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Baby Boomer Women Caught in Rising Tide of Alcohol

posted 05.08.2018

By John Dyben

Gail wanted three things. She wanted to be healthy enough to play tennis again, to be whole enough to feel at peace and to be sober enough to be allowed to drive her grandchildren to the mall for ice cream.

Born in 1953, Gail had been a responsible person all of her life. She was an obedient daughter, a straight-A student, a hard-working professional and a faithful wife, mother and grandmother. Gail’s parents were part of the Greatest Generation and taught her to live morally and with restraint.


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Inside the May–June 2018 issue of Aging Today

posted 05.08.2018

The In Focus Section of the May–June 2018 issue of Aging Today explores what tops the aging advocacy agenda.


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Blancato Testifies on Capitol Hill on Behalf of Elder Justice Funding

posted 04.26.2018

ASA Immediate Past Chair Bob Blancato testified before the House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee today in Washington, D.C. on FY19 funding for elder justice programs. The transcript from his testimony is below, and you can also watch the hearing in the video below. Bob's testimony begins approximately 18 minutes into the video.

Scoring and Rewarding States’ Efforts to Improve Long-Term Care

posted 04.19.2018

By Alison Hood

How are states performing in their efforts to create and sustain effective long-term services and supports (LTSS) that serve older adults, adults with disabilities and their family caregivers?

To demonstrate states’ progress, the AARP Public Policy Institute, with support from The SCAN Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, presented “Picking up the Pace of Change Through Innovation: Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard,” a 90-minute session at the 2018 Aging in America Conference.

Fundamentals of Community-Based Managed Care: A Field Guide

posted 04.13.2018

The Spring 2018 issue of Generations, guest edited by Erin Westphal and Victor Tabbush, is the second in a series of three issues to tackle the managed care partnerships between healthcare and the community, this one centering on building business acumen.


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The Impacts of Climate Change Take a Heavier Toll on Older Women

posted 04.09.2018

By G. Adriana Perez

The outsize impact of climate change on older women should be a national health priority for clinicians, scientists and professionals working in public health. Women account for 56.7 percent of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, and at ages 85 and older, they outnumber men by a ratio of five to two. Because women continue to outlive men, most older women live alone and may depend upon their social and community networks for assistance.
 

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Disaster Preparedness & Elders: There’s Room for Improvement

posted 04.09.2018

By Lisa M. Brown

During 2017, 15 major natural disasters occurred in the United States. Differences exist be­tween these types of disasters in terms of extent (e.g., timing, duration) and impact (e.g., loss of life, loss of community). The interaction of extent and impact influences how peo­ple prepare for future disasters, how they evacuate and how they experience and recover from such events.
 

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Grandparents Are Raising the Children of the Opioid Crisis

posted 04.09.2018

By Jaia Peterson Lent

"For my fiftieth birthday, I got a 2-year-old. My story isn’t unique. This opioid epidemic has devastated communities all over the country. It doesn’t discriminate against age, race, gen­der or income. It affects all of us. But sometimes it feels like folks in Washington don’t hear these stories,” said Pamela Livengood, a grandparent caregiver quoted in an article in the Wash­ington Post, on July 26, 2016.
 

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Tax 'Reform' Puts Elders & the Safety Net At Risk

posted 04.09.2018

By Kevin Prindiville

Even a few months into 2018, policymakers, reporters, economists, accountants and ordi­nary Americans are still working to understand the impact of the tax law that Republicans passed in a mad rush at the end of 2017. Little attention, however, is being paid to how the new law affects older adults.
 
The following are three things about the new tax bill that should worry advocates for older adults:
 

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