Friday, March 6, 2009

Community Choice Act (CCA) is the mos...

All boomers should care deeply about this! Disabled and elderly people should have the choice to stay in their own homes, to "age in place"

Community Choice Act (CCA) is the most important health care reform bill for people with
disabilities and seniors. Simply put, it will give people with disabilities and seniors in
nursing homes and other institutions, or folks who are at risk of such placement, the choice to live at home with the services and supports that they need to stay in their communities independently.

Become an initial Community Choice Act co-sponsor! Write to your Senators and Representatives in the House:

If you do not know who your Senator or Representatives are, click here

Dear [recipient name inserted here],

I am contacting you today to ask that you take action on a critical issue: The institutional bias of long term care.

I am sure you are aware that seniors and people with disabilities Overwhelmingly prefer to live in the community with supports rather than Receive assistance in a nursing facility or other institution.

Unfortunately, the current system does not give people a choice and often requires that people go into a nursing facility or other institution to get the assistance they need. In fact the vast majority of our Medicaid Funding for long term care is earmarked for expensive institutional settings, rather than supporting people at home in the community.

The Community Choice Act (S799 in the 110th Congress) changes this by establishing a national program of community-based attendant services and supports for people with disabilities, regardless of age or disability.

This bill would allow the dollars to follow the person, and allow eligible Individuals, or their representatives, to choose where they would receive services and supports. Any individual who is entitled to nursing home or other institutional services will now be able to choose where and how these services are provided.

This legislation is supported by every national organization representing people with disabilities.

Your support of the Community Choice Act is extremely important.

This legislation is about individual choice and allows an individual to choose to receive care in the community, rather than be forced into an institutional setting. Please give seniors and people with disabilities a Real choice in long term care.



Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Memoir Article: How My Bi-Coastal Move Made Me Miss the Oscars

How a Move Between New York and California Made Me Miss the Academy Awards
A move to Los Angeles from New York in my youth was a bigger adjustment than I bargained for, even the three-hour time difference.

Friday, February 27, 2009

8 Harsh Truths to Improve Your Life [courtesy of "dumb little man"

As boomers, we can look back and believe in the old saying "Youth is wasted on the young". If only we knew, and accepted -- no, embraced -- these 8 truths, we could have thrown off a lot of anger, depression, and feelings of being "stuck". Let me know what you think, or if you have any "harsh truths" to add to the list.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I Bet Obama's Had to Hire a White House Chinese Chef

this was an email I received today from my former Assistant Principal Marc Saltzman:


So far we have:

Rahm Emanuel - Chief of Staff - Jewish

David Axelrod - Senior Advisor to the President - Jewish

Ronald Klain - Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States - Jewish

Larry Summers - Economic Advisor to the President - Jewish

Paul Volcker - Economic Advisor to the President, Former Head of Fed Reserve - Jewish

Tim Geithner - Treasury Secretary - Jewish [we are not sure about this one]

Peter Orszag - Head of Budget - Jewish

Have you noticed that Obama and Biden are not so much assembling staff, as gathering a minyan?

What does everyone think? Should they scout out the best Chinese takeout for cabinet meetings, or would it more efficient for Obama to hire a Chinese chef for the White House? I vote for the latter, because in the long run, they will be eating so much Chinese food, they might as well wok it up in-house!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Let's Hear it for Boomer Hero US Airways Pilot

On Metroblogging NYC I pay homage to a "mature" boomer pilot who was the real hero in the "miracle on the Hudson" yesterday. Click this link!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Is "Gay" the New "Black"?

Can the Proposition 8 struggle in California really be compared to the civil rights struggles in the 1960s. Read this article from an LA Times blog, which asks the question.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mad Men: Not the Beaver Cleaver 60s

Interesting article about my favorite TV show "Mad Men". What do you think? Is its depiction of the 60s accurate? To me, it seems so, although I didn't grow up in the executive-dad world, and my mom was not the wife of a white-collar man. She was a stay-at-home mom and smoked while she was pregnant!