Billy Monger winning a prize at Sports Personality of the Year, paratriathlete Lauren Steadman in the semi-final of Strictly and Anne Hegerty in I’m a Celebrity. They all happened in 2018 and are all reasons why Lee Ridley – better known as Lost Voice Guy from Britain’s Got Talent – says it’s been “a big year for disability”. Lee uses a synthesiser to tell his jokes because he has cerebral palsy and it affects his speech. “The talents, ambitions and potential of disabled people are starting to be recognised like never before,” Lee says. These are the people and the moments (and one piece of tech) which he calls his “disability gamechangers” of the year.
Though this is the time of year when family and friends gather and connect, loneliness remains a serious public health issue in the United States, an expert on aging says. More and more Americans are lonely, and there’s growing evidence that it can pose significant health risks.
With the year almost done, Lead On Update counts down the biggest events of the year. You won’t believe who won 2018.
As the United States population ages, many Americans age 65 or older are making their homes in rural communities. In fact, 19 percent of the U.S. rural (nonmetro) population is 65 years or older, compared with 15 percent in urban (metro) areas. Rural counties make up nearly 85 percent of the 1,104 “older-age counties”—those with more than 20 percent of their population age 65 or older.
Over 50 years ago, we saw the introduction of the Paralympic games. Seemingly a bold idea at the time, they have since become the third largest sporting event in the world — with 4.1 billion people around the world tuning in to Rio de Janeiro in 2016. But while the sporting world has recognized the value of the 1 billion people living with a disability around the world, business and business leadership have routinely ignored the significant contribution that can be made.
Adults with intellectual disabilities often struggle to find work. Over 80-percent are under-employed or not working at all, according to an estimate by the Arc, a nonprofit that assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. So a group of Connecticut families started a cafe named BeanZ & Co. to tackle the problem head-on.
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It isn’t easy to be patient when you can’t work and you’re in pain, as Christine Morgan knows all too well. Her chronic pain comes from fibromyalgia. Morgan, 60, also has spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spaces within the spine that pinches the nerves, most often in the lower back and neck. To top it off, she is diabetic, has kidney disease, high blood pressure and depression.
T he American workforce is getting older. In fact, by 2024 the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 25% of the US workforce will be composed of workers over the age of 55, and a third of those workers will be older than 65. The reasons, for the most part, are due to the country’s overall ageing population as a result of declining birth rates and better life expectancy. But there’s also something else going on. Employees are not only working longer because they can. They’re working longer because they have to. Retirement savings are just not keeping up.
Some significant expenses decline as we age: Most mortgages are eventually paid off, and ideally children grow up and become self-supporting. But health care is one area in which costs are almost certain to rise. After all, one of the original justifications for Medicare — which kicks in at age 65 — is that older people have much higher health care needs and expenses.
everal of the 88 people killed in the Camp fire that devastated Butte County, California, in November had disabilities. Their deaths were only the latest example of a tragic reality: When disaster strikes, people with disabilities are disproportionately affected. There are no statistics that show how many disabled people in the U.S. say they could easily evacuate in an emergency, but around the world, just 20 percent of disabled people say they would be able to do so. And only 31 percent said they would have someone to help them in an emergency, according to a 2013 United Nations global survey.
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