Actively Aging

Actively Aging

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Role of Great-Grandparents

If you are a Boomer like me, chances are that you never knew your great-grandparents, but that you will know your great-grandchildren.
Thanks to our longer, healthier life spans, more of us will live to be great-grandparents. One Census Bureau official, quoted in a New York Times piece, said we are in the middle of a great-grandparent boom. The official estimated that by 2030, most 8-year-olds will have at least one living great-grandparent.
Some predict that the boom will not last. Most Boomers had their children young, and even their children became parents fairly young. With today's trend of delayed childbirth pushing back the age of becoming a grandparent, the likelihood of living long enough to become a great-grandparent becomes less likely. So those of us who are Boomer grandparents are living in a kind of sweet spot. 
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Taking Dementia Patients Back in Time

George Drummond built a Cwtch Room — “cwtch” means “cuddle” in Welsh — for his wife, Elaine, but it was for a particular kind of cuddling. The 1960s-style living room —  complete with an old-style rotary table phone and period wallpaper — was built to take Elaine back to a familiar time in her life.
It was also created inside a hospital ward to bring comfort in her final months of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
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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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