The death rate for older Americans receiving dialysis for kidney failure may be nearly twice as high as widely thought, according to a new report. For the study, researchers looked at 391 Medicare patients, aged 65 and older, who started dialysis, in which a machine is used to remove toxins from the blood.
For millions of older Americans, the retirement years are far from “golden.” One in three retirees have no money left at the end of the month and must dip into their dwindling savings to pay monthly bills. Record numbers are declaring personal bankruptcy, an unfortunate consequence of lean retirement savings, meager (or no) pensions, unmanageable out-of-pocket medical expenses and lingering debts like mortgages and their children’s college loans.
Why are people afraid to use the term “disability”? “Attempts to avoid the use of the word ‘disability’ and couch discussions in positive terminology or euphemisms can have unintended consequences,” says Carrie Pilarski, Ph.D., an assistant professor of clinical psychology in the Michigan Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “Avoiding the term reinforces the idea that disability is a negative or undesired state.”
Aging has been very good for business. But can we honestly say business been good for aging? | Med City News
Private markets see significant opportunity in supporting Americans through their senior years, but from a human perspective, the business of aging too often falls short of delivering solutions that meet fundamental societal needs.
Last week, I spent four days at the American Society on Aging’s 2019 Aging in America Conference and the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit, both in New Orleans. My goal: to learn and report on the latest news and trends concerning money, work and volunteering for boomers and Gen Xers. I attended numerous sessions and represented Next Avenue by moderating or presenting at seven. Here are highlights:
As our population of older Americans increases, health care providers have had to confront the role of human sexuality in the aging process. In recent years, as our population of older Americans increases, health care providers have had to confront the role of human sexuality in the aging process. It is an important consideration for those like Dr. Ted Johnson, a geriatrician who guides health care delivery for seniors in the extensive network of hospitals and clinics at Emory Healthcare.
Where has Ryan O’Connell, the 32-year-old gay writer, actor, and producer who has cerebral palsy (CP) been all my life? If only his semi-autobiographical, funny, hip new Netflix series “Special” had been around when I was growing up! If I’d seen the show, based on his memoir “I’m Special and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves,” maybe my youth wouldn’t have been filled with sad, awkward, embarrassing stories.
British Paralympic officials say they were left stunned when hotels near their training camp for the 2020 Games demanded they pay to make rooms accessible for wheelchair athletes – and then pay again to convert them back afterwards. One senior figure said there had been a “total lack of interest” from hotels they had contacted in Yokohama when it came to helping the British Paralympic team, who will make their final preparations in the city ahead of Tokyo 2020. Another source said the issue had been a “huge headache” for more than 18 months.
Erasing the term disability from the collective vocabulary is misguided and has harmful sociocultural implications, according to a new article by leading scholars and rehabilitation psychologists in the field of disability identity. The article is part of a special issue of the journal Rehabilitation Psychology that explores disability and social justice in rehabilitation research.
Biden has not endorsed Medicare-for-all, nor has he disavowed the idea. The best we can do, then, is look back at his record on health care. Trying to figure out what Joe Biden thinks about health care is not an easy task. Most other prominent Democrats, including those vying for the nomination, are out stumping for single-payer. Even Biden’s former boss, Barack Obama, has described Medicare-for-all as one of the “good new ideas” that Democrats are running on.
The UN’s World Health Organization’s new advisory committee on developing global standards for governance and oversight of human genome editing has indicated on 19 March, 2019 after its first meeting how it will work towards developing a strong international governance framework in this area. It is one more example of several new technologies that will also impact persons with disabilities. All the more reason for the creation of the new position for disability and technology at the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations this March.
The number of people 60 and over is growing. So airports and hotels are beginning to look at design changes to help them.
I have been hospitalized three times. I was given heavily sedating medication much of the time, however I will never forget what I went through. Each time, I was in crisis, at my life’s lowest points, looking for a path forward. Instead, I was treated like I was a threat to others safety, as if I had done something terribly wrong. Instead of receiving care, my experiences left me scarred, stalled and aimless for years afterwards.
Given the recent violence that has rocked our country, I think it’s important to address the myth and public misconception that people with mental illness are inherently violent. Unfortunately, the media plays a role in perpetuating this misconception and research from Johns Hopkins University suggests that the media’s focus on violence and mental illness actually exacerbates stigma and decreases support for people with mental illnesses.
Over a decade ago, I received a frantic call from my son’s elementary school principal that Luke was “out of control again,” and “used a pencil as a deadly weapon to jab his teacher in the arm.” He told me that the police were on their way, and if I didn’t get there soon, they were going to have him arrested for assault. My son was six years old at the time.
It’s probably been a while since you’ve had a truly awkward conversation with your parents. But now that you’re getting older and your parents and in-laws are getting, well, much older, there are some serious that need to happen — ones that shouldn’t be pushed aside. This time, however, you’re probably going to have to be the one who starts — and maybe even finishes — many of them.
A mother writes that accommodation levels the playing field.
Mike Rosmann left seminary to become a clinical psychologist for farmers. Now, as historic flooding ravages the Midwest, he’s never been more overwhelmed.
Julius Schrem loved to ski when he was younger, although he wasn’t much into turning. He would bomb down the hills as fast as possible. He lost his leg in 1986 while deployed with the U.S. military in El Salvador. He was always an active guy, and losing his leg was devastating. Schrem thought he’d never ski again. “I never thought I’d do anything again,” he said, “I was totally bummed out.” But for the last few years, Schrem has been hitting the slopes with the help of the Achieve Tahoe program at Alpine Meadows ski resort. It helps skiers with a range of disabilities: Some have cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, and others have lost a limb. With all the snow this year, the program has welcomed new and seasoned skiers from all over the state.
Japan’s rapidly-aging society will see a quarter of its breadwinners turn 75 or older by 2040, the Nikkei daily has reported, citing a study from the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research. The total number of head-of-households who are 75 years of age or more will mount to 12.17 million by that year, while the number of single-person households will climb to 19.94 million, or two-fifths of the total, the report said. The number of people living alone who are 75 or older will top 5 million, it said.
Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Preble County. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.
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