In the News

In the News is a collection of news stories about aging and disability issues, as well as news stories about ACL and ACL programs.

All of these links ultimately take you to external news websites. The information in the articles does not necessarily reflect the positions of ACL or the federal government, and ACL does not endorse the content of the articles or the publishing organizations. 

September 20, 2018
Vox (9/20, Smith) reports in “The Goods” blog that items “typically positioned as ‘useless’ in scathing roundups of products” for comedy purposes are often helpful for individuals with disabilities to live more independently.
September 20, 2018
Kaiser Health News (September 20)
September 20, 2018
U.S. News & World Report (9/20, Galvin) reports the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia is expected to increase significantly by 2060, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report estimates that the number will increase from five million in 2014 to 13.9 million by 2060, which would then be around 3.3% of the US population.
September 19, 2018
Cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar wrote for the New York Times (9/19) about the experience of joining “the ranks of the 15 million or so unpaid and untrained family caregivers for older adults in this country.” Jauhar described splitting care duties as part of this “largely invisible work force” that “spends, on average, nearly 30 hours a week providing care to relatives” at “an estimated more than $400 billion worth of annual unpaid time.” Jauhar said “the work t
September 19, 2018
CQ HealthBeat (September 19)--subscription required
September 19, 2018
Contributor Regina Cole wrote for Forbes (9/19) that “usually, it’s the stairs that make people move,” as “physical decline or a medical condition turn the daily climb to and from the bedroom into a dangerous undertaking” that can cause “elderly homeowners leave not only their homes, but also their communities.” Massachusetts interior designer Lisa Bonneville conducted research comparing “the costs of accessibility upgrades...with the cost of assisted living facilities
September 18, 2018
The Wall Street Journal (9/18, Subscription Publication) profiles Glenner Town Square in Chula Vista, CA. The adult day care center for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s opened in August and is thought to be the first memory-care center in the US focusing on the technique of reminiscence therapy, which uses prompts from patients’ pasts like photos, films, and music to draw forth memories and help with engagement.
September 18, 2018
Stephanie Kanowitz writes for the Washington Post (9/18) that children and seniors both benefit when children visit assisted-living facilities.
September 17, 2018
Older Adults Exploring Pain Relief Options At Marijuana Dispensaries. NPR (9/17, 3.78M) reports an Orange County, California cannabis dispensary provides a “free shuttle” to the residents of the Laguna Woods Village retirement community, taking advantage of the “booming” cannabis industry and facilitating access for the “fastest growing group of users: people over 50, with especially steep increases among those 65 and older.” At the dispensary, experts and ve
September 17, 2018
In the New York Times (9/17) “The Checkup” blog, Perri Klass, MD, writes, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a major new guideline on diagnosing and managing head injuries in children on Sept. 4.” In particular, the guideline focuses on mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), known as concussion.

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