Nearly one in five adults over age 65 in California, that is, around 772,000 elders, endure financial hardship, unable to afford basic needs, but often ineligible for government assistance, according to a new study out this week by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson has dismissed a class action lawsuit charging the Social Security Administration (SSA) with discriminating against SSI recipients who are married to a person of the same sex. Social Security did not recognize the recipients’ marriages until more than a year after the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act with the Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor in June 2013. Justice in Aging, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), and Foley Hoag LLP filed Held v. Colvin in March 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
As President Barack Obama revealed details about the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan at the White House today, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — applauded the inclusion of older adults as a population especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Delirium is an acute state of confusion that often affects older adults following surgery or serious illness. Now a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) confirms that inflammation — an immune response that develops when the body attempts to protect itself from harmful stimuli — plays a role in the onset of delirium.
“I am domesticated, broken, tamed,” Arun Pancholi said. But as he speaks, his cheeks break into playful dimples. With a baseball hat stylishly cocked on his head, he looks like a mischievous middle-schooler. “I am on the inside,” he says with a twinkle in his eye, “I am done for.”
The power of a tiny rural town is that a spark of an idea can ignite into a large triumph in just a few weeks, without much fuss or formality. That’s what happened in Republic, Wash., where dwindling membership at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer jeopardized the historic building.Volunteer Nancy Morris hatched a plan to turn the hand-cut stone building into a senior center.
His hands match the bark on the homestead apple tree. Old. Rugged. Dying, yet so alive. Bob Faller touches the tree like a lover, caressing and hopeful. He beams, like he’s plugged into the very nature he relies on to guide his life. Now that cancer has invaded him like blight, he’s relying on nature to guide his death.
Social Security serves a person for life — from birth, to death, and even beyond, by helping to care for surviving dependents.When a parent becomes disabled or dies, Social Security benefits help to stabilize the family’s financial future in an otherwise turbulent time. And we pay benefits to adults and children.
Since your parents have done a lot for you over your lifetime, this is the perfect time of year to return the favour by helping them find their “Someday” at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. In May, we honored mothers on Mother’s Day and, in June, we thanked our fathers on Father’s Day. In July, we get to show our appreciation for both. Parents’ Day, celebrated on July 27, is a great time to make sure your parents take the necessary steps to have a bright and comfortable “Someday” in retirement.
On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law with these words: “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime.”
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