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Posted By Dave Goldstein On May 28, 2008 @ 8:25 am In Bulletin Today | No Comments

USA Today: AARP Draws On Hollywood Star Power To Push Health Care Issues
“More than 500 Hollywood writers and producers are working with senior advocacy group AARP to bring attention to the need to provide affordable health care, the groups will announce today. Divided We Fail, an AARP campaign that wants to find bipartisan ways to make health care affordable, will work with the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and the Motion Picture & Television Fund to make sure health care messages are included in the story lines of popular TV shows and movies. ‘People are worried,’ says Nancy LeaMond, AARP’s executive vice president of social impact. ‘They’re putting their money into day-to-day survival. We started thinking what was really important was to reach out through popular culture. There’s nothing more effective.’” During a meeting scheduled for Thursday, “writers and producers will share personal anecdotes, as well as clips from shows that have tackled health care.” Law & Order: SVU producer Neal Baer “says he was drawn to the AARP campaign because he is also a pediatrician. While at Harvard Medical School, he read a script for ER and ultimately spent six years as its executive producer.”
MarketWatch: Geriatrician Sees Benefits In Working Beyond Retirement Age
Marshall Loeb writes that “in a “provocative new book, ‘The Longevity Revolution,’ Dr Robert N. Butler, a top expert in geriatrics,” says that he and his colleagues “found that people who had clearly specified goals and organization in their lives lived longer than those who did not. Whether work extends a person’s life requires further investigation, but its enhancement of the quality of life seems certain.” Butler also indicates that “studies show that cognitive health can be maintained by intellectual stimulation as well as by physical activity.” Butler recommends some “opportunities for constructive volunteer work” in lieu of employment: “The AARP has a large volunteer program that uses a database to match skills with needs.”
AP: High Court Rules For Workers In Job Bias Cases
Sherman writes “In two employment cases, one involving race and the other, age, the court took an expansive view of workers’ rights and avoided the narrow, ideology-based decisions that marked its previous term.
The justices read parts of an 1860s civil rights act and the main anti-age bias law to include the right to sue over reprisals even though neither provision expressly prohibits retaliation.”


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