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The Big Idea in 4 Minutes: Coming of Age in Aging America

What will it mean for us all to grow up, live and age in a society where half the citizens are over the age of 50? Never in human history has this been our reality. And it’s not just Americans. Europe, China, Japan — we are an aging globe. It’s new and it’s not temporary — this is a permanent historic transformation.

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New York Times: The Liberation of Growing Old

WHY do we have such punitive attitudes toward old people? Granted, the ancients did hideous things to elders who were unable to work but still needed food and care, but in more recent times, that had changed: In 18th-century New England, it was common for people to make themselves seem older by adding years to their real age, rather than subtracting them.

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The Atlantic: The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis

This summer, a friend called in a state of unhappy perplexity. At age 47, after years of struggling to find security in academia, he had received tenure. Instead of feeling satisfied, however, he felt trapped. He fantasized about escape. His reaction

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American-Statesman: State makes getting long-term care services easier (Commentary)

It may be entertaining to make predictions about 2015, but I will humbly donate my share of the fun about health care forecasts to the talking heads. However, there are two things I know for sure based on facts at

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KUT: How ‘Golden Girls’ Models the Future Of Senior Housing in Central Texas

The number of seniors living in Central Texas is soaring – and so is the cost of living.  That’s making “The Golden Girls” far more than a funny ’80s TV show. The show’s shared-living arrangement could become a template for senior

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The Monitor: Caring for our Aging Hispanics (Commentary)

The Hispanic population’s rate of growth exceeds that of the general U.S. population by almost five times and needs to be considered as we ponder our country’s future demographics. Read more at

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