For many older Americans, the rat race is over. But the inequality isn’t.| Washington Post
While the rat race ends with retirement, one of its principal features extends well past a person’s last day of work. Income inequality in the United States spills over from the job into the last decades of life, according to a new survey that ranks the differences among U.S. retirees as among the most extreme in the 35-country comparison. The report being issued Wednesday by the OECD, or Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, reports levels of inequality in a survey of member countries.
Natural Disasters And Displaced Aging Parents: Have A Plan | Forbes
Hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and earthquakes have all struck families this year. Sometimes your aging parent or other loved one is displaced and adult children must suddenly take them in. If your family member was in a care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living, you may suddenly face caregiving responsibilities without notice ahead of time. Communication with doctors may be sketchy or cut off when power is out. What should families do?
The hidden cost of disability discrimination | CBS News
How many people in your office have a disability? If you’re in the US, about 30 percent of college-educated employees working full time in white-collar jobs have some kind of disability under the federal definition that was expanded last year, a new study from the Center for Talent Innovation found. That’s almost one in three employees. That’s far more than the 3.2 percent that “self-identify” to employers tracked by the National Organization on Disability, according to the study, which the CTI said is the first of its kind. What’s more, 62 percent of employees with disabilities have the “invisible” kind, that is, people can’t tell from just looking at them.
Working to Disarm Women’s Anti-Aging Demon | The New York Times
A couple of years ago I had a light bulb moment. So many women color their hair to cover the gray. Many resent the effort and expense, and it’s a major way in which we make ourselves invisible as older women. When a group is invisible, so are the issues that affect it. Suppose the world saw how many we are, and how beautiful, I mused. Suppose we morphed together, in solidarity: the Year of Letting Our Hair Go Gray! It would be transformative!
Manufacturing, Retail, and Food and Beverage Industries Rank Worst for Workplace | Mental Health Mental Health America
Back in July 2017, a CEO’s response to an employee taking a mental health day went viral. The CEO thanked his employee for giving him a “reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health” and he “couldn’t believe this is not standard practice at all organizations.”
And it really isn’t standard practice. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Depression and anxiety is estimated to cost the global economy approximate $1 trillion per year. Research shows that the United States (US) alone loses $450-500 billion in lost productivity. In fact, left untreated, workplace stress contributes to at least 120,000 deaths in the US each year. With support from the Faas Foundation, Mental Health America (MHA) embarked on a two-year research project on workplace mental health with the launch of the Work Health Survey in 2015. MHA analyzed over 17,000 employee surveys across 19 industries in the United States and published the first-ever 2017 Workplace Wellness Report: Mind the Workplace. The Work Health Survey collected data on workplace culture, stress, employee engagement, and employee benefits to measure workplace stress levels and overall mental health.
Report: Massive increase in Kentucky disability recipients | Kentucky News Observer
Kentucky officials say a new report shows a massive increase in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. The report was prepared by Kentucky’s Disability Determination Services and covers a 35-year timeframe between 1980 and 2015. During that time, it says Kentucky’s population grew by 21 percent. Meanwhile, the state’s combined disability enrollment grew by 249 percent, and childhood enrollment grew 449 percent.
Why Disabled Youth are More at Risk of Being Incarcerated | Teen Vogue
In case you have not been watching, Teen Vogue has taken the torch from Rolling Stone of the late 60s and used their current platform for political and social discourse . Check their latest on Disability.
The school-to-prison pipeline describes a national trend that stems from policies, laws, and practices in which children are funneled out of school and into the criminal justice system. A common thread linking the experiences of most children who end up in this pipeline is routinely ignored: disability. Criminalization of students with disabilities — writing them off as “bad kids” rather than creating support systems to meet their needs — begins as early as preschool. Students in special education classrooms are twice as likely as their peers to be suspended, which greatly increases their risk of incarceration.
Emerging Technology Looks to Help Older Americans Age Better | U.S. News & World Report
Part of a Series on Aging in America, U.S. News and World Report continues an examination on what it means to be an aging American.
Americans once wanted to live to an old age. Now, as people are living longer than ever, they want to age well. Each day, more than 10,000 adults are turning 65, and by 2060, nearly one in four Americans – 98.2 million people – will be 65 or older. (Florida and Maine are nearly there.) And a sizable chunk of those older U.S. residents across the country – almost 20 million – will be at least 85 in 2060, according to U.S. Census projections.
These Are the 10 Best States for Aging | U.S. News & World Report
Part of a Series on Aging in America, U.S. News and World Report continues an examination on what it means to be an aging American
In 2016 Americans age 65 and older accounted for 15.2 percent of the total population. up 2.8 percent from 2000. These numbers are only expected to grow considerable over the coming decades, and the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that one if five Americans will be 65 and older by 2030.
Aging in America: Land of the Free, Home of the Gray | U.S. News & World Report
Getting old isn’t what it used to be. At least, that’s what Bob Lowry has found in recent years as he’s blazed a trail through what many would consider to be an early retirement. In 2001, at the age of 52, Lowry stepped away from his job running a management consulting company for radio stations. His wife, Betty, left her teaching job not long after, and the two began to figure out exactly what to do with the rest of their lives. But retirement – and, more broadly, getting older – hasn’t played out exactly as Lowry expected. In fact, through his effort to spread awareness about aging and retirement through his blog, A Satisfying Retirement, Lowry’s found there’s a lot of confusion out there as to what getting older actually looks like in the 21st century.
The talks financial advisers need to have with aging clients—before it is too late | MarketWatch
The first of the baby boomers turned 70 this year. Another 1.5 million will do the same each year for the next 15 years. That means new challenges for financial advisers, who can’t afford to give older clients the same service they did in their 50s and 60s. A new white paper from Pershing offers a playbook for working with senior clients and avoiding common—possibly costly—mistakes. Perhaps the biggest reason for urgency, according to Pershing, is that we often experience mental and physical decline by the time we reach 75. Studies show that people become considerably less literate about all things money after age 60—even as confidence in financial decision-making abilities rises with age.
After the check is gone | The Washington Post
In yet another installment, the Washington Post continues what many disability advocates consider to be a questionable series on disability in rural America.
The underground economy has long been a part of rural America, where some receiving disability benefits are forced to work to survive.
Tips for post-retirement adventure, health and happiness at Successful Aging Expo \ San Diego Union Tribune
If all goes well, El Cajon residents Rex and Christiane Beckham soon will be spending six months in Ireland, then six months in Germany, then who knows where. “My wife and I are getting ready to retire,” Beckham said Saturday. “We’re going to do a lot of traveling, and we’re looking at our options.” As part of their retirement research, the Beckhams joined thousands of others at the one-day Successful Aging Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “We need to look at our retirement income and start to live within those means now, while we’re still working, to see if we can manage that,” his wife said. People thinking about retirement also should look for ways to declutter and downsize, she said. And they need to prepare ahead for ways to keep themselves occupied after they’ve left their full-time jobs.
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