Over the next 15 years, the explosive growth of the nation’s senior population will present unprecedented challenges. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will find they lack enough savings to fund their retirements. Some will struggle to afford their housing, while others will find their housing is ill-suited for living independently. Many will eventually need help with the “activities of daily living,” like eating, bathing, and dressing, assistance that can be both costly and taxing on other family members. Most older Americans will suffer from at least one chronic condition. View Resource
This report, which is based on the authors' analysis of the 2012 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) data from the United States Census, examines the distinct challenges posed by the current retirement system of Social Security, pensions, and savings for working-age women, retirement-aged women, and retired women. View Resource
On July 13, 2015, President Obama hosted the sixth White House Conference on Aging, joining older Americans and their families, caregivers, and advocates at the White House and virtually through hundreds of watch parties across the country.
Moving the problem of elder abuse up the list of public priorities and engendering a productive public conversation around the issue requires a new communications strategy. An effective reframing strategy can foster better understanding of the issue, raise its salience in public thinking, and generate support for needed policies. This report represents the first step in a larger research project to develop such a strategy. View Resource
This report from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire compares Maine's seniors with the rest of the nation, exploring the effectiveness of traditional poverty measures. View Resource
A report from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging that identifies key livable community strategies at the local level—facilitating a variety of housing alternatives, expanding transportation options, changing the culture around aging and in many other ways making communities more livable for all residents as they age. View Resource
The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. The Act also empowers the federal government to distribute funds to the states for supportive services for individuals over the age of 60. View Resource
The federal Older Americans Act of 1965 requires all states to prepare a periodic State Plan on Aging in order to receive federal funds under the Act. The Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) developed this plan for meeting the needs of older adults in Maine in cooperation with Maine‘s Aging Network. The goal is to assist elders and adults with disabilities over age 60, to maintain their independence, and to live successfully in their homes and communities. Maine‘s plan is for a four year period beginning October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2016. View Resource