Due to dropping Saturday's This Week in Elder News and Peter Tibbles' assumption of Sunday Elder Music duties, I've been able to reclaim some time for myself and for pursuits other than Time Goes By. I'm feeling almost human again after years of seven-day-a-week blogging and its associated requirements.
But, damn, I like the Elder News feature, collecting items that don't need an entire post, but that I think will interest you as much as they interest me. Here are a few that have turned up just since Monday with no effort on my part.
Debtor's Revolt: Ann Minch, who lives in Red Bluff, California, has said No More to credit card companies' usurious interest rates. Minch is no deadbeat and she is not behind in her monthly payments, yet Bank of America raised her rate to 30 percent. So she is refusing to pay until they reduce her interest rate or offer her a reasonable buyout. Watch her challenge [4:28 minutes]:
I would join her, but I use my credit cards only for convenience and pay them off each month except when I pay only half now and then in hopes of forestalling a cancellation. You can read more about Ann Minch's campaign at Huffington Post.
Late Life Happiness: This is National Assisted Living Week and The International Longevity Center, where I spent an enlightening week in June at their annual Age Boom Academy, has issued a report on senior living facilities as related to late life happiness. Based on input from experts including physicians, geriatric and gerontological specialists, public health scholars, nurses, social workers, senior living officials and others, it concludes that senior living communities may be the best choice for maintaining independence and life satisfaction.
“'Combatting the negative societal images that falsely link senior living communities with losing independence is productive and necessary for all of us in our rapidly aging society,' said ILC-CEO Dr. Robert Butler.”
Doctors Support Public Option: According to a new study from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine, 63 percent of physicians support a public option to be included in any health reform bill. I suspect they have a better idea of what is needed and would work than the nay-saying Republicans and blue dog Democrats.
Keeping Up With Reform Bills: Among the four or five reform bill drafts floating around Congress, only two have been submitted to Congress as bills so far – one in the Senate and one in the House. ProPublica has created a search page for both of these bills and they promise to keep them updated as changes are made.
These are definitely worth bookmarking to keep up with claims of what is or is not included along with any accusations of lying shouted in Congress or elsewhere.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Lyn Burnstine – St. Anna's: My Final Resting Place