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The Challenge of Suicide in Older Adults

By Kacey Heekin (2016) Introduction Older adults experience a high rate of suicide. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web-based Inquiry Statistics and Query Reporting System, in 2014, 7,693 adults aged 65 and older died from suicide; the age-adjusted rate of suicide per 100,000 was 16.73 for this age group. […]

Long-Term Care: Aging and Disabled Adults Literature Review

By Larry Polivka (2011), prepared for the Department of Elder Affairs. Long-term Care (LTC) has slowly emerged as a public policy issue over the last several years, but has yet to achieve the level of visibility of issues such as the growing number of medically uninsured, or the fiscal sustainability of Medicare. The aging of […]

The Global Florida and Long-Term Care Across Post-Industrial Countries

By Larry Polivka Long-term care is slowly emerging as an important public policy issue in the U.S., and more rapidly in other developed countries where populations age 65 and over are projected to double over the next 30 to 40 years (Johnson et al. 2007).  The need for long-term care is greatest among those 80 and […]

The Future of Long-Term Care and the Aging Network

By Larry Polivka and Jung Kwak. Originally published by Generations, the Journal of the American Society on Aging in 2014.  Before concluding that proprietary organizations should provide LTC services, we should analyze the effectiveness of the existing community-based LTC system. Our long-term-care (LTC) system should be an asset in our efforts to build strong local and regional communities […]

The Neoliberal Economy and Erosion of Retirement Security

By Larry Polivka and Baozhen Luo. Originally published by the Gerontological Society of America in 2015. Abstract The origins and trajectory of the crisis in the United States retirement security system have slowly become part of the discussion about the social, political, and economic impacts of population aging. Private sources of retirement security have weakened […]