New campaign hopes to help young people struggling with mental health | NBC News
With the hashtag #MyYoungerSelf, a group of celebrities discuss their own struggles to help erase the stigma and encourage kids to get help.
Many older Americans have active sex lives, survey shows | CBS News
If you think seniors abandon their sex lives as the physical woes of aging descend upon them, a new survey suggests otherwise. The reality is that 40 percent of older Americans still have sex, while 54 percent of older couples still do it, according to a new poll from the University of Michigan. Even more couples — 61 percent — say that sex matters for their quality of life. Luckily, 73 percent of those aged 65 to 80 are satisfied with their sex lives. To older folks, those numbers might not sound so surprising, said Erica Solway, co-associate director of the university’s National Poll on Healthy Aging, published May 3. But, she added, the results might be eye-opening to younger people who think aging spells the end of romance.
Some health care firms focus on empathy to keep people healthier | Marketplace
During the past decade, some health care businesses have begun to experiment with new ways to keep people healthier and out of the hospital by improving the relationships between medical professionals and patients. This push for more empathetic care springs from a change in how health care providers get paid. Keeping people healthy can be more lucrative than treating sick people.
Crisis in care | Number of support workers for the disabled plummets as demand rises | The Columbus Dispatch
The commercial lasts less than a minute. Time enough, Ben Young hopes, for viewers to see what he needs and to imagine what he can give. “Come change my life,” Young says in a computer-generated voice. “I promise it will change yours forever. Help me help myself.”
The pitch, from a bright and determined young man who can neither feed nor dress himself, or even speak clearly without aid of technology, is part of a statewide campaign to recruit the workers known as “direct support professionals.” The well-being of Young and tens of thousands of other Ohioans with developmental disabilities turns on the availability of competent and reliable support providers. But the pool has gone frighteningly shallow.
Amazon employees went on a cross-country bus tour to learn about aging Americans | CNBC
Amazon’s vice president of special projects Babak Parviz has long been interested in designing technologies and other services for the growing aging population. So he went on a cross-country bus tour to learn all about it. In spring 2014, Parviz got an invitation from well-known geriatric medicine expert and author Bill Thomas to hop on his multi-city bus tour. Thomas has been working on-and-off as a consultant for Amazon, said two people familiar with the situation. Other folks on Parviz’s team were also invited to join.
One-handed LB Shaquem Griffin drafted by Seahawks, reunited with twin brother Shaquill | ESPN News
Shaquem Griffin will be playing with his twin brother, Shaquill, in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks selected Griffin in the fifth round of the NFL draft with the 141st overall pick on Saturday. He told ESPN that he was speechless when he was called by the Seahawks. “I couldn’t breathe,” said Griffin, who played outside linebacker at UCF. “I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn’t talk.”
India needs to understand that living with a disability makes me neither ‘helpless’ nor ‘heroic’ \ Scroll
She should have died at birth.” “She’s too beautiful for this.”
“You’re an inspiration. I want everyone to see you and think, ‘If she can do it, why can’t I?’”
These are various things I’ve heard (in various versions) many times in my 25 years. Perhaps I don’t even need to tell you this – by now, you must have already figured out that I’m a person with a disability. I grew up with cerebral palsy, a congenital disease. As far as most people are concerned, it’s not something I live with, it is something I “suffer” from. As a result, other people usually have two types of approaches to me. I’m either pitied (and shunned) or made into an object of inspiration. I’m rarely introduced as Preeti, the great conversationalist, or the bibliophile, or the nerd, or the fashion enthusiast, or the girl who sucks at maths. None of these things matter in the face of one overwhelming reality. I’m always the girl on the wheelchair.
Sinéad Burke Versus The Bell Curve | Business of Fashion
The three-and-a-half-foot activist for inclusion makes a powerful case for why, in the age of internet-powered influence, it no longer makes financial sense for fashion brands to only cater to the bell curve of society.
The Goal: Longer Life With Less Loneliness | Wall Street Journal
When older patients feel more connected, they often stay healthier; now health-care providers are taking steps to help them feel less alone
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