Wednesday, November 13, 2013
(Reuters) - Wearing her favourite black dress, 53-year-old Liu Fenqin sat nervously in a corner at an official match-making event in Shanghai, hoping to find a husband after her first marriage ended in divorce more than 10 years earlier. With China's divorce rate rising, Liu was one of thousands of middle-aged and senior lonely hearts who took part in the annual event sponsored by the Shanghai government after the upper age limit was raised from 45 to 60 this year. The event, which drew 30,000 people last year, attracted an estimated 40,000 this year after organisers lifted the age limit to satisfy demand from the growing number of divorcees, said Xu Tianli, vice chairman of the Shanghai Matchmaking Agency Management Association.
With some people there in their 60s and even 70s, the age limit was not absolute. Divorce rates in China have climbed for seven years in a row. In 2012, the year-on-year rise in divorces outpaced that of marriages for the first time, according to official data. The Chinese city with the highest divorce rate is Beijing, at 39 percent, according to local media. The issue has not escaped the notice of China's government, which is concerned that broken homes will erode social stability. "It's likely that children from divorced families will become social outcasts and vagrants. So it does have a negative impact on society." To mend ailing marriages and encourage senior singles to date, China has introduced a range of measures.
Via the Chicago Tribune:
As Vietnam veterans age, many discover they have more time to contemplate their lives. The time for reflection — as well as retirement, reunions with war buddies and the deaths of loved ones — can stir memories from a long-ago war. An estimated 2.7 million men and women served in Vietnam; Their average age is 64, according to Vietnam Veterans of America. "Most are approaching retirement," said Tom Berger, director of the health council at Vietnam Veterans of America. "Once they retire, their spouse has passed and the kids have left home, without that structure, they begin to think about things." Anniversary dates and holidays such as Veterans Day may begin to bother people. But even when a veteran seeks treatment late in life, experts say, in many cases the post-traumatic stress disorder had been there all along.
That was likely the case for Steve Aoyagi, 63, of Des Plaines, who said that when he returned from war, he struggled with anger and anxiety. To deal with those feelings, he said, "I buried myself in my work. I worked 50 to 60 hours a week. A lot of overtime. Whatever time I didn't spend at work, I would occupy myself with my kids." When a neuromuscular disorder forced him to retire in 2002, he began thinking more about the war. "I started having nightmares about the time I spent in Vietnam. The bombs we dropped, the people who were left behind, my best friend getting killed, not being there for him." When his son deployed to Afghanistan, Aoyagi began to dream of the body bags that were once loaded onto his C-130 aircraft in Vietnam. In his dreams, he looked down at one of the bags and realized it carried the body of his son.
Now, he goes to group therapy three times a week at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. "The way that I'm dealing with my PTSD now — this is so true for the others — is by occupying my time," he said. "Keeping busy keeps me going."
Memories form a complex web of images and emotions. It's hard to know how one event might trigger recollections from decades before, experts say. At Lovell, more Vietnam veterans are reporting symptoms of late-onset PTSD. "I think that's due to the fact that Vietnam veterans are at an age when they're experiencing more loss and all the life changes that can be triggers," said Anthony Peterson, who runs the center's treatment programs for post-traumatic stress. The passing of a spouse can stoke feelings of survivor guilt. A serious illness can force a veteran to confront death in the same way he once did in Vietnam.
Monday, November 11, 2013
The Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellowship
The faculty fellowship opportunity described below is open to senior, mid-level, and junior faculty (minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience) affiliated with law schools or schools/programs of public health. Following a 10-day summer institute in Park City, Utah, in July 2014, fellows will return to their home institutions for their fellowship year (2014-2015) to develop their proposals to enhance the teaching of public health law.
Applications for this unique professional development opportunity are due Friday, December 13, 2013 (recommendation letters are due Friday, December 6, 2013). For complete details, visit www.law.gsu.edu/PHLFellowship.
Applications are invited for 10 faculty fellowships in public health law education.
Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law, Health & Society are leading an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a faculty fellowship program to promote public health law education. Ten faculty members from law schools or schools/programs of public health will be selected to participate in a yearlong fellowship program designed to foster innovations in educational programming (including clinical, externship, and other experiential learning) and to build a strong learning community among faculty who teach in the public health law field.
All fellows, with their deans’ support, will design and implement a project for curricular change in public health law education at their home institutions. Each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor in public health law. The fellows will begin their fellowship year by attending an intensive 10-day educational Summer Institute on July 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Over the course of the academic 2014-2015 fellowship year, the fellows and their mentors will regularly share ideas, experiences and models for public health law teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership development.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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The survey will close on December 2, 2013.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Since 1999, Remembering When has been implemented in communities throughout North America to help thousands of older adults learn strategies to help them live safely at home for as long as possible. The program’s foundation remains the same: the 16 key safety messages–eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention–developed by experts from national and local safety organizations and focus group testing in high fire-risk states. The program will continue to be implemented through group presentations, home visits, and as part of smoke alarm installation and fall intervention programs. All of the revised training materials are available online.
“Over the next decades, the population of older adults will increase dramatically,” said Karen Berard-Reed, senior project manager for NFPA. “The new version targets adults who are just entering their older years. We hope to encourage these ‘younger’ older adults to develop important safety habits that will carry them through their senior years and help those around them develop safer behaviors.”
Representatives of fire departments and home visit agencies across the United States and Canada that have been chosen to participate in the Remembering When conference December 1-3, 2013 in Boston, will be the first trained with updated materials.
Photo by Kim Dayton. All rights reserved.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Following up on Becky's post--this is old news, but it is Old News Worth Repeating: the SAFE Minnesota phone/Iphone app
During their spring 2013 semester in my Elder Justice and Policy Keystone course, students wrote an elder abuse application called “SAFE MN.” The app is intended for use by law enforcement officials, first responders, mandated reporters, and laypersons who encounter possible abuse or exploitation of a vulnerable adult or older person. The app provides information about the signs and symptoms of abuse, hotline numbers, and other resources that will help identify abuse and abusers, allow for reporting and, in appropriate cases, facilitate prosecution. Keystone students compiled and organized the app’s substantive content, and Chris , who was a programmer prior to law school and has written a number of apps, wrote the code.
Although the app was intended for use in Minnesota, much of its content is generic. The app is free, and available for download both from Google Play (Android) and from Apple.
Desiree Toldt, who will graduate from Mitchell in May 2014, also wrote a paper that serves as a step-by-step guide to others interested in replicating the app in their own jurisdictions. To obtain a copy of the paper, contact me (use email link in my bio, below).
Kudos to these students for their outstanding work!
The Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship Fund and Elder Decisions are jointly sponsoring a scholarship for young adults between the ages of 18 to 30 to attend an Elder Decisions Elder / Adult Family Mediation Training.
The Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship Fund was created in loving memory of Jordan Washor Liebhaber, May 22, 1986 - March 29, 2013, with the intention to carry forward Jordan's clear values and good works to help make the world a better, more caring place for our elders. The fund seeks to help young adults with interest in the elder services field.
If you or someone you know is between the ages of 18 to 30, a trained mediator, and interested in participating in Elder Mediation Training held in Newton, MA, please submit an application directly to the fund (a link to the application is below). The selected applicant(s) may enroll in an upcoming Elder Decisions training (on a space-available basis) at a rate of $75, with the remaining registration fee shared equally by The Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship Fund and Elder Decisions. (Note that transportation and lodging, if applicable, are additional.)
Download the application here:
www.mediate.com/elderdecisions/docs/Application for the Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship.pdf
Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the first round due no later than October 15th, 2013. Applications for other uses of the scholarship fund are also welcome.
For more information about the fund, please visit www.bnaior.org/JLscholarship.html.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Sweden is the best place in the world to be old and Afghanistan the worst, according to a UN-backed global study. The Global AgeWatch Index examined the quality of life of the elderly in 91 countries. It warns that many countries do not have adequate support in place for their ageing populations. By 2050, older people will outnumber children under 15 for the first time, with most of the elderly in developing countries, it said. The Global AgeWatch Index was complied by the UN Population Fund and advocacy group HelpAge International, and released to mark the UN's Day of Older Persons. Researchers used 13 different indicators - including income and employment, health provision, education, and environment - in what they said was the first study of kind to be conducted on a global scale. The study's authors say countries across the world face an ongoing challenge from the rapidly ageing global population.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
- Get some exercise. Lack of exercise can lead to weak legs and this increases the chances of falling. Exercise programs like Tai Chi can increase strength and improve balance, making falls much less likely.
- Be mindful of medications. Some medicines—or combinations of medicines—can have side effects like dizziness or drowsiness. This can make falling more likely. Having a doctor or pharmacist review all medications can help reduce the chance of risky side effects and drug interactions.
- Keep their vision sharp. Poor vision can make it harder to get around safely. To help make sure they're seeing clearly, older adults should have their eyes checked every year and wear glasses or contact lenses with the right prescription strength.
- Eliminate hazards at home. About half of all falls happen at home. A home safety check can help identify potential fall hazards that need to be removed or changed, like tripping hazards, clutter, and poor lighting.
- Install handrails and lights on all staircases.
- Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
- Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
- Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
- Put grab bars inside and next to the tub or shower and next to your toilet.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
- Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hang light-weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
- Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Justice Department announced the release of its report “Section 508 Report to the President and Congress: Accessibility of Federal Electronic and Information Technology.” The report, authorized under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), provides findings based on a survey of federal agencies on the accessibility of their electronic and information technology and the procedures used to implement the requirements of Section 508.
Section 508 requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities, unless certain exceptions apply. EIT includes telecommunications products (such as telephones), information kiosks and transaction machines, websites, multimedia, and office equipment, such as copiers and fax machines, computers, software, firmware and similar products and services. Specifically, Section 508 requires federal agencies to ensure that EIT they develop, procure, maintain, or use allows employees with disabilities and members of the public seeking information or services to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that available to people who do not have disabilities. Section 508 also requires the attorney general to report and offer recommendations periodically to the President and Congress on the state of federal agency compliance with Section 508.
In 2010-2011, the Department created survey instruments and solicited answers from federal agencies about their implementation of Section 508. The survey requested data in four important areas: procurement, general processes for implementing Section 508, administrative complaints and civil actions, and website compliance.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
NAELA has published a webpage of the 2011 Cases for members’ reference: http://www.naela.org/Public/Library/Publications/Publications_Main/eBulletin_Case_Archive_2011.aspx.
Organized by issue, you can keyword search for the specific case by using the “Find” function in your browser (Control/F on the PC, Command/F on the Mac). Future case notes will also be archived.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
10 Scholarships Available for Advocates to Attend the National Aging and Law Institute
Application Deadline: August 19, 2011
The AARP Foundation is awarding 10 AARP Foundation Litigation Jerry D. Florence scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to pay for registration and the cost of travel expenses to attend the 2011 National Aging and Law Institute. Scholarship recipients are responsible for all additional travel costs in excess of the scholarship amount. AARP Foundation Litigation established this scholarship fund in the name of Jerry D. Florence, who served as the Director of the AARP Foundation for two years before dying suddenly at the age of 57 on November 28, 2005. Mr. Florence was a leader who was quickly able to envision how a new idea could transform the lives of AARP's members. He delighted in finding ways to help others, while his energy, positive attitude, and easy smile touched many hearts. AARP Foundation Litigation is proud to continue the memory of this visionary through scholarships for advocates at this conference.
Consideration will be given to all applicants for the AARP Foundation Litigation Jerry D. Florence Scholarships; however, priority will be given to applicants who:
* Have not previously attended the National Aging and Law Conference or NAELA's Advanced Fall Institute
* Demonstrate financial need
* Provide legal services or advocacy to older persons
You can apply for the scholarship online at www.NAELA.org. For questions about the scholarship, please contact 703-942-5711 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarship applications are due by August 19, 2011 The conference brochure complete with agenda and registration information can be found at www.NAELA.org <http://www.naela.org/> and also at www.americanbar.org/aging
Thursday, June 16, 2011
New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) is seeking an Executive Director to lead this high quality nonprofit legal services organization which seeks to secure justice for the migrant, Native American and low income populations throughout New Mexico. NMLA’s next Executive Director will facilitate and assist in the creation and implementation of a vision to bring NMLA to its next stage of development in advocacy, fiscal stability and collaboration with client communities and legal aid partners throughout the state.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
In 2010, the Administration on Aging (AoA) released its “Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities” to assist aging network providers and their partners in building capacity to successfully serve an increasingly diverse population of seniors and their caregivers. The Toolkit consists of a four-step process and a questionnaire that helps professionals, volunteers, and grassroots advocates with every stage of program planning, implementation, and service delivery for older adult communities, their families and caregivers.
To assist aging services legal providers in improving their outreach efforts and provision of culturally competent services, AoA is presenting a Webinar entitled A Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities. This Webinar will be of value to OAA Title IIIB legal providers, Legal Assistance Developers, senior legal helplines, and to AoA grantees involved in the Model Approaches and Pension Counseling Programs, as they deal with challenges in targeting and reaching out to culturally diverse populations that are most in need of critical legal services.
- Carol Crecy, Director, Office of Outreach & Consumer Information, AoA
- Barbara Dieker, Director, Office of Elder Rights, AoA
- Valerie Soroka, Aging Services Program Specialist, AoA
- Margaret Schaefer, ElderAccessLine Attorney, Legal Aid of Nebraska
- Jessica Hiemenz, Training Coordinator, NCLC
This Webinar will provide an overview of:
1. The cultural competency concepts which are the underpinnings of the AoA Diversity Toolkit;
2. How the toolkit can be used for program planning and development, monitoring and assessment;
3. How the toolkit can be used in a variety of settings by legal providers to enhance the delivery of services to diverse populations;
4. A View from the Field: Nebraska’s “Tips to Increase Cultural Competency when Working with Clients”
Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center
Friday, November 12, 2010
Here's the Table of Contents
November Is National Family Caregivers Month
AoA’s National Family Caregiver Support Program Celebrates 10 Years
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Message from Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee on Veterans Day 2010
AoA Recognizes Native American Heritage Month
Population Data on Older American Indian Adults Featured in AoA’s
Eldercare Locator Takes on a New Look for a Rapidly Aging Population
2010-2011 Influenza Campaign
Other HHS News
Medicare Open Enrollment
AHRQ Launches New Website for Men
Hospitalizations for Medication and Illicit Drug-related Conditions on
the Rise among Americans Ages 45 and Older
Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate Students
NCOA to Sponsor Webinar on Vision and Aging
Additional National Observances in November
Monday, September 20, 2010
Don't miss the 5th Canadian Conference on Elder Law, to be held for the first time in Toronto this fall!
This Conference will bring together a unique gathering of experts and leaders in elder law and policy, with over one hundred presenters and plenary speakers on our Conference programme. Our Keynote Speaker is the Honourable Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, who will bring his distinctive experience to address law reform and access to justice for Aboriginal Older Adults. Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission Barbara Hall and Dr. Jane Barratt of the International Federation on Ageing will discuss the opportunities and challenges of a shift to a rights-based approach to elder law, and Public Law Commissioner Frances Patterson of the Law Commission of England and Wales, Justice Marcia Neave of the Victoria Supreme Court and Dr. Patricia Hughes of the Law Commission of Ontario will consider approaches to law reform that include older adults.The Conference Dinner will celebrate the accomplishments of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and Ontario's legal clinic system in advancing the rights of older adults. Our Keynote Dinner Speaker will be Roger Smith of JUSTICE, a leading United Kingdom law reform and human rights organization that works to improve the legal system and access to justice.
The 2010 Conference on Elder Law will take place October 29th to 30th at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto. A Conference pre-day on October 28th will bring together the World Study Group on Elder Law.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn and meet the leaders in the field of older adults and the law! Reduced room rates are available at the Delta Chelsea until September 26th, so be sure to book your room if you have not already done so.
Registration is now open and full details are available at http://www.bcli.org/news/events/conferences. Early bird registration rates are available until September 30th, so don't wait to register!
To download the conference poster, please visit http://tinyurl.com/2akvflr. If you have already registered for the conference, kindly forward this e-mail to any colleagues who might be interested in attending.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The government is preparing to issue new rules that will make it substantially easier for veterans who have been found to have post-traumatic stress disorder to receive disability benefits, a change that could affect hundreds of thousands of veterans from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. The regulations from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which will take effect as early as Monday and cost as much as $5 billion over several years according to Congressional analysts, will essentially eliminate a requirement that veterans document specific events like bomb blasts, firefights or mortar attacks that might have caused PTSD an illness characterized by emotional numbness, irritability and flashbacks. For decades, veterans have complained that finding such records was extremely time consuming and sometimes impossible. And in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, veterans groups assert that the current rules discriminate against tens of thousands of service members — many of them women — who did not serve in combat roles but nevertheless suffered traumatic experiences.
Under the new rule, which applies to veterans of all wars, the department will grant compensation to those with PTSD if they can simply show that they served in a war zone and in a job consistent with the events that they say caused their conditions. They would not have to prove, for instance, that they came under fire, served in a front-line unit or saw a friend killed. Read more in the NY Times Global Edition.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
What aspects of the current Title V legislation are effective?
What aspects of Title V are not effective?
What innovations can you suggest?
During the session, stakeholders will have the opportunity to call in with statements (no longer than 3 minutes) to share with attendees. In addition, written comments may be submitted via real-time chat, or emailed to TitleVlisteningsession@dol.gov at any time before or after the session. Stakeholders may submit comments on reauthorization of all other titles of the Older Americans Act to Assistant Secretary Greenlee at:
Registration is now open!Registration is limited and participation is first-come, first-served. We encourage multiple participants from the same organization to register once and view this session from one location. Please note you must first create an account (‘Signup’ link in upper right hand corner) on www.workforce3one.org in order to login and reserve a seat for this event at the link below.
Follow this link to register: http://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001010644815865203/info