The unpaid work provided by family caregivers is valued at an estimated $600 billion, according to the latest report in AARP’s Valuing the Invaluable series. This is a $130 billion increase in unpaid contributions from family caregivers since the last report was released in 2019. The economic impact of $600 billion is more than all out-of-pocket spending on health care in the U.S. in 2021. Continue reading
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New AARP Report: Understanding a Changing Older Workforce
Nearly all older workers seek and choose employment with meaning, according to a new report from AARP, but the COVID-19 pandemic made people realize the importance of a better work-life balance – more so than doing work that is meaningful.
The report, called “Understanding a Changing Older Workforce: An Examination of Workers Ages 40-Plus,” seeks to understand older workers’ reasons for working, perceptions of job security, differential treatment due to age, ideal work scenario, and plans for retirement in the wake of “the great resignation” and in an era of record low unemployment.
ACL Releases Annual ‘Profile of Older Americans’
The Administration on Community Living (ACL) recently released the Profile of Older Americans, which is an annual summary of critical statistics related to the older population in the United States.
Relying primarily on data offered by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Profile illustrates the shifting demographics of Americans age 65 and older. It includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, and health. The 2021 Profile includes a special section on family caregiving. Continue reading
New Study from AARP and FrameWorks Institute Reveals Powerful Role of Imagery to Influence Consumer Attitudes
AARP and the FrameWorks Institute released a new study, “Reframing Aging Through Images” that concluded communicators of all types have the power to shape people’s attitudes around aging simply based on the images they utilize. Continue reading
Census Bureau: Nation Continues to Age as It Becomes More Diverse
Since 2000, the national median age – the point at which one-half the population is older and one-half younger – has increased by 3.4 years, with the largest single-year gain of 0.3 years coming in 2021, bringing it to 38.8 years, according to newly released 2021 Population Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Continue reading
Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging: CarFit Training, Mel King Institute, Alzheimer’s Association
Check out the following events and trainings that may be of interest to age- and dementia friendly community stakeholders. Continue reading
City Parks Alliance Promotes Infographic, Resources to Help Communities Create Public Parks
City parks play a vital role in the social, economic, and physical well-being of America’s cities and their residents. They also play a role in inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities.
The City Parks Alliance created an infographic listing the benefits of public parks, including access to recreational opportunities, increasing property values, spurring local economies, combatting crime, and protecting cities from environmental impacts. Parks are now recognized as powerful tools for urban communities and local economies.
Materials and Theme Announced for Older Americans Month in May
Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). Continue reading
Reframing Aging Initiative Releases Guide to Advance Inclusive Language About Aging
The Reframing Aging Initiative (RAI), a long-term social change endeavor designed to improve the public’s understanding of aging and the ways that older people contribute to society, has released “Communication Best Practices: Reframing Aging Initiative Guide to Telling a More Complete Story of Aging.” Continue reading
Healthy Aging Job Alert: Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH, UMass-Boston Gerontology Institute
On behalf of our partners, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to share the following job opportunities: Continue reading