Now that we see some light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, it seems timely to step back and take a look at how the pandemic is affecting aging and retirement today and in the future. The subject was addressed in the article “How Covid-19 will change aging and retirement” in the Nov. 16, 2020 Wall Street Journal. Some of the following information and perspectives are from that article, plus my own professional and personal views.
Living conditions and lack of social distancing, mask-wearing may be factors. The cruelty of the COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on all Americans, but few with more catastrophic impact than those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias, according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association. Deaths from Alzheimer’s and other dementias skyrocketed 16 percent — killing at least 42,000 additional vulnerable older Americans in 2020 — compared with the averages over the previous five years, noted the 2021 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.
One year ago, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since then, 29 million Americans have been infected and more than 500,000 have died.With spring on the horizon, more Americans getting vaccinated every day, and President Joe Biden laying out an optimistic timeline in an address Thursday night, the country feels as if it is turning a corner. But in many ways, the pandemic recovery is just beginning. The first 50 days of Biden’s presidency have largely been focused on helping Americans who have suffered during the pandemic, including by passing a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. But in a historic first, the White House has also named a disability policy director to sit on its Domestic Policy Council and ensure the government is prioritizing Americans with disabilities—including those with lingering disabilities caused by COVID-19.
Disability Fashion Advocate Recreates Celebrity Magazine Covers Using Models with Disabilities | PR Newswire
Easterseals Ambassador Stephanie Thomas, a disability fashion stylist and creative director in Los Angeles, is leading an initiative to change how the world defines and views women with disabilities during Women’s History Month in March. With a group of disabled women and photographer Brad Swonetz, Thomas is recreating magazine covers of iconic women of color like, Naomi Sims, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Quintanilla, Lena Horne and more. The campaign launches on March 8th, recognized as International Women’s Day, to celebrate these BIPOC female trailblazers with disabilities as iconic game-changers and history makers.
Richard Weishaupt, a disability attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, has just met with his first client with what’s known as “long-haul” COVID — symptoms that persist beyond a couple of weeks in which the infection typically runs its course.
States are passing laws that would prevent people with Down syndrome, autism and other disabilities from being denied transplants solely because of their conditions.
Remembering Deaf President Now!
In March of 1988 Gallaudet Students held the Deaf President Now Protests resulting in the first Deaf President of Gallaudet University, I. King Jordan. Join us as we remember those heady days of progress for inclusion at America’s Premier Deaf Educational Institution.
March 13 – the Capitol Crawl – The 1990 protest demonstrated the barriers that inaccessible buildings create for people with disabilities. | History
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