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.
During election campaigns, it is our job to educate ourselves on many issues so to choose a candidate who most closely matches what we believe is the best course for the country.
That isn’t always easy to do and the candidates themselves don't help whether from ignorance, confusion, pandering or, sometimes, in trying to have it two ways at once. Watch this astonishing video of Senator John McCain’s double-talk in which he says, in one breath, that he will not privatize Social Security and will privatize Social Security. [1:20 minutes]
New York Times health reporter, Jane Gross, has started a blog - The New Old Age - at the paper about traversing the trials, difficulties and questions surrounding the care of aging parents. You can find the first post here.
When you need a nursing home, there is almost no way to find trustworthy information about a home’s quality except word of mouth. Now, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will rate nursing homes on a five-point scale. Ratings should begin to appear on their website by the end of 2008. More here.
If healthcare reform is not yet the voting public’s leading issue of the 2008 presidential election campaign, it will be soon. Here is a column from my fellow NCPSSM award-winner last month, Saul Friedman, that clearly explains the reasons Senator John McCain’s proposal won’t work, why Senator Barack Obama’s falls short and what can be done instead – if Congress has the will.
In an Op-Ed piece last week in The New York Times, Geoffrey R. Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago, called for the creation of a new White House position, a civil liberties advisor to the president. Given how much work there is to do to restore the liberties snatched away by the Bush administration, this seems a good idea to ensure that the restoration gets done – if the Democrat is elected. If the Republican wins, it is doubtful such a move would be considered. What do you think?
Interested in what a couple of GenX pundits think of elders? Take a look at this video titled, “Tyranny of the Old.” [4:30 minutes]
For a long time, I’ve believed that what we pay for broadband internet access could be considered gouging - $45 a month in my case – and there is no other comparable service available. Did you know that the U.S. is ranked 15th in the world in broadband access, and subscribers in other countries pay much less? More here.
Last Tuesday, while complaining about computer problems, Crabby Old Lady wondered if her ISP might be slowing cable modem service to induce customers to cough up more for faster service. It was, Crabby thought, a paranoid fantasy – until she read this near the bottom of a Pew report on the rate of broadband adoption:
“Premium broadband users do an average of 19% more online tasks on the typical day than the average broadband user does.” [emphasis added]
No explanation of the difference between “broadband” and “premium broadband” users was given in the Pew report.
Remember several months ago when Google canceled my Adsense ads and confiscated my earnings because, they said, I was violating their terms of service, which I was not? They refused my appeal and unlike the U.S. court system, there is no recourse once Google has accused you of dishonesty.
Well, look out now if you use Google Adsense and also have a Google-owned Blogger blog. If they decide you’re cheating, not only will your ads and earned money disappear, as mine did, so will your entire blog. All on no evidence except Google’s accusation. Isn’t Google’s motto supposed to be “do no evil”? More here.
Retired film writer and agent, Lorenzo Semple and former film producer Marcia Nasatir are appearing regularly on YouTube as movie reviewers on their series, Reel Geezers. Both octogenarians, they have more than 80 years of film production experience between them. Here is their latest review - of Wanted. [6:18 minutes] (Hat tip to Rain of Rainy Day Thoughts)