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

Where is the Best Place To Age In the World? Hint: It isn’t the US

Where in the world would you want to age? According to a comprehensive new study by the group HelpAge International, you want to live your golden years in…Sweden. True, it’s cold. Really cold. But based on more than a dozen key indicators, including income security, health status, employment and education, and ability to live independently, Northern European countries such as [...]

By |2013-10-11T17:53:06-04:00October 11th, 2013|Aging, Health Care|0 Comments

A New Picture of An Aging Population

The Stanford University Center on Longevity has just released a trove of information on the health, living arrangements, and demographics of an aging America. The study, "New Realities of an Older America" tells the story of an independent, remarkably healthy population, but one that will present unique challenges as it lives well into its 80s and, eventually, reaches frail old age. For example, authors Adele Hayutin, [...]

By |2010-08-03T19:15:29-04:00August 3rd, 2010|Aging, Senior housing|0 Comments

Aging Outside the Mainstream

It is tough enough to age in America if you are white and middle-class. You struggle with the loss of physical vigor, social connections, and independence. You face difficult financial challenges and profound changes in your relationships with family.    Now, imagine aging if you are out of the cultural mainstream of the U.S. Imagine if you came to America as an adult 40 years ago. [...]

By |2010-03-14T14:25:20-04:00March 14th, 2010|family caregivers|1 Comment