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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.

Ambiguous Loss and Resiliency in LGBTQ Aging

posted 02.08.2016

By Lake Dziengel

One of the most frequently overlooked and misunderstood phenomena is the concept of Ambiguous Loss. This theory, developed by Dr. Pauline Boss, compels us to better examine experiences of unresolved losses due to stigma, disenfranchisement by larger society, discrimination and oppression or other factors.

Advocacy Starts at Home: Strengthening Supports for Low-Income Older Adults and Family Caregivers

posted 02.08.2016

By Fay Gordon and Vanessa Barrington

Margaret is a mom, with two teenagers at home, a husband, and a nonprofit career. Every day, Margaret visits her 91 year-old mother Sadie, and is always on-call for doctor’s appointments, help with bills, and groceries. Margaret is a family caregiver, one of nearly 35 million Americans providing unpaid care to an older adult.

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