By 2030, there will be an estimated 70 million elders in the United States, accounting for about 20 percent of the total population. Given the scale and pace of the greying of America, and because satisfaction with living conditions correlates highly with life satisfaction, housing for this population has become one of the more salient policy issues in America today.
The following is a moderated discussion from September 15, 2015, with John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, Emily Allen, Vice President, Foundation Programs with AARP Foundation, Catherine Godschalk, vice president, Investments, for Calvert Foundation and Scott Sporte, chief lending officer for Capital Impact Partners.
Dr. Susan Enguidanos, a palliative care expert and professor at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, and Dr. Anna Rahman, a research consultant working with Dr. Enguidanos, engaged in the following email discussion of California’s assisted suicide bill in the month before Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill. Anticipating that more states will eventually pursue similar laws, we—Drs. Enguidanos and Rahman—share our exchange now to illustrate the complex issues such laws raise.
I have to admit I was excited to be given a press pass to attend the 2015 Conference on Aging, my first time covering a White House event. But by the end of the seven-hour conference, I felt flat rather than fired up. Having had a couple of months to reflect on the gathering and to hear from others who attended regional conferences, I feel most of all that it was a lost opportunity.
The patient, an African American man in his late 50s, was critically ill and tethered to a ventilator. Bacteria grew from his blood, his kidneys had shut down and his liver had been rendered wooden and cirrhotic by decades of silent hepatitis C infection. His death, in hours or days, was inevitable.
ASA Board Chair Lynn Friss Feinberg, senior Strategic Policy Advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, D.C., is the Fall 2015 recipient of the Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocate Award, from Justice in Aging. Feinberg is being honored for bringing an advocate’s spirit to her work on family caregiving issues and for consistently championing the needs of low-income families.
This week Next Avenue released a list of the 50 most influential people in aging. The list is a who’s who of folks who are redefining aging, including thought leaders, executives, writers, artists, researchers, experts and everyday people. And, unsurprisingly, many members of the American Society on Aging are honored.
If you are not already part of a group disadvantaged by prejudice, just wait a couple of decades—you will be. Unlike all other prejudices, ageism is relevant to every person fortunate enough to make it beyond a sixth decade of life. Unlike the attention focused on other prejudices, however, ageism has been poorly studied and rarely confronted. Until recently, little was known about its origins and consequences.
Tom is not just a typical baby boomer; he has always been one of the hipper ones. A regular participant in Civil Rights marches, a Woodstock attendee, an open proponent of free love, and a career-long jazz bassist, Tom has always managed to stay at the epicenter of cool.