white house conference on aging
Are you safe at home? It's a simple question that social workers, nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, and indeed all health care providers need to ask their older patients every time they see them. Why? Because that simple question can be a crucial first step toward identifying potential elder mistreatment.
We are in the midst of an age wave, brought on by baby boomers who are changing the nation's demographics and redefining the meaning of old age.
Experts know that older adults rely on good health to remain independent and productive but by the measure of medical diagnoses, baby boomers are sicker than their predecessors.
His most brilliant move of the morning was to own what is often a core contradiction of religion: although religion often relies on tradition and a consistency of dogma and practice to achieve its ends, the Pope reminded us, "we know that things can change."
As Americans are living longer it is becoming more common for the luckiest of families to have five generations together at special occasions. But while multi-generational families are growing in the U.S., I've noticed that generations don't mix as much here as in some other cultures.
The White House held its sixth Conference on Aging, and what a difference a decade makes. In 2005, cellphones were not smart. Mailing DVD movies to your home was considered cutting edge.
New Frontier for Successful Aging: Financial Gerontology in the Spotlight at White House Conference on Aging
Fresh ideas and approaches can empower a brighter future of aging, and the emergence of financial gerontology is cause for hope. This link between two disciplines that are critically important to the aging population presents the potential for new solutions and healthy, productive and purposeful outcomes for today's older adults and for generations to come.
Discussing everything from retirement security and healthy aging to long-term services and elder justice, the conference also gave due consideration to caregiving issues and the importance of establishing support systems for the nation's 50 million professional caregivers.
On any given day, working in the field of aging can be fulfilling, meaningful, or, occasionally, frustrating. This enormous issue does not always get the attention it deserves. So, as much as anything, the recent White House Conference on Aging provided a welcome occasion for recognition and celebration.