The Persistent Stigma of Hearing Loss—Even 25 Years After ADA

Thinking and reading about the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, 25 years ago this week, has been a surprising reminder of how far we have come in a relatively short span. Twenty-five years — July 26, 1990. For me, that’s an era just past — my children were already school age, my career was established. For many of us in the AARP generation, 50 and older, 25 years ago was recent history. So it’s shocking to be reminded …

Stop Selling Smokes, Senators Tell Drugstores

Pharmacies should follow the example of CVS Caremark and kick the habit of selling tobacco products, a group of Democratic senators said Feb. 10 in letters to major chain drugstores. The letter from Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate health committee, and seven colleagues ratchets up the pressure on Walgreens, Rite Aid and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) to voluntarily stop selling cigarettes. CVS made the move already, saying it would forgo the profits because …

Fighting Age Discrimination Draws Bipartisan Support – And You Can Help

In a contentious election year it’s encouraging to learn that Americans from both parties, and some politicians, have found common ground on at least one issue. A new AARP survey shows that older Americans overwhelmingly support legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace. The May 2012 poll of registered voters 50 and older found that 78 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA), introduced in March by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Sen. Chuck …