How to Talk About Aging in Place? Don’t Mention Aging | Business of Home
By 2020, there will be 55 million Americans over the age of 65. That’s about 16 percent of the population, and yet, broaching the subject of aging in place with clients hasn’t gotten any easier. Erik Listou and Louie Delaware, the founders of the Living in Place Institute, which offers education and certification to design industry professionals, have come up with a novel approach to the problem: Don’t talk about it.
The Health 202: Lawmakers are trying to prove they’re serious about lowering drug costs | The Washington Post
House leaders are eyeing early May for a vote on measures aimed at lowering the high cost of prescription drugs, as Democrats and Republicans alike try to prove they’re serious about taking on the troubling issue this year.
3 key health decisions older LGBTQ adults must consider | Press & Guide
We can strive to be healthy, but nobody can avoid getting older. As we age, we must make certain health-related decisions, some of which involve unique challenges for the LGBTQ population. Here are some tips on navigating those issues.
Scientists Test Whether Brain Stimulation Could Help Sharpen Aging Memory | NPR
It’s an unfortunate fact of life — as we age, we tend to become more forgetful. Aging brains struggle especially with working memory. Called the workbench of the mind, working memory allows us to store useful bits of information for a few seconds and use that information across different brain areas to help solve problems, plan or make decisions. Researchers are trying to understand why this ability fades as we age and whether we can slow, or reverse, that decline.
More seniors ‘aging in place’ mean fewer homes on the market to buy | The Washington Post
Looking for someone to blame for the years of low inventory that have pushed housing prices higher and made it harder for millennials to become homeowners? While builders share some of the responsibility, recent research by Freddie Mac finds that people between the ages of 67 and 85 who stay in their homes longer and “age in place” also play a role.
Fake Social Security Calls Can Fool Your Aging Parents | Forbes
Scams targeting our aging loved ones never seem to stop. Now that thieves can spoof the recipient of a call by showing a “real” number on caller ID, it’s easier than ever for them to intimidate your aging parent. The way this latest evil game works is this: the caller has your aging parent’s telephone number and knows your parent to be at least of Social Security age. The caller immediately tells the elder in an authoritative voice that her Social Security number has been blocked. Of course this draws the expected reaction from most people. What should I do? They are not going to question what it means to have the SS number “blocked” or if that is even possible.
‘The life he was dealt:’ TennCare bill for kids with severe disabilities now behind the budget | The Tennessean
Working Works | Campaign for Disability Employment
Disability and Leadership: Engendering Visibility, Acceptance and Support
This report from executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles discusses the importance of including people with disabilities as part of workplace diversity and inclusion efforts, and the impact strong leadership can have on success in doing so.
The other shoe drops: following in Uber’s foot steps, Lyft sued for lack of accessible rides | NorCalSci
Berkeley-based Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a class action lawsuit against Lyft, challenging its failure to make its popular, on-demand ridesharing service available to people who need wheelchair-accessible vehicles in the Bay Area. The plaintiffs include Community Resources for Independent Living, Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, and four Bay Area residents who use wheelchairs. The action follows a similar lawsuit DRA filed against Uber almost a year ago.
The Joy of Being Autistic in Spaces Built By and For Autistic People | Rooted in Rights
When Haley Moss, an attorney, visual pop artist, and author from Florida, was 13, she went to the Autism Society of America Conference, a conference dedicated to presentations, discussions, and workshops about autism. It was the first time she’d ever been in a space designed for autistic people. “At such a young age, it was incredibly powerful to meet other autistic people, especially college students and adults,” Haley says. She believes autistic spaces are wonderful opportunities for autistic people to learn more about themselves and discover the diversity of autistic people. “For many autistic people—especially younger autistic folks—it is the first point of contact we have with others like us,” she explains.
Ask An Expert: Here’s what it’s like to get around Seattle for some people who use a wheelchair | Seattle Times
Vanessa Link and Clark Matthews don’t want your pity, and they don’t care if you think they sound a little harsh when making their points. Earlier this year, as the Washington state Legislature considered a bill that would allow Seattle to use traffic cameras to enforce bus-only lanes and crosswalks, Link and Matthews starred in a viral social media video to demonstrate the impact blocking intersections has on their ability to get around the city in a wheelchair.
“We’re both tired of these [BLEEP] cars blocking the [BLEEP] intersections,” Link said in the video.
The Truth About Drug Dealers Lacing Cocaine with Fentanyl | Vice
Authorities have spoken out about the threat of fentanyl in recreational drugs, but there’s reason to believe their claims are overblown. Last May, staff from New York City’s Department of Health and Hygiene toured bars and nightclubs to spread the word that the city’s cocaine was being laced with the lethal synthetic opioid fentanyl. “We want [people] to know that fentanyl is in our cocaine supply, and they are at risk of an opioid overdose,” said New York’s then-Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “If you use cocaine, make sure someone is with you who can call 911 or administer naloxone in case you have an opioid overdose.”
One-handed NFL player’s sweet moment with young fan missing part of arm | NBC News
In a video that’s now gone viral, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin discovers he shares something in common with a young fan named Joseph. Like his football hero, Joseph is also missing his left hand, as well as part of his arm.
Trump’s Funding Cuts To The Disabled Are Bad Economic Policy | Forbes
Like Halley’s Comet, the idea that people are faking disability claims reoccurs with regularity. The recurrence doesn’t happen seasonally, but politically: Republicans are more likely to propose to cut disability benefits. In 2019, it is Democrats opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, which targets people with disabilities. Sadly, Trump may feel he can manipulate latent prejudice against people with impairments. That approach would not only hurt people with disabilities; it would hurt the economy overall.
There’s a serious problem plaguing some older people: Loneliness | Washington Post
For years, Linda Fried offered older patients who complained of being lonely what seemed to be sensible guidance. “Go out and find something that matters to you,” she would say.
But her well-meaning advice didn’t work most of the time. What patients really wanted were close relationships with people they care about, satisfying social roles and a sense that their lives have value. And this wasn’t easy to find.
Aging Epicures Say: It’s Noisy, Trendy … Not for Us | The New York Times
Two readers agree with Frank Bruni that as they age, they now seek out quiet spots where they become regulars.
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