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Older Adults

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?

Why We Need Age-Friendly Communities

John Feather, PhD | Posted 06.24.2013 | Good News
John Feather, PhD

Welcome to the age-friendly movement -- a fast-growing, interdisciplinary approach to community development that strives to promote aging in place and make communities great places to grow up and grow old.

Why Everyone Deserves Palliative Care

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

The first principle of palliative medicine is to relieve the pain and other symptoms that burden people living with serious illness -- in short, to help people feel better.

A Gay Son and His Dad: "Why I am an Aging Advocate"

Bryan Pacheco | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Bryan Pacheco

"Dad, I'm gay. Please don't hate me," I said. He responded, "I love you no matter what. And I'm happy you're out now and can be yourself. I always knew you were gay. I was just waiting for you to feel comfortable enough to tell me."

4 Easy-To-Use Smartphones For Post 50s

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.16.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually several manufacturers who are now making simplified smartphones with features designed primarily for older users who have limited experience with modern gadgetry.

The Challenges Of Being A Male Caregiver

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

Many male caregivers choose to be stay-at-home dads; some others have lost their jobs and become caregivers by default. But increasingly men are being thrust into (or welcoming) the role of caregiver -- for their children and/or aging parents -- while working full-time jobs.

How Old Is Too Old To Have Sex?

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 04.30.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

How old is too old to have sex? 50? 70? 90?

Why Making Your Business 'Baby Boomer-Friendly' Is a No-Brainer!

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

The 50+ population is still a swiftly developing consumer market, and it's hitting an all-time high in terms of global aging. While catering to baby boomers may not necessarily fit into every business's products and services, they're a demographic that deserves closer attention.