Kathy Greenlee

This is a time of rapid and dramatic change in the way we approach healthcare in this country. That change brings great opportunity for community-based organizations that are the backbone of the aging and disability networks. If the aging services network adapts successfully to the changes, it can strengthen individual organizations and networks, and continue to provide the services and supports that help the growing number of people served live the lives they want, in the communities they choose.


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If We Were Wolves

posted 03.09.2016

By Miriam Ackerman

Maybe you’ve seen the photograph on the Internet of a pack of wolves moving in single file across a snowy landscape. The original caption, I’m supposing, struck our collective nerve. The first three wolves, it read, were the most elderly of the pack, setting the pace for the rest—tender but inaccurate. According to experts, the first wolf in line is probably one of the strongest and best able to cut a path through the deep snow.

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