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The Importance of Language Access in Community-Based Long-Term Care Settings

Posted on 07/18/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThe U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 55.4 million Americans speak a language other than English when they are at home. In addition to Spanish, growing numbers of Americans speak Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic and other languages. This represents a 140 percent jump since 1980. The Census Bureau also predicts that the United States will continue to be a linguistically diverse nation and home to large numbers of people with limited English proficiency (LEP). This has significant implications …

Can Your Face Predict How Long You’ll Live?

Posted on 07/3/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayScientists are working on technology that would predict how long you’re likely to live based on how your face has aged, the Washington Post reports. And you can help them — but more on that in a minute. The project is the brainchild of Jay Olshansky, a biodemographer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who told the Post that it’s drawn the interest of insurance company executives who see its potential for helping to set premiums. The technology is …

Enticing Dad to Eat When Alzheimer’s Interferes

Posted on 06/3/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen I was a kid, my sisters and I used to call Dad the “human garbage disposal” because he was happy to finish off anything we had left on our plates. He’s always had a healthy appetite, but since my mom died seven months ago, Alzheimer’s disease has begun to erode many aspects of Dad’s daily functioning, including his hunger and enjoyment of food. When Dad refuses ice cream, true panic fills my heart. If he doesn’t want his favorites, …

Muhammad Ali’s Fight and His Caregiving Champ: Lonnie Ali Shares Her Story About Caring for ‘The Greatest’

Posted on 06/2/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Media RelationsIf you haven’t seen the cover of the June AARP Bulletin, look closely. The handsome man on the front is a fighter, a survivor and a legend. Muhammad Ali, who floated and stung his way to the world heavyweight title — not once, but twice — has his often-smiling eyes hidden behind heavy lids. His wife and caregiver, Lonnie Ali, cradles his head for a kiss, showing the same affection I had seen more than 14 years ago as a reporter — once …

Older Americans Face Increasing Risk of Hunger

Posted on 05/22/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayMore than 15 percent of Americans over age 60 — some 9.3 million men and women — experienced the threat of hunger in 2012, according to a report just released by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. From the start of the recession in 2007 to 2012, the number of older people threatened by hunger has jumped 49 percent. The report, based on statistics from the 2012 Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, says the following groups of older Americans …

Tech Start-Ups Discover Boomer Market

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Personal HealthScoot over, millennials. You’re no longer the predominantly sought-after demographic for Silicon Valley start-ups. Boomers are about to become the new target market for tech-company entrepreneurs, Slate.com reports. In the past, tech firms seemed to ignore the $750 billion boomer market, which accounts for half of all discretionary spending in the United States, Slate notes. Now a new generation of start-ups is poised to tap into that wealth by focusing on how technology can meet the needs of older adults. For instance, Rock Health, …