Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 20 | JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 |

From the Director

'The LearningEdge'

New Year Brings New Name, Renewed Inspiration

By Scott Miyake Geron

Fighting for Our HealthThis is the inaugural issue of The LearningEdge, our bimonthly newsletter with a new name and increased coverage of disability along with aging. You'll continue to find the same unique combination of information and analysis you've told us you valued in IGSW News: a concise, clear look at relevant policy issues, practice, and innovative post-professional education and training aimed at social service professionals working with older adults and people with disabilities.

We begin the new year with a new name and expanded focus for our organization and this publication, and we've heard a renewed call to the work to which we have long been committed. Read more

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Issues and Views

Perceptions of online learning

Students Value Flexibility, Convenience, and...

By Susan Kryczka

Online learning is in the news these days as more institutions incorporate online courses in their curricula and increasing numbers of students go online for college credit or to continue their professional education. In 2010, more than 6.1 million college and university students in the United States were taking at least one online course. The compound annual growth rate of the number of online students reached 18.3 percent between 2002 and 2010, while the annual growth rate of the overall higher education student population for that same period was just over 2 percent. What do students say they want online, and what's missing? Read more

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From the ashes of the CLASS Act

'Fiscal Cliff' Negotiations Create Long-Term-Care Commission

By Edgar Rivas

Amid the furor surrounding the "fiscal cliff" negotiations last December, few people noticed that one of the casualties was the embattled CLASS Act (for Community Living Assistance Services and Supports). Congress and the Administration chose to repeal CLASS in a cost-savings bargain, rather than continuing to fight for public long-term-care insurance, which the CLASS Act would have provided on a voluntary basis at a reasonable price.

To his credit, retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-VA) stepped in to save vestiges of CLASS by inserting language into the fiscal cliff bill to create a bipartisan commission to propose a plan to cover long-term care. But it's a shame that we're going back to the drawing board.... Read more

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News to Note

Help for all older adults

'Sleep and Aging with a Disability' Is a Must-Read

Sleep difficulties occur more frequently and are more pronounced among older adults—and especially those with disabilities—than among the general population, says a concise and readable new publication that offers practical help. From the Aging and Physical Disability Research and Training Center at the University of Washington comes "Sleep and Aging with a Disability." The five-pager is billed as a fact sheet, but it's more than that—it's an invaluable resource for all older adults, their families, and service providers interested in addressing and preventing a common and debilitating problem.... Read more

Elders in low-income Latino communities

Study Shows High Rate of Abuse, Low Rate of Reporting

A recent study by researchers from the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology finds that elder abuse in low-income Latino communities goes largely unreported. More than 40 percent of Latino elders in the study told Spanish-speaking interviewers that they had been abused or neglected in the past year—yet only 1.5 percent of the victims said they had ever reported the abuse to authorities. "Our study has revealed a much higher rate of elder abuse among the Latino community than had been previously thought," said Marguerite DeLiema of the USC Davis School of Gerontology, lead author of the study.... Read more

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