PCA’s Joe Snyder, an expert on aging, retires – and finds applying for Medicare ‘maddening’ | Philadelphia Inquirer
After his childhood best friend Cecil Green Jr. died in May, Joe Snyder realized he was done working. Green’s passing at age 62 occurred “even though he ate right and worked out all the time,” said Snyder, 66, and the decades-long director of Older Adult Protective Services at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. “He was an uncle to my son, whom I raised by myself. We talked about everything, did everything together. I was sure he would eulogize me.”
“His death definitely prompted me to retire,” said Snyder, a Bristol, Pa. native.
This gorgeous Japanese-inspired abode in upstate New York is more than a tasteful, eco-friendly timber home. It’s part of the next generation of senior housing. Over the next two decades, older Americans are poised to dramatically reshape the housing market, with the number of octogenarians doubling by 2035—and not all of them will want to live in Margaritaville. The emerging trend is toward aging in place.
You may have noticed lately that your aging parents are less able to do things for themselves. We certainly saw that in my family. When physical problems become more and more apparent, and the elder in your life is losing independence, it’s time to develop a plan. My mother in law, Alice, is 95, getting frail and losing her vision. She finally admitted that she needed help. Exactly what that meant to her was not clear. We just saw her getting depressed over being unable to do the things she liked to do: reading, playing cards and mahjong, and easily using her computer. She was spending way too much time in the recliner. We stepped in right away.
We all know we’re supposed to save for retirement and do our best to estimate our future living costs. But if there’s one major expense countless Americans continue to miscalculate, it’s healthcare — specifically, long-term care. According to recent estimates, it costs $43,539 a year to reside in an assisted living facility, while a nursing home costs $82,125 per year — and that’s for a private room. If you want to bunk solo, you’re looking at $92,345 annually. And in case you were wondering, Medicare won’t pick up the tab for either type of service.
Dan Robin works for Amazon, where his job is to help the company employ people with disabilities. The Metro Detroit native, who has lived in Seattle for nearly four years, was drawn to his current line of work from a young age — he grew up in a family with a parent who developed mental and physical disabilities as the result of a brain tumor. “It was always in the back of my head: ‘How do you create as much impact as possible for these folks?’” he says. Building opportunities and fighting for justice on this front is a civil rights issue, he says, adding he hopes to help move the needle on the disability unemployment rate.
Twenty-seven years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed, prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities. I still remember standing in the Rose Garden watching President George H.W. Bush sign the bill into law. Today, as a result, people with disabilities face far fewer barriers to mobility and communication. Thanks to innovations ranging from curb cuts and Braille on ATMs to improved access to education and healthcare, people with disabilities lead more productive lives and can contribute more to our nation’s economy.
This training program is introducing people with autism to members of law enforcement, with the goal of making them more comfortable with each other.
People of color, women, and individuals eligible for Medicaid are at even greater risk.
More than 3 million people worldwide die prematurely every year because of air pollution—most from cardiovascular diseases, respiratory illnesses, and lung cancer. In the United States, the Clean Air Act was signed into law in 1970 to regulate air pollution and create air quality standards that protect human health. But according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, for some Americans, especially those aged 65 and older, those standards may be inadequate.
Virtually every American over the age of 65 is covered by Medicare, or will be after they retire. However, there’s a lot about this massive health insurance program that isn’t well understood by many people. With that in mind, here are 16 things Americans often don’t know about Medicare and what you should know about each.
The Case for Improving Work for People with Disabilities Goes Way Beyond Compliance | Harvard Business Review
As Chieko Asakawa walks around IBM’s campus, she explores new ways of getting from point A to point B. She recognizes the faces of colleagues approaching her and greets them. She reads snack labels and decides whether to eat them. Although she is blind, Asakawa doesn’t need a human or canine companion to complete these tasks. She’s helped invent a smartphone app that, as she explained in a recent TED talk, “understands our surrounding world and whispers to me in voice or sends a vibration to my fingers. Eventually, I’ll be able to find a classroom on campus, enjoy window shopping, or find a nice restaurant while walking along a street.”
New Aging: Architects of Aging | WCVB 5
Beacon Hill Village is a non-profit organization that caters to people from their fifties to their nineties, and it’s inspiring hundreds of other organizations across the country.
For 66-year-old Rosie Alleva of Malvern, her dog Stella Grace is the perfect companion.
“I feel loved by her and I love being able to love her and tell her how much I love her and always like make a fuss over her,” Alleva said.She is the second dog that Alleva has adopted from Senior Dog Haven and Hospice in Wilmington, a shelter that specializes in senior pups. Sixty-percent of their adopters are senior humans.
That’s a result of cuts to Medicaid due to the state’s budget cuts, enacted by Governor Steve Bullock because of the state bringing in lower than expected revenue. The cuts mean that in the coming months, 2,700 people with developmental disabilities who get help from case managers will move from private organizations overseeing their care to the state health department.
Bipolar disorder affects nearly 6 million Americans and is characterized by drastic shifts in mood, activity levels, and energy, which influences an individual’s ability to carry out daily tasks. It’s a dangerously misunderstood disease and can be easily misdiagnosed. The extreme adjustments in mood – known as mania and depression – are more severe than the typical ups and downs that many people experience. Researchers are finding that something called premature epigenetic aging might play a role in this disease and bring us closer to a better understanding of its nuances.
As a child, Emily Harvey played soccer, T-ball and volleyball, rode horses and bikes and climbed trees. She was always outside, always in motion. Harvey, a paratriathlete and attorney in Denver, gives credit to her parents and one particular grandfather for the attitude that pushed her to sample life’s adventures. “In my family, you’ve got to keep up,” she says, laughing. “My grandpa was a two-star general in the Army and has been inducted into the hall of fame for wrestling in Iowa, so he’s been a go-getter. He’s passed that along to my mom and me.”
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