In this regular weekend 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.
I don’t think I could live anymore without Wikipedia. The web encyclopedia has yet to fail me no matter what obscure piece of information I’m looking for. Of course, anyone who uses Wikipedia without checking the facts with other sources is an idiot, but it is invaluable as a starting place and its breadth unprecedented.
Now comes a 45-minute documentary diatribe against Wikipedia assailing its “truth” which misses the point entirely. [via TechCrunch]
"Across the board, physicians feel that our fragmented and for-profit insurance system is obstructing good patient care,” says a researcher at Indiana University School of Medicine. A new survey reports that 59 percent of physicians now support universal healthcare.
One in three people older than 65 suffer a fall each year. It is well-known that practicing tai chi can improve balance to help prevent falls. If that’s not for you, it appears that Iyengar yoga, which is specifically designed for elders, can help too. You can find local teachers here. [Hat tip to Donna Woodka of Changing Places.]
The developers of a housing community near Boston for people 55 and older has petitioned authorities for permission to sell homes to people of any age. "A multi-generational complex is not what I bought," said one owner. "I signed a deed that said 55-plus.” I’m not sure how I feel about this. What about you?
Here’s another way corporate America is allowed to screw up government agencies along with you and me: private insurers are forcing disabled beneficiaries to file claims with Social Security even though few qualify. The practice is delaying the Social Security Administration’s ability to process legitimate claims but apparently, the practice cannot be stopped without a lawsuit.
As Jack Cafferty says, here’s the question: Is there no end to corporate greed or to the government’s ability to function?
Have you got an idea for a project about elders involved in the arts and literature? The National Endowment for the Arts is offering grants in a program titled Creativity and Aging in America. Details for application are here. [Hat tip to Jackie Jordan-Davis]
The internet and blogging software has given a whole new meaning to centuries of journals and diaries, now made of digital bits and bytes rather than paper and pen.
My friend, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley has now turned this electronic effort on its ear. She is experimenting with an online, handwritten blog which means no links, no sidebar of accoutrements and comments are handwritten too. Even Sylvia says it’s a “bizarre idea” but its simplicity has a weird attraction. She calls it Backspace – take a look.
Quote of the week:
“And maybe, just maybe, this [American dumbing-down] cycle has run its course, for the last seven years perhaps have discredited the anti-intellectualism movement. President Bush, after all, is the movement’s epitome — and its fruit.”
- Nicholas Kristoff, The New York Times