If there was one word I could ban from the dictionary, it would be “inspiration.” The reason why I think this word is so particularly horrible is because of the way it is frequently connected to people with disabilities and chronic conditions. I believe it both glorifies and belittles the reality of living with a disability.
“I’d like to move to a nursing home or assisted living,” said no older adult ever. In fact, a recent study by AARP found that nine of 10 older Americans preferred to live in their homes as long as possible. The aging-in-place movement seeks to let seniors do just that, avoiding heading to a retirement community or skilled nursing facility for as long as possible — or forever. But staying put requires planning, and the sooner you start, the more prepared you’ll be, whether you remain spry until 103.
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The desire to remain in our homes and communities as we age is nearly universal, and good ideas have no borders. As the world’s population gets permanently older, there is a growing need for safe, supportive housing and housing-related services and arrangements to promote health, prevent injury, delay the need for institutional care, reduce social isolation, and build intergenerational connection and stronger families and communities.
The media abandoned unequivocal opposition to suicide long ago. Most publications editorially support legalizing assisted suicide, and on the news side — as at the New York Times and the Associated Press — they have even gone so far as to run stories lauding suicide/euthanasia “parties,” at which people celebrate the life of the host just before their death by overdose or lethal injection. Friends and family were so supportive, don’t you know!
As long as I can remember, people have praised me for “always smiling”. Every so often I encounter strangers who say “look at you smiling with all that you have”. I usually respond by laughing, because I truly don’t have a reply. Or, rather, I don’t have the energy to explain. How can I explain my internal battle, how can I reveal a ‘weakness’ that I need to keep locked away because if it comes out and is visible for everyone to see then it will became part of my reality, like a guest that will invade your space and never leaves? More urgently, how can I make people understand that my disability has never been an issue that made me low or triggered my negative mood?
LGBTQ Americans were recently found 29% more likely to report memory loss and confusion — two early signs of dementia— than their straight, cisgender counterparts. The research, led by the University of California, San Francisco, was released at the 2019 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles. A large phone-based survey was conducted across nine states. Out of more than 44,000 adults aged 45 and older, roughly 3% of participants identified themselves as a sexual or gender minority.
On Sunday, Human Rights Watch marched in the 5th annual Disability Pride Parade in New York City, alongside thousands of people with disabilities, disabled persons organizations, companies, local politicians, and others. The participants marched for inclusion, awareness, visibility, and a dignified perception of disability, and to encourage New Yorkers to view people with disabilities through a lens of pride rather than charity. Beyond New York City, disability pride parades also occurred in in Brighton, Rome, and Calgary, demonstrating that the disability rights movement is growing.
Less than six months after starting employment at Crain Automotive Holdings LLC, the claimant had chest pains at work. Believing it to be a heart attack, she left to go to the emergency department. Following a few days of treatment, she was diagnosed as having panic attacks. She returned to work, only to suffer another attack. Approximately one week after her first episode, Crain terminated her employment, with the claimant’s supervisors telling her that things were not working out due to her health problems and that she needed to take care of herself.
At the end of July, Democratic presidential hopefuls have their second chance to impress the public and discuss some of the biggest issues facing the country on a national stage. But if these debates are anything like the first, they’ll also miss the elephant in the room: long-term care.
Join a book club, take a cruise or just visit friends — new research supports the notion that social activities help stave off mental decline as you age. The study found that seniors with high levels of an Alzheimer’s-linked protein in their brains were able to slow any mental decline if they got out and socialized regularly.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is reportedly planning to unveil his plan to better deliver long-term health care to elderly Americans. Reuters reports that Booker will roll out the plan during an AARP forum in Iowa on Monday.
The United Nations Human Rights Council made history on Friday when it adopted a resolution on climate change and the rights of people with disabilities. The resolution calls on governments to adopt a disability-inclusive approach when taking action to address climate change. The impacts of climate change disproportionately affect people with disabilities. They are frequently in situations of social, economic, and political disadvantage and may not have access to adequate resources, information, and services necessary to adapt to the effects of climate change. For example, people with disabilities may feel the health impacts of climate change more severely, as some are more susceptible to invasive disease due to pre-existing health conditions. Additionally, many are at particular risk of neglect, abandonment, and even death during instances of migration or natural disasters, which are increasing in frequency and ferocity, due to physical, communication, and other barriers, as well as disrupted support networks.
There are more than 3,200 Utah families on the wait-list for help caring for a loved one with a disability. The funding comes through the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD), and for some, the wait-list is now 10 years long.
I’m old-school. I still get the newspaper delivered. Primarily, because it is our therapy dog Lacey’s morning routine to get the paper and bring it to me. How could I interfere with her sense of purpose? Besides, I like turning pages and I don’t really mind a little smudgy newsprint on my fingers. But I’m not out of step with news delivered electronically either, and I’m a big fan of podcasts. I really love the segment “Can’t Let It Go” from the NPR Politics Podcast. Once a week, usually three or four of the correspondents talk about something from the current week that they “just can’t let go, politics or otherwise.”
The aging population is an increasing challenge for countries all across the world. Research from the UN shows that there are currently 962 million people aged over 60 globally and that the older population is growing by 3% every year. It’s estimated that the number of pensioners will increase to 1.4 billion in 2030, 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100, placing enormous strain on health and care systems now and in the distant future. But many believe that tech can help here.
The 2018 midterm elections had recording-breaking voter turnout: 53% of the citizen voting-age population voted, marking the highest midterm turnout in four decades. There were significant increases in voter turnout among minority groups, including Hispanic/Latino and African-American voters.
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