Aging In America: Future Challenges, Promise And Potential
Elder Care Seattle: Fifty years after its inception, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging will have a more important role than ever as America’s senior population continues to grow, according to the newest issue of the Public Policy and Aging Report (PPAR).
For five decades, the committee has called attention to pressing needs that have faced elder Americans.
And as the PPAR’s authors point out, members of the committee – and indeed all elected officials – must prepare the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
“Major population changes are now underway or accelerating, changes that are taking place within the elder population but across the life-span as well, involving individuals of all ages,” stated PPAR Editor Robert Hudson, PhD, chair of the Boston University School of Social Work’s Department of Social Policy.
The new issue, supported by The Archstone Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, The Retirement Research Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, features several articles by leading authorities on aging. It was released at a special Capitol Hill reception hosted by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA, in honor of the committee’s 50th anniversary. This event followed a forum convened by the committee, titled “Aging in America: Future Challenges, Promise and Potential.”
The PPAR starts with a piece by Hudson, who chronicles the committee’s history. John W. Rowe, MD, chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, then calls on policymakers to appreciate the positive aspects of life extension and to understand population changes in society-wide, rather than cohort-specific, terms – in order to avoid growing tensions between generations, between the haves and have-nots, and between the more- and the less-educated.
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