Older Women Expanding the Legacy of Black History

This is a guest post by AARP Vice President of Multicultural Markets, Edna Kane-Williams. Williams is responsible for the development and execution of strategy relating to growing the association’s African American/Black membership. She previously served as Vice President of Strategy and Communications within the AARP Foundation. Black History month celebrates the perseverance of a determined people. Each year we’re reminded of how African Americans have survived, overcome and excelled despite major obstacles, challenges and injustices. Black women have always figured prominently …

Reflecting on MLK Day: Learn to Love Those All Around You, Without Prejudice

“Now, I say to you today my friend, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this Nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” This quote, I’m sure, is familiar to all of you. If not, then …

The Takeaway: Sleep Apnea-Dementia Linked; Gambling Addiction; How’s Your Sex Life?

Is mom getting a good night’s rest? A new study published in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association links dementia in older women to sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing – for a short period – as they sleep. Researchers focused on women, average age 82, with various sleeping disorders, including apnea. They found those women “were much more likely than those with normal sleep habits to develop cognition problems within five years.”

The Takeaway: E. coli; Vaccines; Heat Wave; Poorer Than Our Parents?

Germany expecting more E.coli deaths: The E. coli outbreak that has killed 24 people continues to mystify health experts – and the source has yet to be pinned down.

Race is A Factor When Talking About Alzheimer’s

Did you know that African-Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than white people? Hispanics are one and half more times as likely to develop the disease as white folks too. The Alzheimer’s Association discovered this reality in a new report on these pretty significant numbers. AARP Bulletin reports: An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to grow as boomers age. For the special report on race, ethnicity and Alzheimer’s disease, the association …

Guest Blogger: Ralph Everett, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Since we’re bringing election updates and analysis straight to you here at Shaarp Session, we thought we’d invite a few guest bloggers to share their perspectives too. Below, Ralph Everett from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies talks about why this election is so important – especially for African Americans. Read on: This is a historic election – in more ways than one. Take, for example, the issue of voter turnout. With record numbers of new voter registrations …