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» "The New Old Age" - A New York Times.com Blog
This is the blog of writer Jane Gross, in which she explores the many unprecendented intergenerational challenges presented by adults over the age of 80 who are living longer than ever before. From long term care insurance to the strains on sibling relations, from career disruption to "the car key conversation," Gross shares the stories of readers, the advice of professionals and her own experience caring for her late mother in her waning years. It also includes many related New York Times articles.

» "Taking Care: Ethical Caregiving in Our Aging Society"
The landmark 2005 report by the President's Council on Bioethics addresses the profound social challenges confronting U.S. society as more and more Americans live into their 70s, 80s and beyond.

» "What Are We Going To Do About Dad?"
In this powerful piece a doctor writes about his own family's struggles trying to do the right thing to help their 86-year-old father -- and finding that "there are no pat answers for the 'old old.'"

» "Lingering Longer: Who Will Care?"
On the day the President's Council on Bioethics issued its report (see above), its chairman, Dr. Leon R. Kass, wrote this short overview of the economic, institutional, ethical and existential issues surrounding America's aging society and the leadership needed to address the looming crisis.

» Where To Go For Help & Advice
This section of FRONTLINE's Web site collects links to where to obtain help and advice in your local community for elder care and caregivers, and the national agencies and organizations that can also offer resources, guidance and help.

» "Longer Lives Reveal the Ties That Bind Us"
New York Times columnist David Brooks writes about the vital messages contained in the landmark report by the President's Council on Bioethics, "Taking Care."

» "Living Well At the End of Life: Adapting Health Care to Serious Chronic Illness in Old Age"
This is a white paper from RAND Health, a division within RAND, the policy research organization. It lays out the cost components of the problem, the gaps in the current health care system, and outlines a vision for adapting the health care system to the growing 85 and over population.

» WGBH Forum on FRONTLINE's "Living Old"
A panel discussion with two doctors specializing in the treatment of the elderly and Massachusetts' director of elder affairs. The discussion, moderated by FRONTLINE Executive Producer Michael Sullivan, explores the issues raised in the program.

 

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