Older Americans Month LGBTQ Elders “Loud and Proud but Deeply Angry at Trump Treatment |LGBTQ Task Force
As this country pays tribute to its older people during Older Americans Month, I must loudly protest the Trump Administration decision to erase approximately 3 million older Americans in important federal surveys,” said Barbara Satin, an 82-year-old transgender activist and Assistant Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force. “The Trump Administration this past March surreptitiously acted to erase LGBTQ people from the survey that helps to determine how our tax dollars, budgeted under the Older Americans Act and the Centers for Independent Living, are allocated. They also decided not to count us in the U.S. Census. The stunning effect of all of this is that our lives, skills and talents will be ignored and our needs won’t be properly addressed,” Satin stated.
Roger Ailes, who transformed cable news and then American politics by building Fox News into a ratings powerhouse, died Thursday. He was 77.
In 2012, Ti Randall of New York City, who has Alzheimer’s disease, had run out of savings. His Social Security and a veteran’s pension helped cover his basic living expenses. But it took Medicaid to provide Randall with other services he needed in order to remain at home.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees Senior Corps, will celebrate the critical contributions older volunteers make across the country during the seventh annual Senior Corps Week, taking place May 15-19 during Older Americans Month. Today, Senior Corps engages more than 245,000 adults through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs. For more than five decades, Senior Corps volunteers have used their skills and experience to mentor and tutor youth, help other adults maintain independence in their homes, connect veterans and military families to services, and more. From administering the Senior Corps pledge to issuing proclamations, elected officials, community leaders, and organizations will honor Senior Corps volunteers at recognition events and service projects throughout the week.
Like nearly 30 million other Americans, I suffer from hearing loss. And like four of five seniors similarly impaired, I ignored it — at first. I tried to convince my wife that the problem was excess ear wax. But she kept after me to seek treatment and, eventually, I gave in. Fortunately, I was able to afford prescription hearing aids. Millions of other Americans cannot. Priced at an average $2400 each, hearing aids are not currently covered by Medicare or most private insurance policies — though they certainly should be.
The more exercise people get, the less their cells appear to age. In a new study in Preventive Medicine, people who exercised the most had biological aging markers that appeared nine years younger than those who were sedentary. Researchers looked at the telomeres from nearly 6,000 adults enrolled in a multi-year survey run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People were asked what physical activities they had done in the past month and how vigorously they did them. They also provided DNA samples, from which the researchers measured telomere length.
This week, Times Higher Education is publishing a series of stories about life on campus with a disability. Here, Nigel Lockett talks about being a dyslexic professor. This is the year I have decided to go public as the Dyslexic Professor. And, no, I don’t mean professor of dyslexia!
After failing my English O level twice, a tutor recognised that I had learning difficulties and recommended that I go to one of the UK’s few specialist testing centres, at Aston University. After what seemed like a strange set of exercises, I was told I had a very high IQ – and dyslexia. The former was a pleasant surprise and confirmed I wasn’t “stupid”. The latter was a new word to me – and unspellable to boot.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans will partner with the ride-hailing company Lyft to provide certain health plan enrollees “no-cost” transportation to the doctor’s office in an effort to improve compliance with healthcare appointments.
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