In this regular Saturday feature you will find links to news items from the preceding week related to elders and aging, along with whatever else catches my fancy that I think you might like to know. Suggestions are welcome with, however, no promises of publication.
Few of the Democratic presidential candidates have addressed aging issues in the campaign. The Crone Speaks has a good story about where each one stands and how the oldest, Hillary Clinton, who enjoys a large following among elders, is not the best choice. The story was written before John Edwards dropped out of the race. (Hat tip to Naomi Dagen Bloom of A Little Red Hen)
Speaking of the presidential campaign, you can quickly check which candidate holds positions most closely matched to your own with the Candidate Calculator. When I checked mine, the Calculator was dead on. Unfortunately, most of the candidates aren’t in the race any longer.
According to a new study from U.S. and British researchers, middle age is prime time for depression among both men and women. The good news is that if you make it to age 70, you’ll be as happy as you were at age 20. (Hat tip to Chancy of driftwoodinspiration)
Paul Craig Roberts reports at Information Clearing House that Homeland Security Department chief, Michael Chertoff, has mandated national ID cards for all Americans “without which [they] may not enter airports or courthouses.” Note that this mandate, which is radical enough to require a thorough national debate, comes from a partisan political appointee and not from Congress. America’s slide into fascism moves faster every day and not one presidential candidate has addressed it.
According to a new story from The New York Times' excellent reporter on aging issues, Gina Kolata, elders can enjoy better health and maintain muscle strength far into old age if they will just train hard and train often. I don’t mean to make light of this information, but 10Ks and marathons are not in my future.
Deejay of Small Beer and The Chinese Mirror emailed this terrific story imagining what the late, great Molly Ivins would have to say about this season’s presidential campaign (registration required). The writer, Susan Lenfestey is also the co-writer of an excellent elderblog, Clothes Line.
Brian Retchless, who is the production coordinator for the WGHB Lab in Boston, emailed inviting anyone who has ever cared for an aging relative to submit a short video about how it changed their life and relationships. The best will be included in an April PBS broadcast, Caring For Your Parents. The submission deadline is 22 February, and if you’re interested in participating, there is more information here.
Unlimited spending got us into this new recession and now the government is sending money to taxpayers and encouraging them to spend it which will do more for China than the U.S. It begs the question, who are the morons running this country. Average credit card debt per person is just under $10,000 and the national savings rate is in minus figures. Here’s a little history lesson on how we got where we are today. (6:05 minutes)