Moving the folks (Part II)

By: Stuart Rosenthal

A number of readers have commented to me on my column last month, in which I shared some observations on the occasion of my parents (ages 82 and 91) moving from their condo into an assisted living facility in Austin, Texas.No one has actually asked me why my parents would decide to stay in Texas when my brother and I, their only children, live in the greater Washington area. But I think... READ MORE

Moving the folks (Part I)

By: Stuart Rosenthal

My parents, whom long-time readers have “met” before in this column, have once again graciously provided me with an occasion for some musings. You see, they’ve recently moved into an assisted living facility.While I have edited articles about such moves many times over the years, this is my first opportunity to experience one myself, and therein lie a few tales.First, what ... READ MORE

Coming to our census

By: Stuart Rosenthal

I’ve long been on record as objecting to the use of terms like Age Wave, Senior Tsunami and the like to describe the demographic changes occurring across America (and, indeed, the world).I take issue with such terminology because it suggests the aging of our population will be a sudden and destructive event, and it is neither. No wave will come crashing down on us unexpectedly one... READ MORE

Power of the people

By: Stuart Rosenthal

I have great news: It looks like any potential plans to dissolve the Maryland Department of Aging have been dropped, at least for now.As many of you know, last month the Beacon helped promote a grassroots campaign to urge Governor Martin O’Malley not to dismantle the Maryland Department of Aging or distribute its programs to other state agencies in an attempt to cut costs.In... READ MORE

Time to advocate

By: Stuart Rosenthal

This is a first for me. In all the years we’ve been publishing the Beacon, I don’t recall ever asking readers to take a specific step in support of a particular cause.But today I am.In part, it’s because I believe this is a very important cause. But it’s also in part because I want to see for myself if grassroots advocacy efforts can work.The issue concerns the... READ MORE

We’re all in this together

By: Stuart Rosenthal

The number of older Americans is increasing at a far more rapid rate than previously due to rising longevity and the aging of the 78 million baby boomers (now starting to turn 65).At the same time, our struggling economy and persistent joblessness are threatening the quality of life of Americans in general.Both of these factors portend tremendous effects on Social Security and Medicare, not ... READ MORE