When the Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would end an Obama-era program that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Sherwin Sheik quickly sized up the potential toll on his business. Mr. Sheik is the chief executive and founder of CareLinx, which matches home care workers with patients and their families. The company relies heavily on authorized immigrant labor, making the looming demise of the program — which has transformed around 700,000 people brought to this country as children into authorized workers — a decidedly unwelcome development.
Here’s some good news for America’s seniors: The rates of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have dropped significantly over the last decade or so, a new study shows. The analysis of nearly 1,400 men and women 70 and older found that the number of dementia cases dropped from 73 among those born before 1920 to just 3 among those born after 1929.
The reasons for the decline aren’t clear, researchers said. But one factor stands out: The rates of stroke and heart attack decreased across generations. The rate of diabetes, however, has increased.
A new study finds that older adults who routinely exercise can reverse signs of aging in the brain, and the physical activity that seems to have one of the most profound effects is dancing. The findings are published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Fourteen years ago Barry Zuckerman decided to take control of his future. Then 65, he looked ahead and saw two possible paths. One was remaining as independent as possible while living in his own home in a neighborhood he loved; the other was leaving it to chance and perhaps winding up in assisted living or a nursing home.
Sheen is starting to appear on Rocky Blumhagen’s forehead, just below his gray hair. He’s marching in place in a starkly lit room decked out with two large flatscreens. On both of the TVs, a volcano lets off steam through wide cracks glowing with lava, their roar muffling the Andean percussion and flutes on the soundtrack. Golden coins slide across the screen. Rocky reaches out his left hand, as if to grasp a coin from midair, and one of them disappears with a brrring.
Advocates for the elderly were ecstatic last month when Congress passed a new law that will make some hearing aids available without a prescription. When it’s fully implemented in several years, the new law is expected to reduce the cost of devices that will help those with mild to moderate hearing loss. The law also requires the Food and Drug Administration to write regulations to ensure the new hearing aids are covered by the same safety, consumer labeling and manufacturing protections as other medical devices.
Whirlpool Corp. has been recognized for its policies aimed at welcoming and supporting workers with disabilities. | Herald palladium
The Benton Harbor-based company was recognized by the U.S. Business Leadership Network and the American Association of People with Disabilities as one of the 2017 Disability Equality Index’s “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.”rlpool recognized for disability inclusion
I shouldn’t have to prove I’m disabled by showing my scars. If you were sat opposite me on the train or if you looked at my Instagram, you’d never guess I’m disabled. You’d never guess I had major surgery three weeks ago, or that I’ve been having operations my whole life. I’ve lived with double curve scoliosis, which I’ve just had corrective surgery on. I now have two metal rods and 14 screws in my back. I was also born with developmental dysplasia of the hip, which means I only had one hip socket. It’s left me with a weak right leg, so I struggle to stand or walk for longer periods of time. Unless I’m walking, nobody can see this or would be able to tell. But just because I look fine, it doesn’t mean I am fine.
In 2009, when I took over as primary writer of a New York Times blog called The New Old Age, I figured I could probably keep it going for three years or so. Then, I’d run out of things to say about aging and caregiving. Wrong. Now a twice-monthly column that appears online and in the print Science Times section on alternate Tuesdays, The New Old Age lives — and the list of subjects I hope to tackle keeps lengthening.
A leading provider of care for people with learning disabilities says it might have to pull out of some services if a row over back pay for staff is not settled soon. Mencap says it might have to end its involvement in running more than 200 residential care homes and services affecting more than 2,000 people with serious learning disabilities. The services would have to be taken over by local authorities. A government spokesman said further clarity would be provided in the coming weeks.
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