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From Stonewall to Welcoming Walls – Elder LGBT Housing On the Rise

November 23, 2014

From Stonewall to Welcoming Walls – Elder LGBT Housing On the Rise

 

 

By Matt Perry

 

 

Housing facilities for LGBT elders are slowly coming out of their California closets.

 

A new assisted living complex in Palm Springs that targets an aging LGBT demographic is one of a handful of new facilities serving seniors yearning for supportive and compassionate living environments.

 

In June, Hollywood’s second LGBT-friendly independent housing project opened, preceded last year by a stunning yet pricey continuing care facility for high-end clients in Sonoma County’s wine country.

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Why unemployment is harder for older adults

November 18, 2014

Why unemployment is harder for older adults

By Marty Graham

San Diego area resident Teresa McConnell remembers the seven months of her unemployment clearly.
“I didn’t want to talk to anyone any more, I didn’t want to hear myself say I didn’t have a job and watch people pull away,” she said. “I felt sick and ashamed just saying it.”
Instead, the 54-year-old San Diego resident – who agreed to be interviewed as long as her maiden name was used so she wouldn’t be recognized – became isolated.

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Long-Term Care Reform: America Stands Alone

November 10, 2014

Long-Term Care Reform: America Stands Alone

By Matt Perry

With the average American life expectancy now reaching 78, a solution to the long-term care crisis is vital, yet faces the brutal headwinds of economic reality and political stridency.

 

Since the United Kingdom passed reforms that take effect in 2016, the United States remains the one major developed country that has not tackled long-term care financing head on.

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Changing the message of aging…subliminally

October 27, 2014

Changing the message of aging…subliminally

By Matt Perry

As a reporter who covers Aging issues, discussing the topic in public typically evokes this response through clenched teeth:   “Getting old sucks.”

There are variations on this reply – some involve profanity – but today’s accepted cultural message is that aging is terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad.

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Finding Humor – and Wisdom – in Aging

October 13, 2014

Finding Humor – and Wisdom – in Aging

By Matt Perry

When actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide at age 63, the tragedy traumatized fans worldwide who wondered how someone so famous – and so funny – could pull the plug on a legendary life and career.

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A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

September 28, 2014

A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

By Matt Perry

When Bea Arthur and her merry band of aging pranksters graced the airwaves with their “Golden Girls” sitcom a quarter century ago, they paved the way for shared senior housing that’s both fun and affordable.

And like the world-famous Red Hat Society which celebrates aging gracefully and vibrantly, expect the Golden Girls Network shared housing movement to grow rapidly in California.

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Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

September 15, 2014

Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

By Matt Perry

March marked a turning point in California’s ethnic breakdown: Latinos officially outnumbered the state’s white population.

Meanwhile, the aging Latino population is one of the fastest-growing demographics nationally, thanks to “a very high life expectancy among Hispanics,” according to noted aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Connecting the young and old in geriatric psychiatry

September 10, 2014

Connecting the young and old in geriatric psychiatry

By Pamela K. Johnson

Bella Schwartzbord, who turned 100 in August, recently added jewelry making to her busy schedule of playing Bingo, practicing yoga and taking walks. While she’s aging successfully, her daughter, Sarah Gelberd, M.D., knows that many older adults across California aren’t faring as well.

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The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

September 2, 2014

The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

By Matt Perry

These days, everything seems to be outsourced abroad. Jobs. Customer service. Even executive assistants. And today, so is aging – which is fast becoming very big business.

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Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

August 18, 2014

Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

By Matt Perry

With rates of dementia expected to reach epidemic proportions as an aging American populous lives longer, a Southern California city has formed an impressive coalition of business leaders, educators, foundations and long-term care settings to help train the next generation of caregivers.

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