As 2014 comes to a close, we look ahead to 2015 with great anticipation and a multitude of opportunities to disrupt aging. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and the Older Americans Act. It also is the 80th anniversary of Social Security.
This particular measure, which usually takes a back seat to the official poverty rate in the news and media reports, paints a far more realistic portrait of what seniors in America are really experiencing.
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.
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.
To be lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender, and to age into a system that offers marginal support for dealing with the consequences of discrimination, is a harsh reality for millions of LGBT older Americans.