Suicide among older adults is a growing public health issue. Conditions associated with aging such as chronic pain, diagnosed or perceived terminal illness, social isolation and the death of friends and family can push older Americans toward ending their lives. A new study by social work researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, shows that 23 percent of individuals age 50 and older who died by suicide had disclosed their suicidal intent.
Some taxi services in Wales are refusing to pick up passengers who use wheelchairs or assistance dogs, a campaign group has claimed. Disability Wales said people are being ignored and refused cab journeys leaving them “stranded and humiliated”. It wants the Welsh Government to use new powers over transport to ensure they are treated fairly by cab drivers.
The Welsh Government said it plans to introduce new national standards “to drive out poor practice”. The Equality Act 2010 means it is illegal for a private hire vehicle to refuse to take a person with disabilities, unless they have a medical exemption from the licensing authority.
When searching for a new place to call home, people with disabilities often have a longer and more complicated list of considerations compared with healthier individuals. In addition to common wish-list items, such as reliable public transportation and diverse entertainment options, people with major health conditions also must think about, for instance, accessibility of facilities or even the cleanliness of the air. According to the Social Security Administration, one in five Americans lives with a disability, and one in 10 has a severe disability. Managing poor health can be quite expensive, considering the high cost of U.S. health care. To add insult to injury, disability checks for most beneficiaries are insufficient for monthly living expenses — let alone disability-related costs. “At the beginning of 2015, Social Security paid an average monthly disability benefit of $1,165” according to the SSA. “That is barely enough to keep a beneficiary above the 2014 poverty level ($11,670 annually).”
President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 2017 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month | The White House
During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the many contributions of American workers with disabilities and reaffirm our admiration of the skills and talents they bring to today’s workplace.
The United States’ opioid crisis has reached a critical point. This epidemic has been devastating to communities across our country, and has, in turn, demanded a swift and impactful response.
One major factor contributing to this crisis is that opioid prescribing practices have not been subject to a high level of scrutiny for more than a decade. There has been insufficient training with respect to prescribing guidelines and a lack of regulation regarding responsible prescribing practices. When it comes to the treatment of opioid addiction, there has been a lack of adequate access to high-quality, evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Approximately 56% of Americans aged 57 to 61 will have a nursing home stay during their remaining lifetime, according to an longitudinal analysis of data from the Health and Retirement Study. Earlier estimates by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projected that 35% of older Americans would have a nursing home stay at some point after age 57.
Now that the Cassidy-Graham bill has been pulled, it’s a good time to think about concrete ways to improve health and health care in our country. Despite advances in medicine, U.S. health care spending grew to US$3.2 trillion in 2015, or 17.8 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. To contain health care costs, the U.S. needs to invest in strengthening the public health system and reconsider approaches to making all Americans healthier.
Aging – there’s no getting around it. We’re all getting older and the challenges of aging are numerous. Finding work, keeping it, maintaining a place to live, making friends, and dealing with our families. But what if you are one of the millions of citizens in America who did not marry. Or divorced decades ago. You have no children, nor siblings. You are, for all intents and purposes, alone in the world.
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