April 19, 2021
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Ageism and Culture
TV and film producer Amy Baer is launching Landline Pictures, which will focus on movies for adults over age 50. "There is a real opportunity to capitalize on an audience that has the disposable resources, time, income, and also is habituated to really go to the movies, to tell stories about their lives," Baer said.
Full Story: WBUR-FM (Boston) (4/16) 
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Economic Security
A simple but important check married couples can make is to ensure their beneficiary designations on their Individual Retirement Accounts are up to date, writes financial expert Bill Harris. Otherwise, the surviving spouse could lose their rollover rights, open the door to other beneficiaries tapping the account, or have to ask the IRS for a private letter ruling.
Full Story: TheStreet (4/9) 
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Equity and Justice
There are signs that an employer may be pushing an older worker to retire, such as not giving them long-term assignments or projects that require strategizing or decision-making, according to Ketan Kapoor, co-founder or Mettl, an HR technology company and talent measurement firm. Pennico Press Publishing CEO Jeanne Miller Rodriguez said other signs include comments or jokes about aging, or when a boss begins to micromanage or treats an older worker differently than younger workers.
Full Story: Yahoo (4/18) 
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Health and Well-Being
Living in a highly disadvantaged neighborhood was associated with cognitive decline and cortical thinning in Alzheimer's disease signature regions among older adults, according to a study published in the journal Neurology. The link between cognitive decline and neighborhood-level disadvantage was reduced but remained significant after racial and demographic disparities were considered, but cortical thinning partially mediated the association.
Full Story: Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/15) 
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Older adults who take part in daily household chores have larger brains than those who spend less time cleaning, according to findings reported in the journal BMC Geriatrics. Researchers recorded increases in brain volume in both the hippocampus and the frontal lobe for the people who reported doing more chores.
Full Story: Earth (4/15) 
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Innovation and Social Impact
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased home modifications that strengthen the ability of older adults to age in place, says Sean Fitzgerald, CEO of TruBlue. TruBlue's partnership with Right at Home is part of the home-based care industry's emerging focus on homes designed for safety and accessibility.
Full Story: Home Health Care News (4/15) 
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A survey by Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors found more than 80% of the 873 homebound patients who had telehealth visits required the assistance of a family member or paid caregiver to complete the visit. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found almost one-third of older patients had trouble interacting with physicians during telehealth visits due to cognitive or sensory problems.
Full Story: McKnight's Senior Living online (4/19) 
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Policy and Perspective
Leading congressional Democrats appear to be scaling back ambitious legislation to expand Medicare and reform drug pricing in the infrastructure package being developed, though they might make expanded Affordable Care Act subsidies permanent, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations.
Full Story: Politico (4/15) 
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A bill dubbed the Secure Act 2.0 will be making its way through the House Ways and Means Committee "in the next few weeks," says Richard Neal, D-Mass., the committee's chair. The bill would make several changes to retirement law, including increasing the age for required minimum distributions from 72 to 75.
Full Story: ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (4/15) 
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