seniors and aging policy

Connecting disability, longevity and technology for seniors

Did you know that nearly 40% of seniors report having a disability? In the category of number obsession, this new snapshot of a government report caught my eye and should catch yours – it is referencing 16 million people. The report notes six types of disability reported in census data: hearing, sight, thinking and memory, walking, self-care and independent living.  From the MedlinePlus release: "People older than 85 accounted for more than 25 percent of all disabilities among seniors, although they represented only 14 percent of the overall senior population." >>> Read more . . .

40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability

People older than 85 accounted for more than 25 percent of all disabilities among seniors.

12/05/2014

CDC Report: Life expectancy hits record high

At 65, on average -- men: 18 more years; Women: 21 more years.

10/11/2014

Nonprofits, Companies and City of Apple Valley, Minnsesota To Create Action Plan To Make Aging A Competitive Advantage For Cities

09/26/2014

We’ve all heard the phrase: “Age Friendly Community.”  But what is it and how does a city actually become “age friendly” to create competitive advantage amidst unprecedented demographic change? >>> Read more . . .

why teaching grandmothers to code isn't a crazy idea

Cultivating older entrepreneurs for tech industry.

08/17/2014

Scaring seniors -- the hyping of falls, fraud, and weather

Listening to the weather channel could make an isolated senior nervous.  Nearly 46% of women aged 75+ (around 11 million) live alone -- and one in three of them will live until at least the age of 90. In fact, 2 million are aged 90+ now.  If they listen to the news or the weather channel, they have quite a bit of opportunity to be frightened about the prospect of tornados, hurricanes, flash floods, excessive heat, poor air quality or wildfires. Perhaps they're watching TV and they see that absolutely horrendous Life Alert ad. That's it for going down to the basement. Then the telephone or doorbell rings -- a nice distraction from the 4+ hours per day spent watching TV or perhaps the few minutes online -- if there is a computer or tablet around them to use. >>> Read more . . .

Announcing White House Conference on Aging 2015

White House Conference on Aging, which will take place in 2015 – the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act.

07/29/2014
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