Internet

Here are some things from the internet that might interest you.

Ready WV

The Ready WV site provides vital information for state residents on disaster preparation and response.  The site provides preparedness information for winter storms, floods, the flu, how you can volunteer, extra steps you might need to prepare when you – or someone close to you – is disabled, and more.  Click here to visit Ready WV

Imagine a Medicare “Part Q” for quality at the end of life

A New York Times article by Katy Butler takes a look at the possibility of changing end of life care which could save recipients and their families from painful life extending treatments by making hospice-like treatment on request while saving Medicare money.  Click here to read the article.

Alliance for Retired Americans

 If you are a retired union member and miss the activism, The Alliance of Retired Americans may be something you’re interested in.  Click here to visit their website.

The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.

A primary objective of the Alliance is to enroll and mobilize retired union members and other senior and community activists into a nationwide grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda-one that respects work and strengthens families. The long-term goal of the Alliance is to become the voice for all older Americans. By engaging in important political battles to protect and preserve programs vital to the health and economic security of older Americans, the Alliance will gain recognition as the country’s leading progressive grassroots senior organization.

Click here for the new and exciting West Virginia Focus magazine

wvfocusClick here to view the May / June 2014 issue of West Virginia Focus

There’s an article entitled ‘Healthy Living’ by Katie Griffith on page 29 of the current issue of West Virginia Focus that begins this way: ‘Almost Heaven, West Virginia’ is the line heard round the state. But to the rest of the nation, we’re the fattest, smokiest, poorest, dumbest, sickest and now the saddest. Inside our borders, we know that there are plenty of great reasons why we live in West Virginia – our mountains, scenery, neighbors, Mountaineers, and pepperoni rolls to name a few – but to many others, life in the mountain state is a conundrum. For the last five years, West Virginia has come in dead last in Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a poll measuring health and happiness of state populations based upon self-reported emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, access to basic needs, job satisfaction and overall life evaluation. The poll has been ranking states for six years and only that first year, in 2008, were we not last.

Does this statement cause you to wonder, why is this? or if this article raises your ire, you should click here and then read the article on page 29.

Savvy Senior

Savvy Senior is a national information service devoted to older Americans and the families who support them. Through a variety of media, Savvy Senior provides information and resources through its nationally syndicated newspaper column, senior newswire service, resource books, weekly radio program and television features on NBC and CNBC. Click here to go to their webpage. There’s a link right at the top of the main page which will sign you up for the Senior Newswire, a free weekly service that e-mails you direct Web links to current (50+) national news and information sites. This unique service locates the top articles and news makers each week from a wide variety of resources including dozens of national and local newspaper and magazine publications, media outlets, trusted Web resources, government agencies and nonprofit organizations nationwide.. Happy reading!

TED TALKS

I wonder how many of us know what TED Talks are. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. From their website, I lifted this explanation of who they are: “TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at the TED Conference with the world. Under the moniker “ideas worth spreading,” talks were released online and rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been re-engineered around TED Talks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world’s most inspiring voices. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed more than one billion times.” Click here to learn about:

The 11 Greatest TED Talks for Anyone Over 50

Here’s another TED Talk made by the Renegade Gardener, Ron Finley, from South Central LA – it is not our reality here is West Virginia but it is the reality of millions in the US. We should all watch and learn. Click here if you want to hear Ron talk about gardening and learn what it means when he says that to change the community, we have to change the composition of the soil. This video has been viewed almost 2 million times.

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

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There’s an interesting blog entitled Seniors Reinvent Aging Through Co-housing & Senior Villages where Cat Johnson explores two concepts of senior living – villages and                                                      co-housing. It’s well worth a read so right-click here to see it.

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