How Yayoi Kusama, the ‘Infinity Mirrors’ visionary, channels mental illness into art |The Washington Post
Don’t ask Yayoi Kusama what’s been the highlight of her career. She might be 87 years old, internationally renowned and about to have major, simultaneous exhibitions in the United States and Japan, but she’s not done yet. Kusama, who has a history of neurosis and has lived as a voluntary resident at a mental hospital a block away for about four decades, had been up at 3 a.m. painting, partly because she couldn’t sleep and partly because she wanted to squeeze in time for work before the engine of Yayoi Kusama Inc. started up for the day.
Art of Aging: Senior weightlifter
Meet a senior who has muscled the principles of exercise to a higher level. At the Coast Guard training center in Cape May, New Jersey, you’ll find John Sheets, Sr. of Logan Township, a retired military man working out right alongside the young cadets.
WHO: Depression Largest Cause of Disability Worldwide
More than 300 million people, or more than four percent of the global population, were living with depression in 2015 – an 18-percent increase over a 10-year period. New figures released Thursday by the World Health Organization show that depression was increasing worldwide and now was the leading cause of global mental and physical disability.
The new fountain of youth may come in the form of eye drops |Miami Herald
Scientists from Lomonosov Moscow State University, working with those from Stockholm University in Sweden, have used a new compound to slow the aging process in mice. The compound is an artificial antioxidant, SkQ1, and it already is sold in Russia as part of an eye drops solution. It is still undergoing clinical trials in the U.S.
Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal
Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found. The research found declines in states that passed laws allowing gays to marry before the Supreme Court made it legal nationwide. The results don’t prove there’s a connection, but researchers said policymakers should be aware of the measures’ potential benefits for youth mental health.
Hidden disabilities at work: ‘Every day I’m fatigued and in pain’ | The Guardian
I’m constantly anxious that my ‘luck’ will run out. Either in being able to work at all, or that my workplace will run out of patience and I’ll be out of a job,” says Rebecca Allen, a data analyst in London. There’s a total lack of understanding at work about what a hidden disability is
Every day at work, she’s fatigued and in pain – even a tough commute can mean she’s unable to make it through the working day. But because her disability is hidden – that is, a disability that isn’t immediately apparent – she doesn’t necessarily appear disabled to her employers and colleagues.
“Age-Rating” is Washington Speak for Overcharging Older Americans | the Huffington Post
If you have a hard time understanding what the wonks in Washington are talking about, welcome to the club. Beltway buzzwords are at dime a dozen on Capitol Hill, but there’s one particular term to watch out for that simply means massive health care premium hikes for older Americans. “Age rating” is the practice of varying health insurance premiums based on age. It’s Washington-speak for overcharging older Americans by thousands of dollars for their health care.
Best Picture Films Snub Older Americans, Study Finds
The older you get, the more likely you are to be stereotyped, ridiculed or ignored by Hollywood filmmakers, according to a new study. While the entertainment industry is making progress when it comes to reflecting gender, racial and ethnic diversity, a survey of the most critically acclaimed movies shows filmmakers are under and misrepresenting older Americans.
Russian & Swedish scientists slow down mice aging with synthetic antioxidant | RT News
A new experiment conducted by a joint team of Russian and Swedish scientists has produced groundbreaking results in slowing down the ageing process of mice, raising hopes of the potential creation of an “anti-age” drug. A group of scientist from Moscow State University in cooperation with their Swedish colleagues managed to dramatically slow down the aging process of genetically-modified mice, according to an article published in the Aging journal.
House GOP Reveals New Medicaid, Insurance Policies to Repeal and Replace | DisBeat
House Republicans have put together an outline of a plan to pull back Medicaid expansion and convert Medicaid into a per-person pay system. The brief, which closely resembles the “A Better Way” plan by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), does not go into detail about how lawmakers will determine the baseline for setting per-capita allotments, nor does it specify how long states that expanded Medicaid would continue to receive the enhanced federal match for that population. Leaders briefed House Republicans late last week (click here.) The key Medicaid points:
- Beginning in a future year, Medicaid programs would move to a per-capita allotment system, although states could opt for a block grant;
- Congress would set the federal Medicaid payment to states by multiplying the state’s per-capita costs for major beneficiary groups — including the aged, blind and disabled; children; and adults — by the number of enrollees in each group;
- The states’ per-capita costs for the groups would be based on each state’s average Medicaid spending in a base year; and
- Payments would grow based on an inflationary index.
Click here to view the new 19-page plan.
One analysis says the plan would redirect funs from the poor to the rich. Click here.
A return to high-risk pools are part of the plan. Click here for a summary of how they work.
The IRS will no longer enforce the penalty provisions of the individual mandate. Click here.
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