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“No More Emotional Support Peacocks As Feds Crack Down On Service Animals On Planes” – NPR

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“Under a new rule issued last week by the Transportation Department, only dogs that meet strict service animal standards will be allowed to fly with passengers. Orlando, emotional support animal, ESA.” (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

by David Schaper

“The days of bringing your emotional support cat, pig or even a miniature horse on a plane may soon be coming to an end. The federal government is enacting a new rule restricting the types of service animals allowed on commercial airline flights, allowing only dogs that meet specific training criteria.

“The new Department of Transportation rule is in response to a growing backlash in recent years to airline passengers trying to bring all kinds of wild and outlandish pets onto planes, including the woman who tried to bring an “emotional support” peacock on board a United Airlines flight in 2018, and the “comfort” turkey that was actually allowed to fly on Delta Airlines back in 2016.

“‘It’s gotten really out of control,’ says Paul Hartshorn, Jr., a flight attendant for American Airlines and spokesperson for the flight attendants’ union there. ‘For years, our members have been dealing with untrained, sometimes wild animals in the aircraft cabin.

“‘For the most part, I will say it’s dogs that are not properly trained, but we’ve seen everything from pigs, to monkeys, to hamsters. You name it, we’ve seen it,’ Hartshorn added.

“The untrained animals can have behavioral issues, and some even relieve themselves on the plane.”

Continue reading this article at NPR; click here.

“Welcome to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities” – AARP

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  • The population of the United States is rapidly aging.
  • By 2030, one of every five people in the U.S. will be 65 or older.
  • By 2035, the number of adults older than 65 will be greater than the number of children under 18.

That’s why AARP staff and volunteers are working throughout the nation to engage and mobilize communities, share expertise, and deliver technical assistance to the towns, cities, counties and states in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

The work that happens within the network — which is a program within the larger AARP Livable Communities initiative — is hands-on and locally determined and directed.

The common thread among the enrolled communities and states is the belief that the places where we live are more livable, and better able to support people of all ages, when local leaders commit to improving the quality of life for the very young, the very old, and everyone in between.

AARP engages with elected officials, partner organizations and local leaders to guide communities through the age-friendly network’s assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation processes.

Read more; click here.

ATTENTION Link partner agencies: 2020-21 Veterans’ Trust Fund Notice of Funding Announcement

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Click on the above graphic to download the entire .pdf file.

NOTE: The due date for the application is Wednesday January 27, 2021 by 2:00 pm

“THE OTHER SIDE OF ANGER | How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger” – NPR


(top) – For more than 30 years, the Inuit welcomed anthropologist Jean Briggs into their lives so she could study how they raise their children. Briggs is pictured during a 1974 visit to Baffin Island. – Jean Briggs Collection / American Philosophical Society; (center) – Inuit parenting is gentle and tender. They even have a special kiss for kids called kunik. (Above) Maata Jaw gives her daughter the nose-to-cheek Inuit sniff. – Johan Hallberg-Campbell for NPR; (bottom) – The elders of Iqaluit have lunch at the local senior center. On Thursdays, what they call “country food” is on the menu, things like caribou, seal and ptarmigan. – Johan Hallberg-Campbell for NPR

by Michaeleen Doucleff and Jane Greenhalgh

“Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about the nature of human anger.

“At age 34, Jean Briggs traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to ‘adopt’ her and ‘try to keep her alive,’ as the anthropologist wrote in 1970.

“At the time, many Inuit families lived similar to the way their ancestors had for thousands of years. They built igloos in the winter and tents in the summer. ‘And we ate only what the animals provided, such as fish, seal and caribou,’ says Myna Ishulutak, a film producer and language teacher who lived a similar lifestyle as a young girl.

“Briggs quickly realized something remarkable was going on in these families: The adults had an extraordinary ability to control their anger.”

To continue reading this fascinating story at NPR, click here.

“The Decade of Healthy Ageing: a new UN-wide initiative”

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“The United Nations General Assembly today declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing.

“Today’s announcement of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing sends a clear signal that it is only by working as one, within the United Nations system and with governments, civil society and the private sector, that we will be able to not only add years to life, but also life to years,’ said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, in response to today’s development.

“By adopting a UN-wide approach in support of healthy ageing, we will be able to galvanize international action to improve the lives of older people, their families and communities, both during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond,” added Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of Social Determinants of Health at WHO.

“Health is central to our experience of older age and the opportunities that ageing brings. Initiatives undertaken as part of the Decade will seek to: change how we think, feel and act towards age and ageing; facilitate the ability of older people to participate in and contribute to their communities and society; deliver integrated care and primary health services that are responsive to the needs of the individual; and provide access to long-term care for older people who need it.” Continue reading →

“How to spot and cope with holiday depression.” – Futurity

holiday depression(Credit: Getty Images)

posted by Kim Ward – Michigan State

“Here, Jed Magen, chair of the psychiatry department at the College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, offers advice on how people can cope with depression through the holiday season:

Q. What are the symptoms of depression?

A. You may have depression if feelings of sadness or emptiness don’t go away within a couple of weeks. Other emotional symptoms include:

“What COVID-19 Exposed in Long-Term Care: A Documentary” – Jewish Healthcare Foundation

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As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, blame was thrown quickly at the facilities and their operators. But where does the responsibility actually lie for the failure to protect tens of thousands of frail seniors? This 20-minute documentary explores the causes behind the COVID-19 crisis in long-term care facilities across the United States.

The COVID-19 crisis has devastated many long-term care (LTC) facilities across the country, regardless of quality and safety records. We have seen good management take appropriately aggressive measures and apply best clinical practices, but even the best facilities’ clinical capacity has weakened by forces beyond their control: inadequate resources, a feeble response from our health systems and public health authorities, and years of underfunding. These alarm bells for a catastrophe like this have been ignored for years.

Prior to the pandemic, the majority of LTC providers, especially nonprofit providers, faced a daily challenge Continue reading →

Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Announce New Protective Mitigation Efforts to Put Pennsylvania on Pause through Early January

PA covid update

Governor Wolf announced late this afternoon: “The new, limited-time mitigation orders take effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 12, and remain in effect until 8 a.m. on January 4, 2021.”

Click here to read the conditions announced in this news release.


“End-of-life care has boomed in California. So has fraud targeting older Americans” – The Los Angeles Times

hospice fraud“Ellie Craig Goldstein holds a pouch containing sentimental items from her brother, Peter Craig. Three years after Peter’s death, his sisters Ellie and Joyce Craig are haunted by the memory of his final hours.” – (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)


“Martin Huff was 67 when he fell off his bicycle, banged up his knee and spent a couple of hours in a Riverside County emergency room before walking out under his own power.

“Ten days later he was in hospice care, diagnosed as terminally ill by a small Covina provider of end-of-life services that said he was weak and wasting away, with six months or less to live.

“Five years after that grim prognosis, however, Huff was still very much alive. He testified in federal court that no one from California Hospice Care had ever given him a medical exam before claiming he was dying.

“’I really never knew exactly what the deal was on the hospice,’ he said.”

Click here to continue reading this article at The Los Angeles Times.

“Seven Rules of Zoom Meeting Etiquette From the Pros” – The Wall Street Journal

Since so many Link partners are attending so many ZOOM meetings in the COVID-19 world, this article adds some caveats for all of us: “No more dogs, chips or ‘lurkers’—as video-conferencing becomes a fixture in working life, it’s time to shed the rookie moves.”

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by Betsy Morris
Video-meeting apps have grown up—now users need to, too.“Zoom saw daily meeting participants soar to a peak of 300 million in the latest quarter, up from 10 million before the pandemic. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. workers who have been working from home would prefer to continue working remotely as much as possible when pandemic restrictions lift, according to a recent Gallup poll.

“So it’s time to get serious about video meetings. No more dogs and cats; no more avatar stand-ins. It’s time to enter a remote meeting as if it were a conference room. Here are a few rules from the pros.”

Click here to read the Wall Street Journal article.