Archive for September, 2005

The Scout Report — AARP

AARP [pdf]
http://www.aarp.org/

The American Association of Retired Persons has been advocating on behalf of adults over the age of 50 for decades, and their website provides a host of important information about their efforts and public outreach programs. From their homepage, visitors can access sections that include “Issues and Elections”, “Health”, and “Learning and Technology”.

After taking a look at a few (or all) of these areas, visitors would do well to continue scrolling down the site’s homepage to the policy and research area. Here they can read and download reports on the future of Social Security and Medicaid. The publications area also contains important content, including advice on financial planning and access to their in-house magazine. Keeping in touch with the times, the AARP website also has an issues blog that helps keep concerned visitors up to date with issues of interest to older persons. [KMG]

From the great science resource— The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005. http://scout.wisc.edu/

Rising Gas Prices Strain Home Care Agencies

Sep 19, 2005 — MSNBC article reports that because of rising gas costs and Medicare reimbursement issues fewer people may be willing to do home care or drive to far-away patients, resulting in reduced access to home health services in some rural areas. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9395670/

This is disturbing news as the availability of home care is scant, especially in rural areas where population density is low.

To subscribe to the RAC Health Listserv – click here to go to subscription form. The Rural Assistance Center has a valuable e-mail newsletter. See the RAC web site at http://www.raconline.org or call 1-800-270-1898


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Tobacco Articles: Listing Aging and or Elderly

http://www.tobacco.org/articles/category/aging/

This is a tobacco news site which aggregates news items from around the world. The search engine is pretty good. Unfortunately, they seem to want to make it a subscription site–

The tobacco news service will be moving to a paid subscription plan by the end of the year. [Click for More Info]. In preparation, please answer:

How much would you be willing to pay per month for Tobacco.org news delivery services?

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Tobacco.org is a free resource center focusing on tobacco and smoking issues. It features tobacco news, information, assistance for smokers trying to quit, alerts on tobacco control issues, and open consideration of all aspects of the spectrum of issues concerning tobacco, nicotine, cigarettes and cigars.

It began in 1988 with Gene Borio’s news-posting service on Compuserve (where Borio was a forum leader), Prodigy, and later AOL. A BBS (Electronic Bulletim Board Service) began in 1993, and the website began in 1996. Since 2000 it has been run by Gene Borio and Michael Tacelosky.


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Alaska Commission on Aging (ACOA)

http://www.alaskaaging.org/

The mission of the Alaska Commission on Aging (ACOA) is to ensure dignity and independence for Alaska’s seniors and to assist them, through programs and services funded by the Commission, to lead useful and meaningful lives.

The Commission is charged with planning, advocacy, grant making and administration, and interagency coordination on senior citizen issues. Grants for local delivery of senior services are funded through the Older Americans Act, the State of Alaska, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

Social Security Online

Social Security Online–is the official website for the Social Security Administration of the US government. The address is — http://www.ssa.gov

Be careful typing this in your browser (better to copy and paste, maybe). Some look alike sites, socialsecurity.com, are not the Social Security Administration.


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Older People ­ a new power for development

Date: 1 Oct 2003 15:05:15 -0000

International Day of Older Persons

Why a “new power”?

A demographic revolution is underway throughout the world. Today, world-wide, there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over; this total will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050 – the vast majority of them in the developing world (see graph) http://www.who.int/hpr/ageing/international_day_en.htm.

In our fast ageing world, older people will increasingly play a critical role – through volunteer work, transmitting experience and knowledge, helping their families with caring responsibilities and increasing their participation in the paid labour force.

Already now, older persons make major contributions to society. For instance, throughout Africa ­and elsewhere – millions of adult AIDS patients are cared for at home by their parents. On their death, orphaned children left behind (currently, 14 million under the age of 15 in African countries alone) are mainly looked after by their grandparents (WHO/NMH/NPH/ALC/02.12) http://www.who.int/hpr/ageing/zimaidsreport.pdf.

It is not only in developing countries that older persons’ role in development is critical. In Spain for example, caring for dependent and sick individuals (of all ages) is mostly done by older people (particularly older women); the average number of minutes per day spent in providing such care increases exponentially with the carers’ age: 201 minutes if the carer is in the age group 65-74 and 318 minutes if aged 75-84 – compared to only 50 minutes if the carer is in the age group 30-49 (Durán H, Fundación BBVA, 2002).

Such contributions to development can only be ensured if older persons enjoy adequate levels of health, for which appropriate policies need to be in place. In line with the Madrid International Plan of Action, the World Health Organization launched in 2002 a document “Active Ageing – A Policy Framework”, outlining its approaches and perspectives for healthy ageing throughout the life course.

“Ageing is a development issue. Healthy older persons are a resource for their families, their communities and the economy”

WHO Brasilia declaration on healthy ageing, 1996.


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Federal Register of notices related to “older”

Search the Federal Register of notices for items related to “older” (i.e., older Americans, a.k.a. senior citizens)
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

or try the new Google search engine for Uncle Sam http://www.google.com/unclesam


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