Aging

What the GOP Tax Cut Will Mean For Older Adults

Congress is nearing passage of a $1.5 trillion tax cut that would mostly benefit businesses and high-income households. For older adults, the effects are complicated. Some will receive large tax cuts. Some will be no better off and a few will be worse off. But beyond the immediate tax changes in the bill, the measure sets the stage for what [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:43:53-05:00December 15th, 2017|Aging|0 Comments

Why Big Storms Like Irma and Harvey Are Needlessly Killing Frail Elders

You probably saw the headline: Six die in a Florida nursing home in the wake of Hurricane Irma. They won’t be the last frail elders to die needlessly. Many frail seniors who were living on the edge are going to die in southeast Texas and Florida in the coming weeks.  We will probably never know how many because most will [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:43:53-05:00September 13th, 2017|Aging, Blog|0 Comments

Older Adults May Be Making Much More Money Than We Thought

Older adults in the US may be making nearly one-third more, on average, than commonly thought, according to an important new study by two US Census Bureau researchers. Their report, published last month, finds that the median household income for those 65 and older was about $44,400 in 2012, significantly higher than the $33,800 previously reported by Census. The implications [...]

By |2017-08-30T11:21:10-04:00August 30th, 2017|Aging|1 Comment

How The Lives Of Seniors In The US Match Up Against The Rest Of The World

Older adults in the US are better off, on average, than those in other countries, according to a new index developed by researchers at Columbia University and the University of Southern California. However, while US seniors do relatively well by quality of life measures such as social connections at work and across generations, they fall in the middle of the [...]

By |2017-08-16T13:49:00-04:00August 16th, 2017|Aging|0 Comments

Should Congress Cut ACA Insurance Premiums for Young People By Raising Them For Those 50+?

A proposal by congressional Republicans aimed at reducing health insurance costs for young people would substantially boost premiums for those over age 50, according to a new analysis by the actuarial firm Milliman Inc. The proposal could result in up to 18,000 older adults losing health coverage and increase the cost of federal insurance subsidies by $6.7 billion, if the [...]

By |2017-02-08T14:22:21-05:00February 8th, 2017|Aging, Health Care|0 Comments

How To Prevent The Challenges Of Aging Parents and Battling Siblings From Ruining Your Holidays

Your family gets together for the holidays. You expect one of those wonderful Hallmark moments but instead...disaster. There are always issues at family get-togethers (Clinton v. Trump, Sue’s gravy v. Tom’s), but when it comes to adult children and their aging parents, the landmines seem to be everywhere. Here are four ways to turn holiday challenges into opportunities—for you, your [...]

By |2016-12-21T14:18:10-05:00December 21st, 2016|Aging, family caregivers|0 Comments

How Faith Communities And Hospitals Can Work Together To Help Older Adults

Older adults with chronic illness often need a combination of medical treatment and social and spiritual supports. Together, they can make people healthier and happier, and less likely to suffer acute episodes that result in preventable hospitalizations. The medical treatment comes from doctors, hospitals, and health systems while the spiritual support comes from faith communities. And, in many cases, so [...]

By |2016-12-07T13:07:36-05:00December 7th, 2016|Aging, Health Care|1 Comment

A New Look At The Big Differences In Financial Well-Bring Among Older Adults

For years, experts have been arguing over whether Americans are financially prepared for old age, especially after including the costs of health care and long-term care. But those debates often focus on averages (or medians), a perspective that misses a key point: While some seniors are sitting pretty, many others face a huge challenge. In other words, it isn’t just [...]

By |2016-04-08T10:27:00-04:00April 8th, 2016|Aging, long-term care financing|0 Comments

Men Are Living Longer, More Active Lives Than Ever Before. The News Is Not So Good For Women.

Older men are living longer and enjoying more active lives than ever before. In fact, in a dramatic change from three decades ago, these men can now expect their last decades of life to look very much like that of women. Even as men live longer, they are less likely to suffer physical limitations than in past years, and when [...]

By |2016-04-01T09:51:22-04:00April 1st, 2016|Aging|0 Comments