Each year when Medicare’s Trustees report comes out, as it will soon, pundits and politicians fixate on the projection of when Medicare funding will be eclipsed by Medicare spending. But, Marilyn Moon asks, don’t we also need to know who pays for Medicare? What the taxpayer burden is and how much program participants pay? Whether we can afford Medicare as the U.S. population ages?
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17 Feb 2016
In this commentary (part of our longform essay, Applying Social Science in the Real World), George Rebok discusses whether the results of cognitive stimulation and training transfer to both laboratory and real-life tasks.
17 Feb 2016
In this commentary (part of our longform essay, Applying Social Science in the Real World), Steven Garfinkel contends that fidelity has become a challenging concept, particularly in evaluating health care insurance and delivery system interventions, and discusses how this can be addressed.
16 Feb 2016
In this commentary (part of our longform essay, Applying Social Science in the Real World), Marilyn Moon discusses the challenge of being a health and aging researcher arises when facing those issues personally.
5 Jan 2016
What can be done right now to prevent firearms violence—from suicide, to rampages by those who are mentally ill, to acts of terrorism—without heavy reliance on the federal government? Patricia Campie suggests what states, cities, employers, and communities can do.
1 Dec 2015
A recent high-profile study of sharply rising mortality rates for some Americans brought to light the hazards of chronic stress. Principal researcher Kathryn Paez explores why the health of middle-aged white women in particular is suffering.
19 Nov 2015
The case for using toilets—less fecal pollution leads to better health—might seem self-evident, but 2.5 billion (according to United Nation’s estimates) of the world’s poorest still don’t have them. And it’s harder to press that case than might be imagined. After all, the causal link between fecal contamination and human health is a scientific fact while the decision to buy or use a toilet is governed more by such variables as cost, tradition, and culture than by science. When it comes to behavior change, effective outcomes depend wholly on recipients’ decision-making—a process that’s rarely understood, much less taken into account in project design.
17 Jun 2015
Medicare is nearly always a target of federal budget-cutting efforts. AIR Institute Fellow Marilyn Moon says we need a thoughtful debate about how to pay for healthcare for older adults and people with disabilities into the future. Her analysis addresses past and future changes to the program and revenue options.
4 Jun 2015
Bullying is on the decline, but evidence is mounting that it is even more toxic for children and adolescents than previously thought. In this commentary, David Osher suggests the need for an interim strategy until anti-bullying efforts are in full force, such as the infusion approach, which integrates anti-bullying initiatives into other school-wide activities.
13 Apr 2015
A range of policies serving America’s older citizens uses 65 as the cutoff age, but that number no longer means what it once did. This index highlights key facts from our issue brief, Is 65 the Best Cutoff for Defining “Older Americans”?, written by experts with AIR’s Center on Aging .