Retirement Age and the Social Security Dilemma
Aging / America / Debt / Economy / Labor Force / Social Security

Retirement Age and the Social Security Dilemma

Ever since the members of the U.S Business Roundtable presented their plan to gradually raise the retirement age to seventy last year, the political and economic realm has been on fire with both support and recrimination. This fervor has only intensified after a recently released report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) which stated that, holding … Continue reading

Death Wish: Dying with Dignity
Aging / America / Culture / Healthcare / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Death Wish: Dying with Dignity

Just seven years ago, “aid in dying” or “assisted suicide,” was illegal throughout the United States with the exception of Oregon. Today, five additional states have passed “death with dignity” bills that allow terminally ill patients to choose to die with the help of their physician. Many praise this legislation for allowing patients who are … Continue reading

How Will the IMPACT Act Impact Hospice Care?
Aging / Healthcare / Politics

How Will the IMPACT Act Impact Hospice Care?

President Obama signed the IMPACT Act into law on October 6. The law had overwhelming bipartisan support and will bring increased federal oversight to hospice programs across the country.  The legislation mainly addresses how nursing homes, rehab-centers, and home health agencies assess and report data on quality and other measures. However, buried in the new law … Continue reading

Is Telehealth The Future of Medicine?
Affordable Care Act / Aging / Healthcare / Home Health Services / Regulation / Technology

Is Telehealth The Future of Medicine?

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, 20 percent of Americans live in an area with an insufficient number of primary care physicians and 30 percent live in an area with insufficient mental health providers. Additionally, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that by 2020 the nation will be facing a shortfall of … Continue reading

Tackling Our Attitudes Toward Aging
Aging / America / Culture / Environment / Politics

Tackling Our Attitudes Toward Aging

Age is a sensitive topic in our society. Even Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain has gone on the record saying that she will never reveal her age because she’s an “actress.” (It is widely speculated she is 35 years old.) Another actress Isabelle Huppert rebuked an interviewer for asking a question about her “longevity” in the … Continue reading

Delayed Aging: A New Concept for Living a Longer, Healthier Life
Affordable Care Act / Aging / Healthcare / Medicare / Social Security

Delayed Aging: A New Concept for Living a Longer, Healthier Life

Slowing the biological aging process (senescence) is now a realistic goal. According to a new research study published in Health Affairs, the elimination of diseases such as cancer and heart disease would have less effect on longevity and quality of life than delaying aging itself.  Although most medical research remains focused on combating individual diseases, … Continue reading