While there are many candidates for America’s list of core historical values, scientific progress would be near the top of all lists. It is the closest thing we have to a secular religion—a creed that says life can and should always get better. There is no end of possibilities about what has been called the “endless frontier” of scientific research.
ASA’s Student and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group is excited to report about the phenomenal success of their second annual mentoring session series and events that were featured at the 2016 Aging in America Conference!
The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care, edited by Anne Basting, Maureen Towey, and Ellie Rose, describes the collaboration of three disparate entities experimenting with a novel approach for engaging long-term care residents in life enrichment activities.
Out of my concern for and curiosity about older adults I often wonder, “How can we, as professionals in aging, encourage and help elders find substance, happiness, healing, inspiration and, importantly—purpose and fulfillment? How can we shift focus away from decline, deficiency and loss in late life to encourage growth and possibility?”
Aging in America is changing rapidly, as is what it means to identify as LGBTQ. As shifting national demographics create an increased number of older adults, and as LGBTQ individuals achieve greater rights and visibility; the confluence of these two identities becomes increasingly relevant to a new generation of legal professionals. To compete in today’s job market, new attorneys must be well versed in both the full range of legal issues facing older LGBTQ adults, as well as the tools and remedies available to them.
Incorporating content on LGBTQ+ aging populations into the social work curriculum can be challenging, especially when teaching students in a region known for discrimination and prejudice toward LGBTQ+ individuals.