Disability Advocate Sues Minneapolis, Scooter Companies For ADA, Anti-Discrimination Violations | CBS4 Minnesota
For many, e-scooters are a fast and fun way to get around. But for people with disabilities like Noah J. McCourt, those two wheels are terrifying.
For baby boomers, age-proofing a home doesn’t come cheap | Washington Post
Dennis and Chris Cavner, in their early 70s, are preparing to move less than two blocks away into a 2,720-square-foot, ranch-style house they bought this year. But first a renovation is underway, taking the 45-year-old property all the way back to its studs. When the work is finished, these baby boomers say they are confident the move will land them in their forever home.
10 Disability Policy Questions Every Presidential Candidate Should Answer | Center for American Progress
The 2020 election has already seen an unprecedented level of engagement of the disability community by candidates. Differing approaches—from integrating disability as a lens across issues that include, but are not limited to, housing, democracy, and children’s issues, to stand-alone platforms that address parts of the communities and cover various intersections of race, gender, immigration, and LGBTQ identities—show that the issues facing people with disabilities are becoming a greater priority on the campaign trail than ever before.
Hearing aids may help delay dementia, depression in elders | Reuters
For older adults, hearing aids may delay some forms of mental and physical decline associated with hearing loss and aging, a U.S. study suggests.Among people who’d been diagnosed with hearing loss, those who used hearing aids were up to 18% less likely to be diagnosed with dementia, depression or fall-related injuries over the next three years, compared to people not using the devices, researchers report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
It’s a good deal for most older Americans, but Medicare is neither free nor easy | The Washington Post
Medicare is not free. That’s the bad news. The premiums alone can run thousands of dollars a year, and you can go broke if you get stuck in a hospital long enough. Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older, won’t pay anything for a skilled nursing facility past 100 days, and the co-payment for days 21 through 100 will cost you $13,640.
Overzealous in preventing falls, hospitals are producing an ‘epidemic of immobility’ in elderly patients | The Washington Post
Dorothy Twigg was living on her own, cooking and walking without help until a dizzy spell landed her in the emergency room. She spent three days confined to a hospital bed, allowed to get up only to use a bedside commode. Twigg, who was in her 80s, was livid about being stuck in a bed with side rails and a motion sensor alarm, said Melissa Rowley, her cousin and caretaker.
Generations mix at a Boston brewery to ‘change the conversation’ about aging | The Boston Globe
It was a reach across the generational divide.A pair of millennial gerontologists and aspiring entrepreneurs invited strangers of varying ages to grab a drink together at a Dorchester craft beer brewery. Their first Intergenerational Happy Hour — part social experiment, part marketing gambit — was one small step toward challenging the age segregation that’s become increasingly prevalent in American life, said organizers Natalie Shellito, 29, and Claire Wickersham, 28, both PhD candidates in gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
New Poll: Majority of Voters Have Disability Connections | PR NEwwswire
85% of voters find it very or somewhat important that presidential candidates have campaign events and websites that are open and accessible to people with disabilities, just like everyone else.
The ADA’s “Vague” Definition Of Disability Is A Feature, Not A Bug | Forbes
In October 2019, the 8th Circuit Court ruled in an ADA case against Dollar General that a worker could be considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act even if she doesn’t specifically identify herself as “disabled.” The plaintiff’s precise diagnosis is less important than her fairly obvious need for the kinds of accommodations that help people with disabilities do their jobs effectively. This is just the latest example of the remarkable practicality of the ADA’s definition of disability.
Medicare Advantage isn’t expected to slow down thanks to aging seniors | Axios
Health insurers continue to see Medicare Advantage as a lucrative business, especially as aging Baby Boomers have propelled enrollment to about 22 million people, Bloomberg reports.
Why it matters: Health insurers and the Trump administration are working fast to sign people up for the private Medicare plans instead of traditional Medicare. And the president’s executive order last week aims to keep funneling even more people toward Medicare Advantage over time, Axios’ Marisa Fernandez writes.
How Amy Klobuchar’s health plan could help family caregivers| Star-Tribune
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, one of more than a dozen Democratic candidates for president in 2020, has not become a breakout star. But the Minnesota senator is one of the few hopefuls who released a plan addressing concerns of older adults and family caregivers, as well as providing broader health coverage for all Americans.
STDs Rise Sharply Among Older Americans | Everyday Health
If you think young people are the only ones getting sexually transmitted infections — often called STDs or STIs — think again. According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on October 8, 2019, the number of cases of gonorrhea rose 164 percent among Americans age 55 and older between 2014 and 2018, while cases of syphilis rose 120 percent in this population, and chlamydia rose 86 percent.
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