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Clean Energy Week

The National Coalition of Organizations has declared February 1-5, 2010 to be Clean Energy Week, as organizations from across the U.S. hold a variety of events to encourage and support the passage of clean energy and climate policies now pending in Congress. The objective is to engage the Administration and Congress in taking action on the top environmental and economic priorities of the American people:

  • Climate
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency.

Check out the wide range

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Creating Home in the Nursing Home

The Pioneer Network, in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will be hosting Creating Home in the Nursing Home, a one-day symposium, on February 11th in Baltimore. This second national symposium on culture change will focus on  Food and Dining Requirements and will feature a keynote by Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recommendations

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Life Expectancy and Income

Statisticians have long seen life expectancy rates as being a superficial measure of longevity and quality of life. We know that life expectancy in Canada, for example, is 82 for a woman and 76.9 for a man. Statistics Canada has been drilling down into this data to look beyond mortality, and has now come up with Disability-Free Life Expectancy (DFLE) figures. DFLE is 68.6 years, which means most people can expect to live almost a decade with a chronic health condition or significant mental or

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Gimme Shelter

Imagine what it would be like if your world were suddenly thrown into chaos, your home burnt to the ground and you had to flee with only the clothes on your back. You are alone and lost and have to walk for days in search of a place of safety and to escape from the chaos around you…

This is the reality that 1.8 million people have faced in Somalia over the past 20
years. What can we do about it?

The UNHCR (the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees) has launched a new initiative

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Double Happiness in Shanghai

The world’s most populous nation (1.3 billion people) is looking to raise its birth rate. China is under pressure to relax the country’s one-child policy, begun almost 3 decades ago to support the country’s development. Now there may not be enough young people in the workforce to pay for its aging population and continue economic development. Shanghai is now inviting their citizens to drink from the cup of ‘double happiness’, and to have two children. The unintended consequences of the

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Wellbeing Study

What leads some people to be healthier than others? Researchers have been studying this question for decades. However, most have focused on disease and disorder. Few have looked at strengths and wellbeing.

Aaron Jarden,  Head of the Psychology Department in the School of
Information and Social Sciences at The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, is leading a study to look at wellbeing in people of all ages from around the world. The objective is to capture a comprehensive picture of what

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Positive Aging Conference

The 3rd National Positive Aging Conference will be held December 7th to 9th at Eckerd College in St. Petersberg, Florida. The event focuses on life transitions, creativity, wellness and community. Keynote speaker Bill Thomas is founder of the Eden Alternative. Other speakers include Richard Leider, Meg Newhouse, Susan Perlstein and Peter Whitehouse. A pre-conference event sponsored by the Life Planning Network, including many sessions on life coaching, will run December 6th and 7th.


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