Managing an aging populace

first_imgPopulations worldwide are growing older, fast. To manage that trend, people need to rethink their assumptions about education, work, and retirement. That’s the bad news.The good news is that people are healthier and living longer. And by reshaping their course, they could see education last a lifetime and employment last longer and allow for more leisure.The alternative to that scenario, according to Jack Rowe, a Columbia University professor of health policy and management, is a society that has wider gaps in opportunity, education, and health between “haves” and “have-nots” and that, more broadly, fails to rise to the challenges it faces.Rowe spoke at the 50th anniversary symposium of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. The event, “Reimagining Societies in the Face of Demographic Change,” took place Tuesday on Harvard’s Longwood campus and featured speakers who touched on issues related to global population change, including fertility decline, the roles of women, health and society, and the future of the center itself.The center was founded in 1964 as the Harvard Center for Population Studies by Harvard School of Public Health Dean Jack Snyder and climate change pioneer Roger Revelle. This week’s anniversary event included a formal dinner Monday honoring Senior Visiting Fellow Sissela Bok, a longtime center researcher, at which current Director Lisa Berkman, the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology at HSPH, announced a $50,000 gift in Bok’s honor to support the work of students, fellows, and junior faculty. The award will be called the Sissela Bok Prize in Population and Ethics.At Tuesday’s symposium, Berkman outlined priorities for the center in the years ahead, pointing at women, work, and health; growing and aging societies; health inequality; sustainable development and climate change; and using big data to understand global population dynamics.Berkman said the world is at a demographic crossroads, much as it was when the center was founded. Instead of contemplating that era’s concerns about an impending population bomb and shifting demographics due to improvements in health care, today people face a worldwide population that, while still growing, is marked by declining fertility and rapid aging, and in which the plight and future welfare of women is a key factor.By focusing research on those priorities, Berkman said, the center can help explain the world as well as future trends. Among issues deserving attention, she said, is the United States’ lagging life expectancy, which in the 1980s was in the middle of the pack of industrialized nations and is now last among them.“Over time, virtually every other industrialized nation has overtaken us. We now sit at the bottom of all OECD [Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development] countries in terms of life expectancy,” Berkman said.Much of the problem, she said, may relate to women’s health. Recent studies showed that mortality rates for women actually worsened in 42 percent of U.S. counties between 1992 and 2006, “which I find really shocking.”Berkman said there are some indications the trend is related to the huge movement of women into the labor force and the lack of the social protections that exist in many European countries. The dramatic rise in unwed motherhood — 41 percent of births in 2008 were to unmarried women, compared with just 5 percent in 1960 — could have similar long-term negative health effects, Berkman said.“It seems like, in the U.S., being a single mother exerts a long-run risk to your health,” Berkman said.Berkman pointed out that some nations are going to go see rapid aging of their populations over just a decade or two, far more quickly than many of the Western democracies, which have been able to adjust to a much slower trend. Though the trend has been relatively slow in the United States, there is still a lot of denial that an aging population presents a problem, Rowe said. Attention is focused on Social Security and Medicare costs, which are important, but miss a larger point, he said.The central problem, he said, is that the structure of our “life course,” with education occurring early, long years of work with little room for anything else in the middle, and retirement lumped at the end, is outdated. There are not only concerns about the quality of each of those segments, but also broader questions about how an aging society meets its needs with fewer people in their productive years supporting more retirees.The answer, he said, will rely on continued contributions from a healthier older population. That will require rethinking our life course to make the solution possible and palatable, something for which there appears to be little appetite so far.The aging population is a mark of the success of the global health care system, largely a development of the 20th century, according to Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, who gave the opening remarks. Frenk reviewed the dramatic improvements in health over the last century and offered thoughts on governance of the global health system going forward.The current system, under which nations are responsible for the health of their residents, is somewhat mismatched, Frenk said, since many of the factors affecting health are not confined by national boundaries. Frenk said it is unlikely that global health care governance will emerge, but added improved voluntary cooperation will be important as people address health concerns of the future.“We need to manage these persistent global challenges. They’re not going to go away,” he said.last_img read more

First Significant Snowfall Likely Tonight As Lake Effect Snow Returns To Region

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – We could see our first significant snowfall of the season tonight as lake effect snow will impact the area.A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Southern Erie and Wyoming counties from 5 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. on Monday.In total, we could see around 4 to 7 inches of snow accumulations with winds gusting as high as 45 mph, strongest near the Lake Erie shoreline. Plan on slippery road conditions with patchy blowing snow that could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.Viewers can submit snow reports through social media using #MyLocalWx or via email to [email protected] wind advisory is also issued for Chautauqua County until 7 a.m. on Monday. Winds from the south at 30 to 45 mph are expected Sunday, with winds shifting west to northwest 30 to 40 mph in the afternoon to evening. Prior to the storm, on Sunday we will see rain showers likely before changing to snow late in the afternoon. Otherwise it will be cloudy with highs in the mid-40’s. Breezy conditions are also likely, especially ahead of the cold front.Any left over snow showers will begin to taper off Monday morning.For Monday, we will be mostly cloudy with a few rain or snow showers possible. Highs in the upper-30’s.As we head into mid and later week a pattern shift will take place. Dryer and warmer weather will return as the low-60’s will return to the area quickly melting any snowfall from earlier in the week.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program. Winter weather in Jamestown, New York. WNYNewsNow file image 11/12/19.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims fall 36 percent

first_imgWeekly unemployment claims declined dramatically last week after increasing the previous two weeks. For the week of March 6, 2010, there were 897 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, a decrease of 498 from the week before. Altogether 15,463 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 54 from a week ago and 2,814 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,647 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 96 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 3,389 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 32 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

Purposeful Talent Development: Do your talent development initiatives support your diversity and inclusion efforts?

first_imgIf I asked the question, “How do your talent development initiatives impact your diversity and inclusion efforts?” how would you respond? Would you go to the list of courses that you offer or resources you have available on how to better understand and leverage diversity within your credit union? Or would you be able to show me how your leaders and staff implement diversity and inclusion into their work?Diversity and inclusion has been on the initiative list for organizations going on two decades now. In this time, we have worked to use education to support our efforts. But the question remains, are we taking steps that make an impact?Most organizations are offering education, providing resources and hopefully guidance for individuals to understand what diversity is, how it benefits a team or the organization, and why diversity is different than inclusion. But if talent development initiatives are not integrated into this process, we are simply sharing knowledge, not impacting outcomes. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Judicial heads back to Lingfield for Golden Rose defence | Racing News

first_imgHe added: “For all he is eight going on nine, he has not had a hard time of things.“He has run 40 times in his life, which is not a lot for a sprinter of his age, and touch wood he is a very sound horse with no aches and pains. It all contributes to him being in such good form at this stage of his life.” – Advertisement – Judicial returned with a fine effort to finish second in the Palace House Stakes back in June, before adding the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle on his next start and then also winning the Queensferry Stakes at Chester in August.He has not run since finishing fourth at York in September. But Steve Brown, husband and assistant to Camacho, revealed this weekend’s feature race has been the long-term aim.He said: “Judicial has had a nice preparation for this. The ground at the back-end of the turf season is generally against him, which is why we planned to wait for the Golden Rose.- Advertisement – “I think it looks a stronger race compared to last year, and obviously he will have a penalty to carry for his Group Three win at Newcastle. It will be a tougher test for him, but at the same time we are looking forward to it.“In winning this race last year, he really proved himself over six furlongs, and I think that extra furlong over the last 12 months has really suited him. He has looked a better horse over six furlongs, because he has been able to travel more within himself.”While Judicial is now in his seventh season, Brown feels the fact he has been lightly raced is key to how he is maintaining his form.- Advertisement – Judicial will bid for back-to-back wins in the Betway Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield.The eight-year-old sprang a 20-1 surprise in the 2019 edition of Saturday’s Listed heat, and trainer Julie Camacho was looking towards All Weather Finals Day with her charge until the April event was cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdown.- Advertisement –last_img read more

COVID-19 spreads among Indonesian government officials

first_imgAmir died the following day at around 8:15 a.m. He was 60.The State Palace announced on March 14 that Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi had tested positive for COVID-19. He was the first Indonesian official to be diagnosed with the contagious respiratory disease.Budi, who has long struggled with asthma, was directly involved in the evacuation process of 238 Indonesians from the epicenter of the virus outbreak in Wuhan, China, as well as 257 Indonesians from the virus-stricken World Dream and Diamond Princess cruise ships.The minister’s health is reportedly improving as he undergoes medical treatment at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Jakarta.  “He’s getting better every day,” Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati said recently, confirming that Budi was in stable condition.Before being hospitalized, Budi attended a cabinet meeting led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on March 11. After the announcement that Budi had tested positive, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his Cabinet were also tested for the disease. Jokowi announced earlier this week that he and his wife, First Lady Iriana, had tested negative. The test results of the other ministers have yet to be announced.Adita announced on Tuesday that another high-ranking official at the Transportation Ministry had also been diagnosed with the new coronavirus.”The Transportation Ministry’s railway director general, Zulfikri, has been tested positive for COVID-19. He’s now in good condition and undergoing self-quarantine [at home].”Zulfikri and other officials at the ministry were given swab tests on March 18.The director general separately confirmed that he was self-isolating at home. Before taking the test, he had undergone treatment at Eka Hospital in South Tangerang, Banten, from March 9 to 13. He was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. “I encourage those who had physical contact with me recently [and] show symptoms of COVID-19 to immediately undergo a medical checkup to break the transmission chain,” Zulfikri said Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil announced that Karawang Regent Cellica Nurrachadiana had COVID-19. Three top officials from the province have now tested positive. The other two are Bogor Mayor Bima Arya and Bandung Deputy Mayor Yana Mulyana. Read also: Greater Jakarta failing as floodgate to nationwide COVID-19 epidemicBima took a swab test on March 17 after returning from a work-related trip to Turkey the previous day. Prior to the trip, he reportedly attended a seminar in Bogor, which has been scrutinized following reports that four participants had tested positive for COVID-19. Two have died at Moewardi Regional Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java. Yana, meanwhile, attended an event held by the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association in Karawang on March 9-10 prior to showing symptoms, including fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.West Java was among the worst-hit areas in Indonesia. It reported 60 confirmed cases on Tuesday, with 10 deaths. Jakarta topped the list with 424 positive cases and 31 deaths, followed by Banten with 65 cases and 4 deathsAs of Tuesday, Indonesia has reported 686 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 55 deaths. Topics : At least five high-ranking central and regional government officials have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.Meanwhile, two others who had yet to be tested died on Monday after reportedly showing symptoms of the disease: the Industry Ministry’s metal, machinery, transportation equipment and electronic industry (ILMATE) director general, Harjanto, and the ministry’s expert staff member, Amir Sambodo. Harjanto died at Medistra Hospital in Jakarta on Monday at around 9:30 p.m. The 58-year old suffered from shortness of breath prior to the death,  Industry Ministry spokesperson Krisna Sulistyani said Tuesday as reported by kompas.com. last_img read more