Whenever America was in a fight during his long lifetime, John McCain was in the thick of it.
McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a twinkle in his eye. The Arizonan warrior politician, who survived plane crashes, several bouts of skin cancer and brushes with political oblivion, often seemed to be perpetually waging a race against time and his own mortality while striving to ensure that his five-and-a-half years as a Vietnam prisoner of war did not stand as the defining experience of his life.
As life spans lengthen, adult children in their 60s and 70s are increasingly caring for frail, older parents — something few people plan for. “THIS WON’T GO ON FOR very long,” Sharon Hall said to herself when she invited her elderly mother, who’d suffered several small strokes, to live with her. That was five years ago, just before Hall turned 65 and found herself crossing into older age. In the intervening years, Hall’s husband was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia and forced to retire. Neither he nor Hall’s mother, whose memory had deteriorated, could be left alone in the house. Hall had her hands full taking care of both of them, seven days a week.
The NORC (National Opinion Research Center) at the University of Chicago recently issued a report listing the barriers that Latinx persons face in considering long-term care. Those barriers include communication, addressing cultural distinctions, and cost. The study reports that nearly six in 10 Latinx adults have had a difficult time communicating with a long-term healthcare provider because of a language or cultural barrier, and when they do, they often turn to outside sources for help. (NORC offers an infographic illustrating the problems and complexity of the issue.) Half of those who have faced these barriers turned to a family member or to another healthcare provider for assistance.
The groups’ opposition hinges on several specific rulings—and on Kavanaugh’s general distrust of social programs that are critical to disabled Americans.
On a recent Thursday evening, a group of tandem cyclists rode out from Eastern Market to the Anacostia River. The air was heavy from a week of rain, but a cool breeze picked up over the 11th Street Bridge and followed the riders down to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, rippling over the water and through the trees. One tandem sped away over a hill.
little over a month after pouring its first pints, Hyattsville’s newest brewery, Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., is bustling on a Thursday night. More than two dozen people are gathered at the space, a converted auto repair garage on Rhode Island Avenue, drinking inside or sitting at picnic tables or playing yard games outdoors. While some patrons chat aloud, many others communicate via American Sign Language, be it to heckle each other over games of cornhole or joke and chat over drinks. The brewery has become a hub for deaf patrons, because Streetcar 82 Brewing is the East Coast’s first fully deaf-owned and -operated brewery.
Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy is pushing more into the health field, acquiring a company that provides emergency response devices for the aging. Best Buy said Wednesday it’s paying $800 million for GreatCall. The San Diego, California-based company, which has more than 900,000 paying subscribers, offers services like an easy connection to operators who can connect users to caregivers, answer questions, and more.
VA required thousands of ‘unwarranted reexaminations’ for vets getting disability benefits | The Washington Post
Veterans shouldn’t have to jump unnecessary hoops to get the benefits they deserve. But the Department of Veterans Affairs is doing that to thousands of disabled veterans and wasting millions of dollars in the process. A report by VA’s Office of Inspector General says employees required veterans to undergo unwarranted medical reexaminations to continue getting benefits in over one-third of the cases studied.
A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS report that stress is keeping them up at night.
Sixty-nine percent of Americans say they occasionally lose sleep because they are worried about something, according to a Bankrate.com survey released Thursday. Many people, 41 percent, say they worry about their relationships. Financial concerns came in a close second, with 36 percent of Americans saying money worries keep them up at night.
More than 8 in 10 older people residing in New Hampshire describe themselves as being in “good, very good or excellent health”, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In comparison, Mississippi had the fewest seniors — 64 percent — who reported themselves as being in “good, very good or excellent health.” When searching for a place to retire, health care quality matters, too.
The ancient Greek karate style known as pankration offers time-tested lessons on aging well.
Disability outide of the U.S.
- Ministries may have skirted disability hiring for many years | The Asahi Shimbun
- Why are we still excluding disabled people from society? | Cosmopolitan UK
A quarter of Americans have a disability that affects their independence, CDC report reveals | Daily Mail
One in four Americans is living with a disability, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Disability can range from impaired vision to mobility challenges and cognitive problems, but in all forms, these individuals struggle to access health care and tend to have poorer quality of life overall.
Age-related osteoporosis and loss of the normal spine curvature is common, but it doesn’t have to be. KYPHOSIS, A PAINFUL condition commonly known as “hunchback” is a physical deformation of the middle and upper spine, in which its natural curve increases, resulting in a “hunched over” posture.
A number of companies have partnered with health care organizations to help the approximately 3.6 million Americans who miss medical appointments because they don’t have transportation.
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