What does social bullying look like among older adults? Not so different than among adolescents, with the exception of cyber bullying. Most common are gossiping and spreading rumors about another elder, making critical comments within the victim’s hearing, or comments such as, “You can’t sit here. I’m saving the seat for a friend.” This type of behavior occurs in senior centers, in senior living communities, and wherever groups gather.
Times are tough. We get that. Travel and education budgets are being slashed across the country, and hundreds of professionals are foregoing educational and networking opportunities in deference to the bottom line. We at ASA believe it shouldn’t have to be that way, but we understand the pinch on organizational budgets is harder than ever.
There is less than a month to go until the 2014 Aging in America Conference kicks off in San Diego on Tuesday, March 11! Are you ready? Members of ASA’s LGBT Aging Issue Network will be presenting sessions throughout the conference and to help you plan your day, we’ve prepared a cheat sheet of LGBT aging-related sessions. Click here to download the PDF. (Note: This information is subject to change!
Thinking about who will make medical and financial decisions for you if you are unable to do so is an anxiety-producing process. Even more stressful may be discussing end-of-life decisions with your loved ones. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, advance planning can be especially daunting, owing to often-complicated family relationships and a wish to involve chosen families in a system that oftentimes doesn’t recognize that structure.
In October 2012, as Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast, Rebecca, 72, and her partner of 38 years, Barbara, 85, holed up in their New York City apartment to weather the storm.
Over the course of four days, with no electricity or water, Rebecca began noticing a difference in her partner. “I realized that she was not taking in information and would ask me again and again, ‘Why isn’t the light on?’ ”
Shortly after the hurricane, Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Guardianship is not something anyone wants to contemplate. Having a court declare that you are unable to manage your own care or financial matters and appoint someone to make these decisions for you can be intrusive, restrictive, expensive and time-consuming.
Do you want the voices of the elders in your community to be heard by a global audience? The award-winning, internationally recognized program The Best Day of My Life (So Far) announces its search for 10 outstanding venues around the country to host new elder storytelling groups.
When we co-edited the textbook Elder Care and Service Learning twelve years ago, college classes in service learning in elder care were plentiful and more faculty and elder care entities were implementing programs each year.
Now, with Federal funding for service learning gone or almost gone, a different type of student on campus and more time-constrained elder care providers, service learning elder care is becoming scarce.
Age-related eye diseases and vision loss are major public health concerns in the United States. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the National Institutes of Health, 4.2 million Americans age 40 and older are visually impaired. This figure is projected to reach 7.2 million by the year 2030, when the last of the baby boomers turns 65.