Science reveals potential running benefits may be linked to better health in our older years. WHEN JUSTUS ORTEGA walked into a gathering of older adult runners in Boulder, Colorado, in 2014, he was reminded of the 1985 movie “Cocoon” about seniors who suddenly feel young and healthy after interacting with aliens. “The runners seemed like teenagers. They were energetic and playful, and their mind frame was very different from people I’d met in senior centers with low energy,” remembers Ortega, a kinesiologist and director of the biomechanics lab at Humboldt State University.
Oils, tinctures and salves — and sometimes old-fashioned buds — are increasingly common in seniors’ homes. Doctors warn that popularity has outstripped scientific evidence. Shari Horne broke her toes a decade ago, and after surgery, “I have plates and pins and screws in my feet, and they get achy at times,” she said.So Ms. Horne, 66, applies a salve containing cannabidiol, derived from the cannabis, or marijuana, plant. It eases the pain.
New estimates of disability among India’s elderly population, based on the ability to carry out three basic living activities – walking, dressing, and toileting – show that the scale of the problem is much larger than suggested by the Indian national census. A new paper coauthored by IIASA researcher Nandita Saikia found that 17.91% of males and 26.21% of females aged 60 and above, experience disability in these areas, equating to 9m elderly men and 14m elderly women. The most recent census, from 2011, suggests that just 5% of the elderly population suffer from a disability. The prevalence of disability is much higher among widowed women, and among the poor and illiterate.
In a remarkable record of achievements, President George H.W. Bush is also being hailed as the president whose efforts led to comprehensive civil rights legislation that protects the rights of those who are disabled. In July, 1990 President Bush signed the landmark “Americans with Disabilities Act” into law. At The Arc of San Diego, a non-profit organization that offers services and programs to 2,500 adults and children with disabilities in San Diego County, program participants and advocates for disability rights called the legislation transformative.
At my first rights-oriented mental health conference, I was unsure whether or not I would be accepted. Wait, what? you may ask. Bear with me. You see, I’m a survivor of overmedication.
Wait, is this going to be one of those anti-medication blog posts that invalidates my experiences as a person who benefits from Prozac? you may ask. No, bear with me. You see, I was carrying a covert bottle of my current Lamictal prescription in my pocket.
Heidi speaks out against online trolling, Azrab is campaigning for accessible toilets, and Ursula is proving you can learn new skills in your 80s. A new list celebrates those determined to bring about social change.
‘Follow the Leader’, the childhood game usually reserved for the playground, now has the power to inspire a revolution of inclusion. History has shown that when business leads by example (e.g. the green movement) – taking decisive steps and agreeing to be held accountable for their actions and achievements – society follows and real positive social change happens worldwide. That’s why last year we launched #valuable – a global call to action for businesses and brands to recognise the worth and value of the one billion people living with a disability around the world, and to put disability inclusion on the global business leadership agenda.
The United Nations launched its first-ever flagship report on disability and development on Monday; published by, for, and with, persons with disabilities, in the hopes of fostering more accessible, and disability-inclusive societies. The UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development 2018, coincides with the annual International Day, marked on 3 December, which the UN chief described as important for “the social, economic and political inclusion of all, including people with disabilities,” as promoted in the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.
Secretary-General António Guterres said the report “shows that people with disabilities are at a disadvantage” regarding most SDGs, “but also highlights the growing number of good practices that can create a more inclusive society in which they can live independently.”’
After the pivotal midterm election, we all look for hopeful signs of policy initiatives to come. The return to divided government can result in short windows of opportunity for bipartisanship. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar might have sent such a hopeful signal for policies helping older Americans in two post-election speeches he just delivered on behalf of the Trump administration.
A group of disabled theatre artists have announced the creation of National Disability Theatre, a company that will produce fully accessible live performances. The company will exclusively contract actors, designers, directors, and staff who have disabilities. “Why National Disability Theatre now? Because we need hope,” said co-executive director Mickey Rowe, who is on the autism spectrum, in a statement. “A company producing large-scale professional work run entirely by people with disabilities will show the world that our differences really are our strengths. We will impact industries beyond our own, demonstrating that people with disabilities can efficiently and productively undertake professional work at the highest level and that accessibility is not only right—but also profitable. We want to flip the script and eliminate the single story of people with disabilities, showing that we are neither inspirational nor charity cases, just powerful and ferocious professionals.”
As vice president and later as commander in chief, Bush helped oversee the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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