Bankrupt vets can lose their disability benefits. This new effort would protect them. | Military Times
Two senators just introduced a bill designed to shield veterans’ disability benefits from debt collectors. When a disabled vet declares bankruptcy currently, the law allows debtors to count a veteran’s disability benefits as disposable income, allowing them to seize the benefits. Yet Social Security disability benefits are exempted by law from being lumped into a person’s disposable income in bankruptcy filings, and disability benefits in any form aren’t taxable and therefore generally not considered disposable income.
Voices from the Past Remain Relevant as Groundbreaking Guide for Disabled Girls and Women is Reissued Online | DREDF
Originally published by Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) in 1982, No More Stares is now available on DREDF’s website for the first time in celebration of International Women’s Day! Featuring the unique perspectives of girls and young women growing up disabled, No More Stares was developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Women’s Educational Equity Act Program in 1980.
Drew Barrymore strikes me as one of those women who has lived about a thousand lives within one life. She was a child actress from Hollywood royalty, a famously rebellious teen, a horror movie icon (please all of us take a moment to worship at the altar of her iconic Scream cameo), a rom-com queen, a mom. And here’s the most amazing part: I get the feeling she brings all of the wisdom borne from all of those lives into her parenting. For instance, Drew Barrymore is teaching her daughters about aging in the most evolved way, and honestly I would never expect less from this wise woman.
Donna Kaye Hill realized that her 80-year-old mother was faltering cognitively when her phone suddenly stopped working. When Ms. Hill called the phone company, “they told me she hadn’t paid her bill in three months.”Finding other alarming evidence of memory gaps, she took her mother, Katie, to a memory clinic. A geriatrician there diagnosed dementia and recommended two prescription drugs and a dietary supplement, a form of vitamin E.
Every day, new innovations help make life a little easier for older Americans, whether it’s video chatting with family or monitoring their heart rate with a smart watch. Cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous transportation systems, the internet of things, and next-generation wireless networks hold significant promise for enhancing independence, safety, overall mental and physical well-being, and health of older generations. The number of Americans over the age of 65 is growing rapidly and may reach nearly a quarter of the population in the next forty years. With an aging population, the Nation must proactively develop strategies, tools, and recommendations to enable older adults to live healthy, independent lives for as long as possible. Accordingly, the Trump Administration has made finding and assessing potential solutions for an aging population a research and development (R&D) priority.
Barring breakthroughs in treatment, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to more than double by 2050, rising to 13.8 million Americans age 65 or older from 5.8 million today. That’s according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association released Tuesday. Here’s a closer look at why medical experts are expecting a spike in Alzheimer’s, what we know about associated health costs and what’s next for research and treatment.
Agatha, 60, had married a man 25 years her senior. He had one son who lived outside the US and was not close to his father. Agatha and her husband had a lot of good times until he began to show signs of dementia. Before long, Agatha was a full time caregiver. She lost her husband within two years of the emergence of his symptoms.
Electric scooters have taken cities across the country by surprise, sometimes causing conflicts with city authorities and pedestrians. In San Diego, the scooters have led to a federal lawsuit claiming the new devices cause discrimination against people with disabilities.The lawsuit, which was filed in a federal district court in January and seeks to be a class action, claims the city and scooter rental companies Lime, Bird and Razor have failed to prevent people from riding or parking scooters on sidewalks.
The sweeping health-care law created nearly a decade ago to put insurance within reach of more Americans has left significant holes in the ability of older, middle-class people to afford coverage, particularly in rural areas, according to a new analysis. Sixty-year-olds with a $50,000 income must pay at least one-fifth of what they earn for the least expensive premiums for health plans in Affordable Care Act marketplaces across a broad swath of the Midwest, the analysis shows. In much of the country, those premiums require at least one-sixth of such people’s income.
Measles vaccine doesn’t cause autism, says a decade-long study of half a million people | The Washington Post
The notion that vaccines might cause autism was refuted nine years ago, when a British medical panel concluded in 2010 that Andrew Wakefield, the doctor with undisclosed financial interests in making such claims, had acted with “callous disregard” in conducting his research.
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