Older people underrepresented in film, new survey finds
By Matt Sedensky
September 13, 2016
Older people are significantly underrepresented in movies and often are the butt of ageist jokes, an analysis of top films has found. The study, being released Tuesday by the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, found just 11 percent of some 4,066 speaking characters in the 100 top U.S. films of 2015 were 60 or older. Only 10 roles considered leads or co-leads were held by actors 60 or older at the time of the film's release, the study found. Read More...
The National Family Caregiver Support Program: Recognizing Family Caregivers as Consumers in Their Own Right
By Lynn Friss Feinberg
September 7, 2016
A recent study on the pioneering National Family Caregiver Support Program finds that over the past 15 years, the program has accelerated the development of local services and supports to help caregiving families. This is good news; before the NFCSP became law, only half the states reported providing respite care — one of the most pressing needs of families and friends who take on the caregiving role. That has begun to change, although greater progress needs to be made. Read More...
Aging advocates pick top issues to improve lives of older Georgians
By Becky Crissman
August 25, 2016
The Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE) gathered on recently in Macon, Georgia to hear ten issues presented for consideration as priorities for the next legislative session. The issues were many and the scope of the issues was broad. We had a record voter turnout with hundreds of votes cast! Read More...
6 Things You Didn't Know About Muscles and Aging
By Refaat Hegazi, M.D
August 17, 2016
We often rely on age to tell us about ourselves. We consider ourselves physically stronger and more vibrant earlier in life. Medical professionals use age to determine risk for certain diseases, often attributing older age to higher risk. But new research is showing that a person's biological age is not the key to determining their overall health. It suggests that we should look at other factors, such as mobility, to evaluate a person's well-being. The findings show that getting older doesn't have to mean getting weaker. And taking on your health can start with your muscles.Read More...
A record 60.6 million Americans live in multigenerational households
By D'Vera Cohn and Jeffrey S. Passel
August 11, 2016
The number and share of Americans living in multigenerational family households has continued to rise, even though the Great Recession is now in the rear-view mirror. In 2014, a record 60.6 million people, or 19% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data. Read More...
Hospital Units Tailored To Older Patients Can Help Prevent Decline
By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News
August 9, 2016
ACE units have been shown to reduce hospital-inflicted disabilities in older patients, decrease lengths of stay and reduce the number of patients discharged to nursing homes. In one 2012 study published in the journal Health Affairs , researchers found that hospital units for the elderly saved about $1,000 per patient visit. Read More...