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Promoting the Language of ‘Reframing Aging’ During Older Americans Month

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.

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AP-NORC Survey: Long-Term Care in America and Americans Preference to ‘Age at Home’

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

Report: The Changing Picture of Who Claims Social Security Early

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

New Data on Advance Care Planning During Pandemic Coincides with Preparations for Healthcare Decisions Day

As the toll of COVID-19 continues to climb, newly released poll data suggest an opportunity to use the pandemic as a prompt for discussing and documenting older adults’ wishes for  care, in case of seriously illness or injury.

Overall, 59% of the 50- to 80-year-olds polled said they had had a conversation with loved ones about their preferences in case they became severely ill. That percentage was even higher — 70% — among those over age 65. Just 7% of all older adults polled said COVID-19 had motivated them to have such conversations. Continue reading

AARP Survey of Older Workers Reveal Concerns of Ageism

Results from a new AARP survey reveal deep ageism-related concerns from both employed older adults and those seeking jobs.

For example, the survey finds that older workers who are concerned they could lose their job this year believe their age would be a factor (61%) while nearly half of older concerned workers fear that their older age will hamper their job search. Continue reading