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.
UPDATE: In regard to my piece in the Wall Street Journal today (first item below), I picked up a copy of the paper a few minutes ago and wow! what a terrific graphic, by Shane Harrison, accompanies the story. I'm sorry non-subscribers can't see the piece and I can't reprint it, but here is that terrific graphic:
Announcement: Today marks the beginning of my association with the Wall Street Journal where I will be writing occasional personal essays about aging and retirement.
The topic today, in the Saturday edition, is elderblogging titled Put It in Writing. Several elderbloggers on the list in the left sidebar are mentioned further down in the piece. I'm excited about this new venture and eager to see what the response (if any) will be.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy in the U.S. has hit an all-time high: 80.7 years for women and 75.4 years for men. And here’s some good news for men, the expectancy gap between men and women has been closing. There is more detail here.
Make of this what you will: even though personal computers have been around since the late 1970s, Senator John McCain says he doesn’t know how to use one.
Former 2008 presidential candidate and Representative, Dennis Kucinich, read out a 35-item articles of impeachment in the House this week only have fellow Democrats send it the Judiciary Committee – certain death. Kucinich said Thursday that he will continue to introduce impeachment resolutions every 30 days until lawmakers vote on it.
In Alzheimer’s patients, short-term memory goes first and it is common for some to try to travel to a long-ago home. A German nursing home found a novel solution for those residents who wander off the grounds looking for a bus station. They built a fake one in front of the home so it’s easier to find their patients. (Hat tip to Lia of Yum Yum Café)
In addition to the 47 million Americans who have no health coverage, another 25 million are underinsured and go untreated because they can’t afford the cost. We really do need Medicare for all. It’s called universal coverage and should be one of the issues for all Americans to consider when we vote in November.
There is a relatively new career specialty that may be an important tool for elders and those who are responsible for their elder parents: geriatric care managers who help families navigate the labyrinth of the many different kinds of care and choices there are from fitness to living options to home help and more. There are websites to locate care managers by state. This is a good starting place.
Don’t you get tired of the lack of government oversight of corporate America? It seems Tyson has been pumping a human antibiotic into their chickens while labeling them antibiotic-free. So the U.S. Department of Agriculture, instead of stopping the use of the drug, forced Tyson to change the label.
Last weekend, Bill Moyers (a hero of mine) gave the keynote address at The 2008 National Conference For Media Reform (NCMR) about the failure of mainstream media and our individual need “to fight for the freedom that makes all other freedoms possible” – responsible journalism.
The speech is long, but every moment is compelling. You will be outraged and, more important, you will be inspired. I urge you to find the time to watch. [39:58 minutes]