Retirees having second thoughts on college-town life | Exhibition shows lives of older transgender adults | Report: Medicare costs growing concern for older adults
September 25, 2020
Generations SmartBrief
Ageism and Culture
College towns have become popular places for retirees because of the culture and opportunities they offer, but restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be causing older adults to think twice. Dr. Preeti Malani of the University of Michigan said as long as proper precautions are taken, college towns may not be any more dangerous for older adults than other communities are.
Full Story: Next Avenue (9/22) 
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Social worker Vanessa Fabbre and spouse Jess Dugan, a photographer, have collaborated on an exhibit that explores the lives of older transgender and gender nonconforming people. "We knew there was a lack of representation of transgender people in general -- especially transgender older adults -- and we wanted to fill that gap," Dugan says.
Full Story: Wallpaper (9/22) 
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Economic Security
A CommonWealth Fund report found that older adults with lower incomes and those in minority populations may need more financial and coverage support from Medicare due to high out-of-pocket costs and premiums. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to job losses among older workers, making the out-of-pocket costs for Medicare coverage a bigger concern, especially for beneficiaries who do not have supplemental coverage.
Full Story: Health Payer Intelligence (9/24) 
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Equity and Justice
Implementing new tech can be hard for employees, especially older workers, so leaders need to look for signs of skills gaps such as disengaged workers and an increase in IT support tickets. But thanks to new learning technology, employees have access to a continued learning experience via learning platforms, mobile apps, and other online tools, rather than a single outdated orientation.
Full Story: Chief Learning Officer (9/2020) 
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Health and Well-Being
Two studies from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority have found links between cognitive ability and financial literacy in older adults. One study found that the more financially literate people are, the less likely they are to develop Alzheimer's disease, while the other study found that a decline in financial literacy led to poor decision-making and susceptibility to scams.
Full Story: ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (9/22) 
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Rates of recurrent myocardial infarction decreased among men and women from 2008 to 2017, except for women ages 21 to 54 and men ages 55 to 79, researchers reported in the journal Circulation. Recurrent coronary heart disease, heart failure hospitalization and all-cause mortality also decreased among patients hospitalized for MI.
Full Story: Cardiovascular Business online (9/21) 
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Innovation and Social Impact
Pennsylvania's York County Community Foundation is asking people to take an age-bias assessment as part of its Embracing Aging initiative, writes managing director Cathy Bollinger. The initiative's website has four ways people can help change how the county's residents talk about aging, Bollinger says.
Full Story: York Daily Record (Pa.) (9/23) 
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Policy and Perspective
Changes may be required to Medicare Part B to allow it to cover any COVID-19 vaccine approved under an emergency use authorization. Medicare covers vaccines but not those under an EUA, but it is not clear whether a fix would come through legislation or by a regulatory workaround.
Full Story: CNBC (9/23) 
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The Latest from ASA
On Aging 2021, the annual conference of the American Society on Aging, is going virtual! Submit a proposal by Sept. 30 to present and join us April 6-15 for thoughtful, dynamic dialogue plus fun and important opportunities to network at America's largest multidisciplinary conference on aging. Learn more.
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This is a profile of three older women who are burning up phone lines making personal pleas of new or never-before voters to register and show up on Nov. 3. It turns out a lifelong love of voting and all it represents is what it takes to keep advocating, sometimes for 60 years. Read more.
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