debt ceiling

Members of Congress are back in Washington with an agenda full of items important to older Americans.
There's a lot on the line in the showdown over raising the federal debt ceiling - including, President Barack Obama says, retirement and disability benefits for millions of Americans.
Senior men may require different activities in assisted living facilities-two men play chess
When it comes to "home away from home," men are left behind. In her search for the perfect rehab for her father, Pam Gerhardt found that many assisted living facilities often forget about the other half. It's hard enough getting your "still-young-at-heart" dad to agree to go to a home. So when he gets there, he should feel comfortable, right?  Not to be too stereotypical, but the window treatment designed to make the environment more relaxing won't cut it. And we can almost guarantee the knitting club sign up sheet will remain empty. Providers take note: As more 50+  men move into your facilities, some questions you may want to consider: Why isn't there a TV devoted to ESPN 24 hours a day? When's poker night? Why can't I get a scotch during the ice cream social? Related: Does moving into a nursing home cause depression?
Grandparents are safer drives when children are in the car
Want to keep your kids safe in the car? Make sure Nana's behind the wheel. When children are present, grandparents are better drivers than Mom and Dad, a new study says. People older than 65 are generally involved in more car accidents, and the number climbs as people get older. The debate over the right of seniors to remain behind the wheel was revived last month after a 90-year-old woman drove through a nursing home's recreation room. But  a new study published in Pediatrics suggests that seniors are more careful when transporting precious cargo: The study found that children were 50 percent less likely to be injured in a car accident when a grandparent was driving. Do your mom and dad still drive? Here are some signs that can help you determine whether you need to have "the talk."
A woman attends a job fair
Don't mean to start the morning on a low note, but the numbers don't lie. The recession rages and long-term unemployment rates are still high. As the country focuses on the very important issue of the debt ceiling ( here's an update), many segments of the population are asking," Hey, remember us?"  While Democrats and Republicans take turns accusing each other of using the federal deficit to gain political clout, they may be wasting their time. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News Poll, Americans are fed up with both sides.
Senator Mark Warner speaks to reporters abou the deficit reduction package proposed by the Gang of Six
As the dangerous heat wave moves to the Northeast, here's another explainer on how extreme heat attacks your body and why certain people have to be especially careful. Also: How to help a loved one or neighbor stay cool.
Man lounges in a pool. Heat wave can be dangerous for boomers and seniors
The summer heat wave that continues to blister the nation has claimed 13 lives in the Midwest, including a 65-year-old Kansas man who died while mowing his lawn. His internal body temperature was 107 degrees, police said. Still not worried about the heat? You should be. Also: How to protect yourself during a heat wave. (If might even be too hot to do what the guy on the left is doing.)
An obese woman walks on the boardwalk
Heat wave continues. As temperatures continue to soar, 20 states are under heat advisories, according to the National Weather Service. Despite the warnings, many people still don't recognize the signs of heat-related illness. And the older we get, the less tolerant we become of the heat. Which is dangerous: "Many older Americans don't heed heat-advisory warnings as carefully as they should, because they don't consider themselves old."
A professional football player loses his helmet during a play on the field
Baby steps. "A bipartisan effort in the Senate to allow President Obama to raise the federal debt ceiling in exchange for about $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years gained momentum Sunday ... The growing sentiment for raising the federal limit on U.S. borrowing sets the stage for a week of largely scripted actions on Capitol Hill, where leaders in both chambers are looking to build support for the plan being crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)"
Eric Cantor
Debt talks heat up, President Obama walks out. (He'll be back today.)  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued yesterday to push his "last-option" plan to solve the debt ceiling crisis - for the sake of the nation and his party. "All of a sudden we have co-ownership of a bad economy. That is very bad positioning going into an election." But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, left, will have none of it. Also yesterday, Sen. John McCain made it clear that Republicans will not be moved by scare tactics, including President Obama's statement that Social Security checks can not be guaranteed if the debt ceiling isn't raised by August 2. " It's really, really unfortunate and it's demagoguery."  But both sides agree there will be serious consequences if Congress does not meet the deadline.  (More to come as talks resume today.)
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