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Coronavirus Calls Attention to an Epidemic of Ageism

— During May, we have been celebrating Older Americans Month. The theme for 2020 is “Make Your Mark,” encouraging us to recognize the many contributions seniors make to their families, their communities and to the nation. As it happens, 2020 is an especially good time to focus on older Americans, because this year as the coronavirus... Read More

Five Reasons to Fight Ageism in 2019

— Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe you’ve vowed to lose weight, save money, read more books or clean the garage? We’d like to suggest another worthy resolution that could benefit you, your older loved ones, and even the young folks in the family: fighting ageism. Today, there is an increased emphasis on... Read More

Does the Woodstock Generation Have a Drug Problem?

— Timothy Leary’s “turn on, tune in, drop out” … hippies passing around a joint at a music festival … rock bands taking drug-fueled “trips.” That’s the stereotype of the baby boomers, and several studies from 2022 suggest that many members of the generation—people born from 1946 to 1964—have not given up illicit drug use, most... Read More

International Day of Older Persons 2021 Focuses on Digital Equity

— Every October 1 since 1990, the United Nations has honored older adults worldwide on the International Day of Older Persons. The theme each year draws attention to an important need faced by older adults. Not surprisingly, last year the spotlight was on the effect of a pandemic on elders. In previous years, themes included ageism,... Read More

Making the Retirement Decision

— September 20 – 26, 2020 is National Employ Older Workers Week. Each year, this recognition event calls attention to the value of seniors in the workplace. Though older workers still may face age discrimination on the job or when seeking employment, today more employers are realizing how valuable these seasoned employees are, bringing their experience... Read More

Seniors Aren’t the Only Ones at Risk of Severe COVID-19 Illness

— At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there was much publicity about older adults being at highest risk of the serious effects of the disease—hospitalization, needing ventilator care, and death. Then, as some areas of the country loosened social distancing requirements, seniors were urged to continue to stay home. But many younger adults seemed to... Read More
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