Elderly African Americans: The vulnerable of the vulnerable in the COVID‐19 era | Wiley Online Library
The COVID‐19 pandemic has highlighted underlying racial disparities for racial/ethnic minorities, especially African Americans (AAs).1, 2 Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 37.3% of elderly patients (aged 65 years and older) who have been hospitalized for COVID‐19 in the United States are AAs.3 This is over 400% of the demographic fraction occupied by AAs among the elderly US population, as AAs comprise just 9% of this population. Recent data show that elderly AAs had a 3.8‐fold higher rate of hospitalization due to COVID‐19 compared to elderly non‐Hispanic White patients; moreover, elderly AAs have a disproportionately high mortality rate due to COVID‐19.
Americans Rely on Old Nutrition Rules for Wellness: New Survey Shows Multivitamins are Still Used as a Cure-all | PR Newswire
As Nutrition Knowledge Gaps Exist, Persona Educates How Multivitamins Miss the Mark in Addressing Specific Health Concerns in its ‘We’re More than a Multivitamin’ Campaign
As the 2020 election nears the finish line, Americans are increasingly bombarded with political ads and neighborhood yard signs—all trying to convince voters who will be the best candidate to represent them. In the past, however, disabled people have often not found themselves or their needs prioritized in political pandering. This exclusion seemed to wane throughout the 2020 primary elections, as several presidential hopefuls released disability platforms during their campaigns—an unprecedented and long-overdue inclusion of the disability community.
An AARP executive on jobs, flexible work and intergenerational unity. This article is the third in a weekly joint series on COVID-19 and the Future of Aging from the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and Next Avenue. The articles are Q and As with thought leaders in fields ranging from health care to retirement planning to work to intergenerational relationships.
Marijuana is fast becoming a favorite medication among older Americans, a new study finds. Cannabis is being used to ease problems such as pain, sleep disturbances and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression, researchers say.Among more than 550 patients surveyed, 15% had used cannabis within the past three years, and 50% of users said they used it regularly and mostly for medical purposes.
Nearly 30% of older Korean American immigrants fell within the category of experiencing mental distress, but only 5.7% had used professional mental health services according to a study conducted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work faculty Seunghye Hong. These findings bring awareness to the major social work and public health concerns regarding the gap between mental health needs and service use in racial/ethnic minorities.
Today, we released our annual diversity and inclusion report, including U.S. disability representation for the first time. This is a small but incredibly important step on our journey with disability inclusion, a journey intrinsically linked to Microsoft’s mission – “to empower every person and every organization to achieve more.” The word every is significant, it includes the one billion-plus people with disabilities around the world. To deliver on that promise, we must have people with disabilities in the core of our company, to share their expertise and strength to ensure that our products meet the needs of our customers and employees. Some of our proudest moments in the last few years have been the innovations driven by our talent with disabilities, from the Xbox Adaptive Controller to Immersive Reader to upcoming wellbeing features in Teams.
Advisory Agency Recommends Phaseout and Replacement of Disability Employment Program | Government Executive
The National Council on Disability raised concerns about the AbilityOne Program’s fulfillment of goals for moving more employees into higher paying jobs. The federal advisory agency recommended an eight-year phaseout and replacement of an 82-year old federal program that helps people with disabilities obtain employment because the program is “out of sync” with modern disability policies, among other reasons.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Calls Attention to Underrepresented Workforce | Team USA
Paralympian Clark Rachfal is well aware of job interviews that go nowhere. “You look great on paper,” he said, “but as soon as you enter that room with a white cane, a guide dog or a wheelchair, you can just feel the energy change.” “And you get the ‘We’ll call you back. We’ll be touch,’ and you know exactly how that’s going to go.’” Rachfal, a para-cyclist who is the Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs at American Council of the Blind, is among those working to change that outcome for the better.
It was 1997, and Jane Rosario, a librarian at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, was on her way to visit Mark O’Brien, a former Berkeley student with an extensive literary collection of his own works. He was a poet and journalist and larger than life — and Rosario had the job of collecting his poems, essays and book reviews to include in the library’s archives on disability rights and the independent living movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
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