Brookline Community Aging Network

 

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. We will update this page on a regular basis.

Advocacy

Articles

Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts.The Community AGEnda initiative, a special project of Grantmakers In Aging, has accelerated the implementation of age-friendly and intergenerational initiatives in five US regions and fostered partnerships with other domestic and international organizations focused on expanding age-friendly activities.

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.

The American Geriatrics Society, Public Policy and Advocacy. Information on the organization’s current priorities and general resource material.

Massachusetts Senior Action Council. “As a democratic grassroots senior-run organization, The Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC) is committed to empowering seniors and others statewide in Massachusetts to act collectively to promote the rights and well being of all people, particularly vulnerable seniors.”

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE). National program, based in New York City. Site includes programs, advocacy, issues, publications, news.

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.

Age-Friendly Design

Articles

Senior-Friendly Home Remodeling

Apps Especially Useful for Retirees. By Jonah Bromwich. New York Times, March 11, 2015. Topics include travel, film sight aids, finance, and brain training.

The Car of the Future? Less Distracting By Nidhi Subbaraman, Boston Globe, November 16, 2014. By 2025, 25 percent of US population will be older than 60. As the driving demographic is changing, so are the cars that will be on the roads. The article describes related research at MIT’s Age Lab and elsewhere.

"Computers Designed Specifically for Seniors. By Jim T. Miller, HuffPost50, September 10, 2013.

For Modern Retirees, There’s No Place Like Home. By Keith Schneider. New York Times, March 13, 2013. Active elders want to be independent and where the action is.

Under One Roof, Building for Extended Families. By Penelope Green, New York Times, November 29, 2012.

Web sites, blogs

Stair lifts reviewed. The ConsumerAffairs team developed a guide all about purchasing stair lifts. The guide was created to help consumers find verified reviews, compare brands and determine which stair lifts best fit their needs.

AARP Livable Communities. Great Places for All Ages. AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities--an institutional affiliate of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Resources include: What’s a livable community? Develop a Strategy. How to Implement. Examples of successful implementation.

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.

Make it Safe Home Safety. We help New England Seniors & those with physical limitations remain independent at home. Our grab bars and home modifications make bathrooms and living spaces safer, more accessible and bring peace of mind to independent living.

Aging, General

Articles

9 Discounts Seniors Get Only If They Know

Cats and Seniors

Canine Caregivers for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

Pets for the Elderly Foundation

Senior Centers Evolve to Attract Boomers. AARP Bulletin, February 13, 2013. This isn’t your grandmother’s bingo hall.

“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

Brookline Council on Aging

Brookline Senior Center

Elder Impact Web Site. The author has gathered some terrific resources on ways for seniors to lead happier, more active lives.

Transportation Options for Seniors Who Don’t Drive

Aging and Baby Boomers. Web site and blog by Sally Abrahms, Brookline resident and national journalist on senior issues. Topics : Housing, Caregiving, Work and Lifestyle

ConfrontingAging was created to enhance your understanding of the aging process, and provide answers to questions you or someone you know will face as they grow older.

World Health Organization: Ageing and Life Course Topics include: Active aging, Elder abuse, Age-friendly cities. Also includes list of publications

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.

National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA). Dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and to developing programs that build on this understanding. Includes events, news, contacts, examples of programs.

Life in the End Zone. A discussion meant for anyone interested in issues of life's final phase, by Muriel R. Gillick, MD, Palliative Care and Geriatrics/Clinical Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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.

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

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

Caregiving

Articles

“Caregivers Who Are No Spring Chickens Themselves”. By Paula Span. More people over than 75 are caring for partners, siblings, friends, and even parents. New York Times, July 3, 2015.

“Caregivers Sometimes Must Sacrifice Their Careers”. By Paula Span. A person caring for another while holding down a job is performing a balancing act; this can be costly, yet paid family leave is mandated in only three states. The New York Times, December 8, 2015.

“Places That Lend a Hand”. By Paula Spencer Scott. When caregiving becomes too much to bear, ask for help. Here are some resources. AARP Bulletin, November, 2015.

“App Aims to Make Caring for an Ill Loved One Less Onerous”. By Callum Borders, Boston Globe, May 27, 2014.

“Caring for Caregivers”. By Sally Abrahms, AARP Bulletin. Help for those who help others.

"Caregiving Goes Digital—and Lets Boomers Age in Place". By Marco della Cava, USA Today, December 5, 2013. New technology creates "smart homes" for seniors.

Protect a Relative With a Disability By Jane Bryant Quinn. AARP Bulletin, June 2013. Special estate planning is needed for loved ones with special needs.

Web sites, blogs

Genius of Caring Community “Welcome to the beta-version of The Genius of Caring, a story-sharing community made up of family caregivers, friends and those whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s and those whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s and other caregiving intensive diseases. We invite you to view our caregiver video portraits. While engaging with the content, you will be prompted to share how Alzheimer’s has touched your life.”

Advancing Family Caregiving, through Research, Innovation and Advocacy. National Alliance for Caregiving.

Caregiving Resource Center. AARP.

Family Caregiver Alliance. National Center on Caregiving. Public voice for caregivers at the national, state, and local levels. Founded in the late 1970’s, community-based non-profit. Advocacy, educational resources, online support groups.

Nursing Home Abuse Guide. Nursing home abuse is a very difficult issue to face. Existing in many forms, many of which are not evident by clear physical signs, it is a problem our society is far too familiar with.

Employment

Articles

Consulting as a Bridge Between Full-Time Work and Retirement. By Amy Zipkin. New York Times, February 6, 2015. As baby boomers anticipate working longer and prefer a phased retirement, they are turning to the growing number of firms that specialize in placing older workers in part-time or temporary positions in specific industries. Some of the jobs are done on site, while others can be done from home or another remote location.

Career Transitions After 55 Don’t Have to Be Difficult. By Sally Abrahms. Boston Globe, November 16, 2014.

Retiree Start-Ups with Age and Youth as Partners. By Kerry Hannon. New York Times, September 10, 2013 (Special Retirement Section). Two generations, joining forces to pursue a common passion.

Ready for Your Second Career? By Sally Abrahms. AARP Bulletin, October 2013. Examples of seniors who successfully transitioned into second careers, suggestions on non-profits likely to hire, great part-time jobs, jobs to ride the age wave, and a list of books and online resources on second careers.

“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

Retirement Business Ideas. Take the next steps to generate additional income after retirement.

Volunteer Abroad Programs for Senior Travelers

The Senior’s Guide to Becoming a Real Estate Agent in Their Golden Years

Where To Start Looking. Aging expert Sally Abrahms lists more than a dozen web sites to assist those over 50 in their job searches.

Second Career Ideas. A “How Stuff Works” site. “Whether you're a retiree or just looking for a fresh start, these second career ideas for tips on how to revitalize your worklife.”

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

Articles

“Phony ‘IRS’ Threatens Fines”. By Ron Burley. Watch out for phone calls from scam artists. AARP Magazine, December 2015.

Money Saving Tips for Seniors.

Hey, Senior Discount, You Look Pretty Youthful. By J. Peder Zane. New York Times, September 10, 2013 (Special Retirement Issue). Why some price breaks are available to those as young as 50.

Grandparents! Don't Fall for This Scam; Thieves Are Making Money by Posing as Family Members in Need. By Sid Kirchheimer. AARP Bulletin, July 3, 2012.

99 Great Ways to Save. Fifth annual list of creative ways to save money, AARP Bulletin, July-August 2014.

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

“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

Navy Federal Credit Union Retirement Center. A web site about saving for and managing money in retirement.

Wall Street Journal. The Experts: Retirement. One of WSJ’s topical blogs. Articles by experts on all aspects of retirement including new technologies, Social Security, housing, investments, medical services.

CNN Money, Ultimate Guide to Retirement Money’s Guide to Living Well for Less.

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

NIH Senior Health

How To Get the Most Out of Your Visit to the Doctor By Dennis Rosen, Boston Globe, November 16, 2014.

Coping With Alzheimer's By Neil Porter Brown. Harvard Magazine, September-October 2013. Local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association offer early-onset and later-stage support groups that provide resources aimed at keeping people with Alzheimer’s engaged in social, physical, and cognitive activities throughout the course of the disease—and providing outlets and respite for their caregivers.

A Little of This, a Little of That for Older Exercisers. By John Hanc. New York Times, March 13, 2013. Strength training complements aerobic exercise.

“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.

Exercises for Seniors. A commercial site (they sell electric bicycles). This is a non-commercial page with 29 different exercises designed to be safe and challenging for seniors and the elderly.

Web sites, blogs

Exercise Essentials for Healthy Aging

Exercising with Osteoporosis: Stay Active the Safe Way

Facing Cancer Together was started in 2009 by a group of clinicians dedicated to providing support services to people with cancer. We serve people with cancer and their families in the Greater Boston community. Our goal is to help people live the best quality of life possible while navigating through the cancer experience. FCT Support Groups

Smart Exercise for Senior Citizens. A list of resources put together by Exercisebike.net.

Health in Aging Foundation . Created by the American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation, to provide consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging. Overseen by a team of experts on caring for older adults, content is based on resources that the American Geriatrics Society has developed for its professional members.

Healthy Aging. Mayo Clinic

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

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

The Rub: Remodel or Move? By Ann Carrns. New York Times, March 11, 2015. The allure of sunny climes fades a bit as retirees reshape housing in unexpected ways.

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

In Retiree Housing, Talking about Multigenerations. By Phyllis Korkki. New York Times, March 13, 2013. Intergenerational co-housing.

Web sites, blogs

Retiring in Your Own Home: How Baby Boomers Can Age in Place

Mass Access: The Accessible Housing Registry Helps people to find affordable rental and homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts. A key feature of the Registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible or barrier-free housing. This web site has many accessibility features, including resizable text.

Affordable Housing Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development. Provides information from the Commonwealth on affordable housing and how to get assistance.

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

Interpersonal and FamilyArticles

National Center on Elder Abuse

“Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent”. By Abby Ellin, May 29, 2015, New York Times. Siblings who may or may not have previously been on good terms can find it difficult to work out eldercare arrangements with one another, and with the parent. One solution is to make use of Elder Mediation, an emerging area within family mediation. In 2009 the Association for Conflict Resolution, a professional organization, started an elder decision section.

“Coping When Not Entering Retirement Together”. By Tara Siegel Bernard, March 21, 2014, New York Times. “With more and more baby boomers retiring each year many couples must coexist, if only temporarily, in different phases of life. Living two different realities can lead to a variety of challenges, both financial and emotional ”

Balancing Retirement with Supporting Adult Children. By Beth Braverman and Penelope Wang, Money Magazine, February, 2013.

“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.

“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, Social Security

Articles

“5 Signs of Age Discrimination”. By Bruce Horovitz. These signs may mean you are a target at work. Includes links to “Don’t Get Tripped Up on These Interview Questions” and to other related articles. AARP Bulletin, November 2015.

When to Claim Social Security Benefits. By Jane Bryant Quinn. Includes the case for delaying, strategies for married couples, a note to same sex couples. AARP Bulletin, October 2013.

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Massachusetts Seniors? An article written for BrooklineCAN by Brian Rosman, Research Director, Health Care for All

2014 Social Security Changes. U.S. Social Security Administration. Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2012 through the third quarter of 2013, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 1.5 percent COLA for 2014. Also lists other important 2014 Social Security information.

“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.

Web sites, blogs

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, Study

Articles

“Offbeat Ways to Make Travel Affordable”. By Harriet Edleson (New York Times). Tips for retirees on frugal adventures. The Charlotte Observer, September 21, 2015.

“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.

In Auditing Classes, Older Students Find Welcome on Campus.. By David Wallis. New York Times, March 13, 2013.

Web sites, blogs

The Healing Power of Pets for Elderly People

The Grandparent’s Guide to Sharing Your Love of Classic Cars with Your Grandchild

Savvy Senior Travelers by Rick Steves.

Travel and Recreation for Seniors. Discounts and travel tips for seniors.

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.”

Retirement

Articles

"Preparing Yourself Mentally for Retirement". By Nanci Hellmich, USA Today, October 22, 2013. When you retire, you have to establish a new identity, purpose and relationships.

“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

Encore: A Guide to Retirement. Wall Street Journal

Living Longer, Living Better. Boston Globe. A guide to health, wealth, and happiness in later years.

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

Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support By Constance Gustke, New York Times, November 29, 2014

“Looking for a Housemate, Not a Mate, in Later Life”. By Harriet Edelson, New York Times, July 11, 2014. Describes organizations offering advice to people interested in shared living arrangements. Two of these are Women for Living in Community and National Shared Housing Resource Center.

A National Overview of Villages: Results from a 2012 Organizational Survey. Rutgers School of Social Work. December 1, 2012. 8 pages. Includes bibliography.

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.

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...

Web sites, blogs

Age in Place. National Aging in Place Council. Includes lists of service providers, directory of local chapters, a blog, and other information related to helping aging persons have a healthy and comfortable life at home.

National Shared Housing Resource Center. Clearinghouse of information for people looking to find a shared housing organization in their community or to help get a program started.

Women for Living in Community. “Women For Living in Community brings together women, as natural leaders and nurtures, to create communities for growing older with grace and dignity. We also connect with existing community models and professionals to provide the necessary resources and alternatives.” For women themselves, their families, or their older relatives.

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