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Older Adults

What Computer Geeks Taught Me About the Future of Aging

Robyn Stone | Posted 08.08.2014 | Technology
Robyn Stone

Sometime in the near future, our nation may not have enough qualified workers to serve every older American who needs services and supports. That's more than a little scary, especially for baby boomers who are turning 65 at the rate of about 10,000 a day. I am one of those baby boomers. But I'm not scared anymore.

Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.

In an Instant

Deborah Hersman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Deborah Hersman

By taking the data on the leading causes of unintentional death by age, a curious thing happens. Three peaks of heightened risk become apparent, helping us identify more dangerous times in our lives.

Yagana Shah

Study Reveals The Best Prescription For Healthy Aging

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.27.2014 | Fifty

The best way to age healthily can't be found in a face cream, pill bottle, or even the fountain of youth itself. The simplest way to age well requires...

Mother's Day

Celeste Carlucci | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Celeste Carlucci

In my work teaching older adults, I listen to their issues, guide them in living healthier lives, and build their confidence to keep them moving strong. I feel I have an honored role. Together we sort out what matters most in their lives, and find solutions to help them live full, enriched, independent lives. In return, I receive their joy and wisdom.

Numbers of Poor Seniors Would Increase Under Ryan Budget

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

The Ryan path devastates programs that now help millions of seniors stay out of poverty. It would tip the balance in the wrong direction for too many of our elders who struggle daily to make ends meet.

Yagana Shah

New Study Proves That Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.22.2014 | Fifty

A little laughter can go a long way, a new study reveals. We all know the mood-boosting benefits of a good laugh, but researchers at California's L...

7 Cultures Where 'Old' Isn't A Bad Word

Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Aging isn't just a biological process -- it's also very much a cultural one. Different cultures have different attitudes and practices around agin...

It's Hunger: Let's Call It What It Is

John Feather, PhD | Posted 03.19.2014 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

The statistics on senior hunger and the personal stories behind the numbers are shocking, but that should be a call to action.

Let's Raise Our Grand Voices in Support of Children and Families

Dr. Joan Lombardi | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Joan Lombardi

Six years after Mandela launched this group, with help from other leaders from South Africa and around the world, The Elders continue to promote the shared interests of humanity by working on issues ranging from climate justice to promoting equality between men and women to ending conflict in the Middle East to political reform and peace-building processes in Myanmar.

Why Older Adults Face More Danger in Natural Disasters

John Feather, PhD | Posted 02.17.2014 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

The world is made smaller by these disasters. The boundaries between the heartbreak brought by a typhoon in the Philippines and the tornadoes in the American Midwest are really non-existent.

Great Gifts for the Older Adult in Your Life!

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

It can be particularly difficult to find appropriate (and appreciated!) gifts for our older relatives, friends or clients. So what's the secret to success when shopping for the senior in your life? Do you go with practical or fun? High-tech or low-tech?

Aging Is A Real Pain For Over Half Of Older Adults

Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

It's not necessarily age that's slowing you down, it could just be the aches and pains that accompany it. Just over half of older Americans have e...

Why Medicare Part D Worked When Many Said It Wouldn't

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Ultimately, both HealthCare.gov and Medicare Part D provide Americans with the health care they need and did not have access to before. However, it's important to focus on results.

Lessons From Generation Z

Lea Stanković | Posted 11.25.2013 | Technology
Lea Stanković

In the case of Generation Z, the adage that wisdom comes with age simply isn't true. The young ones have it right.

Adults vs. Teens: The Different Ways We Use Social Media

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 10.29.2013 | Technology
Jeff Hindenach

Check out the infographic below to see how adults and teens stack up against each other when it comes to social media usage:

Fifty Years Later: Children and Youth Still Waiting to Live the Dream

Donna M. Butts | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

"Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children." It's been 50 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King voiced those words as he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the 1963 March on Washington. If only that part of the dream had come true.

Be a Life-Long Learner at Any Age!

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

Whether it's to make money, pursue a second (or third!) career or simply for your own personal entertainment, don't let the voices inside your head convince you that you can't try to learn and apply a new skill.

International Youth Day Calls On Young People To Make A Difference

Donna M. Butts | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Clearly, our nation can benefit by engaging people of all ages in service to America. We need to make it as easy as ABC to make all generations feel valued and to strengthen our communities.

Are You Staying Socially Connected?

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

Unfortunately, staying socially connected isn't as easy as just scheduling time. Even if you happen to have a lot of flexibility, your friends or family may not.

Addressing Capacity Assessment

Mark Lachs, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | New York
Mark Lachs, M.D.

The fastest growing segment of the American population is adults over the age of 85, and when you carefully test that population you can detect some degree of cognitive impairment in 40 to 50 percent of them. That's not synonymous with loss of decision-making ability, but it places our older loved ones at greater risk!

LGBT Elders: Poverty's Challenges Worsen With Age

Robert Espinoza | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

For many, the recession has made salient the economic vulnerability of low-income families, including elders. Now let's name how poverty and discrimination interrelate to complicate aging for millions of LGBT elders.

The Importance of Ensuring Older Adult Financial Security

John Taylor | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
John Taylor

After the irresponsible lending and nefarious practices that led to the crash of the economy and the housing crisis, it is the moral responsibility of financial institutions and regulators to right the ship and do right by older adults, and indeed by all consumers.

The Big Question That Comes With Getting Older

John Feather, PhD | Posted 07.20.2013 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

Who will care for you when you get old? If that's a scary or uncomfortable question, you are in good company. Most people don't want to think about their long-term care needs and when they do, they tend to have major misperceptions of what it costs and what the government will pay for.

A Nurse's Muse: How One Patient Made a Difference

Mona Shattell | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

Now, nearly 30 years later, thoughts of Edith and her psychosis, her time with me (and my time with her) on an inpatient psychiatric unit, my attempts to understand her and care for her, have affected my work today. I struggle with this question: How can we do better?