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Sarah Palin, the elderly, the disabled, older Americans and rural Alaska

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naomidagenbloom 2008 September 2

Vuee, Vuee, We need to hear MORE from you now about the way Alaska has come into our consciousness via your governor–the believer in “stakeholders.”

Readers can’t get off that easy, Little Red Hen— what questions do folks have?

The reason I have been rather quiet, blogwise, is because the news from rural Alaska about living there isn’t good. There has been next to nothing improved since earlier posts, this includes the past 18 months of the personable Gov. Sarah Palin. I’ll give examples below, but they sound depressing. So readers, what do enquiring minds want to know? If nothing else, I can at least point you to some good sources of facts or commentary from Alaska perspective.

An older friend of mine (from Tucson) sends this musing upon the early photo of Sarah Palin and her caribou ( http://newsminer.com/photos/galleries/2008/sep/01/sarah-palin-growing-alaskan/1156/. It is the photo of the red-nosed caribou NOT a reindeer.)

>My deep reflections, caribou inspired::
1. Macho women don’t need to wear pantsuits to assert themselves.
2. Most currently popular female names go from my daughter Michelle to my mother Sarah.
3. Sarah definitely shoots better than Dick. How about Joe’s expertise with firearms?
4. Candidates should not be judged only on basis of age, gender, and looks.
5. Candidate’s children are given on-stage prominence. It should be unfair to have the youngest ones debate politics, but what about having a food fight?

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  • there’s the older gentleman who is resigning himself to move 400 miles away from home to be near his grandkids because his grown children had to move to Anchorage to find work to meet the utilities payments
  • there’s all the older people who need an assisted living arrangement or nursing home (a 400 mile trip, if one can afford to get into Bethel from the village to get on the jet)
  • there’s fuel oil at $6-15 a gallon
  • there’s the Bush-Cheney stimulus payments which only went to those who have taxable income. They don’t go to those who cashed in IRAs early to pay electricity or who struggle to make sense of their returns.
  • there’s electricity at 40 cents or more per kilowatt hour (with a subsidy for residences) in rural Alaska (Wasilla pays considerably less, without subsidy)
  • there’s gasoline, needed to go out and “grocery shop” on the tundra or out in the river, at $6 to $18 gallon.
  • there’s gaining grandmother status at 34
  • there’s raising grandchildren at 70
  • there’s having your one-time $1200 “energy check” from the state stolen by your children for smokes and booze

2008-09-04 Look guys, what someone else found
gov-sarah-palin-call-in-kyuk/

2008-09-04 Fact Check of Governor Palin’s Speech http://progressivealaska.blogspot.com/2008/09/saradise-lost-chapter-twenty-five-obama.html

PALIN: “Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest – and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.”
REALITY: PALIN OPPOSED CRUCIAL EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE AND SENIORS FUNDING […]

Andrew Halcro does a fine job at http://www.andrewhalcro.com/grading_palins_speech_a

Also: tech support has a listing of reasonable sources at Sarah Palin content

2008-10-27 Palin’s gaffe about her policy on “special needs” while her record shows she has none
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BlueOasis/~3/431498178/showDiary.do


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Preventive health care in elderly people needs rethinking

This sounds like it could be an interesting think-piece. Unfortunately, BMJ no longer gives free access to articles the first year. [this article was subsequently made available to the public for discussion.]

I don’t know what they mean by elderly, the oldest olds? The age group was 70-82. See comments.

BMJ 2007;335:285-287 (11 August), doi:10.1136/bmj.39241.630741.BE1
Analysis by
Dee Mangin, senior lecturer in general practice1, Kieran Sweeney, honorary clinical senior lecturer in general practice2, Iona Heath, general practitioner3

1 Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch New Zealand, 2 Peninsula Medical School, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter EX2 5DW, 3 Caversham Group Practice, London NW5 2UP

Dee Mangin, Kieran Sweeney, and Iona Heath argue that, rather than prolonging life, preventive treatments in elderly people simply change the cause of death—the manner of our dying

The first 150 words of the full text of this article appear below.

Summary points

* Single disease models should not be applied to preventive treatments in elderly people
* Preventive treatments in elderly people may select cause of death without the patient’s informed consent
* Preventive use of statins shows no overall benefit in elderly people as cardiovascular mortality and morbidity are replaced by cancer
* A more sophisticated model is needed to assess the benefits and harms of preventive treatment in elderly people

Preventive health care aims to delay the onset of illness and disease and to prevent untimely and premature deaths. But the theory and rhetoric of prevention do not deal with the problem of how such health care applies to people who have already exceeded an average lifespan. In recent years, concerns about equity of access to treatments have focused on ageism. As a result, preventive interventions are encouraged regardless of age, and this can be harmful to the patient and expensive for the health . . .

[Full text of this article via paid subscription only] The full text is now available.
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/335/7614/285?etoc

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Study: even light activity helps elderly

By LINDSEY TANNER | July 12, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) – Forget jumping jacks and treadmills. Just doing household chores and other mundane activities of daily living is enough to help older adults live longer, new research suggests….

… the study should be encouraging for those intimidated by traditional exercise, illustrating that activity doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial.

“They used state-of-the-art methodology to answer a very important question, which is how important is it to remain physically active.” … the gold standard of measuring expended energy and more reliable than self-reported activity levels, although they also questioned participants about their habits.

Participants drank specially formulated water that is expelled from the body as carbon dioxide, which is a direct measure of energy use.

[doubly-labelled water using stable isotopes. Still “state of the art” after 30 years!! However, stable isotopes are an excellent, non-invasive method of looking at nutrition, physiology, energy use, etc. ]

Prisons Not Geared to the Needs of the Elderly, Study Finds

http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/10000157/story

By 2022, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will incarcerate about thirty thousand elders — individuals who, while they represent the smallest threat to public safety among the prison population, cost the most to imprison, a new report from Legal Services for Prisoners with Children ( http://prisonerswithchildren.org/ ) finds.

Funded by the Los Angeles-based California Endowment, Dignity Denied: the Price of Imprisoning Older Women in California documents the conditions of confinement for the more than three hundred and fifty women over the age of fifty-five in state prisons. According to the report, the “Three Strikes” law and a reluctance to grant parole have left more Californians growing older in prison than ever before. Moreover, health-related expenses push the estimated annual cost of imprisoning an older person to at least $70,000, twice that of a younger prisoner.

The authors of the report further assert that prisons aren’t geared to the needs and vulnerabilities of older people and that their continued incarceration raises fundamental questions of how society treats elders. While many aging prisoners share the same challenges faced by elders in the outside community — bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom — prison policies and everyday routines present unique problems, such as undressing for strip searches, getting assigned to difficult-to-reach top bunks, fighting over limited laundry slots, and waiting in long lines to receive medication. Many older prisoners also report feeling unsafe in their cells and experience difficulties getting help during emergencies.

In an effort to reduce the number of older prisoners, the report recommends the early release of elderly prisoners and supports policy changes to improve prison conditions.

To read or download the complete report (81 pages, PDF), visit: http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/10000156/report/download

“New Report Calls for Early Release of Elderly Prisoners.” Legal Services for Prisoners With Children Press Release 12/15/05.

http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/10000157/story

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Chron.com | Katrina’s toll on the sick, elderly emerges

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/3484843.html

All told, the dead from nursing homes account for about 10 percent of Louisiana deaths from the storm. Most died not as floodwaters rose or even in the immediate hours after the storm, according to interviews, but instead succumbed after days in brutal conditions. Their deaths and the effects on survivors represent the worst medical catastrophe for the elderly in recent U.S. history.

It isn’t just a medical catastrophe, but a social one if we all assume that the elderly are doing fine because they have “nice place” to live and none of us have to deal with them.

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