In this regular weekend feature you will find links to news items from the precedng 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.
The powers that be backdated U.S. Daylight Savings Time this year, so don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour tonight. “Spring forward, fall back” as they say.
Today marks the launch of a new group blog, Wowowow which stands for “The Women on the Web”. The blog features a bunch of New York’s elite, elder women such as gossip maven Liz Smith, actors Candace Bergen and Whoopi Goldberg, TV journalist Leslie Stahl, “Miss Manners” otherwise known as Judith Martin, comedian Lily Tomlin and a few more. I have no idea yet how “wow” this idea is, but you can read more about it here.
Dr. Robert N. Butler who invented the term “ageism” and who is CEO and president of the International Longevity Center-USA, published an issue brief on elders and drug safety [pdf]. Although elders use 40 percent of all prescription drugs, the FDA does not require us to be included in trials on efficacy and safety. This is crucial information you and your physician should know.
On the same topic, manufacturers increased the prices of prescription drugs by an average of 7.4 percent last year - two-and-a-half times the rate of inflation. The price of the sleep drug Ambien jumped 27.7 percent.
Tenure can be hard to come by for college professors; many wait decades. But 68-year old Victoria Rauch Lichterman, assistant professor of humanities at New York City College of Technology who focuses on the negative effects of ageism, was recently granted tenure after just six years of teaching at the school. Score one for elder academics. [Hat tip to Naomi Dagen Bloom of A Little Red Hen]
When Crabby Old Lady posted her objections last Tuesday to Hillary Clinton Feminists, she quoted but did not comment on a NOW leader’s swipe at black women who choose not to vote for Senator Clinton because – well, Crabby is white and doesn’t believe she can properly speak for black women. Now, G Bitch has done it for Crabby in a colorfully worded and no-uncertain-terms rant.
Remember the old Tom Jones hit, Delilah? Wait till you see this version from the Red Army Choir and Leningrad Cowboys. Crank up your audio; the louder the better because this performance is - well, BIG. Sorry, but embedding the video is not allowed, so you’ll have to visit YouTube. [Hat tip to Chris Locke of Mystique Bourgeoisie]
When, through some glitch in the system, Social Security declares you dead, it is nearly impossible to convince the agency your heart still beats. “’I don’t think people realize how difficult it is to be dead when you’re not,’ said [Laura] Todd, who is very much alive…even though the federal government has said otherwise for many years.”
It happens more often than you would think. Between January 2004 and September 2005, Social Security had to resurrect 23,366 beneficiaries and plenty more who remain active and above ground are still on the dead list.
Apparently, a town in France will not have the problem of people being mistaken for dead. Because the cemetery is full, the mayor of Sarpourenx has forbidden anyone to die in the parish. "Offenders will be severely punished,” he added.
Quote of the Week from editor and priest, Edward Dowling (note the date). [Hat tip to Danny Schechter, the News Dissector]
“The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.”
- - Chicago Daily News, 28 July 1941