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July 16, 2021
Imagining a Better Way to Grow Old in America
If Americans approached aging and disability not as an individual crisis but as a collective responsibility, what kind of safety net could we build?
June 25, 2021
#FreeBritney Is Damn Right
The law has failed Britney Spears and likely many others—young, old, often female. Now it’s time to change it.
April 1, 2021
Biden’s ‘Transformative’ Plan Redefines Infrastructure to Include Caregiving
Biden wants to put $400 billion toward expanding quality home or community care. Ai-jen Poo tells
that’s “historic” progress.
October 14, 2020
A Woman’s Life
Some 60,000 nursing home residents have died of the virus. How did they live?
September 8, 2020
Letters From the September 21/28, 2020, Issue
Prey without predators… The costs of long-term care…
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August 11, 2020
It’s Time to Abolish Nursing Homes
If three out of four Americans want to spend their final years at home, why do so many of us end up in institutional care?
August 5, 2020
As Covid Slams Us, Elders Want Solidarity, Not Sentiment—or Blame
No generation has a monopoly on justice, or responsibility.
July 8, 2020
Why Has Society Failed to Integrate Grief Into Public Life?
We talked to Rachel Kauder Nalebuff about the politics of care, mourning, and her new book,
Stages: On Dying, Working, and Feeling
May 13, 2019
Washington State Has Created the Nation’s First Social-Insurance Program for Long-Term Care
When Americans age or need help with the basic tasks of living, they often have no one to turn to but their family members. A groundbreaking program in Washington will change that for residents of the state.
March 29, 2019
Economic Insecurity Is Becoming the New Hallmark of Old Age
It’s time to face this country’s looming retirement crisis.
Katherine S. Newman
Rebecca Hayes Jacobs