Global Ageing Network Conference Proves ‘Verifying Experience’

I have just returned from the Global Ageing Network Conference held in Montreux, Switzerland.  More than 1,000 attendees from across the world attended this biennial event. LeadingAge is a primary sponsor of the Global Ageing Conference, and I attended, along with a few of my fellow board members.

As in recent years, the Global Ageing Conference piggybacked on the host country’s annual meeting/conference – or as the Europeans call it, “Congress” (if only the actual U.S. Congress was so civil).

Defense Is Great, But Without a Strong Offense We Won’t Reach the Goal Line in Addressing Long-Term Care Needs

Over the past 15 years, I’ve had the pleasure of officiating college football games. With my professional life outside of football becoming more demanding, I “retired” last year. But officiating taught me a number of life lessons that can be applied in other ways.

For example, on the occasions I had the great fortune of officiating conference championship games, I observed the difference between champions and runners-up. It’s been said that “defense wins championships,” but in my observations a balance of a strong offense and defense actually wins championships.

I’d argue that this can apply not only on the football field but also to the field I work in, services for older adults. And the time has come for the business of aging services – and the public, as well – to tackle the need for universal long-term care for older Americans.

It’s time to play offense.

The Special Challenges Facing Older Women

I have a colleague whose mother and father are in their early and mid-80s, respectively. He knows that despite whichever one dies first, the other is going to be left with his or her own set of challenges – responsibilities that once were traditionally divvied up. For example, if his mom remains, she will struggle to do things that her husband normally handled, such as manage their finances, maintain the cars and such. Conversely, the father would be left attempting to keep the house and prepare his own meals.

But statistics demonstrate that more often than not, it’s the woman who is left to find her way.

Today: Big Rally in DC to Advocate for Affordable Housing for Older Adults

I wanted to make you an aware of a political event taking place today in our nation’s capital, and one in which I am participating.

Today, hundreds of LeadingAge members, older adults, and partners will participate in the “Save HUD 202 Rally” on Capitol Hill. At the rally, we will hear from members of the Senate and Congress, residents, and providers as we raise our voices together to protect and expand affordable housing for older adults.

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What Keeps Me Awake at Night? Our Future Workforce

Sometimes I am asked about the aspects of my job that keep me up at night. These days, it’s a challenge that I’m confident leaves many of my colleagues awake, too: Maintaining and growing a talented workforce.

That’s not easy, for a myriad of unique and interconnected factors. Recruitment, in general, is facing a broad challenge – the overall healthcare field is wanting, not just aging services. Whether we’re looking for someone on our dining staff or a skilled-care nurse, this is both a macro and micro hurdle for our industry.

Ageism and Its Effect on Older Adults

Regardless of our race, culture, or gender, aging is something we all share. Yet despite our commonality, prejudices toward older adults are rampant. Ageism, or the discrimination against people because of their age, is nothing new. In fact, as far back as the 1st century A.D., Roman philosopher Seneca observed “Senectus morbidus est,” or “Old age is a disease.”