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In the News

In the News is a collection of news stories about aging and disability issues, as well as news stories about ACL and ACL programs.

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January 15, 2018
The New York Times (1/15, Otterman, Subscription Publication, 15.39M) reports on the rise of music therapy at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where residents with dementia, terminal illnesses, and other conditions receive assistance. The Times says the treatment also has subspecialties such as “end-of-life music therapy,” adding that nearly 15 percent of music therapists work in geriatric settings.
January 11, 2018
Kaiser Health News (1/11, Graham) reports that an elderly person’s visit to the ER “often signals a serious health challenge and should serve as a wake-up call for caregivers and relatives.” Researchers have found that seniors are 14 percent more likely to acquire a disability within six months of visiting an ER.
January 10, 2018
NPR (January 10) ‘She Can’t Tell Us What’s Wrong’ The victim couldn't tell anyone what happened that night. She was a woman with an intellectual disability who doesn't speak words. So the alleged rape was discovered, according to the police report, only by accident — when a staff worker said she walked into the woman's room and saw her boss with his pants down.
January 9, 2018
NPR (January 9) For Some with Intellectual Disabilities, Ending Abuse Starts with Sex Ed In the sex education class for adults with intellectual disabilities, the material is not watered down. The dozen women and men in a large room full of windows and light in Casco, Maine, take on complex issues, such as how to break up or how you know you're in an abusive relationship. And the most difficult of those issues is sexual assault.
January 8, 2018
New York Times (January 8) How to Prevent Falls Many of us can use a periodic kick in the pants to help keep us safe. I know, because I’m one of those prone to doing something foolhardy.
January 8, 2018
NPR (January 8) The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About Pauline is a woman with an intellectual disability. At a time when more women are speaking up about sexual assault — and naming the men who assault or harass them — Pauline, too, wants her story told. Her story, NPR found in a yearlong investigation, is a common one for people with intellectual disabilities.
January 7, 2018
CBS 60 Minutes reported, “Millions have been spent on research into traumatic brain injuries suffered by football players,” and “many veterans return from combat with the same kind of injuries.” Dr. Ann McKee, the chief neuropathologist at the Boston VA, found CTE during the autopsy of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, and “Of the 102 veterans’ brains Dr.
January 7, 2018
The News Journal / Delaware Online (January 7) Delawareans help open new world to disabled students Kevin Fortunato is no longer limited by the label of his disability and believes all things are now possible. Arriving at that realization has been a long journey for the West Chester, Pennsylvania, student who is on the autism spectrum and has a mild intellectual disability.
January 4, 2018
The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/4, Giordano, 1M) reports there is “a growing body of research” that suggests interacting with animals may help people with autism, possibly by decreasing anxiety or increasing social interaction. The article reports that there is growing interest in such research. For example, the National Institutes of Health recently extended a research program studying human-animal interaction. James A.

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