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AARP's Lynn Feinberg, MSW, on family caregiving

posted Thu, Jun 26, 2014

This new Issues piece on GIAging.org, authored by AARP Public Policy Institute's Lynn Feinberg, MSW, explains that family caregivers are the bedrock of LTSS in our country. In 2009, about 42.1 million family caregivers in the U.S. provided an estimated 40.3 billion hours of care to an adult with limitations in daily activities. They provided unpaid care valued at $450 billion that year—more than total Medicaid spending in 2009 and more than twice paid LTSS, according to AARP’s Public Policy Institute. the “average” U.S. caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who works outside the home and spends nearly 20 hours per week (about another half-time job) providing unpaid care to her mother for nearly five years. More than eight in ten family caregivers are caring for a relative or friend age 50 or older. Of those, nearly two out of three (63%) care for a loved one age 75 years and older. Most family caregivers (65%) are wives and adult daughters, but increasingly men are family caregivers too. Nearly three in four (74%) family caregivers have worked at a paying job at some point during their caregiving experiences, and over half (58%) are currently employed either full-time or part-time. Combining work in the labor force with unpaid work as a family caregiver can result in a fragile balancing act.

HelpAge USA's Talbert on generosity of typhoon survivors

posted Thu, Jun 26, 2014

HelpAge USA Chairwoman Robin Talbert, visited the Philippines in the aftermath of the devastating typhoon. Talbert, principal of Robin Talbert Consulting and former president of the AARP Foundation, reflects in this blog on the generosity of the survivors.

GIA Fellow Smith becomes staff gerontologist at Zillner marketing agency

posted Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Erin Smith, a 2013 GIA Fellow who recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas (KU) has become a senior research analyst at Zillner, the country’s leading senior consumer agency. Before joining Zillner, Smith taught statistics and data analysis at KU and had extensively researched market segmentation models. She now helps Zillner continually improve its proprietary SeniorID™ segmentation methodology to be even more predictive and effective in guiding senior targeting and strategic marketing recommendations for clients. For her dissertation, Smith focused on how resident satisfaction, psychological well-being and personality influence the decision to relocate as people age. One of her particularly intriguing findings was the discovery that besides those characteristics typically associated with seniors who relocate – they tend to be white, wealthy, and more educated, younger and healthier than the average older adult U.S. population – people who had lower levels of “neighborhood social cohesion” were more likely to move.

Atlanta shows what senior-friendly neighborhood looks like

posted Mon, Jun 23, 2014

The long-anticipated retirement of the Baby Boom generation has urban planners rethinking how to build cities for seniors, Governing magazine reports. In Atlanta last weekend, organizers provided a glimpse of what a senior-friendly neighborhood would look like. The Atlanta Regional Commission, the area’s metropolitan planning organization, took over two blocks of the city's Sweet Auburn neighborhood to demonstrate that features that cater to an older population also make life better for children and young adults too.

Karlin receives award from APA for work in mental health & aging

posted Mon, Jun 23, 2014

Brad Karlin has received the American Psychological Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Contributions to Continuing Professional Development in Psychology. He is also the newly elected president of the APA’s Society of Clinical Psychology, which supports integration of psychological science and practice in education, research and policy.

Margaret Cargill Fdtn. awards $2M to Helen Bader Fdtn. for healthy aging

posted Mon, Jun 23, 2014

The Helen Bader Foundation in Milwaukee has announced a $2 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation in support of an initiative to keep older adults in rural Wisconsin healthy and mentally and physically engaged. As part of the eighteen-month initiative, the foundation will re-grant the funds to local nonprofits, with an initial focus on programs supporting healthy aging and livable communities where rural older adults can age with grace. The grant is in addition to the roughly $1.5 million HBF awards annually in support of healthy aging programs.

Timeslips' Basting brings creative engagement to LTC

posted Wed, Jun 18, 2014   by Express Milwaukee

Anne Basting, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor of play analysis and creator of TimeSlips, is using her talents to help benefit seniors. “Transforming Care for Elders through Creative Engagement”—a collaboration between the Peck School of the Arts, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, TimeSlips and Sojourn Theatre—will be held June 23-25 at the UWM School of Continuing Education. The effort aims to help teach students, artists and caretakers the important link between person-centered care and creative engagement. "Essentially, creative improvisation invites a person from wherever they are in that moment to play and imagine with you. It leaves behind all the loss and shame, and invites you to connect and move forward," Basting says.

AARP Livable Communities Survey: What is Livable?

posted Tue, Jun 17, 2014

This survey by AARP Livable Communities asked people 50 and older about what qualities mattered to them to make communities more livable. It also explores the meaning of livability and describes lessons learned by the AARP Public Policy Institute as part of its work to measure community livability and quantify the degree to which a community has the elements that are necessary to meet individual needs regardless of age, income, physical ability, ethnicity, and other factors.

Community AGEnda grantee ARC previews "tactical urbanism" demo in Atlanta

posted Fri, Jun 13, 2014   by Atlanta Journal-Constitution

John Feather on HuffPost: What does age-friendly look like?

posted Fri, Jun 6, 2014

In his latest blog for the Huffington Post, GIA's own CEO, John Feather reflects on the global diversity of age-friendly communities and how the images from the GIA "Friendly Places, Friendly Faces" photo contest (part of Community AGEnda) helps us visualize and understand the power of the idea.

Loneliness is deadly: Social isolation kills more people than obesity does—and it’s just as stigmatized.

posted Fri, Jun 6, 2014   by SLATE.com

This report in SLATE explains that "loneliness is not just making us sick, it is killing us. Loneliness is a serious health risk. Studies of elderly people and social isolation concluded that those without adequate social interaction were twice as likely to die prematurely. The increased mortality risk is comparable to that from smoking. And loneliness is about twice as dangerous as obesity. Social isolation impairs immune function and boosts inflammation, which can lead to arthritis, type II diabetes, and heart disease. Loneliness is breaking our hearts, but as a culture we rarely talk about it. Loneliness has doubled: 40 percent of adults in two recent surveys said they were lonely, up from 20 percent in the 1980s.


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