Older voters are hot commodities as both parties gear up for next year's mid-term elections. After all, they tend to vote in disproportionately higher numbers, especially in midterm elections.
Living in a nursing home is not easy. When you are gay, it can be so much more complicated. Unless you're at a progressive long-term care facility, staff (and fellow residents) may act less than warm and fuzzy, the Nursing Home Reform Act notwithstanding.
The first in a series of White House conferences devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging was held in Miami, Florida, yesterday. Many of the issues addressed"”retirement security, health care, housing"”are concerns shared by older Americans of all sexual stripes. But LGBT seniors also face unique obstacles, including discrimination and a lack of certain legal protections.
Cancer deaths down but disparities still exist. ... The overall cancer death rate declined between 1990 and 2007, according to the latest statistics by the American Cancer Society. However, the report finds disparities still exist among socioeconomic and racial groups. ... Speaking of cancer: "Despite all the recent news about possible cancer risks from cellphones, coffee, styrene, and formaldehyde in building materials, most of us probably face little if any danger from these things with ordinary use, health experts say." ... One more: FDA says heavy Actos use may be tied to bladder cancer.
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