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.
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.
“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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.