Here are a couple items of interest to start the new week and month:
Pew Research reported in April that the number of multi-generational households – with more than one adult generation – rose to 56.8 million in 2012, about 18.1% of the population. This number rose from 28 million or 12% of the population in 1980 and 46.6 million in 2007 or 15.5% of the total population. The 2008 recession and high housing costs and student loan debt are cited as factors in the increase along with the growing number of older Americans. There will be 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day for the next 17 years.
The New York Times ran a great story over the weekend and a follow-up today about a woman, Geri Taylor and her husband Jim. They agreed to be followed by a Times reporter from when she was in the very beginning stages of Alzheimers and was aware of her impending condition. Today’s paper included an article about how the long weekend story was developed. Another article today has a Q and A titled “Frequently Asked Questions about the Disease.”
Those supporting and opposing physician assisted suicide have scheduled a number of meetings this month with legislators on the issue. Doctors opposing the legislation will hold a press conference on Wednesday in Albany and I will report on their remarks later this week.
Supporters are hoping to get the bill passed this year by the Assembly Health Committee, but so far, they do not have enough votes. Though advocates succeeded in getting a bill passed into law in California last year, similar bills have been rejected in legislative committees in many states across the country this year.
Meanwhile, the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gone ahead and released its required legislation to allow physician assisted suicide. Last year, Canada’s highest court ruled that citizens had a legal right to it and the government was required to implement it.
May is Senior Citizens Month and next Tuesday, May 10 is Senior Citizens Day in the state. The New York State Office for the Aging will honor seniors selected as outstanding leaders in each county at ceremonies in Albany. StateWide Senior Action Council will join other organizations in hosting Grassroots Senior Advocacy Day on the same day at the Convention Center of the Empire State Plaza. For more information go to http://www.nysenior.org