Each year, 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health condition. With so many people impacted, the chances are that almost everyone will know someone who is affected; either themselves, a family member, or a coworker. And despite commonplace occurrences of mental health conditions, misunderstanding and archaic biases are often barriers for people to properly identify symptoms and seek treatment and support. That is why we recognize each May as Mental Health Awareness Month, awareness and acceptance help foster inclusion for all people with disabilities
As Covid-19 arrives in areas where testing and medical care are in short supply, officials could face dilemmas on when and how to relax restrictions. The coronavirus pandemic is spreading from cities to rural communities that have a higher share of older, at-risk residents, a trend that has implications for the stress it may put on local health-care systems as well as the push by many governors to ease economic restrictions and reopen for business.
For more than 60 million Americans with disabilities, the rapid spread of COVID-19 is especially dangerous. Many live in long-term care facilities, and they are twice as likely to experience poverty as those without disability. But so far, legislation has fallen short on help. We hear some of their stories, and Stephanie Sy talks to Rebecca Cokley of the Center for American Progress.
Labor economist Teresa Ghilarducci began studying retirement in 2008, when the Great Recession was making it impossible for millions of Americans to retire. “The phenomenon of Granny working in McDonald’s really started to ramp up,” said Ghilarducci, who leads the Retirement Equity Lab at The New School in New York.
A sewing machine. A political poster. Forks and spoons with chunky handles. The objects are commonplace, but they tell an extraordinary history of the everyday lives of people with disabilities. “EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America,” curated by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, is an online exhibition that brings together photos, objects and text that tell the story of disability in the United States. It uses images from the past of people with disabilities, and the objects they used, to explore themes of place, relationships, technology, citizenship and more.
Council approves Florida’s guidelines for rationing health care, while one disability group disagrees | Orlando Weekely
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council on Friday voted to adopt a set of ethical guidelines for the potential rationing of health care during a pandemic. The only dissenting vote on the council came from the organization Disability Rights Florida.
Millennial women already caring for aging parents or planning to do so are much more stressed about the caregiving responsibility than men, a new poll reveals. CaringAdvisor found 1 in 2 Millennials planning to care for aging parents say they want to do it. However, guilt was the biggest motivator, with about two-thirds admitting they’d feel guilty if they didn’t care for parents themselves.
What experts in aging think the future holds for boomer bashing. First, there was OK Boomer, the pejorative meme mocking older people. Then came #boomerremover, the morbid catchphrase used by some millennials and GenZers as a shorthand for the coronavirus pandemic to describe the higher vulnerability of boomers, generally, to COVID-19.
Ari and Justin don’t mind if quarantine goes on forever. In the start studded new music video for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s track, “Stuck With U,” both show off their blissful lockdown experiences in a massive montage supercut full of fans – and brief looks into fellow famous peoples’ isolation situations.
My mom is limited by a disability, but she still shows up in all the ways that matter | The Washington Post
“I’ve had this dream,” my mom tells me as we sit in side-by-side lawn chairs beneath an autumn sun, “that one day I would put on an elegant black dress and go out to dinner with my husband. Not out of delusion; I just believed that things would get better. I had to believe that things would get better.” “I still picture that,” she continues, her voice lower. “Every detail: the table, the napkins. The waiter carries us bread and butter, and we’re laughing.”
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