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5 TED Talks on Aging to Inspire You

posted 03.07.2016

As a professional in the field of aging, you have a lot to think about—budgets, fundraising efforts, clients and their family caregivers and the challenges they face, not to mention the self-care we all must do to avoid burning out. Your work is challenging and rewarding and, at times, overwhelming.

Homesharing: The Housing Crisis Meets its Match

posted 03.02.2016

By Wendi Burkhardt

In the United States, our aging population is currently on a trajectory to swell to more than 132 million people age 50-plus by the year 2030. And this population boasts the highest percentage of homeownership, with more than 45% of all homeowners age 55-plus, and over 70% of homeowners age 65-plus owning their homes without a mortgage.

Paradigm Shift: From Brain Disease to Brain Health

posted 03.02.2016

By Smita Patel and Anne Marie Fosnacht

“Successful Aging” coupled with a lack of successful treatments for Alzheimer’s disease is rapidly causing an epidemic.

There is a physical, emotional and financial burden to people inflicted with Alzheimer’s as well as their caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, if there are no changes in the approach over the next 35 years, by year 2050:

Aging in Film and TV: Writing the ‘World as it Actually Is’

posted 02.29.2016

By Emma Ayers and Fay Gordon

Each day, we see the impacts of aging, whether within ourselves or in conversations with family and friends. But when we curl up at the end of the day, and escape into the world of streaming TV and film, the images reflected back at us paint a picture far different from reality.

A Policy Wonk Reaches out to Bridge the Caregiver Knowledge Gap

posted 02.19.2016

Interview by Alison Biggar

Anne Tumlinson, who lives just outside Washington, D.C., is a 48-year-old divorced mother of two teenagers. In 2015, she launched the blog Daughterhood because she saw a huge need to connect family caregivers to information that would help them help their parents. As an expert in public policy on health and aging, she was unpleasantly surprised by her caregiving friends’ ignorance of the system, and difficulty navigating it.


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Innovative Approaches to Providing Preventive and Health Services to Older Adults in the Community

posted 02.17.2016

By Lisa Price, M.D.

Many adults want to live independently as they age. They enjoy the freedom and the ability to continue to pursue life on their own terms.

Even with this desire, there are two significant challenges many low-income older adults often face:

 


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ASA Names New Board Chair-Elect

posted 02.09.2016

ASA is proud to announce that Karyne Jones, president and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA), and NCBA Housing Management and Development Corporation, will serve as Chair-elect of ASA’s Board of Directors.

Living life disabled with a TBI: And oh, by the way, I’m Gay

posted 02.08.2016

By Rebecca Preston

Ten years ago I was in a car accident in which I was expected not to live.

I was in the hospital for three months. During that time, and throughout all the therapies, not one person brought up my sexual identity. I suppose they thought it didn’t matter, that there was so much I had to recover from. But it was really important. Throughout the years, I feel as if my sexual identity is the one area in which I received no therapy. And that is a shame.

Resilience in Navigating Loss and Transition: Two Case Studies of Trans* Older Adults

posted 02.08.2016

By K. Abel Knochel

People who identify as transgender later in life often demonstrate great resilience in their ability to reconstruct their identity. Some are in long-term relationships and face the challenge of helping a partner transition through multiples changes and losses.

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