Polio left her in a wheelchair. It also started her on a lifelong fight to change perceptions and break down real-world obstacles.
As more Bay Area coffee shops look at ways to cut down on waste, members of the disabled community are concerned they’ll be left out. Concerned about climate change, some cafes are testing out rental programs for reusable glass jars, while others tell customers they can only sip their drinks for-here. Yet both options present issues for disabled folks with limited mobility or decreased sensation in their hands. For them, paper cups are still the best option because glass and ceramic mugs are often too heavy or slippery.
Adult children home for the holidays may be noticing something for the first time about an aging parent. Dr. Kathleen Rogers, chief of geriatrics for Cleveland Clinic Akron General, offers some guidance on how to approach the sensitive subject.
Even a little exposure to the fine particles of air pollution can translate into higher hospitalization rates for a number of common conditions among older Americans, a new study suggests. “The study shows that the health dangers and economic impacts of air pollution are significantly larger than previously understood,” said study author Yaguang Wei, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston.
There’s a new question that anti-hunger advocates want doctors and nurses to ask patients: Do you have enough food? Public health officials say the answer often is “not really.” So clinics and hospitals have begun stocking their own food pantries in recent years. One of the latest additions is Connectus Health, a federally funded clinic in Nashville, Tenn. This month, the rear of LaShika Taylor’s office transformed into a community cupboard.
Aging comes with a myriad of changes, including changes in health needs and mobility, living arrangements, income, and for some, changes in memory. These challenges can be compounded during a disaster where there may be disruption of life-sustaining services—both for individual households and across communities. The number of older adults 65 and over is expected to nearly double between now and 2060, to an estimated 95 million. And about 85% of older Americans have at least one chronic health condition. These changing demographics mean that an increasing number of older adults, many with chronic health conditions, are not only living through more severe disasters, but may also experience unintended health consequences as a result.
For Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the issue of long-term care is personal. When his father was dying last January, he and his mother grappled with the possibility of having to arrange long-term care for him. Because Medicare does not cover most long-term care costs, a social worker told Buttigieg’s mom that her best option might be to spend down her savings: if she got poor enough she’d qualify for Medicaid.
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