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Friday, March 17, 2017

AARP Attacks GOP'S Harmful Healthcare Bill

AARP is going on the warpath against the Republican proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
The lobbying group for seniors accused House Republican leaders of crafting legislation that increases insurance premiums for consumers, while giving a “sweetheart deal” to “big drug companies and special interests.” 
“Although no one believes the current health care system is perfect, this harmful legislation would make health care less secure and less affordable,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP’s executive vice president, said in a statement.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

GOP Healthcare Plan 'A Nightmare' For the Elderly Poor

There are lots of losers under the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, but perhaps nobody would suffer as badly as older Americans who live just above or around the poverty line. 

According to the new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, that group could see its insurance premiums rise by 750 percent within a decade under the House GOP's American Health Care Act, compared with what they'd pay under current law for more comprehensive coverage.

Yes, 750 percent. That's not a typo.

That devastating increase is spelled out in the table below, in which the CBO models how premiums might change for Americans of different ages and incomes under the legislation Republicans have proposed. With Obamacare, a 64-year-old earning $26,500 per year in 2026—175 percent of the poverty line—would have to pay $1,700 for insurance, after tax credits. That plan would cover 87 percent of their medical costs, on average. Under the AHCA, or Trumpcare, that same person would owe a full $14,600 after tax credits for a plan that only covers 65 percent of their medical costs.

Suffice to say, an almost-senior citizen cannot afford to pay 55 percent of their income for health insurance.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Experience Corps Helps Kids Become Better Readers

Fourth-graders who can’t read at grade-level are four times less likely to graduate from high school. 

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade. 

We inspire and empower adults age 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Adding Arts to Elder Care

“Sometimes we’re the only person they see all day,” said Johnny, the Meals on Wheels deliverer who graciously let me shadow him on his route, “Can you imagine that?” Johnny is exactly what Meals on Wheels recipients need: a warm, smiling face who remembers them. During their 20- to 30-second exchange at the door, he asks after these older people. He cares.

More than ever before, older Americans are living alone. AARP has rightly called “social isolation” one of the biggest challenges we will face as an aging society. Research tells us isolation is the health-risk equivalent of 15 cigarettes a day. But its effects can be ameliorated much more fully than a pack-a-day habit. We can do something about it.

Imagine this instead: When you receive a meal, you also get an added bit of nourishment — an invitation to creatively interpret your world.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Aging Americans Still Being Snubbed in Best Picture Films

New research finds that characters aged 60 and over continue to be under and misrepresented in Hollywood’s most critically acclaimed films. 

Findings were uncovered through an ongoing partnership between health and well-being company Humana Inc. (HUM) and the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative at University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

A separate but growing body of evidence exploring ageism suggests there are consequences to stereotypes of aging Americans—including potential negative health impacts.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Congress Taking Aim at New Retirement Savings Programs

Over the past several years, states across the country have been working to create retirement savings plans for the 55 million American workers without access to one on the job.
Now those efforts are in jeopardy after recent action in Congress that could block such programs.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to scrap rules issued last year by the Department of Labor that paved the way for states and cities to set up retirement plans for private-sector workers without running afoul of federal pension laws. The House measure now goes to the Senate.
“These initiatives provide flexible, practical solutions to address an important retirement need in this country,”  said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy A. LeaMond.  “Many Americans who lack the opportunity to save at work are often women and minorities with limited access to other sources of income beyond Social Security in retirement.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Considering the Pitfalls of Extending Life and Prolonging Death

Humans have had to face death and mortality since the beginning of time, but our experience of the dying process has changed dramatically in recent history.
Haider Warraich, a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that death used to be sudden, unexpected and relatively swift — the result of a violent cause, or perhaps an infection. But, he says, modern medicines and medical technologies have lead to a "dramatic extension" of life — and a more prolonged dying processes.
"We've now ... introduced a phase of our life, which can be considered as 'dying,' in which patients have terminal diseases in which they are in and out of the hospital, they are dependent in nursing homes," Warraich says. "That is something that is a very, very recent development in our history as a species."
Prolonging life might sound like a good thing, but Warraich notes that medical technologies often force patients, their loved ones and their doctors to make difficult, painful decisions. In his new book, Modern Death, he writes about a patient with end-stage dementia who screamed "kill me" as a feeding tube was inserted into his nose.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Why Medicare Is Relevant to All Americans

Virtually all of us benefit from Medicare, directly or indirectly. Medicare is a lifeline that puts health care in reach of millions of older Americans. But it does much more: By helping older Americans stay healthy and independent, Medicare eases a potential responsibility for younger family members.
Knowledge that Medicare's protections will be there when needed brings peace of mind to people as they get older.
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