Dr. James Kirkland, Mayo Clinic’s Center on Aging director, joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss his new drug, research involving senolytic cells and how they combat age-related diseases.
What do you think of when you hear the word disability? If you are an employer, the words compliance, leave management, accommodations or liability—all of which focus on the negative (read: the cost of) employing people with disabilities—may come to mind first. But if you are one of 23 million people of working age who is living with a disability, and you want to find a job, use your talents and have a rewarding career, you are focused on one thing: your abilities.
Eddie Ndopu was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was two. His mother was told he wouldn’t live past five. But he defied the doctors and now aged 27 insists no child with a disability should be left behind. He became the first African with a disability to graduate from Oxford University. He describes himself as young, black, disabled and queer, and “a living manifestation of possibility – 90% of children with a disability across the developing world don’t have access to education … I don’t want us to just have the ramp, I want us to have the whole building.” He has just become a global ambassador for humanity and inclusion.
Jamie Mitchell, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan, is dedicated to improving the experiences older African-American men have within the health care system. Mitchell, a 2018 Influencer in Aging, studies communications between older African-American men and their physicians during cancer and chronic disease care, testing ways of intervening to increase support from family members and health providers and looking at how older African-American men navigate their appointments and aftercare directives.
Meet three people pushing fashion forward for the 1.5 million people with disabilities worldwide | CNBC
According to the United Nations, 1.5 billion people around the globe have some form of a disability. As generations age, more and more people join that population. In 2016, the disposable income of people with disabilities in the U.S. was $465 billion in 2016, according to the Return on Disability Group, an economic research firm. But despite their purchasing power, fashion and design companies have largely ignored the needs of people living with disabilities.
Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year. The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in 2017, a one-year drop that would need to be sustained for years to reduce the number of fatal overdoses, experts said. Fewer Americans are misusing or addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. And more people are getting treatment for heroin and opioid addiction, the survey found.
Each workday, Marty Harwell, 66, sets the alarm for 5:15 p.m., giving himself enough time to grab a shower and something to eat before clocking in for his 7 p.m. night shift as a pediatric nurse working in home health care. The California man, who worked in the music industry for most of his adult life, fell back on nursing full time in order to guarantee a steady income for himself and his family. “I’ve had a couple of questions like, ‘When are you going to retire?’ somewhat facetiously from people who want my slot, who are younger,” Harwell says, “but otherwise I have not encountered any kind of age discrimination or pay loss.”
Like many people, Rachael Wallach gets frustrated and annoyed when she encounters restricting attitudes. But unlike most of us, she tends to channel that dissatisfaction into finding a solution. Half her lifetime ago, when she was 18, she broke her spine and lost the use of her legs. It meant that a lot of things that she had assumed she was going to do – like take a gap year to go travelling – were instantly rendered impossible.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing survivors of domestic violence used to leave A New Leaf’s shelters after a day or two, frustrated by a lack of qualified interpreters and the ensuing communication problems.” I didn’t like that we couldn’t serve that population,” said Dana Martinez, director of shelter services for the organization. “It was a lack of trained staff, but also a lack of how to access … resources. We didn’t know who to call. A lot of times, by the time we figured it out, the client had already left.”
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