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The latest research and news in aging.
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Needed: Health Professionals to Treat the Aging
As the general population ages more and more service providers are recognizing the need to adjust their strategies in order to address the needs of older adults. However, the number of providers who have training in the field of geriatrics remains small, which is due to a variety of factors. Check out this article from the New York Times to learn more.
Home Health Aides Often As Old As Their Clients
This is an amazing story about Onether Lowery, an 80 year old home health caregiver, and her client Rosalie Lewis. The story is also serves an insight into the challenges of the profession, and raises some interesting points about client preferences regarding the background of their caregiver. Click here to read more.
Home Health Aides -- In Demand, Yet Paid Little
The home care workforce — some 2.5 million strong — is one of the nation's fastest growing yet also worst paid. Turnover is high, and with a potential labor shortage looming as the baby boomers age, there are efforts to attract more people to the job. This article from NPR takes an in-depth look at the policies and economics surrounding home healthcare aides. To learn more, click here.
Supreme Court Heard Testimony About Home Healthcare Worker Union
A case in the state of Illinois was brought before the US Surpreme Court at the end of January to hear testimony around the creation of a union for home healthcare workers. Ideally the goal of recognizing such a union would be the creation and retention of a professional group of homecare aides to address the increasing demand for home healthcare. However it is not a black and white situation: there are questions around whether or not the state of Illinois can recognize a home healthcare union and if they do have that ability, are they able to force workers opposed to such a union to pay dues. Click here to read more.
Social Workers in Congress
Did you know that Barbara Lee, Congresswoman for California’s 13th district is a social worker? Or that Congresswoman Niki Tsongas sits on the Congressional Social Work Caucus? Neither did we until we read the National Association of Social Work’s Social Workers in Congress (113th Congress). Check it out and learn about social work’s presences in Congress.
The following links contain statistical and demography information on aging populations.
Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being.
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics was established in 1986 to improve the quality and utility of federal data on aging. "Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being" was prepared by 15 federal agencies, including the U.S. EPA, will be released this week. You may access the chartbook electronically at: www.agingstats.gov
2012 Poverty Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released the 2012 Poverty Guidelines, which affect financial eligibility for federal and state programs such as the Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy, Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and more. For an individual in the 48 contiguous states and DC in 2012, the poverty level is $11,170 ($13,970 in Alaska, $12,860 in Hawaii); for couples, it is $15,130 ($18,920 in Alaska, $17,410 in Hawaii).
National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research has released the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging. With funding from the National Institute on Aging, the ICPSR has the largest library of searchable electronic data in the United States addressing issues relating to aging.
2011 SPR Data Is Now Available on AGID
The 2011 State Program Report (SPR) data is now available on AGID. The Administration on Aging (AoA) AGing Integrated Database (AGID) is an on-line query system based on AoA-related data files and surveys, and includes population characteristics from the U.S. Census Bureau for comparison purposes. The system allows users to produce descriptive information in graphical or tabular form, at the level of detail most suited for their needs. The four options or paths through AGID provide different levels of focus and aggregation of the data – from individual data elements within Data-at-a-Glance to full database access within Data Files.
2011 Profile of Older Americans Released
The Web-based publication Profile of Older Americans: 2011 is now available online. This annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population covers 15 topical areas including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education and health. The profile has proven to be a very useful statistical summary in a user-friendly format.
NHTSA Administration Releases New Fact Sheet with 2009 Data on Older Adult Population
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a new fact sheet about the older adult population, containing 2009 data. Did you know that in 2009, 5,288 persons 65 and older were killed and 187,000 were injured in traffic crashes? Older drivers made up 15 percent of all licensed drivers in 2008, compared with 14 percent in 1999. Older adults represented 16 percent of all traffic fatalities and 8 percent of all persons injured in traffic crashes. For older adults, 64 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in 2009 occurred at non-intersection locations compared to 78 percent of fatalities for other ages. Click here to read more.
Survey reveals demographics of 90+ in the United States: 2006-2008
The United States Census has performed a comprehensive survey of adults over the age of 90. The data provides a clearer picture of the 90+ population, which may help to better prepare for future healthcare needs. The findings of the census included the discovery that most of the 90+ population are high school graduates or beyond, Social Security represents almost half of total personal income, and the poverty rate for those 90+ is higher than that of the 65-89 population.
The following newsletters and reports feature the latest information on issues in aging:
The Civic Engagement E-Newsletter is a bimonthly e-newsletter that informs readers about efforts to advance research, programs, and policy that support older adults as a civic resource. Click here for more information. The Gerontological Society of America
’s public policy branch, the National Academy on an Aging Society, has two Twitter feeds. For the latest updates, research, and resources on aging policy, follow @Aging_Society. For the most up-to-date news, trends, and reports on business and aging, follow @AgingMeansBiz.
CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is
a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography
of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest
developments in the field. For more information, including
an archive of back issues and subscription information
Lifelong is a print newsletter produced by the
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) that provides
a forum for information sharing between physicians and
patients, serves as a credible source for synthesized
physician-friendly analysis of current aging research,
and helps improve the translation of this research into
patient care applications. To subscribe to Lifelong
and for more information, Click Here.
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February 18, 2014