Links to Articles, Websites, and Blogs

This page alerts readers to articles, blogs, and other websites that offer additional material on issues related to aging and independent living. We invite you to send us your own suggestions. Please click here to send your ideas. We will update this page on a regular basis.

 

Age-Friendly Design

Web sites, blogs

Elder Gadget. ElderGadget.com provides reviews and news about highly rated consumer electronics, highlighting senior-friendly features. Includes cameras, televisions, tablets, and health products.

GenPhilly, an organization that has spawned a movement in Philadelphia to encourage young professionals in their 20s and 30s to be sensitive to the needs of older people and thereby improve the city.

MIT AgeLab was created in 1999 to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people's health and enable them to live productively throughout the lifespan. Equal to the need for ideas and new technologies is the belief that innovations in how products are designed, services are delivered, or policies are implemented are of critical importance to our quality of life tomorrow.

Aging, General

 

Articles

 

"Majority of Seniors Now Online". For the first time, the majority of U.S. adults over 65 use the Internet or email, according to a new report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The rapid growth of Internet use among seniors means that organizations that serve older populations should examine how well they are integrating technology into their work. By John Hoffman. NP (Non Profit) Quarterly, June 6, 2012.

"Now That You're Over 50, What Should We Call You?" Julia Mouldon, Huffington Post, What is a good appellation for today's seniors?

Web sites, blogs

NCOA, National Council on Aging. Nonprofit service and advocacy organization. A voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them, bringing together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.

OWL, Older Women's League. OWL is a national grassroots membership organization that focuses on issues unique to women as they age. OWL strives to improve the status and quality of life for midlife and older women.

Global Action on Aging GAA, based in New York at the United Nations, reports on older people's needs and potential within the global economy. It advocates by, with and for older persons worldwide.

Huff/Post50. Topics: Reinvention, Retirement, Parenting Post50, Health Post50, Love Post50. Huffington Post.

The Legacy Project: Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans. This Cornell University research project collects practical advice for living from America's elders. It now has nearly 1500 responses to the question: "What are the most important lessons you have learned over the course of your life?" Material is organized by topics such as: work and career, money, how to be happy, living with loss, and aging well.

Perspectives on Aging; A discussion of topical issues for baby boomers and their aging parents by Muriel R. Gillick, MD, Palliative Care and Geriatrics/Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Clinical Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

 

The New Old Age Blog, New York Times. Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before. Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children. In The New Old Age, Paula Span and other contributors explore this unprecedented intergenerational challenge

Employment

Articles

"Working Late By Choice or Not". "A record 7.2 million Americans 65 or older are working, partly because many older Americans love to work and partly because many feel too financially squeezed to retire." By Steven Greenhouse. New York Times (Retirement—Special Section), May 10, 2012.

"Laid Off, With Retirement Almost in Sight", by Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, January 6, 2012.

"Tips for Finding the Best Retirement Jobs". By Sharon O'Brien. About.com Senior Living.

Web sites, blogs

Encore Careers Provides information on jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact. The site is published by Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. "While Encore.org is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector."

Finances

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"Scam Targets Elderly; Port Woman among Those Contacted in Schemes." Newburyport (MA) Daily News, July 7, 2012.

"7 Financial Resolutions Retirees Should Make". By David Carpenter, Boston Globe, January 6, 2012.

"How to Get Your Retirement Back on Track", by Glenn Ruffenach, Smart Money, November 30, 2011".

"New national hotline for elderly victims of financial fraud." By Maggie Shader ConsumerReports.org, Nov 1, 2011 Several organizations came together to create and launch the hotline, including the National Adult Protective Services Association, the Financial Planning Association, the Investor Protection Trust, Investor Protection Institute, and Baylor College of Medicine. There will be three different toll-free numbers available, covering general finance questions, medical finances and financial abuse.

Web sites, blogs

Encore A blog about living in and planning for retirement. Encore examines the changing nature of retirement, from new rules and guidelines for financial security to the shifting identities and priorities of today's retirees. It also explores news that affects retirement, from the Wall Street Journal Digital Network and around the web.

Health, Fitness, Medical

 

Articles

"Aging Well Through Exercise", by Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, November 9, 2011

"Men: Stay Healthy at 50+", U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Recommended screenings, health tips, links to information from government agencies.

"Women: Stay Healthy at 50+", U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Recommended screenings, health tips, links to information from government agencies.

 

Web sites, blogs

Exercise for Seniors. Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Getting started, basics, news, videos, reference material, journal articles.

HelpGuide: Aging Well. A non-profit add-free resource overseen by recognized experts. Offers practical advice on healthful lifestyles and meeting the challenges of aging.

NIHSSeniorHealth features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Topics include diseases and conditions, healthy aging, and talking with your doctor. The buttons at the top of each page can be used to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.

Housing

Articles

"Elder Co-Housing, A New Option for Retirement—Or Sooner", by Sally Abrahms | AARP Bulletin | January 31, 2011

Web sites, blogs

The Cohousing Association of the United States. "Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods."

Housing for Seniors. U. S. Government. Topics include: reverse mortgages for seniors, preventing falls at home, housing for persons with disabilities, eldercare at home.

Interpersonal and Family

"Talk to Me, Not to My Daughter". In conversations with service people, the elderly seem to become invisible. By Fran Hawthorne. New York Times (Retirement—Special Section), May 10, 2012.

Articles

"Dealing With Boomerang Kids". If your adult child is back under your roof, here are smart tips to make it easier for everyone. By Holly Robinson. AARP Magazine, October 2010.

Web sites, blogs

About.com Senior Living. Topics include "Relationships", and under Browse Topics: "For Grandparents" and "Marriage & Divorce".

Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solutions. American Psychological Association.

Legal, Medicare, Medicaid

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"The Affordable Care Act: U.S. Supreme Court Finds the Law Constitutional." What the Supreme Court ruling means for you; health law included benefits for older people. AARP, June 28, 2012.

"11 Retirement Benefit Changes Coming in 2012". Expect more 401(k) fee disclosures and bigger Social Security checks next year. By Emily Brandon. U.S. News & World Report, December 5, 2011.

Web sites, blogs

Center for Medicare Advocacy. Established in 1986, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and necessary health care. Site includes news articles, factual information, and updates on litigation.

CMS.gov Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Kaiser Health News. Kaiser Family Foundation. "KHN's mission is to provide high-quality coverage of health policy issues and developments at the federal and state levels. In addition, KHN covers trends in the delivery of health care and in the marketplace."

Laws and Regulations Concerning Seniors. U.S Government official web portal. Sections include: News, Get Services, Find Government Agencies, Contact Government.

Recreation, Travel

Articles

"5 Things to Bring on Every Flight". By Alexis Lipsitz Flippin, AARP.org, December 5, 2011.

"Cruises: Big Boat, Little Boat", by Bill Newcott. How to choose the right cruise ship for you. AARP The Magazine, December 2011/January 2012, pp. 28-29.

Web sites, blogs

TransitionsAbroad.com. Travel with a challenge: countries and cultures, cruises and nature vacations for mature travelers. Links to senior travel articles, websites, print resources, and senior-friendly volunteer vacations.

Road Scholar; Adventures in Lifelong Learning (formerly Elderhostel) Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers more than 7,000 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more." Seniors Travel Guide. A part of Wired Seniors Network.

Retirement

Articles

"Coordinating Retirement with Your Spouse." Married couples don't always agree on retirement timing or lifestyle. By Emily Brandon. U.S News, June 18, 2012.

"10 Must-Have Retirement Needs." Advice on avoiding pitfalls. Topics include planning, finance, health issues, family and social concerns. U.S. News, July 3, 2012.

"Contractor's Work Faulted at U.S. Pension Guarantor", by Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times, December 1, 2011. A small company with a big contract to determine how much the government pays people whose pension plans have failed got the numbers wrong, a new audit has found. And not just once. A long-awaited report by the inspector general of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation reveals that even after problems at the company were identified, the pension insurer failed to replace it with another vendor. Instead, it expanded the company's duties.

"Peace, Love, and Social Security: Baby Boomers Retire to the Commune", by Anna Spinner, the Atlantic, November 21, 2011. . As they simplify their lives in middle age, former hippies find themselves returning to the land.

 

Web sites, blogs

Center for Retirement Research, Boston College. Promotes research on retirement issues, transmits new findings to the policy community and the public, helps train new scholars, and broadens access to valuable data sources.

Village Movement

Articles

Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices. (pdf) Two-page summary of a Research Report by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the AARP Public Policy Institute. December 2011. "The vast majority of adults want to …continue to live in their own homes or communities…. This report examines state policies that can help older adults age in place."

"Coming Together to Make Aging a Little Easier" by Elizabeth Pope.

New York Times, Friday, September 16, 2011, p.F6

Describes cooperative organizations in New York, California, and elsewhere in the US organized by and for older women.

"Movement Empowering Older Americans to Age in their Communities Gets $1.3 Million to Expand in California", Press Release, September 19, 2011

 

"Promoting Age-Friendly Communities in Massachusetts; Experiences of a  Neighborhood Model in Brookline".  By Jewish Family & Children's  Service.  22 pages.  Many states and communities across the country are  experimenting and identifying best practices to support the overwhelming  desire of older Americans to stay in their own homes and communities as  they age.  This report describes a multi-partner initiative for  strengthening social bonds and building an aging-friendly community.  The  initiative begins with an effort to learn more about the day-to-day needs  and interests of older adults living in North Brookline, as well as the  services which help them remain living at home and socially  connected.

 

 

Web sites, blogs

Village to Village Network helps communities to establish and manage their own Villages