Monthly Archives: July, 2015

“Danger strikes when foolish humans are left in charge of their financial futures” – The Conversation

Happy go luckyWorth a gamble? Pensioners are not as risk averse as we might think. James Broad, CC BY-ND

“Much standard economics research is based on the ‘homo economicus’ decision-maker. This is an entirely rational being. An unbiased, unemotional, non-psychological maximizer of the expected usefulness of things and events. Furthermore, this perfect decision-maker is far-sighted, and has complete self-control.

“If that seems instinctively problematic, then you’ll be pleased to know that behavioral economics research instead recognizes that real-world ‘homo sapiens’ decision-makers are not fully rational, are biased, are emotional satisfiers. Furthermore, such decision-makers are myopic, and lack self-control.

“For a long time though, policy-makers have based policy on that ‘homo economicus’ model, not least in the world of financial decision-making, such as investing, saving and pensions. On this basis, there has been a move to give more financial responsibility to individuals.

Benefits Trap

“In the world of pensions, this has meant moving from defined benefit to defined contribution schemes.”

Continue reading this Conversation article in its entirety, click here.

“Health or Finances? Older Americans and Professionals Who Support Them Disagree on Needs of Growing Aging Population” –

The fourth annual United States of Aging Survey finds that older Americans’ concerns about their later years differ from those of the professionals who support them.

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“New police training on mental illness and autism is ‘probably going to save someone’s life'” – Lancaster Online

“Speak softly and succinctly. Remove sunglasses. Avoid sudden motions. Be patient.

“Every police officer should know these and other techniques for successful encounters with crime victims, witnesses or perpetrators who have a mental illness or developmental disorder such as autism, experts say.

“The more cops know about mental illness and autism, the better their response at the scene of a mental breakdown.

“That’s why a new state law makes sure officers will get training in how to recognize and de-escalate a mental health crisis.”

Read this Lancaster Online article in its entirety, click here.

“25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: July 26” – US Census Bureau

Americans With Disabilities Act turns 25: A look at its impactPennLive

ada graphicOn July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of this law’s enactment, this edition of the Facts for Features provides a demographic snapshot of the U.S. population with a disability and examines various services available to them. The statistics come from various Census Bureau censuses and surveys, covering differing periods of time.

Population Distribution

56.7 million

Number of people in the United States in 2010 with a disability, according to the Survey of Income and Program Participation. People with disabilities represented 19 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. People with a disability have a physical or mental impairment that affects one or more major life activities, such as walking, bathing, dressing, eating, preparing meals, going outside the home or doing housework. A disability can occur at birth or at any point in a person’s life. Source: Americans with Disabilities: 2010

15.7 million

According to data collected from the American Community Survey from 2008 to 2012, the number of people 65 and older — 39 percent of the population in this age group — with at least one disability. Of this group, two-thirds had difficulty in walking or climbing. The second-most cited disability was difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping. Continue reading →

Millersville University’s M-Uth Theater presents FREE production

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The M-Uth THEATER  of Millersville University is a new incarnation of a program that has been repeatedly honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and at the White House by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities as one of the finest arts-education programs in the nation and a shining example of the way that the arts can transform the lives of young people who are at-risk, disadvantaged, or living with sensory, physical, and/or intellectual and cognitive disabilities.

The ensemble includes members who are deaf, legally blind, on the autism spectrum, and facing serious medical conditions.  Others have been victims of physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse, have dealt with drug and alcohol issues, are serving juvenile probation, and face other life challenges.  One is currently homeless.  The youth are referred to us from a wide variety of social welfare agencies, the juvenile justice system, psychiatric institutions, rehabilitation centers, therapists and guidance counselors.  Their resilience, compassion and commitment are amazing, and they work together beautifully to create and perform powerful and heartfelt dramatic work exploring important issues pertinent to their lives and that of their peers.  That work is always made available to the public FREE OF CHARGE.

This summer’s production will take place this coming week at the Ware Center, with an open rehearsal on Wednesday morning and  three performances to follow on Thursday and Friday.  The play is described above and specific performance times noted.  All performances are ASL interpreted, and the two evening performances will be followed by a talk-back with the creative team and representatives from the Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

We hope that you will consider coming to a performance and sharing word of this production with everyone you know – staff, clientele, students, family and friends!  We’d love for our young M-Uth performers to have a big audience for their few performances.  Theirs is a play that will shed light on the serious issue of teen suicide, an issue too often kept in the dark, while truly touching your heart.  Just come on into the Ware Center; no tickets are necessary.

As noted there is no admission fee, but goodwill donations will gladly be accepted, all to support the work of the Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

 

Lindy and Phil’s story | “Monarch flutterbys: Undertaken in wonder and continued in delight”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Happened to bump into two people we’ve not seen in a couple years. Phil and Lindy Malin were glowing as we spoke; they filled us in on what’s happened in their lives. Most recently, that news is about a new book they’ve just had published.

butterfly bookTogether, Philip and Lindy Malin founded Malins Monarchy, where they raise and release up to 2,000 monarch butterflies each year. Barry Zecher

Phil and Linda are featured in this 50plus Senior News cover story. “Philip and Lindy Malin have done exactly that. “When they were married 33 years ago, the Malins knew they were exact opposites and had nothing in common. “At that time, Philip was a proofreader for scientific publications and Lindy was director of therapies in a nursing home. If they asked each other how their day was, they knew neither would understand what the other was saying. “So they decided to find something they could do together each year of their marriage. They would go to the library and find books about a particular subject, learn about it, and try it out. They called it their “Anniversary Project.” “It’s a good way for couples to stay together,’ Lindy, 60, said.” Click here to read the 50plus Senior News cover story in its entirety. Their story is more intriguing and special because Lindy (Linda) says, “I became disabled in a moment.” Her testimony to success credits Gina Baum and other staffers at the Disability Empowerment Center. website You can read more about the couple’s other “joie de vivre” pursuits at their Website: http://www.lindaandphilipmalin.com/

TODAY, SATURDAY, JULY 25 at 2:00 pm – Lindy’s on the program at the Nature and Arts Festival in Millersburg. She and Phil invite you to join them “for this annual FREE celebration of nature and the arts along the beautiful Susquehanna River in Millersburg! Featuring over 70 programs and performances, the Nature and Arts Festival is the perfect way to celebrate summer!”

“Social Security disability fund projected to run dry in 2016” – Al Jazeera America

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Report says fund faces ‘urgent threat’ unless Congress acts quickly

“The 11 million people who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year unless Congress acts, the government said Wednesday.

“The trustees who oversee Social Security said the disability trust fund will run out of money in late 2016, right in the middle of a presidential campaign. That would trigger an automatic 19 percent cut in benefits. The average monthly benefit is $1,017.

“The report said the fund faces “an urgent threat” that requires prompt action by Congress.

“There is an easy fix available: Congress could shift tax revenue from Social Security’s much larger retirement fund, as it has before.

“President Barack Obama supports the move. But Republicans say they want changes in the program to reduce fraud and encourage disabled workers to re-enter the workforce.”

Click here to continue reading this article at Al Jazeera America.

Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, July 24, 2015

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Each week the Pennsylvania Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here to read the July 24  newsletter.

“How did it get so late so soon? Why time flies as we get older” – The Conversation

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon? – Dr Seuss

time fliesTime always seems to fly when we’re having fun. clock and balloons from shutterstock.com

“The passage of time is a puzzling thing. While few will dispute that a minute comprises 60 seconds, the perception of time can vary dramatically from person to person and from one situation to the next. Time can race, or it can drag interminably. On rare occasions, it feels as if it’s standing still.

“The difference between “real” time, measured by clocks and calendars, and our own individual sense of time can sometimes seem enormous. This is because, in many ways, we are the architects of our sense of time.

Measuring time

“Humans have created reliable instruments to measure time by using predictable repeating events that occur naturally, such as day turning to night or winter becoming spring. We think of these events in terms of days, weeks and years, and we use clocks and calendars to mark their passage.

“But we also appear to possess an internal timepiece, which regulates our circadian (day/night) rhythms and allows us to register the duration of particular events. We use this ‘pacemaker’ to compare the length of each new event with representations stored in memory. Effectively, we build up a knowledge bank of what a minute, an hour or a day feels like.”

Continue reading this article in its entirety at The Conversation.

” My disabilities do not define me. I am Jim” – The Conversation

jim - adaThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allowed access to special education for people with disabilities. Tim Kwee, CC BY-NC

“I am an educator of educators. I teach others how to be the best teachers. But, I’m also different.

“I have learning challenges.

“I found my way and my life’s calling thanks to dedicated educators.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I am reminded of my personal journey.

“My disabilities could have defined me. But they did not. I do not consider myself dyslexic or learning-disabled.

“I am Jim. And here’s the story of how I overcame my challenges and the educators who helped me along the way.

My disability

“Born in 1970, I suffered a head injury as a young boy while roughhousing with friends. Perhaps that led to my learning problems. Perhaps it didn’t. Doctors aren’t really sure.

“What I do know for sure is that in kindergarten, I could not spell my name – James. That is when I became Jim. Over a period of time, I turned Jim into Mij.

“I did not like school. I decided it was about one thing – learning to read and write.

“I was poor at both. I didn’t like myself.”

Continue reading Jim’s story at The Conversation; click here.