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Annual Editions: Aging 2013/2014

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Unit 1 -- Phenomenon of Aging

  • Elderly Americans by Christine L. Himes
    Population Bulletin, December 2001

    The author points out the ever-increasing nuimber and percentage of the U.S. population comprising persons of 65 years of age and above. She observes that those over 65 are living longer than did previous generations. Currently, those 85 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the elderly population.
  • America's Old Getting Older (Associated Press)
    Terre Haute Tribune-Star, November 18, 2011

    The article examines the increasing numbers and percentage of the population living into their 90's and older. It also presents the reasons for this increase in longevity as well as the problems confronted by the older population
  • Living Longer: Diet and Exercise by Donna Jackson Nakazawa and Susan Crandell
    AARP the Magazine, September/October 2006

    Article points out the current findings in the areas of diet and exercise that, if followed, would increase the individual's life expectancy by a number of years.
  • How to Live 100 Years by Alice Park
    TimeHealth, February 22, 2010

    Article outlines some of the major advantages that persons who are very old have enjoyed that allowed them to live longer than most other Americans.
  • Will You Live to Be 100? by Thomas Perls and Margery Hutter Silver
    Living to 100, 1999

    After completing a study of 150 centenarians, these Harvard Medical School researchers developed a quiz to help calculate one's estimated life expectancy.
  • Long Live . . . Us by Mark Bennett
    Terre Haute Tribune-Star, March 27, 2011

    Author points out how much life expectancy in the United States had increased by the year 2009 and how much difference there was in the life expectancy of men in comparison to women. The article presents reasons for the increasing life expectancy of the U.S. population as well as the reasons why women have a longer life expectancy than men.

Unit 2 -- The Qualify of Later Life

  • Age-Proof Your Brain: 10 Easy Ways to Stay Sharp Forever by Beth Howard
    AARP The Magazine, February/March 2012

    Article points out the 10 steps persons can take to direct their lives and activities to reduce any risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's Disease
  • U-bend of Life: Why, Beyond Middle Age, People Get Happier as They Get Older
    The Economist, December 18, 2010

    Article on the U-bend of life points out why older people are happier than younger people once they pass through the middle years. The most unhappy people are seen as those in their 40s and 50s. After these middle years, the happiness and life satisfaction of the individual rises as their age increases. The article discusses the possible reasons why this change in outlook occurs in later life.
  • Poll: Obesity Hits More Booms in U.S.
    Terre Haute Tribune-Start, July 19, 2011

    The baby boomers born between 1946 and 1965 are now approaching and gradually moving into their retirement years. The current boomers are more obese than earlier generations of older persons.
  • Myths of Living Longer by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin
    Parade, February 20, 2011

    The authors examine six popular beliefs about how to live a longer life to determine their accuracy. The article raises a number of questions about the reliability of these popular beliefs about lifestyle patterns and longevity.

Unit 3 -- Societal Attitudes Toward Old Age

  • Society Fears the Aging Process by Mary Pipher
    An Aging Population, 2002

    Author contends that young and healthy adults often avoid spending time with persons who are old because it reminds them that someday they too are going to get old and die. Moreover, author contents that the media portray negative views of the aging process, which are expressed through the use of pejorative words to describe persons who are elderly.
  • We Need to Fight Age Bias by Jack Gross
    AARP Bulletin, vol. 51, no. 7, September 2010

    When the Farm Bureau Financial Group in Iowa merged with the Kansas Farm Bureau, all claims employees were offered a buyout or a demotion. Jack Gross was 54 and demoted after 13 years of performing this job. He sued the company for age discrimination. Article discusses the results of this case as it went to a federal jury, an 8th circuit jury and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Friendships, Family Relationships Get Better with Age Thanks to Forgiveness, Stereotypes by Amy Patterson Neubert
    Terre Haute Tribune-Star, 20, 2010

    Author points out how adults who are older perceive the quality of their marriages, their friendships and their relationships with children and siblings. Furthermore, she examined whether adults who are older were more or less confrontational in difficult interpersonal situations.
  • How Old Do You Feel Inside?: The Key to Staying Healthy and Living Longer Is Deciding You're Not Old and Decrepit by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
    Tribune Newspapers, October 12, 2011

    The article points out how people who are older feel internally about themselves and their capabilities which determines a great deal about their behavior and approach to aging. The author points out the advantages to men and women over 50 who have more positive self-perceptions of aging in terms of their health and behavior.

Unit 4 -- Problems and Potentials of Aging

  • Never Have a Heart Attack by Gina Kolata
    AARP The Magazine, January/February 2010

    Author points out the risk factors that are most likely to cause a person to have a heart attack. She then outlines and discusses the six steps that an individual could take to significantly reduce the chance of every having a heart attack.
  • Worst Place to Be If You're Sick by Katharine Greider
    AARP Bulletin, March 2012

    Author notes the number of persons who die in the hospital each year from preventable medical mistakes. Article includes a report on the results of a study of Medicare patients in hospitals found that the hospital staff did not report a very large number of the mistakes causing harm to patients. Article also includes the current method of identifying and reporting hospital mistakes as well as Medicare's step of restricting payment for the entire cost associated with 10 hospital-acquired conditions.
  • Poll: Upbeat Baby Boomers Say They're Not Old Yet
    Terre Haute Tribune-Star, July 21, 2011

    The article examines the current baby boomers who are now approaching the retirement years to determine their view of againg, what age they consider to be the start of old age, and how they view their forthcoming retirement years.
  • Never Too Late: Exercise Helps Late Starters
    Harvard Men's Health Watch, vol. 15, no. 8 March 2011

    Article reviews a number of different European and U.S. studies of how much subjects improved their chances of avoiding illness and death by starting and maintaining a regular exercise program throughout their later life. Subjects age 50 and older who started and followed a regular exercise program throughout their later years were compared with a group of same aged persons who remained sedentary. Article presents the benefits in terms of better health and a lower death rate for persons who are older and exercised on a systematic and regular basis.

Unit 5 -- Retirement: American Dream or Dilemma?

  • Live for Today, Save for Tomorrow by Carla A. Fried
    AARP The Magazine, December 2011/January 2012

    Author presents the advantages to individuals of continuing to work in their 60s and beyond their anticipated retirement age. Author points out that the longer you work in the 60s and 70s, the less you have to have saved for retirement prior to that time. She also observes the more years you delay retiring and drawing from your accumulated retirement funds, the more your retirement savings is going to grow.
  • Do-It-Yourself Financial Freedom by Jane Bryant Quinn
    AARP Bulletin, April 2010

    Author lists and describes 12 easy steps that a person needs to take throughout his or her life to ensure an adequate income.
  • Top 25 Social Security Questions by Stan Hinden
    AARP Bulletin, vol. 51, no. 10, December 2010

    Article addresses the numerous questions and answers the public has concerning the social security program. Many are concerned about their qualifications for receiving the program's benefits, the best time to start withdrawing funds from the program and what characteristics and qualifcations will bring them the greatest returns.
  • Paying for Retirement: Sex Differences in Inclusion in Employer-Provided Retirement Plans by Rosemary Wright
    Gerontologist, vol. 52, no. 2, April 2012
  • Work/Retirement Choice and LIfestyle Patterns of Older Americans by Harold Cox,
    Journal of Applied Sociology, no. 1, 2001

    Article reviews six different patterns of work, retirement and lesiure from which people age may choose. Measures of life satisfaction are given to participants in each of the six groups to determine who are most satisfied with their lives.

Unit 6 -- The Experience of Dying

  • A Longitudianal Analysis of Social Engagement in Later-Life Widowhood by Linda M. Isherwood, Debra S. King and Mary A. Luszcz
    International Journal of Aging and Human Development, vol. 74, no. 3, 2012

    Article examines the extent to which social engagement contributed to the adjustment of bereaved family members following the death of a spouse. Frequency of phone contacts with children and participation in social activities were examined to see whether their frequency increased or decreased for widows following the death of their spouse.
  • The Grieving Process by Michael R. Leming and George E. Dickinson
    Understanding Dying, Death and Bereavement, 2007

    Authors outline and describe the stages of grief that the individual goes through after experiencing the death of a love one.
  • End-of-Life Concerns and Care Preferences: Congruence among Terminally Ill Elders and Their Family Caregivers by Daniel S. Gardner and Betty J. Kramer
    Omega, vol. 60, no. 3, 2009-2010

    Authors examined end-of-life concerns and care preferences of terminally ill older persons and their family caregivers.
  • Myriad Strategies for Seeking Control in the Dying Process by Tracy A. Schroepfer, Hyunjin Noh and Melinda Kavanaugh
    Gerontologist, vol. 49, no. 6, 2009

    Authors examined the control strategies and means used by persons to maintain the control of their lives during the final stages of life. Authors highlight the importance of terminally ill older persons having the opportunity to exercise control of the dying process.

Unit 7 -- Living Environment in Later Life

  • A Little Help Can Go a Long Way by David Crary
    Terre Haute Tribune-Star, November 21, 2011

    Authorpoints out what services are necessary for a person to be able to age in place and remain in their current home. Author identifies the percent of the population would prefer to remain in their current home indefinitely even though for some this may not be possible.
  • Happy Together by Sally Abrahms
    AARP Bulletin, vol. 52, no. 3, April 2011

    Author points out that as baby boomers reach retirement age, they are dismayed by the thought of moving into assisted living or nursing home facilities. The common denominator of emerging and still to be created models of residential senior citizen communities are the desires for common interest, values and resources where neighbors know and care about one another and assist one another during the aging process. Article presents various neighborhood and communities that are emerging for senior residents.
  • City Governments and Aging in Place: Community Design, Transportion and Housing Innovation Adoption by Amanda J. Lehning
    Gerontologist, vol. 52, no. 3, June 2012

    Article discusses what characteristics of community design, housing and transportation innovations that city government could adopt that would benefit adults who are older and want to continue living in the city.
  • Real Social Network by Martha Thomas
    AARP The Magazine, May/June 2011

    Author describes an emerging neighborhood concept for the residence of older persons called villages. The article outlines and describes in detail the advantages of living in one of the villages emerging across the country for senior citizens.

Unit 8 -- Social Policies, Programs and Services for Older Americans

  • Let's Restore the Middle Class by A. Barry Rand
    AARP Bulletin, October 2011

    Article points out how the incomes and style of life of the last generation of the middle class have been pulled down by stagnant wages that have not met family burdens associated with child care and aging parents. Author presents the middle class's diverse means of coping with their loss of income and meeting their basic human needs. Article describes a four-part strategy for restoring prosperity to the midle class and improving the overall economy.
  • Social Security: Fears vs. Facts: What Social Security Critics Keep Getting Wrong by Liz Weston
    AART The Magazine, July/August 2011

    Article addresses the myths that exist in the minds of much of the U.S. public regarding the solvency and future of the Social Security program. The author attempts to dispel these fears that exist for many in the United States regarding the future of the program.
  • Social Security Heading for Insolvency Even Faster: Trust Funds Could Run Dry in about 2 Decades
    Terre Haute Tribune-Star, April 24, 2012

    Article identifies the years when the insolvency of the Social Security and Medicare hospital insurance fund will occur at their current rate of expenditures. The article presents the effects of the insolvency of these programs will have on the economy and the lifestyle of older Americans. Article discusses the fact that lawmakers are not addressing any program changes to correct these problems.
  • Keep the Health Care Act by A. Barry Rand
    AARP Bulletin, vol. 52, no. 2, March 2011

    The author outlines what he believes are the major benefits to the U.S. public for keeping the recently passed Health Care Act.
  • Medicare May Soon Take New Shape by Robert Pear
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 13, 2011

    Author discusses ways to shore up medical care services and to reduce costs. He presents the different views of Republicans and Democrats regarding what is the best way to continue offering medical services and to reduce costs.
  • Time for a Tune-Up by Jonathan Peterson
    AARP Bulletin, June 2012

    Author believes that in 21 years, Social Security will be able to pay only three-fourths of its promised benefits. Author outlines 10 options now on the policy table in Washington to avoid any future shortfall in Social Security funds available to the public.
  • Protect Social Security by A. Barry Rand
    AARP Bulletin, vol. 51, no. 6, July/August 2010

    Author points out where the income for a person at age 65 and older comes from and what percentage of this income Social Security provides. Author also notes that the Social Security program is financially solvent and has not contributed anything to the federal deficit. He outlines what basic principles should be followed to protect and guarantee Social Security benefits for future retiring persons and recipients of the various programs
  • Retooling Medicare by Patricia Barry
    AARP Bulletin, June 2012

    Article points out that politicians are eyeing Medicare as a spending program that is ripe for cuts to reduce the national deficit. Moreover, Medicare looms as a key battleground issue in the 2012 election. Politicians view older Americans as a large group of voters who see Medicare as being in their best interest. Author presents proposed ways of saving Medicare that legislators are likely to discuss during the 2012 election campaigns and beyond.

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