#SaytheWord | Twitter
A heartwarming video that has also sparked some rel conversation about disability identity? Is it possible to be good at something and be a prude person with a disability? Comments from celebrities and disability advocates were intense.
From Tiny Desk to touring, Gaelynn Lea shares message of “Disability Pride” | WBFO887
The 31st annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Conference was held in downtown Niagara Falls Thursday. Its morning keynote speaker is a woman who, despite her physical condition, became a trained violinist who would go on to win the 2016 NPR Music Tiny Desk competition. She now travels to spread a message that being “disabled” is just another form of diversity for which people should be proud.
Older People Are Contributing to Climate Change, and Suffering From It | The New York Times
Growing numbers of seniors are using more energy. They also are most likely to suffer in extreme weather, which has become more common as the planet warms. When it comes to discussing climate change, older people may have one advantage: They have watched it happen. In the nine Northeastern states, for instance, where average winter temperatures climbed 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit between 1970 and 2000, they have seen fewer snow-covered days, and more shrubs flowering ever earlier
People spent $1.9 billion last year on apps to keep their brains sharp as they age — here’s what actually works | MarketWatch
Sandra Wisham had never heard of cognitive training until her senior center in Coral Gables, Fla., hosted a seminar on aging and invited attendees to enroll in a brain-fitness course. Intrigued, she signed up. “I want to remain independent as long as possible,” says Wisham, 76. She works hard to keep herself physically fit, going to weekly body conditioning and Zumba classes at the retirement center. It made sense to her to do the same for her mind, she says.
Retirement should not mean hardship – but many older Americans live in poverty | The Guardian
Vivian Majors spent her life cleaning houses while her husband, Martin, worked as a carpenter. Their bodies broke down in their 60s. She is now 71, living on her own and struggling to pay her bills. He is in a nursing home and has Parkinson’s disease. She survives on a $960 monthly social security check and $50 in food stamps. Hardened by years of physically taxing work that left her hovering around the poverty line, Majors, now retired, is girding herself for more years of financial hardship.
Nerve stimulation therapy lessens disability in stroke patients, research finds | CNN
There may be new hope for stroke patients: An experimental nerve stimulation therapy helped reduce disability, new research finds.
The therapy, known as active nerve cell cluster stimulation, was used on patients within 24 hours of an ischemic stroke. This most common type of “brain attack” is often caused by a clot that blocks a blood vessel and so prevents blood flow in the brain. Within minutes of such a blockage, brain cells begin to die, leading to potential mental and physical disabilities.
The world’s first mental health ambulance arrives in Sweden | apolitical
Over 1,500 suicides and 15,000 suicide attempts are reported annually in Sweden. In order to tackle this, Stockholm’s care services have introduced the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PAM) – an ambulance dedicated only to mental health care. It’s the first of its kind in the world, essentially an emergency response therapy room that can travel at 70 miles per hour.
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