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Category: Long-Term Care Policy & Regulation

Glass Half Empty: Negative Stereotypes of Aging Persist against All Odds

Holding negative stereotypes about aging has been associated with poorer cognitive function and increased risk of disability in later life, as well as decreased longevity. While it would seem that a variety of age-related trends should be reducing these negative stereotypes about aging and replacing them with more positive stereotypes, data shows the opposite: Negative age-related...

Re-Examining Retirement: A Look at 7 Pressing Issues with Retiring Today

As the landscape of retirement is rapidly changing, a group of researchers and public officials recently outlined seven pressing retirement issues and questions surrounding them that require answers to successfully address the challenges posed by an aging society. The first topic is the changing meaning of retirement. Instead of looking to retirement as a goal at the end of one’s...

BROs before Lows: How a Cost-Effective Befriending Intervention Combats Loneliness in Older Adults

Social isolation and loneliness are gaining attention globally through public awareness campaigns such as the UK’s Campaign to End Loneliness and AARP’s Connect2Affect. But which interventions are successful, and how cost-effective are they? One approach to combat loneliness and social isolation has been labelled befriending, which prior research suggests improves emotional and...

Tale of Two Countries: How Health Care Systems in US & Canada Burden Caregivers

When two researchers in Canada and the United States compared their experiences as caregivers, both were surprised by the “substantial burden of negotiating and managing long term care (LTC) services,” despite being in different health and social care systems. Based on their experiences and the available literature, they examined the features that characterize the structural burden...

Going to Pot: Older Adults and Legalized Marijuana

In 2014, a nationally representative survey found that 5.1 percent of adults over 50 had used cannabis in the past month, and the rate of cannabis use among older adults is expected to rise. The majority of older cannabis users reported using it less than once every 10 days, but nearly a quarter report using cannabis at least three to four times per week. Only 2 percent of older...

Taking Charge: Lessons from Letting Older Adults Self-Direct Their Care

As the number of care options available for older adults has grown, many older adults and policymakers are championing the concept of self-direction—the idea that even older consumers with severe disabilities could be in charge of their own care. An evaluation of one program based on the principles of self-direction (the Cash and Counseling Demonstration) has shown that self-directed...

Older Adults’ Feelings of Financial Strain Linked to Poor Health

Increasing evidence suggests that interpretations of personal circumstances can impact individuals’ health and quality of life. Research shows that in developed countries the subjective experience of financial strain has been more strongly associated with health and quality of life ratings than actual income levels. Recently, researchers looked into whether these patterns also existed for older adults in less developed countries, where older adults may be more economically vulnerable than their counterparts in richer, more developed countries.

The Third Age: When Baby Boomers Finally Get to Save the World?

The Third Age of life is the period of healthy retirement, prior to the onset of significant frailty or physical difficulties. A recent Public Policy and Aging Report article points out that great societal good could potentially come from the rapidly growing population in this stage of life. The promise of the Third Age is not just manpower, but the “experience, skills and abilities...

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