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.
Further on my Ism Campaign post of a couple of days ago, the Boston Globe published an op-ed on the same issue. According to an instructor the writer quotes, it is “age” [more than race, gender or class] “that most defines both a person's own sense of identity and the way others view them.” It’s a thoughtful piece, worth your time to read.
Pursuant to our frequent discussions on TGB about elders, technology and lifelong learning, Nathan Lowell of Phaedrus blog, recently posted a YouTube video about being a 21st century learner. Take a look.
Are you keeping up with national news? The Pew Research Center has a quick, little quiz with which you can compare your score with the averages of various demographics.
A new British study suggests that a good time to quit smoking is upon retirement. 42.5 per cent of those who had recently retired had quit smoking, compared with 29.3 per cent of those still employed and 30.2 per cent for those who were already retired.
Harris Interactive polls is surprised that 56 percent of Americans never read political blogs. I’m not surprised, if the implication is that 44 percent do, although that’s not clear. Elders are the largest consumers of political blogs, with 26 percent of those 63 and older reading them. (Hat tip to Mary Jamison)
In the greater scheme of things and trillion dollar budgets, it’s not a big deal except that it illustrates the administration’s love affair with the rich on the backs of everyone else. A proposal to cut estate taxes on the .03 richest percentage of Americans will cost taxpayers $200 billion over ten years.
More than 12 million people have watched Yes We Can, a video by will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. With lyrics taken directly from Senator Barack Obama’s New Hampshire concession speech, it is beautifully produced, good music and an inspiring message we can all buy into whomever we choose to vote for.
Quote of the week:
"The tragedy of the United States, thus far in this century, is not the crack-up of an empire, which we never knew what to do with in the first place, but the collapse of the idea of the citizen as someone autonomous whose private life is not subject to orders from above."
- - Gore Vidal