Uber Partners with Laguna Municipality to Offer Safe Rides for Seniors

Uber is working with local government officials in an effort to make transportation more accessible for seniors.

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In a recent move to encourage the growing senior population to get out and about with more frequency, the local government of Laguna Beach has partnered with ride-sharing tech giant Uber to secure rides to an from popular locations within city limits.

The agreement, brought to the table and funded in part by local non-profit Sally”s Fund, will allow seniors an easy form of transportation to and from institutions popular among the over 65 crowd such as the local community center as well as shopping centers that include grocery stores among other outlets.

The foundation, founded in 1982, strives to make the community more accessible for senior citizens through various means of transportation as well as programs specifically designed for interaction and outreach throughout the township.

Established as a 501 (c) (3) non profit, the group aims to have the transportation alternative up and running for community members by the first part of 2018.

 

Information used in this article was provided, in part, by the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle

Senior Olympics Hosted in Brussels; features Wool Ball Shot-put, Relay Races, and Other Events

Senior Olympics sporting event held in Belgian capital reinforces the idea that athleticism can be achieved at any age.

 

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The Senior Olympics were held in Brussels over the weekend. Traditionally, athleticism is associated with the youthful disposition that most individuals picture a twenty-something year old football player to possess. This stereotype is being challenged  by “A Traves Les Arts”, a Brussels based non-profit, who aim to keep the senior community engaged and active by putting on events.

The event’s purpose was to engage and excite the local senior community, while introducing them to one another and facilitating a sense of competition and fitness. Individuals took part in events such as shot-put with a wool ball, an assisted 25×4 dash, and javelin tossing, among other activities.

A spokesperson for the event made it clear that their goal was to encourage everyone to participate, and that although winning was a nice caveat, the group effort involved with each event was the real achievement for each senior athlete.

Participants were thrilled to revel in their athletic achievements, and left the event feeling energized and encouraged that regardless of their age, they were still capable of great things.

 

Some information from this article was provided by Reuters Online, and India Times.

Medicaid Rollbacks and What They Entail

By the suggestion of Ohio governor John Kasich, talks regarding Medicaid rollbacks continue on Capitol Hill, with one caveat.

 

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Since Republicans won the majority of seats in the house and senate in last years election, there has been a general consensus as to what their battle cry is: Repeal, and replace The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Though there have been some bumps in the road to reaching a unanimous agreement in reference to the terms and conditions of this repeal, Ohio governor John Kasich has seemingly found a condition that both appeases both sides of the issue in house and senate.

His suggestion states that in order for states to accept a gradual fade-out of medicaid expansion, which had skyrocketed during the tail end of the Obama administration, congress be required to provide individuals states more fiscal flexibility and privilege to facilitate the procedure.

The concern for medicaid coverage being taken out from underneath the poor is shared by a majority of his fellow members and constituents, whom have been rallying behind Kasich since his announcement.

In recent weeks, the Ohio governor has been working closely with three Republican senators from the states of Nevada, Arkansas, and Michigan  to come up with policy changes that accurately reflect both the sentiments of the Republican majority, as well as the voters that they represent.

Of the fifty states making up the United States, thirty-one have agree to expand Medicaid under Obama-era policies. Most moderate Republicans have opted for a slow roll-back of these programs beginning in 2020 and going through 2027. However, if the compromise cannot be reached soon, there will be an immediate halt of all policies due to the passing of the repeal bill by congress in May of this year.

Kasich’s hope is to reach a deal with the rest of his congressional contemporaries, and in the process make the roll back of the medicaid program as seamless and transparent as possible for all parties involved, paying specific attention to the privatized citizen that this decision so heavily affects.

Some of the information in this post was collected from an article by The New York Times published 6/13/17 , which can be found here