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The Plight of America's 'Elder Orphans'

posted Tue, May 26, 2015   by HealthDay

Dr. Maria Torroella Carney, Carney, who's chief of geriatric and palliative medicine at North Shore-LIJ Health System in New Hyde Park, N.Y., calls for teams of community members, social workers, government agencies and health care providers to work together. As for people who may fear being vulnerable themselves, she suggests they identify someone who will be their advocate -- their health care proxy -- in an emergency. "Complete advance directives, and see if you have benefits that might help you in time of need," she said. "Do you have long-term care insurance, benefits that will help you? Keep everything within easy access and share it with someone you trust." Carney's report was presented recently at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting, in Washington, D.C.

Vermont is healthiest state for seniors, Louisiana most unhealthy

posted Tue, May 26, 2015   by McClatchy DC

Vermont has replaced Minnesota as the healthiest state for seniors while Louisiana ranks as the most unhealthy, according to a new report released Wednesday by the United Health Foundation, a non-profit arm of insurer UnitedHealth Group. The third edition of “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action,” uses more than 30 measurements of health data to grade each state’s performance in providing a healthy environment for men and women ages 65 and over – one of the nation’s fastest-growing age groups.

In Sunlit Paradise, Seniors Go Hungry

posted Tue, May 26, 2015   by Kaiser Health News

While the U.S. economy adds jobs and the financial markets steadily improve, a growing number of seniors are having trouble keeping food on the table. In 2013, the most recent data available, 9.6 million Americans over the age of 60 —or one of every six older men and women—could not reliably buy or access food at least part of the year, according to an analysis from researchers at the University of Kentucky and the University of Illinois. Enid Borden, president of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger in Alexandria, Va., which commissioned the report, said the country was doing a “worse job in trying to end senior hunger in America,” noting that the number of seniors who “face the threat of hunger has gone up every single year since we started doing the research on this. And that’s not good,” she said.

Senior man calls 911 for food

posted Fri, May 15, 2015

81-year-old Clarence Blackmon of Fayetteville, North Carolina, called 911 on May 12, asking for assistance with food. Blackmon returned home to an empty refrigerator after an extended hospital stay for cancer treatment. Operator Marilyn Hinson responded in person with the help of local police and delivered bundles of groceries. Hinson also gave him her phone number in case he needs anything in the future. Blackmon's story is an example of the isolation so many seniors face and an important issue for grantmakers and community organizations.

What's working? Making your community livable for all ages.

posted Thu, May 14, 2015

Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What’s Working, a new report by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, offers guidance to local communities preparing for rapid increases in the aging and diversity of their populations. Produced by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), What's Working offers a number of resources including ten successful strategies for advancing livability for all ages in your community. Clearly there is a hunger across the country for implementing age-friendly community elements. Within the first few days of its announcement to n4a members, Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What’s Working! received 40,000 clicks.

Miami Herald: Age-friendly neighborhoods attractive to all

posted Wed, May 13, 2015

The Miami Herald reports on the Miami-Dade Age-friendly Summit. The Summit was sponsored by the Miami-Dade Age-friendly Initiative, a collaborative effort which includes the Health Foundation of South Florida (a Community AGEnda partner) as well as the Alliance for Aging, Urban Health Partnership and Miami-Dade County. They have been working together to push for reforms in transportation, housing, and other areas. GIA CEO John Feather spoke at the event.

Herald-Tribune: "Reframing the conversation on growing old"

posted Tue, May 12, 2015   by Sarasota Herald-Tribune

This article from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reviews the findings from the FrameWorks Institute's new report, Gauging Aging, which looks at how the public and aging professionals regard the issue differently. "People who devote their lives to tackling aging issues tend as a group to be not only caring, but really smart. So while they can be passionate and articulate when it comes to the needs and aspirations of older Americans, they fully realize that most people consider what they do a downer. Some time ago, when a bunch of these folks -- from AARP, the American Federation for Aging Research, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society on Aging, Grantmakers in Aging, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Council on Aging and the National Hispanic Council on Aging -- were sitting around discussing their image problem, they decided to see if maybe they could try to change it."


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