Smaller Share of Women Ages 65 and Older Are Living Alone

Smaller Share of Women Ages 65 and Older Are Living Alone. Pew Research Center. Renee Stepler. February 18, 2016.

After rising steadily for nearly a century, the share of older Americans who live alone has fallen since 1990, largely because women ages 65 to 84 are increasingly likely to live with their spouse or their children. The likelihood of living alone has grown since 1990 for older men and for women ages 85 and up. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Treatment for Dementia: Learning from Breakthroughs for other Conditions

Treatment for Dementia: Learning from Breakthroughs for other Conditions. RAND Corporation. Jirka Taylor et al. August 4, 2015.

Aiming to better understand the contexts that have contributed to breakthroughs in treatment, the report analyzes breakthroughs in four conditions of ill health and sought to identify potentially transferable lessons for the dementia context. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Real Family Values: Planning for a Future that Ensures Dignity for an Aging Population

Real Family Values: Planning for a Future that Ensures Dignity for an Aging Population. Center for American Progress. Emily Baxter. July 15, 2015.

As America’s aging population increases, implementing policies steeped in real family values, dignity, fairness, and respect, must be a priority to meet the needs of the elderly and their caregivers, according to the report. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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The Challenge of Financing Long-term Care

The Challenge of Financing Long-term Care. Urban Institute. Judith Feder. June 2, 2015.

The paper examines the nature of long-term care financing–who needs care, how they get care, and how care is financed. It demonstrates that for long-term care, like health care, insurance is essential to spreading risk. But neither public programs nor the private sector, currently provide that insurance. As the population ages, the inequity and inadequacy of current financing mechanisms will increase. The paper concludes that enactment of public social insurance protection is essential to protect Americans against the unpredictable, catastrophic risk of needing expensive, extensive long-term care. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Family Support in Graying Societies

Family Support in Graying Societies. Pew Research Center. May 21, 2015.

The United States is turning gray, with the number of people ages 65 and older expected to nearly double by 2050. This major demographic transition has implications for the economy, government programs such as Social Security and families across the U.S. Among adults with at least one parent 65 or older, nearly three-in-ten already say that in the preceding 12 months they have helped their parents financially. Twice that share report assisting a parent with personal care or day-to-day tasks. Germany and Italy, two of the “oldest” nations in the world, after only Japan, are already where the U.S. will be in 2050: a fifth of the population in each country is age 65 or older. Compared with the U.S. today, a higher share of adults in Germany and Italy report helping their aging parents with basic tasks, and more in Italy have also provided personal care. However, in both countries, fewer adults than in the U.S. say they have provided financial assistance to their aging parents. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Older Adults and Technology Use

Older Adults and Technology Use. Pew Research Internet Project. Aaron Smith. April 3, 2014.

America’s seniors have historically been late adopters to the world of technology compared to their younger compatriots, but their movement into digital life continues to deepen, according to the report. Two different groups of older Americans are observed. The first group, which leans toward younger, more highly educated, or more affluent seniors, has relatively substantial technology assets, and also has a positive view toward the benefits of online platforms. The other, which tends to be older and less affluent, often with significant challenges with health or disability, is largely disconnected from the world of digital tools and services, both physically and psychologically. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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How Europe’s Changing Population Will Impact on Income Inequality

How Europe’s Changing Population Will Impact on Income Inequality. RAND Corporation. Benoit Guerin. July 17, 2013.

Analyzing future demographic trends will help policymakers successfully implement Europe’s poverty strategy for 2020 by reducing at-risk-of-poverty rates for a significant number of EU citizens. Sections of the population most at risk of poverty that are likely to grow in size include the elderly and migrants, as well as elderly women and single heads of households. Successfully managing the transition to an increasingly ageing population while continuing to maintain high welfare standards will depend upon continuing reform of pensions systems, healthcare systems and labour markets, according to the report. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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