LA city councilmember bill rosendahl calls HIV/AIDS elder advocacy summit & new media training feb 12 (0131)

February 4, 2010
Contact: Nate Kaplan-(213) 473-7011, Richard Kearns-(310) 488-1328

ROSENDAHL CALLS LOS ANGELES HIV/AIDS ELDER ADVOCACY SUMMIT & NEW MEDIA TRAINING
Forum Open to the Public

Los Angeles – Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl is co-costing an “HIV/AIDS Advocacy Summit and New Media Training Conference” with the City’s AIDS Coordinator’s Office, and a coalition of Los Angeles grassroots advocacy organizations led by activist Richard Kearns.

The conference will be held on the 27th Floor of City Hall in the Tom Bradley Tower on Friday, February 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program will offer instruction on:

  • building a website from scratch
  • practicing posting videos & text
  • meeting with city councilmembers and their staff
  • empowering adult activists and their allies with new media and networking skills

“This is a great opportunity for people living with HIV and AIDS to learn how to use the Internet to communicate with each other and the world,” said Rosendahl.  “This day-long training session will educate and empower individuals to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other online sources to network and express themself through the powerful medium of the Internet.”

Kearns, a 58 year-old gay man living with AIDS in Los Angeles for more than 20 years, is a member of the growing group of long-term survivors.  He is a community-based Internet advocate, an AIDS activist, and publisher of two blogs. His has become a familiar face at LA City Council meetings, where he speaks regularly on issues that affect people living with HIV in Los Angeles, such as aging, the assisted healthcare system, and medical cannabis.

“Everyone treats us as liabilities when in fact, we are resources – both to ourselves and to our community,” said Kearns. “However, as a group, I’d also characterize elder people living with HIV and AIDS as ‘internet reluctant,’ and ‘technology resistant.’ The question becomes this: Why should we let ourselves be intimidated by something a nine-year-old can master in a single sitting?”

Anyone interested in attending the free conference should contact Richard Kearns at rk@aids-write.org or call 310-488-1328.

www.councilmanrosendahl.com
City Hall (213) 473-7011 West LA (310) 575-8461 Westchester (310) 568-8772



hivandhepatitisdotcom: cme & newsletter: managing HIV infection in the mature patient (part i of iii in the graying of an epidemic) (0123)

chers—

this is a link to the pdf for part i on an excellent sereis called “the graying of an epidemic: clinical considerations of HIV and Aging,” available as a cme from hivandhepatitis.com. the other two parts follow above.

namaste—rk

http://www.hivandhepatitis.com/cme/2010/healthmatters/aging/images/Graying.pdf

peter salgo, second opinion stat! (PBS): HIV/AIDS in middle age at the aging suite (0121)

HIV and AIDS in Older Adults… Part I
Peter Salgo, MD (PBS’s second opinion stat!)
the Aging Suite
December 7, 2009

While sexually transmitted diseases were once thought of as a problem in the young population, diseases such as HIV are rising at alarming rates in the middle age and elderly. Social, medical, physical and cultural factors are contributing to this trend.

This APT medical series explores illnesses one at a time and features a panel of physicians and other experts assessing individual cases. Visit http://www.SecondOpinion-TV.org

video after the jump

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ksdk (gannett, nbc, USAtoday), st. louis: 69-year-old stu smith lives with HIV/AIDS & premature aging (0118)

AIDS and aging
December 29, 2009

NBC — Thanks to a powerful combination of drugs, HIV is for the most part a chronic, but treatable condition. But while those drugs help people live longer, it appears people with HIV are aging faster.

Stu Smith has lived with HIV since the early ’80’s and living with the virus for him means living with a huge list of medications.

39 to be exact.

Stu says “I take heart medications, I take liver, I can’t even remember, actually I carry a list.”

The meds help keep him active. But at 69, he says he often times feels older, much older.

Stu says “Today I feel like I’m a hundred.”

In addition to living with HIV, he’s also feeling the effects of premature aging.

Stu says “that’s a direct result of what they first called brittle bone disease, it was a simple break. On a good day I can walk fifty feet, without sitting down and holding onto something. My memory is a mess and it’s embarassing because sometimes I can’t remember what I forgot.”

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doug anderson, nielsenwire: the graying of the middle class — medical marketeers size up new profit potentials of elder care (0115)

Aging Puts a Wrinkle in the U.S. Marketplace
by Doug Anderson
December 16, 2009

SUMMARY: The recent recession has already wiped out a decade of growth in the U.S. The number of jobs in the country is almost the same as it was in 1999, and the S&P 500 index is in almost the exact place it was in 1999. Home ownership, which rose rapidly in the 2000s, is at about the same point today due to foreclosures. The numbers of Americans who have investments in stocks and bonds has also dropped. Incomes have been flat or have fallen in constant dollars for the majority of American households. Growth will be hard to come by both now and in the coming decades—successful marketers in 2010 will factor the U.S. shifting demographic profile into the marketing mix.

It all begins with aging. U.S. fertility rates have fallen by 44% since the peaks of the Baby Boom and are projected to continue to fall by another 12% over the next several decades. Falling fertility, combined with rising life expectancy and the large Baby Boom generation just nearing retirement age, equates to an aging population. By 2037, nearly one in three households in the U.S. will be headed by someone over the age of 65. Aging, however, is only the most obvious impact. There are five other key trends fostered by aging that will completely alter the marketplace for consumer products:

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laurie orloff, aging in place tech watch: ten 2010 trends in elder care (0114)

2009 Spawned Ten Aging in Place Trends to Watch in 2010
Aging in Place Tech business potential
by Laurie Orlov
12/21/2009

It’s the end of the year and time for that wrap-up of the indicators from 2009 that will drive trends for 2010 — what it all means — more analysis on another day.

1. Location-aware tech enables more info, greater safety. GPS became even more useful in 2009. Verizon replaced its Chaperone service with Family Locator, The Alzheimer’s Association introduced its ComfortZone (powered by OmniLink), several other tracking technology vendors launched, and location-based mapping and direction technologies, 2009 was a good GPS-enabled year.

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HAPPY RAVEN’S NIGHT & WINTER SOLSTICE, 2009 (0107)

commemorating the first long night that ended when raven stole the sun & moon & stars & put them in the sky