Need ideas for a new class topic on aging? Expand each section below for resources on a range of different topics. If you have suggestions, or resources to share, for other topics click here.
WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities
Resources, activity guides, and information about cities and communities in different parts of the world working at being age-friendly.
CDC Healthy Aging & the Built Environment
Center for Disease Control information, reports, guides, and links to other health issue sites and resources.
CDC Healthy Aging Research Network & Creating Aging-Friendly Communities
Center for Disease Control on-line resources, as well as online modules with recorded presentations, interactive discussion areas, and tools on key topics.
AARP Public Policy Institute Livable Communities
Resources to learn more about the benefits of livable communities, and access to publications on reports on housing, transportation, aging in place, universal design and other issues.
USEPA Active Aging
US Environmental Protection Agency information on efforts to protect the environmental health of older persons, and submission guidelines for the annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder contest.
Explore walkability profiles of communities and a get a walkability index for any address in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Useful Resources for Student Projects
Aging in Sports
Athletic Identity and Aging
Explore these interesting research approaches and findings about younger and older athletes by Cassandra Phoenix and colleagues, University of Exeter Medical School, European Centre for Environment and Human Health.
- Phoenix, C., & Griffin, M. (2013). Narratives at work: What can stories of older athletes do?Ageing & Society, 33, 243-266.
- Phoenix, C. (2010). Auto-photography in aging studies: Exploring issues of identity construction in mature bodybuilders. Journal of Aging Studies, 24, 167-180.
- Phoenix, C., Smith, B., & Sparkes, A. C. (2007). Experiences and expectations of biographical time among young athletes: A life course perspective. Time & Society, 16(2), 231-252.
- Phoenix, C., Sparkes, A. C. (2006). Young athletic bodies and narrative maps of aging. Journal of Aging Studies 20, 107-121.
- Phoenix, C., & Sparkes, A. C. (2008). Athletic bodies and aging in context: The narrative construction of experienced and anticipated selves in time. Journal of Aging Studies, 22, 211-221.
- Phoenix, C., Faulkner, G., Sparkes, A.C. (2005). Athletic identity and self-ageing: The dilemma of exclusivity. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 6, 335-347.
Older Athletes Compete
Age of Champions
Looking for a great film? This “award-winning PBS documentary follows five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You'll meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age.”
National Senior Games Association (NSGA)This national organization is dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles for athletes age 50 and over. A recognized multi-sport organization of the United States Olympic Committee, the NSGA is comprised of 49 Member Organizations and 2 Associate Member Organizations who conduct state or national multi-sport competitions, which serve as qualifiers for the National Senior Games.
Winter Games Information
Senior Citizen Winter Olympic Games in the state of Massachusetts
Talk of Ages Tip – Check NSGA State Games Information to see what games are held in your state, and organize a class field trip or game support project.
Poke a Muscle
Anatomy Arcade allows you to discover information about different muscles.
Sports Injuries and the Aging Athlete
This brief overview John E. Morley, M.D., gives you a glimpse of how the aging process and supposed “inevitable decline in physical capabilities” are related.
Talk of Ages Tip – Assign students to different areas discussed by Morley and have them examine in deeper detail the nature of the changes that are described – and, the extent to which they are “inevitable”, “variable”, and “consequential” for athletes. For an ongoing project, assemble information so that students in a future class can review, update, and extend the information.
Aging and Muscle Loss
Talk of Ages Tip – For an exercise in informational literacy, have students compare information from different sources about a particular topic – such as age-related muscle loss (see below). Do the different sources provide similar or different pictures of the physical consequences of aging?
Doherty, T.J. (2003). Invited review: Aging and sarcopenia. Journal of Applied Physiology, 95, 1717–1727.
Physiology of Aging - What can be done to slow or stop the loss of muscle mass? Or impairment of muscle function? PDF
A comment by the American College of Sports Medicine about the physiology of aging and different aspects that can stop or slow down the loss of muscle mass and the impairment of muscle function as the body ages.
Preventing Sarcopenia Will Brink, Life Extension Magazine, discusses how prevent the steady loss of muscle mass that comes with aging.
Stopping Aging-Related Muscle Loss
Boston Globe columnist Deborah Kotz, tells readers how to “put the brakes on the loss of muscle mass with strategic exercise and protein intake.
Talk of Ages Tips
Have students in your class work with a local council on aging, senior center, or similar community organization to prepare a directory for residents about area resources related to Alzheimer's Disease.
Organize a class team to participate in your local Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center
NIA site providing current and comprehensive information and resources on Alzheimer's disease (AD).
The world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
Brief, downloadable overview of information about brain changes and causes, diagnosing and treating AD, supporting families and caregivers, and more.
Alzheimer's Disease Progress Report: Seeking the Earliest Interventions (2012-2013)
Longer, downloadable, report offered by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the lead institute within NIH for Alzheimer's research, which highlights recent NIH-supported research findings and important projects. The resource also provides background information about Alzheimer's disease and an overview of the national plan to address it.
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI)
The international federation of Alzheimer associations around the globe, with official relations with the World Health Organization.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO offers a downloadable report "Dementia: A Public Health Priority" developed jointly by WHO and Alzheimer's Disease International aimed at increasing awareness of dementia as a public health priority, articulating a public health approach and advocating for action at international and national levels. Fact sheets are also available.
Explore Alzheimer's Disease from a Personal Perspective
Thomas DeBaggio, a nationally known herb grower and gardening, chronicles his experience with early onset Alzheimer's before his death at the age of 69 in his books:
Losing My Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer's (2002) Thomas DeBaggio
When It Gets Dark, An Enlightened Reflection on Life with Alzheimer's (2003) Thomas DeBaggio
Also listen to his story in this series of NPR interviews:
- An Alzheimer's Journal, Part 1
All Things Considered, 22 December 1999
- An Alzheimer's Journal, Part 2
All Things Considered, 16 March 2000
- An Alzheimer's Journal, Part 3
All Things Considered, 11 July 2000
- An Alzheimer's Journal, Part 4
All Things Considered, 22 November 2000
- Tom DeBaggio's Alzheimer's Journey Continues
All Things Considered, 19 May 2005
- Caring for a Husband With Alzheimer's
All Things Considered, 20 May 2005
- Revisiting Tom DeBaggio, and Life with Alzheimer's
All Things Considered, April 12, 2007
Still Alice (2009)
"Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease." Description from Worldcat.org. A fictional account of AD written by author Lisa Genova, who holds a PhD in neuroscience.
The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's
"A Primetime Emmy award-winning documentary that takes a dramatic, compassionate, all-encompassing look at the growing epidemic of Alzheimer's disease. The cornerstone of the project is a 90-minute documentary based on David Shenk's best-selling book. Like Shenk's book, the documentary weaves together the history and biology of the disease, the intense real-world experiences of Alzheimer's patients and caregivers, and the race to find a cure."
Also see the PBS companion site for additional information and resources: http://www.pbs.org/theforgetting/
Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter: A film by Deborah Hoffmann
"With profound insight and a healthy dose of levity, Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter chronicles the various stages of a mother's Alzheimer's Disease and the evolution of a daughter's response to the illness. The desire to cure the incurable-to set right her mother's confusion and forgetfulness, to temper her mother's obsessiveness-gives way to an acceptance which is finally liberating for both daughter and mother. Neither depressing nor medical, Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter is much more than a story about Alzheimer's and family caregiving. It is ultimately a life-affirming exploration of family relations, aging and change, the meaning of memory, and love."
Teepa Snow, dementia and Alzheimer's expert, offers resources and event opportunities for students and practitioners to learn more about the experience of AD from the perspective of individuals with the disease, family members, and care providers.
Cognition and Aging
Free access to materials for students, educators, and researchers in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Great for exploring the basics and hot topics, as students learn about cognition and aging.
National Geographic Channel Brain Games
Companion website to Brain Games from the National Geographic Channel offering brain challenges and episode demonstrations about a diverse range of brain-based behavior - great resources for class activities students of every age will enjoy.
Psychological Tutorials and Demonstrations
A site maintained by Professor John Krantz, Hanover College, with a variety of demonstrations, tutorials, and other links to resources focusing on cognition, sensation, and perception. Have students make and discuss age predictions!
Park Aging Mind Laboratory Stimuli
Lab members of the Center for Vital Longevity (UT Dallas) have developed and normed stimuli for various studies which they are happy to make available to the research community. They request that you cite the relevant publication noted if you utilize their stimuli. Explore the Lab's face, object, scene, and culture databases.
Cognitive Aging Conference
The Cognitive Aging Conference is hosted by the Cognitive Aging group (in The School of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology) and held in Atlanta every two years. Over 400 scholars from around the world participate in the conference.
Creativity and Aging
National Center for Creative Aging
The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging . Explore NCAA's website for resources, event news, and other useful information.
In This Bloutcher - Where Art, Life and Leadership Collide
Fred Mandell earned a reputation as an innovative business leader...and, later in life an author sculptor, painter, and catalyst for personal change. Read his Blouthcher commentaries -- use these personal perspectives for student reflections, responses, and discussion.
Rembrandt van Rijn: Selected Self-Portraits
"No artist has left a loftier or more penetrating personal testament than Rembrandt van Rijn. In more than 90 portraits of himself that date from the outset of his career in the 1620s to the year of his death in 1669, he created an autobiography in art that is the equal of the finest ever produced in literature..." Use Rembrandt's portraits to motivate observations about changes in character, style, perspective, and other components of life span development.
Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit
A free, online resource that provides an accessible overview for developing arts and aging programs, including information about design, implementation, evaluation, raising pubic awareness, and a host of other components.
Visit Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries to see the process in action: http://creativeagingtoolkit.org/
Talk of Ages Tip
Organize student teams to design a library arts and aging program. Give awards for most creative, best design, and most feasible projects - and, share the ideas with your library!
Creativity and Aging (pdf)
A bibliography prepared by John A. Krout, PhD, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, for the Linden Center for Creativity and Aging.
Writing, Life Stories and Creativity in Later Life (pdf)
A bibliography prepared by Ellen B. Ryan, PhD, McMaster University, for Writing Aging and Spirit.
Death and Dying
End-of-Life: Exploring Death in America
Program from National Public Radio (NPR) that offers real audio clips of stories, transcripts, readings and other resources for exploring issues around death.
The Conversation Project
Information and resources for individuals of all ages to learn how to think about and talk about your wishes for end-of-life care and decisions.
Aging with Dignity
Tools such as Five Wishes to guide you through expressing how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself.
Dartmouth Atlas Project
From Dartmouth University, information and interactive maps to explore variations in health care (including end-of-life care and care of chronic illness in the last years of life), across the US.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The largest philanthropy devoted to health and health care in America, providing reports of funded and other work, search publications for work on dying and end-of-life.
Death with Dignity National Center
Organization whose mission is to promote Death with Dignity laws based on their model legislation, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.
Children's Books about Death and Dying (pdf)
From the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Also from the Children's Book Guide: http://childrensbooksguide.com/death
Learn the Facts - Discuss the Issues
Older Adult Drivers: Get the Facts
The CDC website has statistical data about older adults' involvement in accidents. The good news is that older drivers tend to wear their seat belts, are less likely to travel in bad weather, and are less likely to drink and drive!
How to Talk to an Older Driver
Dugan, E. (2006) The Driving Dilemma: The Complete Resource Guide for Older Drivers and Their Families, New York: Harper Collins Publishers
Make a difficult conversation easier armed with information from this resource guide aimed at helping facilitate the conversation about age and driving. This resource includes scripted conversations and helpful facts to talk with older drivers about their driving.
Talking about Driving
Use these resources to explore how individuals and family confront aging-related driving issues
Aging and Driving
Read about what to expect as a person ages and how driving ability is affected, along with safety tips and alternatives.
The Driving Conversation
Listen to one person's story about when to have the conversation about older drivers losing driving privileges.
Talk of Ages Tip: Have students develop a brochure that provides information about talking with older adults about driving concerns.
A New Age for Driving
Keep on Truckin'
This article pinpoints that age alone does not determine who is safe behind the wheel. Older drivers who tended to overestimate their abilities were more at risk of being involved in an accident. Older drivers who know their limits are safer drivers.
MIT AgeLab - Transportation & Community
Find out how MIT's Agelab is exploring factors that predict driver safety. Working with Harvard Medical School they are conducting research to better understand how older driver fitness plays a part in driver safety. See what new technologies MIT researchers are exploring such as brain training and vehicle technology to help older drivers stay safe.
Your Car Can Give You Feedback
Learn about a device that installs on a vehicle and monitors the braking and other habits of the driver. This device can be used to determine patterns of driving and can be useful in making decisions about whether older adults should be on the road.
Talk of Ages Tip: Organize a Driving Design Competition that challenges students to come up with new products, devices, apps and
technologies to address age-related driving issues.
Car and Driver Safety
Explore AAA for information about car safety and driver refresher courses.
Know the Signs
Check out the handy advice that AARP gives about the 10 signs to consider when an older person's driving becomes an issue. There are safety concerns that may limit or restrict older adult driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers free educational training. Find out about how to talk to older drivers about their driving and when to be concerned about their safety on the road.
Taking a Back Seat
This is an older study, but alerts the reader to the importance of finding alternative transportation when older adults no longer drive. The study showed the obvious fact that out of home activities dropped sharply when people gave up driving. It is important for older adults to maintain their mobility so they may remain active.
Additional Web Resources
State by State Look at Driving Rules for Older Drivers
What are your state requirements regarding licenses for older adults - do you need a medical examination, vision screening, doctor's approval? Check this state by state look at how licensure is handled for older adults.
Driving and Medication
Many older adults may be unaware of how their prescription drugs impair their driving abilities. This article highlights this unknown danger and encourages older drivers on drugs to become better informed.
Early Trauma and Aging
Get the Facts
Explore these resources for a basic overview of the nature and consequences of experiences which contribute to trauma
Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
This factsheet explains the long-term physical, psychological, behavioral, and societal consequences of child abuse and neglect.
Child Maltreatment: Consequences
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Neglect, physical abuse, custodial interference and sexual abuse are types of child maltreatment that can lead to poor physical and mental health well into adulthood. This factsheet describes how child maltreatment affects children's health now and later, and costs our country as much as other high profile public health problems.
PTSD: National Center for PTSD
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Resources include review of research on PTSD in older adults, including trauma exposure, epidemiology, reemergence of symptoms, and Late-Onset Stress Symptomatology (LOSS). Also see PTSD 101 course, along with information about assessment and treatment.
Early Trauma and Later Aging
Explore these resources for an introduction to some of the aging-related consequences of trauma experienced earlier in life
Graziano, R. (2003). Trauma and aging. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 40, 3-21.
In this overview of basic issues, Graziano "defines stress, trauma and post-traumatic stress reactions; explores issues of trauma and aging; enumerates elderly populations at risk; and considers ways in which social workers can incorporate a trauma framework into their practice with older adults."
Ladson, D., & Bienenfeld, D. (2007). Delayed reaction to trauma in an aging woman. Psychiatry, 4, 46-50.
In aging individuals, the classical symptoms of PTSD may not manifest, yet considerable distress may occur in the face of re-awakened memories of traumatic experiences. This article explores the complexities of diagnosing and managing reemerging PTSD in late life.
Trauma and Aging "In the News"
Talk of Ages Tip
How is contemporary research on trauma and aging reported in the news? Have students read news reports such as those below, track down the original research, and evaluate how it compares to what is reported. Consider questions such as: Were the major findings well-represented? Where any additional or qualifying findings not reported? What other information from the original research was not reported that may be of use of readers to know? Were research limitations addressed? What additional questions would you have raised if you were the news reporter?
Pedersen, T. (201, April 15). Childhood trauma may accelerate diseases of aging. PsychCentral.
Adults who suffer from PTSD and also have a childhood history of trauma are at greater risk for age-related diseases, including cancer,
cardiovascular disease, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as early death.
Gregg, V.R. (1999, Summer). When abused children grow up. Emory Medicine Magazine
Children exposed to abuse are more prone to obesity, heart disease, cancer, depression, and other chronic health problems later in life as adults.
Tokar, S. (2011, April 22). Risk of accelerated aging seen in PTSD patients with childhood trauma. University of California, San Francisco
Adults with PTSD and a history of childhood trauma have significantly shorter telomere length than those with PTSD but without childhood trauma.
Johnson, C. K. (2007, January 2). Research links postwar trauma to future heart disease, Boston Globe
A study of young adult male veterans of World War II and Korea suggests that those with symptoms of PTSD are at greater risk of heart attacks as they age.
An Overview of the Issues
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
Directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, NCEA is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families Data from the Adult Protective Services (APS) agency shows an increase in trends in its report on elder abuse.
Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect
UC Irvine's comprehensive site provides a wide range of information about elder abuse of relevance to different disciplines - judicial, law enforcement, legal, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social service, and multidisciplinary. Bonus - a variety of teaching materials.
American Psychological Association: Elder Abuse and Neglect
The APA Office on Aging describes different types of abuse and neglect, along with information about warning signs, caregiver issues, and prevention methods.
Learning through Personal Stories
An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America
A video produced by the Elder Justice Now Campaign shows families and individuals whose lives have experienced elder abuse - depicting the multiple ways that elder abuse can be endured through physical, emotional, financial, and psychological.
Advocare Incorporated: Videos on Elder Abuse
Advocare provide a variety of short films depicting different examples of elderly abuse and other media resources which address abuse.
What Do I Know?
Test Your Knowledge of Elder Abuse
Do you know enough about elderly abuse? This short self-test will test your awareness.
Quiz: Elder Abuse & Mistreatment
Response to statements ad check your answers to test your knowledge on elder abuse and mistreatment.
What Should I Do?
National Center on Elder Abuse - Federal Laws
Do laws exist that address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation? The AoA site describes current federal laws in place.
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) - State Laws
"Since the 1980s, states have been enacting laws related to the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of their elderly residents...State laws related to elder abuse may be found in a number of state legal codes, including, but not limited to states' criminal, welfare & institutions, probate, and business and profession codes." Find your state's laws on elder abuse from links provided by the American Bar Association or search the internet with the term "elder abuse" and your state's name.
Administration on Aging
Who should I tell if I believe an elder is being abused? AoA offers recommendations about who you should tell and what actions should be done to report the abuse.
Elder Abuse Scenarios for Nursing Students
The Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect offers scenarios describing what actions nurses should take when an elderly person is showing signs of abuse.
What Can We Do?
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15th, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Organization at the United Nations.
Talk of Ages Tip: Organize a class project to raise awareness about elder abuse, arrange for students to volunteer at a local community program with at-risk older adults, or have your students plan an event to promote a better understanding of abuse for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Fashion and Aging
Background Research and Theory
Twigg, Julia (2008) Clothing, aging and me - Routes to research. Journal of Aging Studies, 22, 158-162
In this essay Julia Twigg describes the academic and personal influences that led to her current research interest in clothing and older women.
See Twigg's other works on fashion, aging, and related issues:
- Twigg, J. (2013) Fashion and Age: Dress, the Body and Later Life. Bloomsbury Publishing
- Twigg, J., & Buse, C. E. (2013) Dress, dementia and the embodiment of identity. Dementia, 12, 326-336.
- Twigg, J. (2010) Clothing and dementia: A neglected dimension? Journal of Aging Studies, 24, 223-230.
- Twigg, J. (2010) How does Vogue negotiate age? Fashion, the body and the older woman. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 14, 471-49.
- Twigg, J. (2004) The body, gender and age: feminist insights in social gerontology. Journal of Aging Studies, 18, 59-73.
- Twigg, J. (2000) Carework as a form of bodywork. Ageing and Society, 20, 389-411.
- Twigg, J. (1997) Deconstructing the 'social bath': Help with bathing at home for older and disabled people. Journal of Social Policy, 26, 211-232.
A documentary that explores the women of New York between the ages of 50-100, with insights to their own personal style and views of the fashion world.
This documentary meets six women with an average age of 80 who are determined to look fabulous, have fun and redefine old age.
Bill Cunningham: New York
Chronicles the life of 80+ year old New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, the Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns "On the Street" and "Evening Hours."
The Devil Wears Prada
Miranda Priestley of Runway magazine tears up the landscape as a demanding fashion editor - giving us a glimpse of the world of the fashion industry from several older and younger perspectives.
On Aging, and the Power of Turtlenecks
In this NPR interview, actress Diane Keaton, author of the memoir, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty, "describes the ups and downs of living in a beauty-obsessed world, recounting stories about a makeup artist's embarrassing advice, her trip to Victoria's Secret with her teenage daughter and the personal style choices she's made."
Talk of Ages Tip - Have students explore and discuss issues that underlie the images and messages in online web resources (below) geared toward women, fashion, and aging. See what others they can find to describe contemporary views of fashion and aging - for men.
Older, Better, but Harder to Dress
NYTimes fashion writer Cathy Horyn tackles "the dreaded article about older women and how they can never find clothes appropriate for their age."
3 Destructive Myths about Fashion for Older Women
Founder of Sixtyandme.com, Margaret Manning, discusses embracing fashion with age and the need to stop criticizing older women for how they dress.
Fashion After 50 (FAF)
FAF is an online fashion magazine launched in 2008 "to explore how older women can express our inner selves through fashionable clothes for older women."
A blog geared toward older fashion savvy women.
Aging Stylishly, Online and in the Streets
Aging and fashion are more about becoming who you always wanted to be and not being afraid of judgment.
Where to Find Fashions for Elderly Women
Offers suggestions about where to find clothing made especially for elderly women - for comfort, movement, and easy care.
Fashion "Mistakes" that Make You Look Older
A list of fashion do's and don'ts that may make you look older.
Fashion Designers to Watch After 50
HuffPost blogger and former model Vivian Diller compiles a list of five fashion trends inspired by post-50 men and women.
Healthy Aging and the Environment
Healthy Aging and the Environment Initiative
Report, pocket guide, teaching materials, and other resources from the Healthy Aging and the Environment Initiative, a program of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE).
Healthy Environments across Generations (pdf)
E-book written by Maria Valenti and Elise Miller, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE). An engaging and accessible overview of key issues for classroom use.
Healthy Aging and the Built Environment
A broad range of resources from the CDC and others about healthy aging and various components of the built environment
Annual Rachel Carson "Sense of Wonder" Contest
Intergenerational photo, essay, song, poetry, mixed media and dance contest sponsored by through a collaboration of U.S. EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, Rachel Carson Council, Inc., the Legacy Project, Songwriting WorksTM Educational Foundation, and the National Center for Creative Aging. Challenge your students to compete!
Aging Initiative Listserver
"Part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to raise awareness about the susceptibility of older persons to environmental hazards and to share information on strategies to reduce or prevent exposure." Subscribe for free and hear about important news and updated information from the EPA.
Gray is Green: The National Senior Conservation Corps
"Gray Is Green is the leading environmental education, advocacy, and action organization for older adults. America's greenest generations are calling for a cleaner, healthier future for everyone." See fact-sheets for classroom use. Have students explore what older adults are saying - discuss, reflect and respond. Better yet, organize a round table discussion with a local group of older community members.
Military Service and Aging
Life in the Military
Wilmoth, J. M., & London, A. S. (Eds.). (2013). Life course perspectives on military service. New York, NY: Routledge.
"This edited volume provides a comprehensive and critical review of what we know about military service and the life course, what we don't know, and what we need to do to better understand the role of military service in shaping people's lives." In addition to exploring how military experience impacts the lives of soldiers, families, and friends, it also provides insights into issues of diverse military groups such as gay, lesbian and transgender soldiers.
Sebastien Junger: Why Veterans Miss War
In this TED Talk, journalist Sebastian Junger explores what happens to make soldiers want to go back into war once they leave. Junger, a veteran, explains the intensity of war and how combat forges connections among soldiers which they miss.
Impact of Military Service
A considerable amount of research has explored the ill effects of military service, along with more contemporary views of positive effects. Explore these resources for an introduction to the issues.
Teachman, J. (2012). Military service and the life course: An assessment of what we know. National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) report.
A brief orienting overview of diverse realms of outcomes including crime and delinquency, marriage and divorce, socioeconomic attainment, and health, with references for further exploration.
Vincent, A. S., Roebuck-Spencer, T. M., & Cernich, A. (2014). Cognitive changes and dementia risk after traumatic brain injury: Implications for aging military personnel. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 10(3), S174-S187.
The Alzheimer's Association offers an overview of long term cognitive neurocognitive and neuropathologic consequences of aging military personal who sustain traumatic brain injuries while in service. Extensive references offer additional information.
Spiro, A. III & Settersten, R.A. Jr. (Editors), (2012). Special Issue: Military service in the life course: Implications for later-life health and well-being. Research in Human Development, Volume 9.
This Special Issue highlights the pressing need for a lifespan approach to the effects of military service that considers both positive and negative effects. Consideration is given to both men and women veterans.
Life after Military Service: War Stories
The way we get by/ A film by Aron Gaudet ; written and directed by Aron Gaudet ; produced by Gita Pullapilly.
"The SXSW Special Jury Award winning "The Way We Get By" is a deeply moving film about life and how to live it. Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters - a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality."
The Veterans History Project
"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war."
Talk of Ages Tip
Have students contribute to this national initiative by collecting first-hand accounts of U.S. veterans and civilians who supported them during war time - with VHP Field Kits, interviewing guidelines, and other useful project materials that are provided.
Art Program for Seniors and Veterans
Sponsored by Art beyond Sight (ABS) whose mission is to "make art, art history, and visual culture accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired".
Talk of Ages Tip
Explore what ABS suggests for setting up a student-community art program with older veterans through an intergenerational art class or art-making activities.
Music and Aging
Hays, T., Bright, R., & Minichiello, V. (2002). The contribution of music to positive aging: A review. Journal of Aging & Identity, 7, 165-175.
A review of evidence regarding the role of music in promoting health and well-being, and how it can produce positive psychological and physiological benefits for aging individuals.
Bennett, A. (2013). Music, style, and aging: growing old disgracefully? Philadelphia: Temple University Press
Cultural sociologist Andy Bennett explores “how the music that "mattered" to most people in their youth continues to play an important role in their adult lives - a role that goes well beyond nostalgia.”
Hanna-Pladdy, B., & MacKay, A. (2011). The relation between instrumental musical activity and cognitive aging, Neuropsychology, 25, 378-386.
Intensive repetitive musical practice can lead to bilateral cortical reorganization. The present study show that musical sensorimotor and cognitive abilities can also transfer to nonmusical cognitive abilities that are maintained throughout the life span.
Noice, T., Noice, H., & Kramer, A. F. (2014) Participatory arts for older adults: A review of benefits and challenges, Gerontologist, 54, 741-753.This article reviews the scientific literature on the enhancement of healthy aging in older adults through active participation in the arts, including music.
Kraus N., & Anderson S. (2013) Music training: An antidote for aging? Hearing Journal. 66, 52.
White-Schwoch, T., Carr, K.W., Anderson,S., Strait, D. L. & Kraus, N. (2013). Older adults benefit from music training early in life: Biological evidence for long-term training-driven plasticity, The Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 17667-17674.
Music and Aging “In the News”
Talk of Ages Tip
Fact checking! Does research support claims in popular news about music and aging? Have students read news reports such as those below and evaluate the extent to which empirical research supports the information and claims that are discussed. Consider questions such as: Were actual research findings reported? If so, were they accurately presented? Was qualifying information overlooked? If not, have students locate research to support, refute, or qualify the claims that were made.
Making news! Have students select empirical reports and craft popular media reports based on the information. Assign several students to write reports from the same information. Compare reports and discuss components and challenges of scientific writing for a popular audience.
Your Aging Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You’ve Taken Music Lessons
This article talks about how musicians have better memory and mental ability than those that had little to no experience.
Playing for Time: Can Music Stave off Dementia
This article explains how music can impact the brain throughout the aging process – giving a personal account from an older master musician.
Using Music as Medicine for Seniors and Caregivers
This article talks about music therapies in retirement facilities across America and how they have can help patients with brain problems.
Music, Your Mind, and Anti-Aging Treatment
This article talks about how many famous musicians are still sharp minded and well working today due to the fact that they have been immersed in music for their life. It makes more claims how music can combat aging.
Can Music Slow Down the Aging Process
This article says that music has “slown down the aging process” because it keeps your mind stimulated. It claims that even by watching shows such as Glee or American idol, your mind is stimulated by music and therefore has a higher chance of staying healthier with age.
Musicians’ Brains might have an Edge on Aging
This article claims music can “soothe the savage beast” of the mind going through the aging process.
Musical Experience Offsets Some Aging Effects: Older Musicians Excel in Memory and Hearing Speech in Noise Compared to Non-Musicians
This article explains how researchers have found a connection between music and the higher activity of the aged human’s brain.
From The Mouth of Musicians
Music is Medicine, Music is Sanity
In his TED talk, violinist Robert Gupta talks about a personal experience with a schizophrenic musician and the powerful impact of music.
Alive Inside Us
“A joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.” Winner of the 2014 Sundance Audience Award.
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Documentary of the long life and contributions of folk singer and social activist Pete Seeger.
Buena Vista Social Club
“Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.
The mission of the Young@Heart Chorus is to present a unique and positive image of aging through the creation of originally staged musical and theater performances that incorporate songs not commonly sung by older Americans. Watch their film – or check tour dates and see a live performance!
New Technology and Aging
Looking for a textbook for class? Consider one of these books other instructors have used.
- Fisk, A. D., Rogers, W. A., Charness, N., Czaja, S. J., & Sharit, J. (2009). Designing For Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press
- Mann, W. (2005). Smart Technology For Aging, Disability, and Independence: The State Of The Science. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Interscience.
- Riggs, K. (2004). Granny @ Work Aging and New Technology On The Job In America. New York: Routledge.
- Sixsmith, A, & Gutman, G.M. (Eds.) (2013). Technologies for Active Aging. New York: Springer.
Looking for information on new technologies and aging? Explore the websites below.
Website of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG) and the Gerontechnology Journal. "ISG encourages and promotes technological innovations in products and services that address older peoples' ambitions and needs on the basis of scientific knowledge about ageing processes including cultural and individual differences."
The Center for Technology and Aging
"The Center is a national leader in the use of patient-centered technologies for older adults. We take our distinctive experience and unique insights and work with health care providers, aging service organizations, payers, philanthropies, and technology companies to accelerate the diffusion of proven technologies."
CREATE - Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement
"CREATE is a multidisciplinary and collaborative center founded in 1999. It is dedicated to ensure that the benefits of technology can be realized by older adults to support and enhance the independence, productivity, health, safety, social connectedness and quality of life of older people. The center strives to develop and evaluate interventions and design solutions to promote successful technology adoption among older adults."
The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST)
"CAST is leading the charge to expedite the development, evaluation and adoption of emerging technologies that can improve the aging experience." Explore the interactive website to see what new technologies and tools are being tested and implemented.
Talk of Ages Tip - Have students design technology devices, apps, and related products that address a particular age-related need or problem. Make it even more interesting as a "Design Competition" with older adults from a local organization such as the Council on Aging serving as judges.
On the Web - About the Web, and Aging
Pew Research Center
Want some information on technology trends? The Pew Research Center offers reports on technology use in older adults, as well as a range of other contemporary age-related internet and technology issues is a website that has large amounts of research available that outlines fears and help groups for the elderly adapting in technology.
Want an accessible way to orient students to evolving issues? Have student explore what AARP has to offer about aging and technology in its feature articles, such as this one on "Technology Fear" in older adults, along with fact sheets, quizzes, and technology resources.
The Center for Technology and Aging's Monthly Newsletter
Want to keep up on developments related to aging and technology to inform your teaching? Subscribe the Center's e-newsletter which "provides research findings and lessons learned from Center-supported programs, updates on recent technology advances, upcoming Center events and presentations, and CTA blogs. The CTA e-newsletter also provides summaries and links to position papers, fact sheets, grantee profiles, and information on related programs."
On Aging and the Artist
An Introduction to Research Perspectives
Lindauer, M. (2003). Aging, creativity, and art: A positive perspective on late-life development. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum
This book explores the strengths and opportunities of old age as manifested by the accomplishments of aging artists, late artistic works, and elderly arts audiences.
Lindauer, M. L. (1992). Creativity in aging artists: Contributions from the humanities to the psychology of old age, Creativity Research Journal, 5, 211-231
"The predominant psychological view of creativity over the life course is that it declines. However, discussions in the humanities, and in particular art history, paint a different picture."
Sohm, P. (2007). The artist grows old: The aging of art and artists in Italy, 1500-1800. New Haven: Yale University Press
The art historian Philip Sohm considers some of the greatest artists of Renaissance and Baroque Italy and their experiences of aging.
Lives of Aging Artists
Talk of Ages Tip - Enjoy watching this portrayal with your class as they explore Rembrandt's portraits across his life span Rembrandt van Rijn: Selected Self-Portraits - and, see what connections emerge to contemporary knowledge about adult development and aging.
This classic (1936) film follows the life of the artist Rembrandt, and his work as he grows older.
Movie Review: Rembrandt (1936) "Laughton's Portrait of 'Rembrandt', at Rivoli, Bears the Authentic Imprint - Criterion Items"
Talk of Ages Tip - Have students explore the lives and work of contemporary artists into their older years - examine developmental changes in their art and how you're never too old to express yourself in new ways. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Chuck Close Biography
Biography of the artist Chuck Close known for his highly inventive techniques used to depict the human face.
Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (1998)
Since Chuck Close first exhibited his series of black-and-white portrait heads his paintings have fascinated the public and inspired discussions about the diverse nature of portraiture and the artist.
Chuck Close: Advice to Artists During a Crisis
Talk by the contemporary artist about the best time to make art is when everyone thinks art is dead.
Frank Gehry Biography - Academy of Achievement (September 23, 2014)
Biography of the architect Frank Gehry and his life as an artist.
Sketches of Frank Gehry
A closer look at the work of Frank Gehry across his life time.
Matzkin, A. & Matzkin, R. (2009) The Art of Aging: Celebrating the Authentic Aging Self Boulder, CO: Sentient Publications
In their award winning book, painter and sculptor Richard Matzkin share the wisdom of elder mentors to look for the positive side of growing older and to come to acceptance and appreciation of their aging.
Women of Age - Portraits of Wisdom Beauty and Strength
"As she ages, artist Alice Matzkin becomes increasingly disturbed by the signs of aging she is experiencing. Using paint and canvas to work through her fear and curiosity about growing old, she embarks on a quest to find women elders who can help her come."
Talk of Ages Tip - Looking for ideas, information, and guidance about setting up a student/class-community program around art and aging? See what these organizations have to offer.
NCCA: National Center for Creative Aging
Dedicated to an understanding of the relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, NCAA offers a range of resources to explore for teaching and learning.
Art Beyond Sight
Dedicated to supporting older adults to use their talents and experiences to become involved in the arts as creators, teachers, mentors, volunteers, and audiences.
In the News - Aging and Art
Talk of Ages Tip - What's popular media communicating about art and aging? Can your students find examples to bring the information to life? Can they find research to support, refute, or qualify the claims? Use the references below to build assignment around these questions.
You Become Better with Age
Read about artists hitting their peak point at the age 50 and older. As these artists age, their art becomes more creative. You may never be too old to start an art career.
Ask GYST: Aging as an Artist
With age people may lose some physical and mental strengths, but with age artists don't lose creativity or stop making work.
Personality and Aging
A compendium of resources for the teaching of personality psychology, including assignments, case studies, lecture notes, tests, scales, and more.
Psychology Tests and Surveys
A variety of online demonstrations gathered by BBC Science that students can use to explore their own personal attributes. Explore how younger students think older students might perform - better yet, have students of different ages compare actual observations for discussion.
Research on personality and aging has generated a wealth of empirical approaches, findings, and applications. This set of papers offers a broad-based view of the field - and, excellent reading materials for advanced level classes in aging and adult development.
New Directions in Aging Research
Hooker, K. & McAdams, D. P. (2003). Personality reconsidered: A new agenda for aging research. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58, P296-P304.
Mroczek, D. K., & Spiro, A. (2003). Personality structure and process, variance between and within: integration by means of a developmental framework. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58, P305-P306.
Robert R. McCrae (2003). Expansion, integration, and omission: Some thoughts on a new agenda. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58, P307-P308.
Seth A. Wagerman, Lawrence D. Wright, & David C. Funder (2003).Personality reconsidered: A considered response. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58, P309-P310.
Hooker, K. & McAdams, D. P. (2003). Personality and adult development: looking beyond the OCEAN. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58, P311-P312.
Religion and Aging
An Introduction to Basic Issues
Koenig, H. G., & Lawson, D. (2004). Faith in the Future: Religion, Aging, and Healthcare in the 21st Century, West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press
In this contemporary text, the authors discuss the health care issues baby boomers are likely to face as they grow older in an aging society with diminishing health resources, drawing attention to the opportunities the issues present to leaders in the church, health care system, and government.
Levin J., Chatters L.M., & Taylor R.J. (2011). Theory in religion and aging: An overview. Journal of Religion and Health, 50, 2, 389-406.
This brief overview of issues in religion, aging, and health offers both a primer on theory and a roadmap for researchers.
Research in Spirituality, Religion, and Aging: An Emerging Area
In the commentary, it is argued that research is needed to expand and refine measures, explore issues across older adult cultural and religious minority groups, and design interventions for health and well-being that acknowledge spiritual elements.
Explore more about research findings and theoretical perspectives in the Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging (2005 - current), formerly known as the Journal of Religious Gerontology (1991 2004) and the Journal of Religion & Aging (1984 - 1990).
Demographics and Datasets
Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project
Launched in 2001, the Pew initiative aims to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. Explore information on age demographics and related issues regarding various religions in the United States.
Religion, Aging, and Health Survey
Looking for empirical resources for student research projects? Explore this publicly accessible data collection that looks at religion, self-rated health, depression, and psychological well-being in US older Blacks and older Whites, aged 65 and over.
Talk of Ages Tip – Have students explore the nature and implications of religion and aging in different religious and cultural groups…and, present their findings as posters or videos to share with others. Here are some references to get started.
Chatters, L. M., Nguyen, A. W., & Taylor, R. J. (2014). Religion and spirituality among older African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics. In K. E. Whitfield, T. A. Baker, C. M. Abdou, J. L. Angel, L. A. Chadiha, K. Gerst-Emerson, ... R. J. Thorpe (Eds.) , Handbook of minority aging (pp. 47-64). New York, NY, US: Springer Publishing Co.
Dillon, M., & Wink, P. (2007). In The Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice, and Change. Berkeley, CA, US: University of California Press.Provides an unprecedented portrait of the dynamic role religion plays in the everyday experiences of Americans over the course of their lives.
Tilak, S. (1989) Religion and Aging in the Indian Tradition. United States of America: State University of New York, Albany.
Koenig, H. G., & Al Shohaib, S. (2014). Health and Well-Being in Islamic Societies: Background, Research, and Applications. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
The Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging (FORSA) of the American Society on Aging (ASA)
“FORSA constitutes a national, multidisciplinary and nondenominational community of professionals committed to examining and fostering the spiritual dimension of human existence as a central element in the aging process and to fostering an appreciation for the importance of incorporating an awareness of this dimension into all the disciplines that make up the fascinating world of gerontology.”
About the Issues
Senior Citizen Market
Advertising Age gets things started with a brief overview of the history of marketing to older adults.
Drolet, A., Schwarz. N., & Yoon, C. (Eds.) (2010). The Aging Consumer: Perspectives From Psychology and Economics (Marketing and Consumer Psychology Series). New York: Routledge
"This edited volume, written by experts in many fields, examines the economic and psychological research on how aging consumers behave, make decisions, and choose in the marketplace. The book takes stock of what is known, identifies gaps and open questions, and outlines an agenda for future research. It covers topics from the individual to the societal level of analysis."
Walker, M. C. (2004). Marketing to Seniors. AuthorHouse
This 2003 Mature Media Award Winner offers an overview of contemporary issues and challenges as it takes the reader through the typical steps of developing a marketing plan, researching the market and how to advertise and sell to the older target market.
Morgan, C., & Levy. D. (2002). Marketing to the Mindset of Boomers and Their Elders: Using Psychographics and More to Identify and Reach Your Best Targets. Amazon Digital Services.
Based on findings and insights from the authors' ongoing multiple-client studies of Americans 40 years and older, this text provides information on diverse segments including lifestyle, food, travel, investments, car purchase, car maintenance, general health, health information, and health compliance.
Zhang, Y.B., Harwood, J., Williams, A., Ylänne-McEwen, V., Wadleigh, P. M., & Thimm, C. (2006). The portrayal of older adults in advertising: A cross-national review. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 25, 264-282.
A quantitative and qualitative analysis of advertisements from a number of countries around the world and their portrayals of older adults.
Barak, Benny (2009), Age identity: A cross-cultural global approach. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 33 (1), January, 2-11.
Professor of marketing and international business gives an overview of alternative approaches to indexing age beyond chronological age.
Aging as an Extreme Sport
In the TED talk, Joseph F. Coughlin, founder and Director of MIT's AgeLab, explains why our increasing life expectancy necessitates the development of new technologies to inform designers who create products and experiences for an aging population.
Word from Inside the Industry
Talk of Ages Tips - Have students interview professionals about industry opportunities and challenges in light of shifting age demographics, or "go big" and have your class host a panel of professionals to discuss contemporary industry perspectives with other students and faculty.
Trends in Senior Care Marketing: Where Senior Care Suppliers Spent Their Marketing and PR Dollars in the Last 12 Months and What's Ahead
Prepared by SeniorCareMarketing.com, this 2008 report examines the latest trends and best marketing strategies for the senior care marketplace.
Kennedy, D. S., Kessler, C. (2012). No B.S Guide to Marketing to Leading Edge Boomers & Seniors: The Ultimate No Holds Barred Take No Prisoners Roadmap to the Money. Entrepreneur Press.
An industry book for advising marketers about how to best advertise to older people.
The Senior Market: Turning Silver into Gold
Paul Roberts, CEO and founder of Desire Brand Management discuss contemporary strategies for "new" older adults.
Marketing to the Old: Over 60 and Overlooked
The Economist discusses how advertisers are overlooking older adults when they are marketing products, even though older adults have the buying capacity and are living longer and healthier lives.
How to Find and Reach Your "Older" Target Audience Online
Gabriel Shaoolian, CEO and founder of Blue Fountain Media, gives advice on how to better reach and advertise to the growing number of older adults online.
Talk of Ages Tips - Have students evaluate campaigns directed toward older adults and discuss industry approaches and consumer implications. Below are a few to get you started. Better yet, have students design their own campaigns around existing or new products, services, or experiences.
That is a campaign designed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) that is encouraging older adults to engage in a more active lifestyle.
Dove Pro Age campaign.
The Campaign for Real Beauty launched in 2004 attempts to put a new face on aging built around images of older women embracing their age.
Explore Agencies Specializing in Senior Marketing
Talk of Ages Tips - Have students explore different agencies specializing in senior marketing and arrange for them hear about career opportunities from invited industry representatives during an AGHE Careers in Aging Week event.
New York architectural design firm leading discussions about innovative approaches to housing. Hear what Matthias Hollwich has to say about the Aging City and new aging.
A marketing and advertising agency serving senior living communities and their partners -- see their resource list to better understand advertising for senior living communities.
Coming of Age
An agency specializing in online marketing for baby boomers and senior citizens -- see their blog to have a better understanding of the senior citizen market.
A strategic senior consumer agency that helps organizations reach senior citizens -- see their "All The Wiser" research series which helps to understand the new senior citizen market.
Love & Company
An agency specializing in senior marketing -- see their yearly reports that gauges seniors on their media habits and reactions to ads and messages.
An agency specializing in the senior housing market.
An agency specializing in marketing for seniors in the healthcare, home care, senior living, and tourism markets.
An agency that specializes in the senior living communities.
U.K based strategic marketing consultancy specializing in the 50+ market -- see their yearly report for new perspectives on marketing practices.
Storytelling and Interviewing
"Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it's an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole." Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings (William E.Massey Senior Lectures in the History of American Civilization)
The Legacy Project: Lessons on Living from the Wisest American
The Legacy Project has systematically collected practical advice from over 1500 older Americans who have lived through extraordinary experiences and historical events. The site includes interviews on diverse themes and other resources.
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition and on StoryCorps' Listen Page.
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center
The Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Materials are available for students to participate in gathering stories, and resources for educators are available.
Moving Stories Project: Older Adults Talk about Their Experiences Before, During, and After Immigration
Hosted by Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, this experiential learning project partners senior year bachelor’s level social work (BASW) students with older adults, who volunteer to share their personal or family immigration experiences.
See also the Moving Stories Project guide on conducting interviews: Moving Stories Project: Conducting Culturally Competent Oral History Interviews with Older Adults (pdf). Read about Project outcomes: Maschi , T., MacMillan , T., Pardasani, M., Lee, J. S., & Moreno, C. L. (2013). Moving Stories: Evaluation of an MSW experiential learning project on aging and diversity, Journal of Social Work Education, 49, 461-475.
Communicating with Older Adults - An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works (developed by the Gerontological Society of America) (pdf)
Lesson Plans on Aging Issues: Interview of an Older Adult (pdf)
Lesson Plans on Aging Issues: Witnesses to U.S. History (pdf)
ICAA's Guidelines for Effective Communication with Older Adults (pdf)
This guide, published June 2011 by the International Council on Active Aging, is also available with supporting resources at: www.changingthewayweage.com.
Interviewing Older Adults & Life Review - A Sample Syllabus (pdf)
Meltzer, P. J., Abbott, P., & Spradling, P. (2003). Teaching gerontology using the self-discovery tapestry -- An innovative instrument. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 23(2), 49-63.
Women and Aging
The following resources explore women and aging, especially issues related to the notion of a double standard. However, gender-related issues intersect with aging in much broader ways, well beyond this perspective. Share your resources with Talk of Ages that explore these issues!
The Look at Me!
Images of Women & Ageing Project explores and challenge perceptions of older women in society.
Clothing & Age: The Changing Role of Dress in the Constitution of Age
This unique site reflects a series of interconnected research projects on the subject of clothing and age, and is part of a continuing research agenda undertaken by Professor Julia Twigg at the University of Kent.
Fabulous after 40
Fabulous after 40 is a free online Fashion and Beauty magazine and social media community that publishes rich content on a daily basis to "help women 40, 50 and beyond to look stylish and feel confident". It's an example of contemporary personal approaches which have emerged in social media around women and aging.
Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM)
WAM is a research group consisting of scholars who are working together to explore a range of research themes focusing on older women and popular media forms (digital technologies, film, popular music and television). Explore WAM's site for a variety of resources from bibliographies and publications to these interesting and useful links:
The Double Standard of Aging: Some Research References
Berman, P. W., O'Nan, B.A., & Floyd, W. (1981). The double standard of aging and the social situation: Judgments of attractiveness of the middle-aged woman. Sex Roles, 7, 87-96.
Canetto, S. S., Patricia L. Kaminski, P.L., & Felicio, D. M. (1995). Typical and optimal aging women and men: Is there a double standard? The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 40, 187-207.
Deutsch, F. M., Zalenski, C. M., & Clark, M. E. (1986). Is there a double standard of aging? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 16, 771-785.
Kite, M. E., Deaux, K & Miele, M. (1991). Stereotypes of young and old: Does age outweigh gender? Psychology and Aging, 6 (1), 19-27.
Narayana, C. (2008). Is there a double standard of aging? Older men and women and ageism. Educational Gerontology, 34, 782-787.
Sontag, S. (1972). The double standard of aging. Saturday Review of Literature, 39, 29-38.
Teuscher, U., & Teuscher, C. (2007). Reconsidering the double standard of aging: effects of gender and sexual orientation on facial attractiveness ratings. Personality and Individual Differences, 42, 631-639.
Wilcox, S. (1997). Age and gender in relation to body attitudes: Is there a double standard of aging? Psychology of Women Quarterly, 21, 549-565.
Journal of Women and Aging
Through a variety of disciplines and a blend of scholarly and clinical articles, the Journal of Women & Aging provides practitioners, educators, researchers, and administrators with a comprehensive guide to the unique challenges facing women in their later years.
National Women's History Project
The mission of National Women's History Project is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.
Women Watch is the United Nations Inter-Agency Network in Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) site which provides access to U.N. resources devoted to women's issues and ending discrimination. The site also has information about nongovernmental organizations concerned with women's issues.