When Agnes Mutemi discovered that her first-born daughter Nambia was mentally ill at the age of two, her first reaction was to be ashamed. She remained in denial for several years until she found a school which specialised in caring for children with disabilities.
One part of New York’s late-middle-aged population is struggling financially to the point where many workers need public assistance to survive. The city is exploding with low-paid home health and personal care aides as its elderly population grows. A surprising proportion of these workers are age 55 and older.
Athletes of all ages, abilities join DisABILITY Sports Festival at Cal State San Bernardino | San Bernardino Sun
Athletes of all ages and abilities gathered Saturday, Oct. 6, for the annual DisABILITY Sports Festival at Cal State San Bernardino. The event, featuring appearances by former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dennis Powell and wheelchair motocross world champion Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, gave participants a chance to compete in a couple dozen sports including archery, wheelchair and standing basketball, tennis, soccer, wall climbing, skateboarding, swimming and hand cycling.
African-Americans are disproportionately enrolled in studies that don’t require informed consent | STAT
African-Americans are enrolled in clinical trials that do not require patients to give individual consent at a disproportionately high level, according to a study published Monday. Scientists are allowed to conduct these experiments without obtaining consent from each individual participant because they are testing emergency medical procedures, and often the patients physically can’t respond. For example, scientists might be comparing two different methods of CPR, or examining the effect of different drug cocktails to treat a heart attack. So, the Food and Drug Administration allows researchers to test out the treatment anyway, as long as they meet certain conditions beforehand.
Despite having many friends in their 70s, 80s and 90s, I’ve been far too slow to realize that how we respond to aging is a choice made in the mind, not in the gym. At 88, I remain a competitive runner, always sprinting the last hundred yards of a race to cross the finish line with nothing left to give. The finish line of my life is drawing close, and I hope to reach it having given the best of myself along the way. I’ve been training my body to meet the demands of this final stretch. But, I wonder, should I have asked more of my mind?
Four years ago, disability rights activist and writer, Alice Wong, like many of her peers, was gearing up for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990. “I wasn’t sure what I could do to contribute and mark the occasion,” she says. Then, inspiration struck and she decided to create what she thought would be a one-year oral history project to give ADA beneficiaries a way to weigh in on the landmark legislation.
I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety on the day that Anthony Bourdain died. The timing was mostly coincidental. After over six months of wrestling with my mental health, I had reluctantly made an appointment with a doctor, where I expected to do what I always did: talk about short-term issues but repress the long-term concerns. I’ve had many episodes like this, episodes I either drowned in alcohol or addressed through brief periods of therapy.
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