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Age Wave

As world grays, seniors step up to create an ‘age-friendly’ future

In almost every country in the world, average ages are rising fast, putting pressure on city councils, health-care systems, and national economies. And the solution may be the empowerment of older people themselves. How society embraces people living longer – at home, in the office, in the mall, or at church – will revolutionize the way people experience getting older. “Longevity will change our religion, it will change our work, it will change

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What Could I Possibly Learn From a Mentor Half My Age? Plenty

How on earth did I become an “older worker?” It was only a few years ago, it seems, that I set out to climb the ladder in my chosen field. That field happens to be journalism, but it shares many attributes with countless other workplaces. For instance, back when I was one of the youngest people in the room, I was helped by experienced elders who taught me the ropes. Now, shockingly, I’m one of the elders. And I’ve watched my industry undergo

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Too Old for Hard Labor, but Still on the Job

LIKE many people, Steve Guadalupe has had a varied career. Now 68 and living in Miami, he started in the Air Force working in personnel. He left in 1983, using his technology background to get jobs at centralized bank data centers. When that work dried up in the late ’80s, he shifted into construction, eventually ending up on a maintenance crew for a six-story medical building on the grounds of the Baptist Hospital of Miami. “Climbing up and

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The art of downsizing

These days, for many homeowners, bigger isn't always better. Many Americans are opting for minimalism and smaller homes over mega mansions and extravagance. Whether you prefer a small, cozy home over a larger, more cavernous one, are an empty nester or just prefer to live a more minimal lifestyle, downsizing is a current trend not only in real estate, but also in home decor.   http://www.recordpub.com/real%20estate/2016/09/02/design-recipes-the-art-of-downsizing

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Love and Burnout: Caregivers, Too, Need Care

Though caregiving can be a profound and moving journey, caregivers’ needs are often overlooked. The health care system is mainly focused on patients; caregivers who are slowly burning out can slip by unnoticed until it is too late. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/your-money/caregivers-alzheimers-burnout.html

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Retirees Need $130,000 Just to Cover Health Care, Study Finds

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Today's 65-year-olds can expect to spend an average of $130,000 on health care during their retirement, from premiums to co-payments to eyeglasses, according to new estimates. The average single 65-year-old woman can expect to need $135,000 to spend on health care in retirement, while a man will spend $125,000, according to estimates from Fidelity Investments. (The difference is because the woman is expected

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Private Equity Pursues Profits in Keeping the Elderly at Home

DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind. Dozens of elderly men and women — some in wheelchairs, others whose hands tremble involuntarily — gather excitedly around the game tables. After bingo, there is more entertainment and activities: Yahtzee,

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The Older Americans Act Finally Clears Congress

Congress finally just passed bipartisan legislation renewing theOlder Americans Act for three years and President Obama has signed it. Passage comes almost 10 years since the Act was last reauthorized, a delay which has been a source of great consternation to older adults and their advocates. The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services that keep older adults healthy and independent—services like meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver

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Seniors Decide 2016

Seniors Decide 2016 is a forum developed by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations to provide a fair and unbiased platform for sharing the views of candidates for President of the United States on policies and programs affecting older Americans. The 72 member organizations that make up the LCAO represent a diverse membership of older Americans and their caregivers, and professionals engaged in the public policy arena. IF YOU COULD ASK THE

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Age Is an Asset: Let’s Use It

Wake up and smell the demographics. Our society is aging. What an opportunity! We get to create the world we want to live in as we grow older.   To me that’s a world in which older-adult elders can contribute their talents and ideas at work, home and in society, and not be left on the sidelines. It’s vitally important. There are 72 million boomers. Together, we represent an unprecedented increase in older human capital asset. It’s an

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Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging & Disability Issues – 2015 Addendum Report

This document comprises the first requirement of the Committee: an addendum report due to the legislature by December 10, 2015. The second requirement mandates that the Committee issue final recommendations by December 10, 2016. As required by ESSB 6052, the addendum report to the legislature must include the following: 1. A description of the oversight role for Residential Care Services, the Long-Term Care Ombuds, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

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Senior Group Examines Statewide Progress, Challenges

Senior Group Examines Statewide Progress, Challenges by Janine Gates (click to read article)

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Aging Boomers Face Big Threat From Alzheimer’s

As the baby boomers age, the increasing number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease will take a serious toll on caregivers and families, and the costs associated with that care are expected to weigh heavily on the nation’s health care system. A new study projects that the disease will be responsible for 25 percent of all Medicare spending by 2040. http://www.nextavenue.org/aging-boomers-face-big-threat-from-alzheimers/

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After Full Lives Together, More Older Couples Are Divorcing

Late-life divorce (also called “silver” or “gray” divorce) is becoming more common, and more acceptable. In 2014, people age 50 and above were twice as likely to go through a divorce than in 1990, according to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. For those over 65, the increase was even higher. At the same time, divorce rates have plateaued or dropped among other age groups. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/your-money/after-full-lives-together-more-older-couples-are-divorcing.html?_r=0

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WATCH PARTY for the WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE on AGING

You are invited to attend the Watch Party for the White House Conference on Aging at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, on Monday, July 13th from 7am to 9:30am.  This event will give you the opportunity to have discussions with local seniors about issues that matter to them.  This event only happens once each decade, so come and be part of history! The Conferences have generated ideas and momentum prompting improvements in many

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Medicare for All

Universal health care, Improved Medicare for All, will establish cost efficiency that eliminates major medical bills and medical-related bankruptcies. It will simplify our way of paying for health care and lower the total cost for the United States. It will be good for the physical and financial health of Americans and America. All other 29 free-market countries (1) implemented their versions of universal health care between 1883 and 1972. Their

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Guide to Population Maps by Color
Population Projection for Washington Seniors in 2030 (click on map)
Population Projection for Washington Seniors in 2020 (click on map)
Where Washington Seniors will live in the future

There will be significant shifts in where Washington seniors live in the future.  The maps show the re-distribution of the 65+ age group in our state over the next two decades.   To see the projected population shifts for 2020 and 2030 go to AGE WAVE under ISSUES.  If you wish to see the whole table click on the link and open the download on your computer. http://www.ofm.wa.gov/pop/gma/projections12/gma2012_65overperc_med.xls

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