The Top 3 Daily Reads for Senior News:

Senior Housing News: White House: ‘Age Wave’ Can Make Country Stronger

Author: Amy Baxter

The White House is pushing for more public and private sector collaboration to address the coming “age wave” that’s set to hit the senior living industry. That’s one idea recently released in the final report from the sixth Conference on Aging that was hosted by the White House in July. The aging conference has been conducted every decade since 1961 and brings together older Americans and their families, caregivers and advocates. 2015 was the 50th anniversaries for some of the most important federal programs for seniors: Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act. Not to mention, Social Security also turned 80 this year…

…Technology was a top priority at the conference as well. Advances made over the last decade have helped people live longer and enabled seniors to better prepare for their future. As technology has grown, so have senior living options. The perception of senior living however, has yet to catch up…

Harvard Business Review: The Truth About Aging Populations

Author: Wolfgang Lutz

It has become fashionable to issue dire projections of declining prosperity based on demographic aging. But is that really such a problem? There is no doubt that all the countries of the world are getting older, but they are at very different stages of the process. The median age in the United States—with half the population older and half younger—is currently 36. In Ethiopia it’s 18, owing to a higher birthrate and a lower life expectancy. In other African countries it’s even lower. The world’s oldest country is Germany, where the median age is 45.

The pattern is very clear: The young countries are poor, and the old countries are rich. So why do people fear population aging? I see two reasons. The first is psychological: The analogy to individual aging suggests that as populations get older, they grow frail and lose mental acuity. The second comes from economists and an indicator called the dependency ratio, which assumes that every adult below age 65 contributes to society, and everybody above 65 is a burden. And the proportion of people older than 65 is bound to increase…

A Place for Mom – Senior Living Blog: How to Talk to Your Children about End-of-Life Care

Author: Caitlin Burm

As parents, we spend most of our lives caring for our children. But one day the time will come when the roles are reversed and our children will need to become our caregivers. This period of time can be uncomfortable for all – which is why many families choose not to have the “tough conversation” about what the next steps are for a parent’s care. But, now is the time to talk to your children about end-of-life care. Learn more about how to get your children involved in this conversation.

There are numerous resources available to adult children who are looking to have the tough conversation with their parents about end-of-life care, but there aren’t many resources available to proactive parents who want to have that conversation with their children. So, what should you do if you’re having difficulty speaking with your children about end-of-life care?…