Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed a Festive Holiday Season and look forward to 2018! We will continue to offer information on Disability LTSS and Aging, and look forward to you sharing your ideas with us as well!
Beginning the new year with thoughts of self-improvement is the norm for many.
The Area Agency on Aging of Central Texas will be offering new classes, including some in Killeen, that will help people adjust to changes in their lives and others.
New in 2018 are:
Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a self-care education for family caregivers that will help individuals master the tools to make difficult tasks more manageable.
“We know two things about caregiving,” said Faith Unger, caregiver program director for AGE of Central Texas. “The job grows, and the job lasts a long time.”
It is a terrifying fact that the most economically vulnerable are much more likely to suffer from various sorts of disabilities. Neither being poor nor being disabled is a crime, but the modern economic system treats these conditions as such – even in developed countries. In spite of the spirit and abilities that disabled people may possess, they are rarely given the opportunity to put them on display or derive benefit from them. Opportunities for rehabilitation are also hard to come by in a country like Pakistan.
Before the 2016 presidential election, Mia Ives-Rublee, a 33-year-old disabled, Asian-American adoptee, was already a veteran in combating structural discrimination for disadvantaged communities. When the election results shocked the political system, Mia knew a tough road lie ahead for vulnerable, American groups, and she swiftly became the Disability Caucus Founder for the Women’s March. Nearly a year later and recently named 2017 Glamour Women of the Year, Mia reflects on the historic event and importance of women with disabilities in political and social justice advocacy.
I read the backs of cereal boxes, those little flyers that get stuck in your door when you’re out of town, and the random postings on bulletin boards outside grocery stories. Maybe I read them so you don’t have to. That said, please read this. It’s about ensuring everyday, in-home comfort and safety in your final decades. It’s the beginning of a new year, so I am choosing to begin with an often-unasked question related to getting old. Where do you want to live when you’re 85 plus? I suspect most people will say, “I want to live independently; ideally in my own house or apartment, just like I do now.” That’s how I would respond. Enter the concept of “universal design.” It basically means your living environment is physically accessible to you regardless of your age and physical abilities or disabilities. It includes things like 36-inch-wide doors — at least three of them: front door, bathroom and the room you sleep in. It includes occupancy lighting that turns on automatically when you enter a room. It might involve a raised-height toilet or a levered door handle. Maybe lots of them.
One of the hoariest myths about California goes something like this: As they take refuge in their homes from sub-freezing temperatures and snow, residents of Eastern and Midwestern states watch telecasts of Pasadena’s Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, which is seemingly always bathed in balmy sunshine. On the spot, many decide to move to California, contributing to its high population growth.There once was a grain of fact in that scenario, but you’d have to go back a half-century to find it. Fact is—as two new reports on population trends underscore—California loses more people to other states each year than it gains. That’s been true for at least a quarter-century and, if anything, the exodus from the state has been growing, thanks to high housing prices, taxes and other costs of living.
A colorful compass lies in the center of a new career center in west suburban Hillside — a symbol of its mission to help adults with developmental disabilities navigate their way into the workforce. At the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Career Academy, which the nonprofit Aspire opened in October, adults with autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy are trained in simulated work environments so they can get jobs and be included more in society.
For older people, getting out of the house regularly may contribute to a longer life – and the effect is independent of medical problems or mobility issues, according to new research from Israel. For study participants in their 70s, 80s and 90s, the frequency with which they left the house predicted how likely they were to make it to the next age milestone, researchers report in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Happy Holidays and a very Merry New Year from our LeadOnNetwork family to yours! These last few days of 2017 and first few days of 2018 are that time where we reflect on what has transpired over the last 12 months and start thinking about what lies ahead. 2017 has been a very full year for the disability community, and not necessarily a positive year. And yet we, as a community, have fought back against inequity and we survive. 2018 promises new challenges but have no doubt that together we will continue.
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