Like many boomers, Jane Baldwin faced a difficult question: “Where do I go next?” The 67-year-old retiree was living alone in Wyoming, and had grown tired of cold winters. She wanted to be closer to her family in Oakland, California. Not ready to give up her independence entirely by sharing a roof with family — but also unable to purchase another property thanks in part to the Bay Area’s notoriously high cost of housing — Baldwin decided to look no further than the backyard. Her answer was to build a 400-square-foot “granny pod.”
Disability from Across the Pond: Disability campaigners from Britain tell the United Nations the Government has betrayed people in the UK | The Mirror
United Nations officials will hear evidence of how British ministers are breaching disabled people’s rights today. The UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is investigating the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. Last October it warned that welfare cuts have led to “grave and systematic violations” of rights. Campaigners have accused the Government of “complacency at best and high-handed evasion at worst”.
The “Silver Tsunami” is a metaphor used to refer to the sharp increase of people in the United States turning 65 years old by 2030. At a sensitivity workshop put on by a local health center this week, participants learned how to understand some of the common changes that come with aging. KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports.
Lake Bell on Her ‘Responsibility as the Mother of a Daughter’ When It Comes to Aging: She Shouldn’t ‘See Me Afraid’ | People
Lake Bell‘s daughter may only be 2½-years-old, but the actress wants little Nova to know from a young age that her mom is comfortable in her own skin. “I hope to send her the message that women are beautiful, truly, at every age, and [that] there’s this tremendous privilege to age,” Bell shares in the September issue of Good Housekeeping. She adds, “There’s this sort of responsibility as the mother of a girl in that I want to be comfortable with aging and I don’t want her to see me afraid of that, because I don’t want her to be afraid of anything in that way.”
Cardiac stem cells derived from young hearts helped reverse the signs of aging when directly injected into the old hearts of elderly rats, a study published Monday in the European Heart Journal demonstrated. The old rats appeared newly invigorated after receiving their injections. As hoped, the cardiac stem cells improved heart function yet also provided additional benefits. The rats’ fur fur, shaved for surgery, grew back more quickly than expected, and their chromosomal telomeres, which commonly shrink with age, lengthened.
Women’s interest magazines are emotional rollercoasters rife with contradictory statements about self-love and confidence. They often tell us to love ourselves the way we are while pushing weight loss and wrinkle creams. That’s what makes this news so exciting: Allure just declared it will no longer use the term “anti-aging,” acknowledging that growing older is something that should be embraced and appreciated rather than resisted or talked about as if it’s a condition that drains away beauty.
Liz Sayce: ‘The UK thinks it is a leader in disability rights. But it has a long way to go’ | The Guardian
In the quarter century that Liz Sayce, 63, has been an advocate for disability rights, she has witnessed momentous changes. But the former chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DRUK), who stepped down from the role earlier this summer, believes that the movement has reached a critical moment. Next week a delegation from DRUK and other organisations is travelling to Geneva – and is expected to highlight concerns about the government’s response to a UN committee’s investigation into the upholding of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Author’s Note: Being born with cerebral palsy, it’s nearly impossible to forget I’m in a wheelchair. It brings an entire lifestyle of its own, along with a constant flood of thoughts and feelings. I wrote the following piece in light of all the people the world has lost over the past number of years – to depression, suicide, or the latter. It is my hope that this piece serves as a reminder that there is hope and help out there – and that disability is often much more than meets the eye.
A newer program is now helping people with disabilities save more money than ever before. It’s all thanks to a savings plan called Enable and one family is already reaping the benefits. “This is very important to us,” said Kim Bainbridge, the mother of Justin Bainbridge. Justin Bainbridge has a mental disability. Monday afternoon, Justin proudly showed off his new baseball t-shirt to FOX 42 News. He went to Seattle recently to visit his sister. He traveled in an airplane by himself. He even got to go into the cockpit. “It was quite memorable for him,” said Kim Bainbridge.
National Health Center Week
HCH Day is a part of of National Health Center Week, a celebration of the Health Center program and its critical role in the health care safety net, which is primarily organized by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). This year, National Health Center Week occurs August 13 – 19 .
HCH Day (August 16) celebrates the special population health centers of Health Care for the Homeless (HCH). Each year consumers and staff at HCH organizations hold events to highlight our shared work to meet the basic health care needs of people without homes, eliminate health disparities, and end homelessness. These events allow HCH projects to build relationships with community partners, engage elected officials, and show appreciation for the consumers, staff, and communities that support the vital work of HCH.
This issue is the long-awaited, utterly necessary celebration of growing into your own skin — wrinkles and all. No one is suggesting giving up retinol. But changing the way we think about aging starts with changing the way we talk about aging. With that in mind, and starting with this issue, we are making a resolution to stop using the term “anti-aging.” Whether we know it or not, we’re subtly reinforcing the message that aging is a condition we need to battle — think antianxiety meds, antivirus software, or antifungal spray.
Businesses Focus on Empowering People with Disabilities at Upcoming USBLN Conference | Microsoft Accessibility Blog
People with disabilities are a strength and their inclusion in the fabric of the company is a strategic imperative. These are all words that you’ve heard and seen on the Accessibility Blog in recent months and years: we’re becoming a bit of a scratched record on the subject! While the goal of building a diverse work culture that embraces disability is clear, the challenge remains how to make it happen. At Microsoft, we did not do it alone. Over the years, we have partnered with several organizations to guide and help us toward our goal, the biggest of which is the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN.) “Our goal is to reduce the unemployment rate for people with disabilities, and to do that, we need to reach more businesses to provide them with the resources and tools they need to create successful Disability Inclusion programs,” said Jill Houghton, USBLN President and CEO.
“What kind of society do you want to live in?”: Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing | CBS News
With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland. Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women — close to 100 percent — who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy. While the tests are optional, the government states that all expectant mothers must be informed about availability of screening tests, which reveal the likelihood of a child being born with Down syndrome. Around 80 to 85 percent of pregnant women choose to take the prenatal screening test, according to Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik.
Instead of lights and sirens, health care transportation is increasingly featuring Lyft and Uber logos ― and that’s a good thing for nearly everyone involved. Just ask Sachin Jain, the CEO of CareMore Health System, a California medical group that focuses on senior populations. In 2016, Lyft signed an agreement with CareMore to begin providing non-emergency medical transportation to its patients. So far, the move has saved his company more than $1 million, Jain told CNBC last week. What’s more, it’s also provided drastically better service, resulting in 30 percent shorter wait times and patient satisfaction exceeding 80 percent.
Link between biological clock and aging revealed: Study shows low-calorie diet may help keep body young | Medical Xpress
Scientists studying how aging affects the biological clock’s control of metabolism have discovered that a low-calorie diet helps keep these energy-regulating processes humming and the body younger. In a study appearing Aug. 10 in the journal Cell, Paolo Sassone-Corsi, director of the Center for Epigenetics & Metabolism at the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues reveal how circadian rhythms – or the body’s biological clock – change as a result of physiological aging. The clock-controlled circuit that directly connects to the process of aging is based on efficient metabolism of energy within cells.
Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have been suspended for the time being, and many Americans are breathing a sigh of relief. But Obamacare is far from safe, and the same is true for one of the key programs – Medicaid – that the law used to expand health care coverage for millions of Americans.
Close to half of all Americans have diabetes or are on the path to getting there, according to a new CDC report. Yet many of them remain undiagnosed and unaware that they’re in the danger zone. The report, mainly a gathering of 2015 statistics displayed in charts and maps, outlines a disturbing prospect for the nation’s future health if more isn’t done to reverse the situation.
Marj Knowles of Plaistow said it seems she’s “always” in the dentist’s chair at Dr. Robert Perreault’s office in Atkinson. “There was not good dental care in my day,” the 83-year-old said. “We didn’t understand the importance of keeping good teeth.” Today, dentists and doctors know poor oral health care is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers and can increase the risk of hospitalization. A reluctance to smile or difficulty eating can also cause social isolation and loneliness.
It was September 1738, and Benjamin Lay had walked 20 miles, subsisting on “acorns and peaches,” to reach the Quakers’ Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Beneath his overcoat he wore a military uniform and a sword — both anathema to Quaker teachings. He also carried a hollowed-out book with a secret compartment, into which he had tucked a tied-off animal bladder filled with bright red pokeberry juice.
Trauma & Disability Walk Into a Bar, No One Ever Says Anything. (or “My thoughts on Charlottesville and an apology to the latest members of the Disability Community”) | Medium
Every time there is a mass shooting or an act of horrific violence the disability community holds its breath. Nondisabled folks tend to forget us as a “people” unless we can be scapegoated. We wait, terrified to spin the wheel of criminalized disability, Autism, PTSD, Bipolar, Depression-which will it be this week?
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