Last week we asked if you had made a New Year’s resolution for your work with older adults. Here are some the responses we received:
Increase employment opportunities for older workers 50+
Yes I did! I want to make sure every senior in my rural part of the world has decent housing and someone looking out for them.
Raise more money to add more programs. And not to work so many extra hours. Failed already on that one!
The recent Frontline-ProPublica documentary, Life and Death in Assisted Living, and their October 2013 follow-up investigation, Elderly, At Risk, and Haphazardly Protected, highlighted some of the critical issues faced by assisted living residents across the country. Over the past 20 years, assisted living has been the fastest growing component of long-term care, with approximately 31,000 assisted living communities in the United States now serving nearly 1 million residents.
Medicare Part D is the most important extension to Medicare since the program’s inception. It took effect in January 2006 and makes prescription drug insurance available to all beneficiaries at a reasonable premium. Under Part D, every beneficiary can purchase a drug insurance plan from a range of plans offered by private health insurers, with premium subsidies available to persons with low income and few resources.
Some older adults may consider a long-lived life a blessing, but others perceive it as a curse, leaving gerontological researchers and practitioners to wonder: Do people really want to live that long? With advanced old age comes a gradual acceleration and occurrence of multiple age–associated changes like sensory decline, general cognitive slowing, impaired functional mobility and social loss via death. Such deficits can erode subjective quality of life in very old age.
When we decided to give away a free flight on Southwest Airlines to the person coming to the 2014 Aging in America Conference from the coldest location we couldn’t have known just how cold our attendees would get! Congratulations may not be the right sentiment, but Janice Monfries of Edmonton in Alberta Canada won a free round-trip flight on Southwest Airlines. It was minus 31 F (minus 35 C) in Edmonton when Janice entered the contest! Wow, that’s cold!
Join the online conversation and be part of ASA’s social network between January 7 and February 7 for a chance to win a round-trip ticket on Southwest Airlines or a free Aging in America Conference Registration.