Can you be too old for jail? The aging prison population presents health care issues and other costly problems. News Center 7 investigates the concern for taxpayers and the proposal causing some controversy Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. There are more than 7,000 people serving life sentences in Ohio, and they eventually all grow old. The costly burden of caring for aging inmates has some critics calling for reform to cut taxpayer costs.
Everyone thinks of “Medicare for All” as a liberal idea, an extremely liberal one embraced by the socialist wing of the Democratic Party. It’s an idea Democrats were hesitant to embrace in the Obama era, for being too far out of mainstream political thought. It was thought of as an idea that was too easy to demonize as socialism. What everyone seems to be forgetting is that “Medicare for All” could end up being a politically moderate way to bring more market competition to the U.S. healthcare system. Think I’m kidding? Give me a chance to explain myself.
What is aging? That’s the question the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sought to answer in 1958 when it launched the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA)—now the world’s longest-running study of human aging. Some 3,200 men and women have played a critical role in advancing our understanding of what it means to get older. And these particular volunteers made a lifelong commitment to participate in the research. In over six decades of work, BLSA researchers say they are certain of just two things: Aging is not synonymous with disease. And we all age differently.
The National Council on Disability—an independent federal agency—today released its annual progress report on national disability policy, titled, Has the Promise Been Kept? Federal Enforcement of Disability Rights Laws. In this report, the Council revisits the NCD report, Promises to Keep: A Decade of Federal Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act, released in 2000, to assess the progress made by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Access Board to address NCD’s recommendations in the 2000 report. In this year’s report, NCD also uses the framework developed in Promises to Keep to consider the efforts of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Office of the Solicitor, and the Wage and Hour Division to protect and advance the employment of people with disabilities.
Warrington Disability Partnership’s new smart flat showcases best of assistive tech | Access and Mobility Professional
The smart flat has been launched in partnership with Warrington Borough Council and with financial support from The Better Care Fund. It will provide information, advice and guidance on the latest assistive technology that can help to improve or maintain independent living. More than 35 guests were present at the official opening event, with representatives from health, social care, housing, local businesses, councillors and members of WDP’s board of trustees and staff. WDP’s CEO, Dave Thompson, said: “Technology is changing at a rapid pace and what we’re trying to do at the smart flat is show what it can do to help disabled people in their everyday life.”
Disability Resource Center Partners With Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid to Host Disability Mentoring Day | University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky Disability Resource Center (DRC) and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will host a Disability Mentoring Day to offer employment resources to students and job seekers with disabilities. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Room 330 of the Gatton Student Center. Disability Mentoring Day provides career development for individuals with disabilities through a day of career exploration. Through the expo, attendees will be connected to leading organizations offering employment resources. “The goal of the event is to educate students with disabilities, campus partners and local disability service providers concerning important information regarding the assistance of job seekers with disabilities,” said David Beach, director of the DRC. “Specifically, we are focusing on fostering a better understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements regarding job accommodations, examples of successful job accommodations, and how applicants can better communicate their accommodation needs and still be successful in the job search.”
Back several months ago, the local community historical museum sponsored a movie night at an open field in a local cemetery. As The Daily Herald reported, Attendees were invited to bring blankets, chairs and food, according to a flier for the free event. Proceeds from nonalcoholic drink sales benefit the Arlington Heights Historical Museum. But the event made the news not as a report of special community events but because of a protest — admittedly a one-woman protest — of the event, by a mother whose son was buried in the cemetery, who called it “disrespectful.” And indeed our cultural expectation of cemetery behavior is that of solemn mourning, and the American custom of picnicking in cemeteries in the late 19th century is nothing more than a historical oddity, born of a lack of park space and a high mortality rate. As Atlas Obscura explains,
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