You know an idea has reached some critical mass when it faces organized opposition from the funeral home industry.
The idea is Death Pods — pods containing microbes which decompose corpses, creating light. The pods are lit from within. Or, in the future you could be buried in a large seed-shaped coffin, and a tree planted above you; the cemetery becomes a memory forest. Time Goes By reports on innovations developed at DeathLab.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Medicare Quantifying Useless End-of-Life Procedures
Medicare data may point to unnecessary medical care being given at end of life. Doctors practice medicine differently in different areas of the country, despite little difference in results. In some regions, health-care and hospice services intended to keep people at home resulted in more hospitalizations and end-of-life procedures. WSJ
The hardest thing you’ll ever do
The week’s most widely-shared article from AARP.
“When I was in the U.S Navy, I had the 2nd most dangerous job in the world by working the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Taking care of my mother with Alzheimer’s was harder than that.” AARP[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Ageist Words to Avoid
The week’s most popular story on Next Avenue.
Nurturing language and infantalizing elders is ageist. Examples:
- Addressing someone as “Honey” or “Sweetie”
- Speaking about the elder in the 3rd person in their presence, addressing another person;
- Putting a bib on a client for dinner
- Assuming an elder has dementia
- Assuming neediness NA
Open caregiving to more immigrants
Last week’s news reported on wage increases and training as a way to attract more caregivers to the profession.
This week, we share an op-ed by The Conference Board, which argues for opening the doors to immigrant workers to increase the supply of caregivers and keep wages low. Tech workers can be employed remotely. Nurses and caregivers need to be on-site.
The Conference Board is a non-profit which advocates for businesses .CSM
Reset the retirement calculator
Most people expect a 5% return on retirement investments, because most online retirement calculators use 5% to 6% returns per year.
But, “real life” projected returns are 2.3% to 2.9%: Retirees will work longer or reduce their standard of living: TA[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]