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Senior citizens news and analysis from The Nation
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
July 19, 2018
The Worst Way to Pay for Family Leave
A plan for paid family leave put forward by Marco Rubio and Ivanka Trump would steal from the elderly.
May 29, 2018
By 2030, 1 in 3 US Prisoners Will Be Over 50
The criminal-justice system is failing to deal with our aging prison population in a humane way.
January 19, 2018
Home-Care Workers Clocking 24-Hour Shifts Are Being Paid for Only 13 Hours
A New York State rule is standing in the way of home-care workers’ earning their rightful pay, and care recipients’ getting the attention they deserve.
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September 29, 2017
When Growing Old Means Living in Your Car, Working in an Amazon Warehouse
An interview with
author Jessica Bruder on America’s new, precarious old age.
October 5, 2016
Ursula Le Guin Has Stopped Writing Fiction—but We Need Her More Than Ever
The author on sexism, aging, and the radical possibilities of imaginative story telling.
June 3, 2016
Obama Flips on Social Security—a Big Win for Bernie Sanders
The president’s call to strengthen the program is a change of heart, and a breathtaking salute to the Vermont senator.
March 7, 2016
Why Seniors—Not CEOs—Deserve a Raise
Social Security is the most powerful tool available to lift people out of poverty.
October 27, 2015
What’s It Like Growing Old in the New Economy?
Danish architect Deane Simpson explores this vexing question in his book
Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society.
Matthew Shen Goodman