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  • AARP Policy & Research articles
    Links to several articles related to aging, health care, age discrimination and other aging related matters.
  • A Profile of Older Americans: 2009 (Administration on Aging: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
    Facts and figures related to the older population, its growth, income, employment, education and more.
  • ABA Bifocal (American Bar Assn. Commission on Law and Aging Newsletter)
    Published 6 times a year. Search here for recent and past issues and subject.
  • AoA Awards More than $32 Million for Home and Community-Based Services and Supports for Older Americans and Individuals with Disabilities (Administration on Aging – 9/29/09)
    HHS has announced more than $32 million to expand and support community-based programs that help promote health, independence and community living for older Americans, veterans and people with disabilities.
  • Changing Choices – Aging in Place in the 21st Century (Aging Well – Summer 08)
    Aging once offered few options to older adults choosing living arrangements. We've come a long way from the stark and difficult choice between home and impersonal institutional settings.
  • Creating a Stronger Information, Advice and Advocacy System for Older People (Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 10/09)
    Choice and control for older people is at the heart of current change to the adult social care system. Yet the information, advice and advocacy services older people need to remain independent are often limited, come without adequate support, and fail to take their experience and ideas into account.
  • Elder Boom Will be Felt Worldwide (Caring.com – 7/20/09)
    The proportion of people who are age 65 and older will double from 7 to 14 percent of the world's total population by 2040, says a new U.S. Census Bureau study. 
  • Fall Prevention (NCOA)
    NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center supports the implementation of evidence-based falls prevention programs and serves as a national clearinghouse of tools and best practices.
  • Five Wishes (Aging With Dignity)
    Five Wishes has become America’s most popular living will because it is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.
  • Graceful Aging (Bloomfield Township – video)
    Graceful Aging is a television show designed to promote living safe, healthy, and dignified. Each episode focuses on a single topic important to older adults and those concerned. Driving for older adults, home safety, fall prevention, dementia issues, marriage and dating are samples of past shows. Each show is guided towards practical useful information by host and producer Gregory Bator. "Our goal for every show is to enhance and improve an older adult's life. Spouses, family members, and friends often struggle with aging issues. We tackle and unravel those struggles," says Bator.
  • Healthy Aging Begins at Home  (Bipartisan Policy Center – (5/22/2016)
    A report that looks into the needs facing America and its aging population.
  • Incontinence – Did Your Loved One Request Adult Diapers or Did You Insist? (Caring.com discussion topic)
    Incontinence is such a tough topic to talk about. If your loved one has issues with it, how did the conversation about adult diapers come up?
  • No Country for Old People? (WashingtonPost.com – Jan. 27, 2008)
    The generation that wouldn't trust anyone over 30…never planned on a 30-year retirement.  
  • Observant Mailman Helps Save Elderly Customer After Noticing His Mail Was Piling Up (The Consumerist – 7/23/12)
    It pays to have a good relationship with your mailman — after all, who better to notice when your mail is piling up, or when you haven't come outside to chat? A mailman in Norfolk, Va. potentially helped save his customer's life, after realizing he hadn't stepped out to talk in days and that his mail had just been collecting inside.
    Patti's Comment:  This is a great story!
  • Older Adults' Health and Age-Related Changes 
    Accurate information and continued research on the aging process are critical as Americans age. This brochure contains information about older Americans and attempts to dispel the myths regarding that age group.
  • Older Americans 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being
    This report provides the latest data on the 38 key indicators selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families.
  • Older Americans and People With Disabilities – Bridging the Disconnect (Aging and Disability in America – 8/20/10)
    This Information Bulletin is an attempt to bridge and solidify advocates from two communities – older Americans and people with disabilities. For many reasons, there has been a disconnect between them.
  • Older Americans Behavioral Health – Issue Brief: Series Overview (NCOA.org)
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration on Aging (AoA) partnered to develop this series of Issue Briefs to address behavioral health issues that are important to older Americans. Behavioral health refers to a state of mental/emotional health and/or choices and actions that affect wellness. Behavioral health includes issues of mental health and substance abuse. This Issue Brief series focuses on issues of suicide, anxiety and depression, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and alcohol abuse.
  • Portal of Geriatric Online Education (POGOE)
    A free public repository of a growing collection of geriatric educational materials in various e-learning formats, including lectures, exercises, virtual patients, case-based discussions, simulations, as well as links to other resources.
  • Profile of Older Americans (Administration on Aging)
    Electronic version of the popular brochure with the latest key statistics on older Americans in key subject areas. It includes both narrative and statistical charts. The 2009 edition is only available online.
  • Projected Future Growth of the Older Population (Administration on Aging)
    Provides statistics by age, age and gender, and by race. For further information, also see "Aging Statistics."
  • Serving Low-Income Seniors Where They Live: Medicaid's Role in Providing Community-Based Long-Term Services and Supports (9/18/15)
    Seniors managing chronic health conditions or experiencing an age-related decline in physical or cognitive functioning may need long-term services and supports (LTSS) to complete daily self-care or household activities. Medicare is the primary source of health insurance for nearly all seniors, but the program does not cover LTSS. Medicaid fills this gap by providing wraparound coverage for a range of services, including LTSS. 
  • Special Needs Seniors – Planning for the Future of this Vulnerable Population (3.15.17)
    Some senior adults need a bit of help and care, but when a senior has a special need, the level of care increases significantly. With the right resources, you can create a plan of care that will ensure your loved one’s needs – from healthcare through financial – are well met throughout their retirement years.
  • The Eighth Deadly Sin is Hunger, Especially Among Seniors (Aging & Disability in America – 1/24/10)
    Americans living in the south are the hungriest citizens in the nation, according to a study from the Meals on Wheels Association.
  • The Older Americans Act Should Be Reauthorized by Congress This Year (NAELA – 2/27/12)
    With Americans frustrated with Congress’ inability to coalesce around almost anything, why not spend a little time on reauthorizing one of the most successful community-based service programs in our nation's history? The Older American Act (OAA) authorizations expired in September 2011. The services and programs funded by the OAA keep older adults in their homes and communities by providing home-delivered and congregate meals, home care, transportation, information and referral/assistance, case management, adult day care, legal services, senior centers, senior employment, caregiver support, elder abuse prevention, and many other services. For those who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities, the OAA provides help to ensure their quality of care by investigating and resolving resident complaints. The OAA programs protect and improve the health and security of older adults, while reducing the strain on Medicare and Medicaid resources.
  • Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities (Administration on Aging)
    An easy-to-use method for providing respectful, inclusive, and sensitive services for any diverse community. The Toolkit consists of a four-step process and a questionnaire that assists professionals, volunteers and grassroots advocates with every stage of program planning, implementation and service delivery for older adult communities, their families and caregivers.
  • Unafraid of Aging (New York Times – 6/25/12)
    The signal public health achievement of the 20th century was the increase of the average human life span. Now, as that achievement helps raise the proportion of the aged around the world, what once seemed an unalloyed blessing is too often regarded as a burden — a financial burden, a health care burden, even a social burden.
  • Upstream Solutions: Does the Suppl. Security Income Program Reduce Disability in the Elderly? (The Milbank Quarterly)
    An interesting study from this multidisciplinary journal of population health and health policy.