We all deserve to lead happy and healthy lives free from abuse as we age, yet older people are mistreated more often than we think. Take action to raise awareness toward prevention on this important social justice issue!
The Stonewall Resistance, like the uprisings before it at Cooper Do-nuts in Los Angeles and Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco, was a direct response to police brutality that especially targeted transgender and gender-nonconforming Black and Latinx people. Police, emboldened by laws that criminalized homosexuality and forms of self-expression like women wearing pants, raided establishments frequented by some members of the LGBTQ+ community and assaulted and arrested them. After years of mistreatment, people at the Stonewall Inn rose up and demonstrated against the police, who only escalated the violence.
Back in the 1990s, when I worked at Money magazine, David Lereah was a go-to source for our real estate stories. His job then: chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association (he later held that job at the National Association of Realtors). I lost track of Lereah until his new, and wholly surprising, book recently arrived: The Power of Positive Aging. And boy does he have a story to tell.
Across the United States, nursing homes trying to protect their residents from the coronavirus eagerly await boxes of masks, eyewear and gowns promised by the federal government. But all too often the packages deliver disappointment — if they arrive at all. Some contain flimsy surgical masks or cloth face coverings that are explicitly not intended for medical use. Others are missing items or have far less than the full week’s worth of protective equipment the government promised to send. Instead of proper medical gowns, many packages hold large blue plastic ponchos.
The kids who most need social interaction this summer won’t be getting it. My 12-year-old daughter, Jo Jo, blossoms over the summer. For her, it’s a time for camp, pool trips with friends, bonfires and dancing for hours on the beach at our town’s monthly “Sand Jams.” Last summer, she began going to the salon for monthly manicures, even getting her dirty-blonde hair highlighted with buttery chunks.
After months in hibernation, America has woken up—especially the nation’s young, diverse millennial and Gen Z generations. These generations will be the ones to suffer the greatest economic hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic, which will rob them of career-defining education and employment opportunities. But their recent convergence on America’s streets and squares is not a response to reopening the economy—these generations are demonstrating their commitment to fundamental civil rights for Black Americans, making up the vast majority of protesters marching against the unjust police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and others impacted by police brutality and racial injustice.
Earlier this month, a colleague who heads the geriatrics service at a prominent San Francisco hospital told me they had begun seeing startling numbers of suicide attempts by older adults. These were not cry-for-help gestures, but true efforts to die by people using guns, knives and repurposed household items.
“Nothing About Us Without Us” may be a long-standing maxim within the disability rights movement but a sizeable proportion of creators of digital content appear yet to receive the memo. According to a new survey undertaken by leading U.S. digital accessibility consultancy Level Access, alongside G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs) and IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals), 56% of organizations still don’t routinely test their digital products with disabled people to evaluate accessibility and usability.
I recently came across this request in an application for a fellowship.
It seems ludicrous. Just one? I can name a hundred off the top of my head. How do I choose the one that would be representative? The one that fits neatly into the 1000-character field required by the application?
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Anthem, along with the Anthem Foundation, has pledged $50 million over the next five years to community causes that will have an impact on racial injustice and narrow health disparities, company officials announced Monday.The company said in a news release that it was committed to working to create change, particularly “in our home town of Indianapolis.”