We at the American Society on Aging are thrilled to announce that ASA has been awarded a grant by the Archstone Foundation. This grant supports four upcoming issues of Generations and a total of twelve web seminars, to be released between July 2014 and January 2016. The funded issues of Generations will feature articles written by experts in the field.
As longevity improves, millions of people will experience multiple chronic conditions with implications for the quality of individual independence and aging with dignity. Our challenge as a profession is to understand and embrace evolving approaches, services and products to assist a growing population who will be challenged by limited resources. How will the nation's social fabric and culture change and adapt? What roles and responsibilities will be assumed by our profession?
What first springs to mind when you see the word: Parkinson’s?
Did you answer, tremor, shaking or slowness? If you did you, you're right ... well, sort of. In fact, you can’t get diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, or PD, without experiencing some of these major symptoms.
But when you see a person with PD, there are many things hiding behind tremor and slowness. For instance, did you know Parkinson’s affects vision? Causes a loss of sense of smell? Leads to constipation and GI issues?
Whether your clients or loved ones are settling into their sixties or heading into their ninth decade, they should be extra careful when taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines. As someone caring for older individuals, you should help them stay safe.
The older people get, the more likely they are to use additional medicines, which can increase the chance of harmful drug interactions.
Sunday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity to bring attention to the millions of older adults throughout the United States who are abused, neglected and exploited. In preparation for June 15, ASA is posting resources and information for professionals who work with older adults.
In honor of June being National Safety Month, let’s review some simple and practical tips to keep elders who are aging in place safe, and contribute to their well-being.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults ages 65 and older fall each year. Statistics show that every 18 to 20 seconds an older adult ends up in the emergency room because of a fall, many of which happen in their own homes.
In light of the news that Chester Nez, the last of the World War II Navajo “code talkers,” died yesterday, (Wednesday, June 4, 2014) we wanted to share with you some remarks made at the 2014 Aging in America Conference general session on veterans and their families. Scott. T. Shreve, DO, National Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spoke poignantly at the event about the “We Honor Veterans” campaign and offered 10 reasons you should commit to caring for veterans.
Sunday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity to bring attention to the millions of older adults who are abused, neglected and exploited throughout the United States. In preparation for June 15, ASA is posting resources and information for professionals who work with older adults.
We mourned along with the rest of the country and the world as we learned that Dr. Maya Angelou passed away. Many ASA members will remember Dr. Angelou's touching remarks at the 2008 annual conference, and many many more have been moved by her poetry and prose. As we remember her tremendous power, humanity and humor, we would also like to take a moment to reflect on Dr. Angelou's thoughts on aging. In a nutshell: Do it, if you can.