Last week, AARP hosted an event with POLITICO at the Detroit Auto Show. The topic: Driverless cars and the Future of Mobility. Now, if you’re wondering why AARP sponsored a panel that sounds more like the Jetsons than the Golden Girls . . . the answer is pretty simple. Having safe, affordable transportation options is essential to live independently, whatever your age. And, since driverless cars are coming sooner than you might think, AARP is working to make sure that these cars of the future meet the needs and concerns of older adults.
Surgeons washing hands
The media frenzy over Ebola has focused a glaring spotlight on hospitals across the country this fall. One man has died from the virus in the United States, and a handful of nurses have been infected. And even though the chance of a large-scale U.S. outbreak is tiny, nearly 36 percent of Americans said they are worried that a family member will contract Ebola, according to today’s  Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Illustration of the Ebola virus
The country’s first Ebola patient—Thomas Eric Duncan, who was visiting Dallas from West Africa—has died. But the fact that he was  mistakenly sent home when he first showed up at a Texas hospital complaining of symptoms, does not exactly inspire confidence in our healthcare system.
GPA in connected car
News last week that a North Carolina woman died in a head-on car crash while posting selfies and Facebook updates brings home the hope for "connected cars." More cars connected to the Internet, the argument goes, would help, not distract, drivers. With hands-free, eyes-on-the-road communication and entertainment as the norm, we might hear fewer such horror stories.
Just about every cookbook icon, from Julia Child to Martha Stewart to the Joy of Cooking's Rombauer sisters, has told us to rinse off our raw chicken before preparing it.
This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put the brakes on Verizon's plan to fast track the replacement of traditional landline telephone service in parts of New York and New Jersey with a new, less reliable, wireless option called Voice Link.  Instead of automatically approving Verizon's application, the FCC has requested more information from the company.
Romance - for many, it's one of life's great pleasures. But for those living in a nursing home sex can get a bit more complicated. Having Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia calls into question whether the individuals involved have the ability to give legal consent. Nursing homes regularly struggle to make that call, and this problem will only grow worse as the number of older Americans grows as the the boomer generation joins their ranks.
Amy Goyer's fall prevention tips.
The phone calls from my Dad have come all too often. "Amy, your mother has had a fall,"  he'd say. I'd slide out of bed into my shoes and race to my parents' apartment, sometimes meeting the emergency squad when I arrived.  We'd spend hours in the emergency room, grateful every time she came home without any broken bones or a concussion.
Cheryl Morgan
If you have a loved one in assisted living - or see that possibility on the horizon - this week brings some essential TV viewing and reading.
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Dr. Pepper Schwartz: Yes, but you need to be careful. While the vast majority of people are reasonably honest (they may fudge a bit on weight or height), there are always a few opportunists and scam artists out there, and you need to be cautious. If you meet online, get some facts about the person's life -where he went to school, where he works and lives now - and then Google him and check out the facts. If they aren't true, you don't want to know this person. Most of these casual checks usually turn out okay.
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