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2011-12-15 11:24:32

Fifty years after its inception, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging will have a more important role than ever as America's senior population continues to grow, according to the newest issue of the Public Policy and Aging Report (PPAR). For five decades, the committee has called attention to pressing needs that have faced older Americans. And as the PPAR's authors point out, members of the committee – and indeed all elected officials – must prepare the challenges and...

Study Claims Senior Citizens With Active Sex Lives Are Happier
2011-11-21 06:19:47

New research presented in Boston at the Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) 64th Annual Scientific Meeting on Sunday has drawn a direct link between the sex lives of those in their mid-to-late 60s and their level of happiness with their lives and their marriage. According to a GSA press release announcing the findings, this conclusion is the result of a 2004 survey of 238 individuals over the age of 65. The data from that study was analyzed by Adrienne Jackson, an assistant professor...

2011-11-17 03:16:39

The National Academy on an Aging Society and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) today released the first-ever issue of the acclaimed Public Policy & Aging Report (PPAR) on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) aging, highlighting gaps in policy and research on LGBT older adults, and current and future solutions to address the needs of LGBT elders. “Given the voluminous gerontological literature that has built up over the past half-century, it is hard to imagine...

2011-09-27 13:10:40

America's experts on aging are headed for meetings with their senators and representatives to underscore the needs of the country's senior population, spurred by the first-ever Take Action Week organized by The Gerontological Society of America – the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. During the September 26 congressional district work period, these advocates will urge their elected leaders to secure funding for aging research and...

2011-09-16 11:21:02

An expert panel speaking on Capitol Hill today demonstrated that the Great Recession has had a disproportionately negative impact on low-income older workers, although programs such as the federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) have managed to provide some valuable benefits to this disadvantaged demographic group. The congressional briefing – held on the eve of National Employ Older Workers Week – was titled, "Older Workers: Multiple Returns on Our Public...

2011-09-01 11:49:13

Critical life course events and experiences – in both youth and middle adulthood – may contribute to health and cognition in later life, according to a new supplemental issue of the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Furthermore, the authors find that the processes of aging linked to cognition and those linked to health should be studied simultaneously, as part of the same set of processes. There also is an emerging consensus that a...

2011-08-29 21:07:34

Experts agree that financial constraints and an aging population will require America to modify its Social Security system, but some also find that pushing back the eligibility age could be a major concern for those who rely on the program the most. The consequences – both positive and negative – of making the country's seniors wait to start claiming benefits are presented in the latest installment of the Public Policy & Report (PPAR) from the National Academy on an Aging...

2011-03-19 04:53:36

The oldest segment of Japan's population will likely be the hardest hit as a result of the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami, based on data from previous catastrophic events. Approximately 23 percent of Japanese citizens currently are age 65 and above. "Japan's population "” with the highest proportion of older people in any country "” gives us an indicator of where the world as a whole is headed," said James Appleby, RPh, MPH, executive director of The Gerontological...

2010-12-17 16:09:57

Without Social Security, research indicates that about half of women age 65 and older would be living in poverty. With the program in place, the poverty rate for women falls to 12 percent. These facts "” paired with recommended future courses of action "” are presented in the latest installment of the Public Policy & Aging Research Brief series from the National Academy on an Aging Society, the public policy branch of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). The new...

2010-07-01 15:27:00

Expert on senior health programming and promotion will lead nation's largest aging research organization WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nancy Whitelaw, PhD, senior vice president, and director of NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging has been named President-elect of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Dr. Whitelaw is a nationally recognized leader in the design and implementation of evidence-based health programs for seniors and in the dissemination of best practices in...