They’re everywhere. On the lapels of NCAA basketball coaches during the Final Four. On a FOX reporter’s bowtie during the World Series. On bumper stickers, backpacks, bracelets, beer koozies, tote bags, and the background of a prime-time soap opera. They are puzzle pieces intended to represent autism (and autistic people). Symbolizing autism with a puzzle piece began with the UK’s National Autistic Society:
Disability Awareness Month Schedule Features Poetry Slam Champion, Highlights Accommodation and Action
Maggie Walcott, an administrative assistant to Ferris President David Eisler, is a member of the subcommittee organizing Disability Awareness Month. She said the committee is thrilled to offer a variety of activities, which they hope reaches a diverse audience of students, faculty, the university’s staff and the Big Rapids community. “Nearly all of our events can be attended free of charge,” Walcott said. “It is our hope, through films, speakers and other programs, to demonstrate that preconceived notions about disability hinder good communication, while we encourage a dialogue that encourages learning, and inclusiveness.”
Tom Price, the embattled health and human services secretary, resigned Friday in the midst of a scandal over his use of private planes, a storm that enraged President Donald Trump and undercut his promise to bring accountability to Washington.
Senate Unanimously Passes CHRONIC Care Act – Senate Passes Bipartisan Healthcare Bill to Improve Health Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries Living With Chronic Conditions
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) applauded last night’s unanimous Senate passage of S. 870, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017. The bipartisan bill will improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions.
Next Avenue, public media’s first and only digital publication dedicated to covering issues for people 50 and older, has released its third annual list of the top 50 Influencers in Aging, which includes advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts at the forefront of changing how we age and think about aging. People are honored from each of the five areas that Next Avenue covers: Health & Well-Being, Caregiving, Money & Security, Work & Purpose and Living & Learning.
1 in 3 older adults take something to help them sleep – but many aren’t talking to their doctors | University of Michigan Health
1 in 12 people over age 65 take prescription sleep medications, which carry health risks for older people, U-M/AARP National Poll on Healthy Aging finds. Sleep doesn’t come easily for nearly half of older Americans, and more than a third have resorted to some sort of medication to help them doze off at night, according to new results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging. But most poll respondents said they hadn’t talked to their doctor about their sleep, even though more than a third said their sleep posed a problem. Half believe — incorrectly — that sleep problems just come naturally with age.
Disability Awareness Month Schedule Features Poetry Slam Champion, Highlights Accommodation and Action | Ferris State University
Maggie Walcott, an administrative assistant to Ferris President David Eisler, is a member of the subcommittee organizing Disability Awareness Month. She said the committee is thrilled to offer a variety of activities, which they hope reaches a diverse audience of students, faculty, the university’s staff and the Big Rapids community.
Hugh Hefner — the silk-robed Casanova whose Playboy men’s magazine popularized the term “centerfold,” glamorized an urbane bachelor lifestyle and helped spur the sexual revolution of the 1960s — has died, his company said late Wednesday. He was 91.
Hefner founded Playboy in 1953 with $600 of his own money and built the magazine into a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire that at its 1970s peak included TV shows, a jazz festival and a string of Playboy Clubs whose cocktail waitresses wore bunny ears and cottontails.
Lung Association to Offer Quit-Smoking Programs for Residents of Public Housing with Support from Anthem Foundation | Yahoo News
The American Lung Association announced a new collaboration with the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., to offer quit-smoking support to residents of public housing in advance of the implementation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) smokefree housing rule. With the support of the Foundation’s nearly $900,000 grant, the Smoking Cessation for Low-Income Housing Residents program will give residents access to proven-effective tobacco cessation services through the Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking ® program.
The D.C. Office on Aging, which oversees a wide range of city programs for senior citizens, has been working to create a “safer space” for LGBT seniors in all of its programs, according to its executive director Laura Newland. In an interview with the Washington Blade last week, Newland responded to concerns raised by LGBT activists that the Office on Aging has not responded to longstanding requests to designate one or more of its numerous senior drop-in sites throughout the city as an LGBT seniors facility.
This spring, “Mark,” a 65-year-old man from California, lost the toes on his right foot. Doctors had no choice but to amputate them after he developed complications from a staph infection. With a monthly income of US$1,499 from Social Security, Mark relies on Medicaid to pay for the nursing facility where he currently resides and for the rehabilitation sessions that are, as he put it, teaching him “how to walk again and do things without the use of [my] right foot.”
The Graham-Cassidy bill, now approaching a Senate vote, would hit older Americans hard, threatening their right to health, including the ability to live safely, with dignity, and as independently as possible. It would drastically cut federal funding for Medicaid. It would also allow insurers to charge premiums based on age and impose lifetime caps on coverage. Perhaps most harmful, the bill would open the door to allowing insurers to charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.
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