Amidst Federal and State Budget Crises, are Elderly Safety-Net Programs, Social Security, Safe?

Social Security is frequently proposed as a program to explore in looking for cost-savings. In light of both federal and state budget crises, advocacy is necessary to protect safety net programs, like Social Security; the time to speak up is now. There is evidence that older adults are not able to afford cost of community living. The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform meets May 26th, is Social Security secure?

Later Life Transitions to a Retirement Community

One of life’s most difficult transitions may be for an older adult moving to a long-term care facility. For aging professionals, we can attempt to understand this experience by comparing this transition to other life transitions. However, there is a lot to learn from older adults transitioning to new communities later in life, especially from the perspective of older adults themselves.

The Illegal Use of Chemical Restraints in Illinois Nursing Homes

Although a 20-year-old federal mandate restricts the use of chemical restraints on nursing home residents, misuse and overuse of psychotropic drugs on residents is a substantial problem with dire consequences. This form of abuse has come to the attention of the Illinois Nursing Home Safety Task Force, which is currently developing a policy to assure appropriate use of psychotropic drugs in Illinois nursing homes.

Entrepreneurship and Aging: a Growing Market

With the increase of older adults in society, business opportunities abound. If you’ve ever thought about creating your own business and work in the field of aging, you could use your creativity to develop a small business. With a great idea, lots of dedication, and an excellent support system, you could carve a unique niche and find yourself in a satisfying career.

Chicago Bridge Mentorship Program

The Chicago Bridge recently launched a mentorship program. The Mentorship Program is a six-month pilot that includes 15 mentor-mentee pairs. The mentees are aging professionals with five to seven years experience in the field and are matched with more experienced professional mentors. The pilot Mentorship Program aims to assist emerging professionals break into Chicago’s tight-knit field of aging.