Barriers to sexual freedom in assisted living
The Face of Malnutrition May be More Familiar Than You Think
By Elisabeth O. Burgess, Alexis A. Bender, and Christina Barmon
October 3, 2016
The baby boom generation came of age at a time that pushed boundaries of sexual freedom. Changes in attitudes and behaviors about sexuality were framed by the sexual revolution, women's rights, gay rights, and the birth control pill. Decades later, the first wave of this generation is now turning 65. While most boomers still have a decade or more before they consider moving into assisted living facilities, a study suggests that sexual freedom is difficult to come by for those who currently reside in a structured environment such as assisted living. Today about one million Americans reside in assisted living facilities and this number is expected to increase. As boomers age and need additional support, how will they maintain the sexual freedom they have enjoyed in the past? Read More...
By Peggi Guenter
September 29, 2016
When you think of malnutrition, what image comes to mind? Perhaps you recall heart-wrenching commercials and documentaries exposing the faces of famine in third-world countries—people with gaunt bodies, bones projecting out, and stomachs distended? I can bet, though, not many of you conjure an image of an overweight person. But the truth is, in the U.S., the face of malnutrition looks very different from common belief. It's often far more familiar than you think. Read More...
Older people underrepresented in film, new survey finds
By Matt Sedensky
September 13, 2016
Older people are significantly underrepresented in movies and often are the butt of ageist jokes, an analysis of top films has found. The study, being released Tuesday by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, found just 11 percent of some 4,066 speaking characters in the 100 top U.S. films of 2015 were 60 or older. Only 10 roles considered leads or co-leads were held by actors 60 or older at the time of the film's release, the study found. Read More...
The National Family Caregiver Support Program: Recognizing Family Caregivers as Consumers in Their Own Right
By Lynn Friss Feinberg
September 7, 2016
A recent study on the pioneering National Family Caregiver Support Program finds that over the past 15 years, the program has accelerated the development of local services and supports to help caregiving families. This is good news; before the NFCSP became law, only half the states reported providing respite care — one of the most pressing needs of families and friends who take on the caregiving role. That has begun to change, although greater progress needs to be made. Read More...
Aging advocates pick top issues to improve lives of older Georgians
By Becky Crissman
August 25, 2016
The Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE) gathered on recently in Macon, Georgia to hear ten issues presented for consideration as priorities for the next legislative session. The issues were many and the scope of the issues was broad. We had a record voter turnout with hundreds of votes cast! Read More...
6 Things You Didn't Know About Muscles and Aging
By Refaat Hegazi, M.D
August 17, 2016
We often rely on age to tell us about ourselves. We consider ourselves physically stronger and more vibrant earlier in life. Medical professionals use age to determine risk for certain diseases, often attributing older age to higher risk. But new research is showing that a person's biological age is not the key to determining their overall health. It suggests that we should look at other factors, such as mobility, to evaluate a person's well-being. The findings show that getting older doesn't have to mean getting weaker. And taking on your health can start with your muscles.Read More...