The Economics of Healthy Aging for Women

    by Kerry Hannon. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    I recently attended a Milken Institute Future of Health Summit panel in Washington, D.C. called Race, Gender, and Work: The Economics of Healthy Aging. The experts’ insights whizzed across a range of topics from caregiving to investing and jobs, but there was one common thread: the critical financial issues facing women. I was especially struck by the particular challenges they noted for women of color and low-income women.

    “Whether you look at women through the lens of their labor force participation, pay equity, health participation or financial security, women are challenged to live the lives that are healthy, wealthy and secure, and to.... Read More

                 

    Group sessions in St. Louis offer hope and help to African Americans at risk of cognitive decline

    by Dr. Whitney Postman, PhD/CCC-SLP

    We wish to introduce the Diverse Elders Coalition to our “Senior Social Group For Brain Health As We Age!” Founded and led by Dr. Whitney Postman, Ph.D./CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor and Director of the Neuro-Rehabilitation of Language Laboratory at Saint Louis University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, this group was forged as a community partnership between Saint Louis University’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, Northside Senior Center, and CareSTL Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving predominantly African American and economically disadvantaged residents of North St. Louis. Our aim is to reduce health.... Read More

                 

    An impact that transcends generations: Older adults also suffer the consequences of immigration policies

    This article originally appeared on Mundo Hispánico. To read the original article in Spanish, click here.

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    Lucia Hernandez Soto gets the tortillas ready for the traditional “pozole” soup for Saturday with the meticulous attention to detail and gentle touch that she learned back in her small hometown. As she heats the shredded chicken to add to the soup, she takes the hominy to pour in the pot. An avocado that will garnish the day’s lunch peeks over the corner of the kitchen counter.

    For this Mexican woman who arrived from Guerrero some 20 years ago, “pozole” is one of the dishes that fill her most with pride. Her greatest concern.... Read More

                 

    Elder Abuse Often Goes Unreported

    by Kayla Sawyer. This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

    Unfortunately, the abuse and neglect of American Indian and Alaska Native elders occurs with alarming frequency in tribal communities. Tribal leaders from across the country have identified three major challenges in addressing elder abuse and neglect issues on reservations. There is a need to increase training about elder abuse and neglect, a lack of codes addressing elder abuse issues and a lack of policies and procedures for tribal agencies handling elder abuse and neglect issues.

    More than 79 percent of elder abuse cases go unreported. Many tribes don’t have their own specialized elder protective service so there may not be anyone to report abuse.... Read More

                 

    A Mouthful of Pain for Older People: Sen. Cardin Introduces Medicare Dental Benefit

    by Viji Sundaram. This article originally appeared in India West.

    When Sanjog Kaur could no longer bear the pain around her upper molar that had been bothering her for months, she took a needle-nose pliers from her husband’s toolbox one recent day, sterilized it in boiling water, rocked the offending tooth back and forth a few times and yanked it out of her mouth. Then she put a sterilized cotton ball in the gap to suck up the blood

    “I was scared, but I had no other option,” said the 70-year-old Indian American resident of the Bay Area, who asked that her real name not be used. “A visit to the dentist has always set us.... Read More

                 

    Older Californians and the State of the State

    by Dr. Marcy Adelman. This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Bay Times.

    California Governor Gavin Newsom in his State of the State address on February 12 spoke to the issue of the aging of the state’s population. “We need to get ready.… For the first time in our history, older Californians will outnumber young children.” In fact, California’s population of older adults is projected to increase by four million people by 2030. The state’s newly elected governor announced his commitment to establish a Master Plan for Aging to meet the needs of California’s.... Read More

                 

    Aging African Americans are hit with a double-whammy: health and financial troubles

    by Rodney Brooks. This article originally appeared in USA TODAY.

    An array of health and financial problems converge on African Americans as they age, posing a potentially devastating impact on them.

    Blacks are more likely than whites to suffer medical conditions that lead to more severe health problems and higher health care and insurance costs as they grow older.

    Their health problems are exacerbated by financial troubles that include lower savings,  homeownership rates and Social Security income than whites.

    “It’s a huge issue,” says Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, D.C., social-change strategy firm. “Over.... Read More

                 

    African Americans Face Greater Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Than Whites

    by Rodney Brooks. This article originally appeared in USA TODAY.

    A decade ago, Rushern Baker III started seeing signs that something was wrong with his wife when she was still in her late 40s. Christa Beverly was forgetting things and losing things. Then, she was hopelessly lost only blocks from her parents’ home.

    It took some doing, but he convinced her to see a doctor. She was tested, and at age 49 was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. At the time, Baker was preparing to run for county executive in Prince Georges County, Md., which borders Washington, D.C., an election he won in 2010.

    Within a few years of the diagnosis, Christa had lost most of her functions. Today, at age 58,.... Read More

                 

    Why we care about visits to Capitol Hill (and you should too)

    by Howard Bedlin. This article originally appeared on the National Council on Aging blog.

    When our partners travel to the nation’s capital, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) Public Policy and Advocacy team strongly encourage them to schedule Hill visits.

    We often get questions about why these office visits are so important and how they work. In advance of our 2019 Age+Action Conference, which will feature a Hill Day, we’re planning a series of educational webinars to discuss Hill visits and to help make your visit successful.

    Register now for our webinar! Thursday,.... Read More

                 

    New Congress begins slowly, but seniors’ priorities remain on the docket

    by Marci Phillips. This article originally appeared on the NCOA blog.

    The 35-day partial government shutdown that occurred during December and January was the longest government shutdown on record, and it hampered many aspects of the government’s work on behalf of older adults. While the government is back at work, Congress must pass a funding bill by February 15th. The National Council on Aging‘s Public Policy and Advocacy team are monitoring the negotiations and the shutdown’s effects on benefits and services that older adults rely on.

    Only 5 of the 12 FY19 appropriations.... Read More

                 
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