History Lesson For Future Student Gun Change Action
BY KENT GREENE
A quick history lesson to help the amazing students leading this new revolution against gun violence, as they take their crusade to the next level: The United States’ First Congress NEVER included any rights whatsoever for civilians to bear the kinds of offensive military weapons currently being used to slaughter students.
Twisted logic by the NRA has indoctrinated many politicians today into believing that the Second Amendment provides an unlimited right to bear military-style arms to self-defend. The onset of mental illness begins the moment any legislator chooses to support the right to own and possess military-style semi-automatic weapons for “self-defense.”
In addition, predatory gun marketing perpetuates the mythology that the best defense against a prowling bad guy armed with a standard AR-15 — with multiple banana clips and a semi-automatic pistol — is for good guys (more…)
America’s Appalling Reality
We Don't Seem to Care About Our Older Adults
BY DEB TAYLOR
Last month, writer Susan Perry wrote a very compelling article entitled “America’s appalling reality: we don’t care about our children” for the Minnesota online media site, MinnPost. As the CEO of Senior Community Services, a nonprofit exclusively serving older adults, I’d like to suggest another appalling reality: we don’t care about our older adults.
Cases in point:
A 2015 study conducted by the Institute of Health Research revealed that 9.2 percent of all older adults experience food insecurity — meaning 9.2 percent of all older adults in America don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
The National Center for Elder Abuse reports that approximately one in 10 older adults have experienced elder abuse in some form, with 60 percent of this abuse inflicted by a family member.
And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. To paint a picture of what this looks like, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Falls result in more than 2.8 million injures treated in emergency departments annually, including 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.
Furthermore, falls can still cause injury even if the fall itself doesn’t cause any physical harm. When an older adult lives in fear of falling they often limit their activity level and social engagements, which can cause feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression.
Having meaningful social engagement is a critical component of healthy aging. A few years ago Brigham Young University researchers conducted a study on the impact of loneliness and found that social isolation increases one’s risk of death by nearly 30 percent — making loneliness a potentially greater health risk than obesity or smoking.
Depression is also a serious health issue among older adults. More than two million older adults suffer from some form of depression; individuals aged 65 and older account for 20 percent of all suicide deaths, despite making up only 13 percent of the U.S. population.
Statistics aside, however, do Americans really care (more…)