Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
This video from the Huffington Post identifies some of history’s Queer Latinx trailblazers
September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—a day to call attention to the growing number of people living long and full lives with HIV and to aging-related challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care.
People with HIV are living longer thanks to treatment with HIV medicines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, an estimated 47% of people in the United States with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older. People aging with HIV can face treatment-related challenges, such as drug interactions between HIV medicines and medicines used for other conditions. for more information visit the The AIDS Institute at http://www.theaidsinstitute.org/programs/education/national-hivaids-and-aging-awareness-nhaaa
Today, HRC marks National HIV & AIDS Aging Awareness Day, which provides a vital opportunity to shine a spotlight on the impact of HIV and AIDS on older adults in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people ages 50 and older make up 26% of all people in the U.S. living with HIV. Of older adults living with HIV, 49% of new HIV diagnoses in 2015 were among gay and bisexual men. In recent years, the LGBTQ community has benefited from biomedical interventions such as Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication that prevents HIV when taken as prescribed.
For Black students, code-switching at school can take a toll. Robinson Cook, a Black senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is tired. “Code-switching is exhausting,” Cook says. “If I could get away with it, I’d say exactly what I want to say the way I want to say it. But nobody wants that.”
For nondisabled people, it’s easy to take a glance at a Yelp review that says, “Wheelchair Accessible: Yes,” and assume that means a restaurant is fully accessible to everyone. But that belies the many nuances of living with a disability: Not everyone uses a wheelchair, for one. For example, access for a blind person might mean a website that’s parseable by a screen reader — an accommodation that has only just become mandatory in San Francisco.
‘disABILITY’ Exhibition Addresses Themes of Ability and Disability Through Art | Uniersity of Kentucky
“disABILITY: An Exploration of Creative Expression Featuring Artists of All Ages & Abilities,” an exhibition that addresses themes of ability and disability, inclusion and exclusion and the stigmas, advantages and disadvantages of physical and mental disabilities opens Friday, Sept. 20 at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center.
Johnnette Hill, who is 52 and has an intellectual disability, made her first foray onto the internet this summer when she learned how to use Amazon’s Alexa to search online for sports scores of her favorite teams. Hill is participating in a technology coaching program, through the advocacy group The Arc of Philadelphia, to get hands-on instruction on how to use readily available consumer products, such as digital assistants and other connected home devices like the Ring doorbell, to learn how to live more independently.
Americans spend more money on health care because prices are higher here than anywhere else in the world. Our system is fraught with waste, our providers (physicians and hospitals) are paid more; and goods like biopharmaceuticals and medical devices are more expensive. On average, U.S. hospital prices are 60 percent higher than countries in Europe and physicians make twice as much as their counterparts in other advanced countries.
When it comes to boosting mental health among older Chinese, it might be as simple as a game of mahjong, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Regularly playing the popular tile-based strategy game was one of several types of social participation linked to reduced rates of depression among middle-aged and older adults in China in the study appearing in Social Science & Medicine.
People at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease may be able to slow down the atrophy of their brains through regular aerobic exercise, a new study has found. The findings are a spot of good news for dealing with a disease that has proven seemingly impossible to treat.
As we reach the end of National Preparedness Month, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson reminds us of the importance of being prepared and not scared
Did you know that, every year, one out of four older adults trips, slips, slides, or loses their balance and experiences a fall. Falls can happen to older adults with and without disabilities. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that falls and fall-related injuries result in nearly $50 billion (with a B) in medical costs in the US. Falls can lead to sprains, broken bones, and even head injuries. These injuries can result in hospitalization and loss of mobility and independence.
Across the globe, more of us than ever are reaching old age, thanks to advances in public health. But this success comes at a cost: The surge in age-related chronic disease is burdening health-care systems and leading to human suffering we are unprepared for. The causes of aging, and the therapies that might alleviate its effects, are increasingly at the forefront of public interest and intrigue. Here are myths about aging that persist.
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