The Impact of Aging
They’re one of the most active and engaged constituencies, but politics and policies impacting seniors, like Medicare, Medicaid and home health care, receive scant media attention. Telling these stories with care, nuance and humanization allows for a full picture of the multilayered experience of aging in America.
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From ballroom dancing to bloodshed, the older AAPI community grapples with gun control
Most of the shooting victims in Monterey Park, California, were AAPI seniors, ranging in age from late 50s to late 70s.
'I'm planning on working until the day I die': Older women voters are worried about the future
Following a recent poll that found that older women are deeply unhappy, AARP conducted focus groups with dozens of women to better understand their concerns ahead of the midterms.
Climate change is forcing care workers to act as first responders
A new pilot program in California aims to provide the training and resources they need to take care of their clients and themselves. But advocates say increased responsibility should equal more pay.
Woman alleges that an assisted living facility denied her admission because she is transgender
The 78-year-old woman has filed a discrimination complaint in Maine. Advocates say this could be the first case of its kind in the United States.
LGBTQ+ seniors fear having to go back in closet for the care they need
Re-closeting is an issue in both home care and residential settings, experts say. But specialized care can help LGBTQ+ seniors age in a supportive environment.
The pandemic continues to strain nursing homes. What happens if a lot of them close?
Thousands of facilities say they are struggling to keep their doors open. The 19th reached out to experts to discuss what mass closures would mean for the aging and their loved ones.
Democratic lawmakers revive plans to protect women’s retirement
“It is so critical we take action now to address how this pandemic and other challenges are undermining women’s financial futures,” said Sen. Patty Murray, co-sponsor of a bill being reintroduced this week.
Only 1 in 4 nursing homes are confident they can survive a year
Mounting costs from the pandemic have made a system's shortcomings untenable, leaving residents, workers and families in a precarious position.
With COVID vaccinations, CDC finds older women are being left behind
A new analysis showed that older women, who face significant barriers to access, were less likely than older men to have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine.
A first-of-its-kind investment in home care is in the works. But will it be enough?
The American Jobs plan would allocate $400 billion to assist in home health care, a historic investment, but one expert says it may not be enough.