Six things to do when your aging parents have no retirement savings | USA Today
It sounds like the makings of a sitcom, but your parents may end up rooming with you if they haven’t started saving for retirement.An analysis for the Harvard Health Letter using U.S. Census Bureau data concluded that some 3.4 million people aged 65 or older were living in a grown child’s home in 2016. Before you start counting the ways your life will change once your parents move in, prepare to do some information gathering. Your parents may not have much in savings, but the faster you can get their finances in order, the better off you’ll all be.
Disability inclusion enhances science | Science
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—a landmark piece of legislation for the support of people with disabilities—turns 30 next year (1). As the ADA has aged, the culture around disabilities has grown, revealing that much more can be done. Legislation is helpful, but improvements don’t have to come from the top. Nearly a quarter of Americans live with a disability, yet individuals with disabilities comprise just 17% of the entire American workforce (2), 9% of the scientific workforce, and a mere 7% of PhD-holders employed in science (3). Barriers to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers among people with disabilities include the lack of proper instruction, insufficient access to facilities and instruments, and not being accepted by peers (4). Students with disabilities report that only two-thirds of course instructors help them engage in lab tasks and that there are no accommodations in half of the labs they enter (5), creating missed opportunities to gain the skills necessary for careers in STEM research.
How to (Gently) Help Your Aging Parents Manage Their Money \ The New York Times
Helping with their finances before a crisis erupts is a smart move, but a tricky one. Experts suggest some strategies that work.
When Reagan Alonso, a semiretired nurse living in Jacksonville, Fla., first gently offered to help her aging mother with her finances, she encountered resistance. Her mother, now 88, was born in Ohio, and “being from the Midwest and of that generation, we’re very much, ‘you don’t talk about money,’” Ms. Alonso, 60, said. “When it came to the point when I told her I have to put my name on your checking account, she was at first very suspicious. I told her ‘the checkbook is going to be with you, and I’m not taking any control away from you.
UCSF Researchers Focus On ‘Aging Into Homelessness’ In Bay Area | KPIX CBS5
At a time when most of his peers are collecting their pensions, Earl Pratt is collecting cans. At 57 years old, he’s homeless for the first time in his life. Pratt is part of a growing population, not just of the homeless in Oakland, but of people who become homeless for the first time over the age of fifty.
Florida unnecessarily put children with disabilities in nursing homes. It’s still fighting the federal lawsuit | Orlando Weekly
Florida is asking a full federal appeals court to take up a dispute about whether the U.S. Department of Justice can pursue a lawsuit against the state over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act – a case stemming from concerns about “medically fragile” children being placed in nursing homes.
Older Americans Are Misusing Antibiotics | Newsmax Health
A new poll delivers good and bad news: Half of American seniors report taking antibiotics in the last two years, but many also say they have misused them. As many as 1 in 5 say they take leftover antibiotics without checking with their doctor, and 2 in 5 expect doctors to prescribe them for viral conditions, which don’t respond to antibiotics.
Meet the Paralympic swimmer changing perceptions of disability | WTOP
Théo Curin is no ordinary teenager. At the age of six, he contracted meningococcal meningitis, a rare bacterial disease that can sometimes lead to clotting in the blood, causing tissue to die. To save his life, doctors had to amputate the ends of his limbs. Because he was so young when the procedure happened, he feels no ghost pains.
BlackRock, American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN facilitate forward-thinking dialogue on disability inclusion with investors and global inclusion leaders | Global News Wire
BlackRock, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN convened a group of companies and investors at BlackRock for a private, half-day discussion on the issue of disability inclusion. Recent research from Accenture, AAPD and Disability:IN shows that when companies embrace best practices for employing people with disabilities, they outperform their peers, including 28 percent higher revenue, double the net income and 30 percent higher economic profit margins. Yet, more than 10 million people with disabilities continue to be underrepresented in the workforce. According to the research, underutilizing this talent pool can significantly inhibit companies from creating sustainable, long-term value.
Many on Medicare Still Face Crippling Medical Bills | U.S. News & World Report
Even with Medicare coverage, older Americans with serious health conditions are often burdened by medical bills, a new study finds. In a survey, researchers found that more than half of seriously ill Medicare beneficiaries said they’d had major trouble paying medical bills. Prescription drugs were the biggest hardship, followed by hospital and ambulance bills.
How To Make Workplaces More Welcoming For Employees With Disabilities | Forbes
October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It’s a time each year when disability organizations, elected officials, business experts, and journalists discuss the status of disabled people in the job market and workplace. We generally start by taking stock of the size and shape of the disability employment gap. It’s big. According to a February 2019 disability employment report from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities actively in the job market is 8%, compared to 3.7% for people without disabilities. In a time of historically high employment, disabled Americans experience recession-level unemployment. This rate typically becomes catastrophic whenever the economy plunges.
Trauma in Plain Sight | Slate
The psychiatrist in the windowless room on the second floor of the rehabilitation center in Utah didn’t say much. He asked a handful of questions, scribbled a few notes on a piece of paper and then, Millie Davidson says, he told her that she needed to take antipsychotics. Given the severity of her diagnosis, she should also sign up for permanent disability benefits, she remembers him saying.
Google Invests In Inclusive Housing | Disability Scoop
Google is putting up $5.3 million to help make an inclusive apartment complex — catering to those with and without developmental disabilities — a reality. The technology giant said this week that it will invest in The Kelsey Ayer Station, a development planned in San Jose, Calif. The fully-accessible 115-unit complex is designed to offer rents that are affordable to people of varying income levels and 25 percent of the homes will be reserved for people with developmental disabilities.