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Category: Long-Term Care Policy & Regulation

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...

Breakthrough! Attracting & Retaining Diverse, Low Income Older Adults as Volunteers

Although research suggests that low income older adults are likely to benefit most from being volunteers, evidence also suggests they have fewer opportunities to volunteer. In hopes of providing attractive and accessible programs to lower income and minority individuals, the Corporation for National and Community Service formed Senior Corps, which offers opportunities to adults 55 and...

TRENDING NOW: Ideas for Integrating Housing & Health Care for Older Adults

Recently the Senior Health and Housing Task Force formed by the Bipartisan Policy Center released a report titled Healthy Aging Begins at Home. This report examines current trends in aging and the demographics of older adults and, on the basis of these trends, recommends a greater integration of America’s health care and housing systems. The authors conclude that this integration...

Frame by Frame: Two Views of Late-Life Inequality

In a recent article, researchers Renee Beard and John Williamson discuss two major ways that late-life inequality is framed and how these different perspectives on inequality lead to “different definitions of what the problems are and [the] proposed policy solutions.” The first framework they describe is generational, which emphasizes the distribution of resources between...

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