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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.

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