Most older adults are not using tax-advantaged savings accounts to save for future health expenses, a new poll of people age 50 to 80 suggests, and those who do are more likely to have high incomes and education levels, and to be in good health and under Medicare eligibility age. Continue reading
The American Rescue Plan & Older Adults: Opportunities and Resources for Local Leaders — a free, 31-page downloadable report prepared by Funkhouser & Associates in partnership with AARP — provides an overview of the Department of Treasury’s guidance and highlights the ways local leaders can use the act to address community needs related to transit and mobility; open spaces; high-speed internet access; water, sewer and utility systems; housing and health.
Overall, more people think their local area is doing a good job than a poor job meeting the needs of older adults when it comes to many services, including health care, healthy food and nutrition, social activities, transportation, and in-home supports, according to a new study from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Crucially, however, it finds that non-white adults and those in lower-income households hold more negative evaluations of how well their community provides many of these services. Continue reading
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 Data Summit Series, designed for the novice data user, will present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist organizations and businesses identify data-driven solutions to challenges. Communities working to become age and dementia friendly may find an upcoming data summit useful. Continue reading
With the theme of Older Americans Month being “Communities of Strength,” the organization Changing the Narrative is taking the opportunity to promote positive and constructive language advanced by the Reframing Aging initiative.
We invite our stakeholders to see this blog post from Changing the Narrative on suggested words and phrases to use and others to avoid in addressing ageism. The following is a great starting point for those interested in learning more about Reframing Aging.
Given the choice, a sizable majority of the public would prefer to receive long-term care in a home setting as they age rather than move into a nursing home, according to a new study from The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and funded by The SCAN Foundation.
Overall, 88% percent of adults favor getting ongoing living assistance in their own home or in a loved one’s home. Just 2% would want to age in a nursing home and 10% prefer a senior community. Continue reading
As individuals approach their 60s, they face the important decision about when to start claiming Social Security retirement benefits. A report by Philip Armour and David Knapp of the RAND Corporation – shared via AARP’s Public Policy Institute – examines the characteristics of those who decide to start collecting at the early eligibility age (EEA) of 62 compared with those who wait until later.
A companion report, “The Consequences of Claiming Social Security Benefits at Age 62,” asks what financial consequences the decision to collect early might have for the individual over time. Continue reading
Please see the following event notices hosted by partners of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative: Continue reading
Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The theme for 2021 is “Communities of Strength.” Continue reading