Aging

Building Better Long-Term Care Insurance

Can the US do a better job of designing long-term care insurance? The answer is yes, according to two important new studies. With hard work and political will, we can develop better ways to help pay the enormous cost of long-term supports and services. The new research is a big step towards improved financing of these services. It did not find a “magic bullet.” But [...]

Should You Stay In Your Home As You Age Or Move To A Senior Community?

Older adults may be better off living in age-segregated communities than in neighborhoods or buildings filled with young adults or families with kids. They may have better support, access to more services, and even a better sex life. That, at least, is the conclusion of University of Florida professor Stephen Golant, an environmental gerontologist and expert in the housing of [...]

By |2015-10-16T09:28:59-04:00October 16th, 2015|Aging, aging in place, Senior housing|1 Comment

What Are the Chances You’ll Need Long-Term Care And How Much Will It Cost?

What are the odds you’ll need assistance to help with personal activities such as bathing or dressing before you die? For those about to turn 65, it’s about 50/50, according to an important new study. On average, you can expect to need this high level of care for about two years. But one-in-five Americans will need such assistance for less [...]

By |2015-07-16T15:38:56-04:00July 16th, 2015|Aging, long term care reform|0 Comments

The Death With Dignity Debate Misses The Point

Ever since the death of Brittany Maynard--the 30-year old with terminal brain cancer who ended her own life last November-- the issue of physician-assisted suicide has received an enormous amount of attention.  Now it is back in the headlines as many states consider laws permitting the practice. It is an important and passionate debate, but for the vast majority of people, it misses [...]

By |2015-03-11T10:32:07-04:00March 11th, 2015|Aging, End of life|0 Comments

Nearly Half of All Seniors Need Help With Daily Activities, Far More Than We Thought

Nearly 18 million older adults, or nearly half of everyone 65 and older, report that they need some assistance with routine daily activities. That’s significantly more than generally believed and suggests that the burden on families and the overall care system may be much greater than previously thought. According to a new study by Vicki Freedman of the University of [...]

By |2014-10-08T10:56:35-04:00October 8th, 2014|Aging|6 Comments

Should We Take Zeke Emanuel’s Advice And Be Ready To Die At 75?

In a recent article in The Atlantic, entitled “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” Ezekiel Emmanuel makes the following provocative argument: I am not interested in living beyond age 75 since I am likely to suffer from functional limitations and will no longer be able to contribute much to society. I will not accept curative medical treatment, only comfort [...]

By |2014-09-24T16:03:56-04:00September 24th, 2014|Aging, End of life|3 Comments

Will the White House Conference on Aging Accomplish Anything?

The Obama Administration has announced its preliminary plans for the next White House Conference on Aging, which would be held next year. It would be the first such conference in a decade and could be quite valuable, given the rapid aging of the U.S. population and vast changes in the medical and long-term care environment since the last session. 2015 [...]

By |2014-09-03T17:17:17-04:00September 3rd, 2014|Aging|0 Comments

Where Can You Get the Best Nursing Home Value in America?

A new study by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation ranks the quality and affordability of nursing homes by state. It finds wide variation in both cost and quality among states but, at least according to some indicators, you get what you pay for: The states with the most affordable facilities are plagued by many poor performers. This [...]

By |2014-06-25T15:51:21-04:00June 25th, 2014|Aging, nursing homes|2 Comments

AARP Finds a Huge Gap Among States in Long-Term Services Quality and Access

The quality and accessibility of long-term supports and services depends in large part on where you live, according to a new report by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation. Eight states—Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont, and Wisconsin—provide the best care by nearly all of AARP’s measures. Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Indiana provide the [...]

By |2014-06-20T10:28:53-04:00June 20th, 2014|Aging, aging in place, Medicaid|0 Comments