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Older Black Workers Face Higher Risk of Layoff

posted 07.30.2018

By Kyle Moore and Teresa Ghilarducci


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First Responders & Dementia

posted 07.30.2018

By Jessica Empeño

Imagine this: You knock on the door of your dad’s bedroom to see if he’s okay. All of a sudden – BANG! – then a sharp pain, and you realize you’ve been shot.

Your dad has dementia. He thought you - his daughter - were an intruder. He grabbed a gun thinking that he needed to protect himself.

What do you do? Do you call 911? Will the police understand he has dementia and he didn’t know what he was doing?  Will he be arrested? 

Balancing the Pendulum: A Person-Centered Approach to Treating Pain

posted 07.24.2018

By Raca Banerjee

Mary is a 55-year old patient with terminal breast cancer. She suffers from severe pain and her doctor suggests that she consider using a fentanyl transdermal patch to help allevi­ate her symptoms. In response, she exclaims: “Fentanyl? The stuff that killed Prince? No thank you!”
 
Current Prescribing Perilous

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President Trump’s Proposal to Cut Housing Benefits Hurts America’s Elders

posted 07.24.2018

By Diane Yentel

Federal investments in affordable housing benefit us all—America’s older adults, their fami­lies and our nation. A growing body of research has found that having a stable, affordable and accessible home with access to supportive services helps older adults with aging in place and maintaining improved health and quality of life, while also reducing healthcare costs and expensive interventions.
 

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The Migrating, Evolving Age Beat: From Offset to Online

posted 07.17.2018

By Jay Newton-Small

I was winding down the marathon of covering a presidential election in 2016, when I met with my editors at TIME Magazine to discuss what I would cover after the election.
 
“How about aging?” I suggested. My editors hesitated: How about the White House? Or, at least, politics?
 
For many legacy news outlets like TIME, diminished profits and shrinking staffs have forced hard decisions and marginalized topics like aging.
 

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In the July–August 2018 Aging Today

posted 07.17.2018

The In Focus Section of the July–August 2018 issue of Aging Today addresses the media and how it covers aging—from Jay Newton-Small’s astute detailing of the evolution of the age beat, to Stacy Smith and Katherine Pieper’s thoughts on how Hollywood might reduce or eliminate ageism in its entertainment content.


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The Impacts of On-Screen Portrayals of Aging: A Detriment to Older Audiences’ Health?

posted 07.17.2018

By Katherine Pieper and Stacy L. Smith

We are in a new age of consumption—media consumption that is. And it transcends demo­graphics. Individuals ages 60 and older represent roughly 20 percent of the U.S. popula­tion. In 2017, elders represented 16 percent of movie-ticket buyers in the United States and Canada, and spent more than 50 hours per week watching television, according to Nielsen.
 

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