disabled

Government Hikes Payment Estimate for Medicare Advantage Plans

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday that 2015 payments to the plans should increase less than 1 percent overall. That compares to a drop of nearly 2 percent that the government forecast in February. Analysts expect actual …

Why This City Has Outlawed Doorknobs

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe Sun Is Setting on the Humble Doorknob. That’s the Vancouver Sun headline describing the city’s new building code, which will soon outlaw twisty doorknobs  — and traditional faucet handles, too — in new construction. The paper takes the positive view that, far from being banished, doorknobs are being “legislatively upgraded to levers more conducive to the arthritic, gnarled or weakened hands we earn with age.” >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter That sounds like a promising development. AARP has …

Standing with Caregivers

Posted on 10/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

CaregivingThe following is a guest post by Peter Rosenberger — Caregiver and AARP Tennessee Volunteer Today’s 65 million caregivers often find themselves pulling their hair out as they find their lifestyle dramatically altered by the constant challenges involved in caring for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly loved one. In my experience, I have discovered that the greatest issue caregivers struggle with is not insurance but rather assurance:  They’re frightened, burned-out, and daily wondering if they will survive caring for …

Blair Underwood is Not Our Mama’s ‘Ironside’

Posted on 09/8/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWarning:  Do not tune into NBC’s new “Ironside” with any expectation of a show resembling Raymond Burr’s series of 40 years ago.  As star Blair Underwood himself attests, they really didn’t keep much outside of the name and the central conceit of a disabled lawman operating his own team.  Oh, and Underwood’s Robert Ironside tipples a bit of bourbon at the end of a long day, an homage to Burr. This “Ironside” is as different from that one as 2013 …

Seeing Life From a Rolling Chair

Posted on 08/14/2013 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeIt’s only been a few weeks since I joined the ranks of 1.6 million Americans who use wheelchairs, and it has already changed me. I feel helpless in some ways and useless in others. I am in a different world, downsized and looking up, dependent upon others to get me where I’m going. There is a terrible loneliness to that. I use the chair only occasionally as the effects of COPD impact my ability to breathe easily, ergo my ability …

Saturday Mail Service: Myths and Realities

Posted on 02/7/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsLet’s cut through the rain, snow and heat over the U.S. Postal Service’s big announcement this week and figure out what’s really going on. Let’s start with three basic facts: The Postal Service isn’t funded by tax dollars. It’s been hemorrhaging money for a long time. It lost nearly $16 billion last year. Myth: The Postal Service is canceling all Saturday delivery. Reality: The Postal Service announced that it’s ending “mail delivery” to street addresses on Saturdays but will continue …