Lena Horne Turns 90 from National Public Radio
Archive for June, 2007
Legislature doubles elderly aid in special session Published: June 27, 2007
JUMPS TO $250 A MONTH: Legislature also increases maximum qualifying income. …
The Legislature voted to increase the aid so that it ranges from $125 to $250 from the current $120 a month for the year that starts Sunday. They also boosted the number of seniors eligible to an estimated 10,700, from the current 7,000, by raising the maximum qualifying income level to $22,347 for individuals and $29,960 for couples… Lawmakers called for the special session just weeks after adjourning for the year in Juneau on May 16. The senior-aid legislation died after becoming ensnared in end-of-session politics.
Several lawmakers argued Tuesday that increasing the amount of cash assistance would create an unsustainable amount of state spending for an entitlement that overlapped other state-sponsored programs for seniors.
See earlier post, Alaska Senior Care special session – https://theelderlies.wordpress.com/2007/06/04/alaska-senior-care-special-session/
Vote for Your Favorite Essay, Poems and Photographs Contest to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Life
Vote for your favorite finalist from the many intergenerational teams that submitted photos, essays, or poems for the Rachel Carson “Sense of Wonder” contest. You may vote for your favorite in each of the five categories. The contest commemorates the 100th anniversary of environmentalist Rachel Carson’s life. Finalists were chosen from the entries submitted by teams in twelve states, including children as young as 15 months and some older adults over 90 years old.
The deadline to vote is Friday, July 20, 2007. Winners will be announced at the annual meeting of Generations United, July 24-27 in Washington, DC.
Visit Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub to see that Rachel Carson is still making folks think.
Excellence in Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging
The EPA is accepting applications from municipalities, counties and tribes for an award which recognizes outstanding community planning and strategies that support active aging. Awards for “Excellence in Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging” will be presented to communities that demonstrate the best and most inclusive overall approach to implementing smart growth and active aging at the neighborhood, tribe, municipality, county, and/or regional levels.
Applicants must be public-sector entities in the United States and coordinate with their local Area Agency on Aging. Public-sector entities include all levels of elected governments, from city councils to state legislatures and their constituent parts such as planning departments and other executive branch divisions. Application, Award Guidelines and Entry Rules on the Excellence Awards for Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging can be found at http://www.epa.gov/aging/bhc/awards/
Applications are due October 17, 2007. Winners will be announced at the 7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities Conference in Washington, DC, February 2008. For more general information on Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging please see http://epa.gov/aging/bhc/index.htm
New Web Site Supports Active Aging
The Learning Network for Active Aging recently launched their website, http://www.lnactiveaging.org, which will serve as one of the focal points for information exchange on the Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Initiative. The Learning Network is affiliated with the Active for Life initiative, headquartered at the School of Rural Public Health at Texas A&M Health Science Center. Active for Life ( http://www.activeforlife.info) is one of several Active Living projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The Learning Network receives technical support from the Healthy Aging Research Network at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and is coordinated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA).
Mapping Older America
The Brookings Institute has recently released “Mapping the Growth of Older America: Seniors and Boomers in the Early 21st Century,” by William H. Frey (June 2007). This report highlights how the aging boomers, who constitute this decade’s fastest growing age group, are expanding nearly 50 percent in size from 2000 to 2010. This group-more highly educated, with more professional women, and more diverse than its predecessors-will add new stresses to suburban and Sun Belt locations where they are predominantly “retiring in place” with demands for health, transportation, and other services.
For full report see http://www3.brookings.edu/views/articles/200705frey.pdf
Fact sheets for Caregivers and Older Adults
The EPA Aging Initiative has developed fact sheets on environmental hazards that can worsen common chronic conditions. These brief fact sheets are available at no cost and can be downloaded at our website http://epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/index.htm#fs . The fact sheets have been translated into 11 languages. A low vision version is available on the website too. To request copies please send an email to: aging.info AT epa DOT gov
Most of the above is from June 2007 Aging Initiative List Serve published by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Sort of amazing as just a few years ago the current White House agency was promoting that older people were worth less when calculating environmental impacts.
The list serv is worth subscribing to. Unfortunately, they are not following the convention of putting their contact info on each issue so I’ll have to track down the info for you.
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, a wonderful mix of history, education, and thoughtfulness, had this notice.
Work ethic defines him
Vince Doran is the go-to man at Steelfab for sewage treatment plants. He designs all of them. A sticker on his filing cabinet reads, “Sewage feeds my family.”
He wears a red plaid tie and a sport coat with a purple “valor to victory” patch that proclaims him a member of the 34th Bomb Group (B-17)
Oh yes, one more thing about Doran. It sets him apart from the typical Anchorage worker. On Wednesday he turns 90.
On weekdays Doran wakes up and drives from the Pioneer Home to exercise at the Senior Center. He gets to Steelfab around 10 a.m. and works until midafternoon.
He was Alaska’s Outstanding Older Worker for 2005 and went to Washington, D.C., to meet Alaska’s congressional delegation.
In 2001 he took a trip on an icebreaker around northern Canadian islands and above Greenland. A member of Toastmasters for 30 years, he still speaks in public frequently […]
read more about him at
Here’s another really interesting person. I think many people remember the movie and hearing of the exploits, especially during the 50s and 60s when there was just the one (Good) China and that other, Red. China The Flying Tigers became a freight service, post-war, and then merged into
FedEX covert CIA Air America
BEIJING, June 7 (Reuters) – A legendary Chinese nurse who cared for injured U.S. Flying Tigers airmen during World War Two and suffered beatings during the Cultural Revolution has died at 95, state media said on Thursday…
The Flying Tigers was the nickname for the American Volunteer Group that formed a fighter group that trained in China and defended the Burma supply line to China over the Himalayas known as the “Hump” before the United States entered the war.
At the beginning of the last century, when most Chinese girls married in their teens and stayed at home afterwards, Wong, also known as Huang Huanxiao, decided that she should receive an education and become a professional, the China Daily said…. She had just finished her course in nursing and started her internship at a hospital in Hong Kong, when Japanese troops attacked and took over on Christmas Day, 1941.
“She died with a smile, just like her Chinese name suggests – it translates into joy and smile,” Xinhua news agency quoted Gao Demin, Wong’s eldest son, as saying.
from China Daily August 15, 2006–
Rita Wong, who escaped the Japanese in Hong Kong to join the Flying Tigers in China, had lived in anonymity in Kunming, capital of China’s southwestern province of Yunnan, for the past six decades, the China Daily said…
The woman from Macao, who got her degree in nursing at the University of Hong Kong in 1941, had lived in anonymity in Kunming, capital of Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, for the past six decades.
Wong’s children didn’t even guess how eventful her life used to be until she and her husband, who was the only Chinese doctor at the hospital, took them to the Hump Flight Monument in the suburbs of Kunming one day in 1989… With a hunched back, which was broken in beatings during the “cultural revolution” (1966-76), she read out the inscriptions in a firm voice and a graceful British accent.
In 2002 that she began to write down her memories in a diary, which she initially kept to herself. But in 2004, the 92-year-old learned from media reports that several Flying Tigers were to visit their old airport in Yunnanyi town in the mountains of Yunnan’s Dali. She told her children that she wanted to go and meet them.
[Wong and her husband] stated to work at a local hospital after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949… They had a happy life in the following years, apart from during the “cultural revolution” (1966-76). The couple had two sons and a daughter.
When China opened its doors to the rest of the world at the end of the 1970s, Wong set up a toy factory in Macao at an age of 67 with funding from her sisters sent from overseas.
She became the general manager and had more than 200 people working for her three years later.
Read the rest of her story here http://www.china.org.cn/english/NM-e/177978.htm
Actually, all of Chinese and Chinese-American modern history (late 19th and the 20th century) is interesting. I wish we were more aware of the pre-Nixon stuff (Pacific Rim and California, Sun Yat-sen; but for the political junkies– all the Washington intrigues with Madame Chennault; Formosa or Taiwan; one China or two; Vietnam; those two little islands and WW III, etc.).
[Much of the Chinese significance in US history is little understood, e.g.,
Irvin Lai of the historical society and one of the most vocal critics of the MTA’s handling of the situation, said he hoped the remains and artifacts would not be rushed back into the ground. He laments that no major academic institution has volunteered to conduct a study… “We have very little history of these sojourners in Southern California,” he said. “We need a lot of study. We need a professional person. We want to know how they lived, because we have very little records. Most just died and were thrown into graves.”
Lorelle VanFossen who advocates for blogs as accessible tools (and not as look-at-me! toys) tells this interesting story of another Tolstoy’s Bicyclist. Click below to read the entire post and then visit her other work.
When a friend turned 80, she announced that she was going to buy her first computer. I asked her what she was going to do with it. She didn’t know. “Everyone was talking about it, so I thought I should get one to see what all the fuss is about. Now that I have one…” I could see her mind grinding away at the possibilities as she confronted this more-than-a-television thing….
A woman who once traveled by horse and buggy and lived the first 10 years of her life without electricity wasn’t going to let anything stop her now, not even the learning curve of new technology. […]
[see earlier posts, Blog readers feedback needed]
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Due to strong media attention and public pressure, legislators are calling themselves back to hold a special session focused on Senior Care to be held Tuesday, June 26th in Anchorage. This is a good indication that legislators intend to work towards finding a long-term authorization for the Senior Care program that benefits about 7,000 older Alaskans over the age of 65 who earn less than $16,133 for a single and $21,641 for a couple annually. Most Senior Care recipients use their benefits to help pay for food, rent, utilities, and other necessities. Without Senior Care, many recipients may slip through the holes of the social service “safety net.”
The House Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing this Wednesday, June 6th, at 4 pm at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. The hearing will be teleconferenced statewide and the public is invited to testify. Currently, SB4 is the only bill on the agenda. This bill reauthorizes the needs-based Senior Care Program with an eligibility limit of 150% of the Alaska poverty level, no asset test, and a tiered benefit program tied to income ($175 monthly for households at 100% FPL; $150 monthly for households 100 to 135% FPL; and $100 for households 135 to 150% FPL). Please testify at this week’s hearing and encourage others, especially those who are Senior Care recipients, to testify and tell why this program is important for them. The Senior Care Program is scheduled to sunset on June 30th, 2007. Please call your local Legislative Information Office and ask if they are open for this special hearing on June 6th.
Lastly, we are building a public awareness campaign to put a face on the Senior Care program that will be used to educate legislators and the public. We are in the process of collecting stories from Senior Care recipients – no names or other personal information will be disclosed. We want to impress upon legislators and the public that the Senior Care program makes a real difference for those who receive the benefit.
Please send us any stories you may have concerning persons receiving Senior Care benefits, their circumstances, how they use the benefit, what they plan to do if the Senior Care Program is discontinued. This special session is a golden opportunity for us to advocate together for the best Senior Care program possible for those most in need, hopefully to extend beyond what the current program provides. Please feel free to call me for more information. Thank you. Denise
Denise Daniello, Executive Director
Alaska Commission on Aging
150 3rd Street, Suite 103 / P.O Box 110693
Juneau, AK 99811-0693
email: Denise_Daniello AT health DOT state.ak DOT us