Donald Trump Cherry-Picked Data About Insurance Rates Under Obamacare

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Republican front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed, for months, that premiums under the Affordable Care Act are “going up 35, 45, 55 percent.” Trump cherry-picks insurers’ rate increases on the ACA marketplaces. The average premium increase was 8 percent for consumers between 2015 and 2016.

That figure, from the Department of Health and Human Services’ April analysis, reflects the fact that 43 percent of returning customers shopped around, choosing a different plan for 2016. A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis estimated that if those with the lowest cost silver plan in 2015 stuck with the same plans — even though in many cases a different plan in 2016 was now the lowest cost — their premiums would have gone up 15 percent on average. That’s still much lower than the figures Trump cites.

Tax credits for those earning between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level bring the actual premiums paid down. HHS reports that 85 percent of those buying a plan on the marketplaces in 2016 qualified for tax credits and saw a jump in premiums of 4 percent or $4 per month on average.

There was wide variation in premium changes for the ACA marketplace plans in 2016. Trump uses figures from increases on the high-end of the spectrum, but he could just as easily cherry-pick some of the large decreases in certain plan premiums — decreases of 10 percent, or more than 20 percent.

For instance, insurance plans in Washington state had approved rate increases for 2016 that ranged from a drop of 22 percent to an increase of 30 percent. In Indiana, one insurer’s plan lowered premiums by 18 percent, while another raised a plan’s premium by nearly 14 percent. The rate requests and approvals for insurer plans in state and federal marketplacesare available on the website.

A Months-Old Claim

We checked this claim from Trump way back in June 2015, when he made it during his speech announcing that he was running for president. Then, Trump said that “costs are going for people up 29, 39, 49 and even 55 percent.”

He used similar figures again in late October on ABC’s “This Week,” and recently made the claim in an April 19 speech after winning the New York primary (at the 2:48 mark).

Trump, April 19: We’re getting rid of Obamacare. It’s going to be repealed and replaced. It is a total disaster with premiums going up 35, 45, 55 percent. It’s going to probably end of its own volition. We’re getting rid of it.

When Trump made the claim originally in June, we wrote that he was talking about proposedrate increases for some plans on the ACA marketplaces, where individuals purchase their own insurance. (The same plans also could be purchased individually through insurance brokers, rather than going through the marketplace websites.) We noted that it was unclear whether the large increases Trump cited would be approved by state insurance regulators, and there were other proposed decreases or single-digit increases in plans that didn’t have to be submitted for review. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to submit any proposed premium increase above 10 percent to state and federal regulators for review, with an explanation of why the increases are necessary.

As we also noted, most of the insured get their coverage through their employer, and employer-sponsored premiums have been rising at historically low rates for the past few years. Premiums for both single and family employer-sponsored plans increased by 4 percent on average from 2014 to 2015, “continuing a decade-long period of moderate growth,” according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust employer survey. About 6 percent of the U.S. population buys coverage on the individual market.

Final rate increases for the state and federal exchanges for 2016 are now available. And there are still some individual plans with 2016 premium rate increases as high as the numbers Trump cites. But there are also some plans with sizable premium decreases, and more with a mix of decreases and increases in between.

For instance, a New Mexico Health Connections individual plan had an approved increase of 37.6 percent, while another plan in the state, from CHRISTUS Health Plan, had an approved decrease of 4.68 percent. Several Blue Cross Blue Shield rates in Minnesota went up by about 50 percent, while an individual plan from the insurer Gundersen went up by 8.63 percent.

Some people with a marketplace plan may well have paid sizable increases if they stayed with certain plans, but Trump’s implication that these types of increases were widespread or typical is incorrect.

“I would not say the typical experience was, say, a 30 or 40 or 50 percent increase,” Cynthia Cox, associate director for the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance at the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, told us.

Cox and her colleagues analyzed the premium rates in 36 states, and 2,365 counties, for a single 40-year-old for the lowest cost silver plans. (The ACA marketplace plans have different levels of benefit coverage — bronze, silver, gold and platinum.) KFF found that “consumers enrolled in the lowest cost silver plan in 2015 would see an average premium increase of 15% if they automatically enroll (or chose to stay) in the same plan in 2016, before any tax credit.”

But it pays to shop around, as the KFF analysis, published in November, made clear. In 73 percent of those counties, the lowest cost silver plan from 2015 was no longer the lowest cost silver plan for 2016. The lowest cost option went up 7 percent in 2016, so consumers could save money by switching plans.

And that’s what 43 percent (2.4 million people) of those returning to the marketplaces in 2016 did, according to an HHS analysis released April 12. “Compared to what they would have paid to remain in their 2015 plan, consumers that switched plans saved an average of $42 per month in premium costs, equivalent to over $500 in annual savings,” HHS said.

Factoring in this comparative shopping, the average premium increase was 8 percent, before taking into account tax credits, the analysis said. The HHS report covers the 9.6 million individuals who enrolled or were automatically reenrolled in plans in the 38 states using the site. All told, 12.7 million enrolled or reenrolled in marketplace plans in 2016 in all states.

The KFF analysis, titled “Potential Savings from Actively Shopping for Marketplace Coverage in 2016,” included an example of how some marketplace policyholders could save money by switching health plans.

KFF, Nov. 18, 2015: As an example, the lowest cost silver plan in Dallas, TX was offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas at $279 per month for an unsubsidized 40 year old in 2015. If the person in Dallas continued in his plan, he would have to pay $353 per month in 2016, or an increase of 27%. If he was willing to switch to the new lowest cost silver plan in 2016 offered by Molina, he would pay $260 per month, a decrease of 7% compared to what he paid in 2015.

Tax credits lower the premiums paid by most of those on marketplace plans. HHS said that 85 percent of consumers qualified for tax credits, and their average monthly net premium increase, taking the credits into account, was 4 percent (or $4 per month) from 2015 to 2016. The average premium for those receiving tax credits was $106 per month.

Wide Variation in Premium Changes

As we’ve noted, the premium changes for marketplace plans in 2016 varied widely — from double-digit increases to double-digit decreases and everything in between. An earlier KFF analysis on the second lowest cost silver plan premiums in major cities in every state found they ranged from a decrease of 10.6 percent in Seattle, Washington, to an increase of 38.4 percent in Nashville, Tennessee. The average premium change was an increase of 10.1 percent.

(These figures don’t include tax credits. A 40-year-old earning $30,000 a year would face an average premium decrease of 0.2 percent for the second lowest cost silver plan, once the credits are included, KFF found.)

An Urban Institute analysis of the lowest-cost silver plan premiums in 20 states and Washington, D.C., found a 4.3 percent average increase, but similar wide variation: The average premium dropped in six states and Washington, D.C., increased by up to 10 percent in 10 states, and increased by more than that in four states.

There are different ways to look at how premiums changed. The Commonwealth Fundmeasured the changes for all plans and the second lowest cost silver plans (or benchmark plans, used to determine tax subsidies), and weighted the premiums to reflect population, and found an average increase of 6 percent from 2015 to 2016. But, again, there was a variation — “ranging from premium increases of 37 percent in Tennessee to reductions of 8 percent in Texas,” and slower growth of premiums in higher-cost urban areas than suburban or rural areas.

Why the disparity, and overall larger increases for 2016? Cox told us that insurers may have priced too low initially, and are now reacting to having a full year’s experience with actual marketplace activity. The ACA marketplace plans were first available for coverage starting in January 2014, but insurers then submitted 2015 rates before that year was up.

Premiums for 2014 came in lower than the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected, Cox noted, and 2015 premium changes varied in some areas but were relatively flat on average (the second lowest-cost silver plan went up 2 percent on average across all U.S. counties in 2015). But 2016 was the “first year that insurers could actually use the data that they had gathered from the enrollees that had been in their plans” for a full year, Cox said. And people were “using more health care than the insurers had initially anticipated.” Premiums, therefore, increased more substantially.

The Urban Institute report made a similar observation. “With consumers having full transparency of plan options and premiums and seeking to pay no more than necessary, beginning in 2014, insurers had strong incentives to price aggressively. This is despite the fact that in the initial years they had limited information on the health care needs of those who would enroll. Insurers that choose to price high because of fear of high utilization risk losing market share; consequently, some appeared to have erred on the side of lower-than-necessary premiums and are now correcting for that as the health care profiles of their enrollees becomes clearer.” The authors wrote that it could take a few more years for insurers’ costs, and premiums, to stabilize.

As was the case before the ACA was passed, it’s difficult to make generalizations about consumers’ experience buying their own health insurance. There’s a lot of churn in the individual market, as some use it temporarily while between jobs. And under the ACA, premiums can vary based on geographic location, age and whether an individual smokes. There’s also more freedom to switch plans, as consumers can’t be denied or charged more due to preexisting conditions.

“Premiums have been somewhat volatile from year to year,” Cox said, and the changes depend on where people live, as well as whether they shopped around or received a tax subsidy. “It’s hard to characterize how everyone is being affected by these premiums.”

But everyone is certainly not paying rate increases of “35, 45, 55 percent” — the figures cited by Trump. Some would have paid lower premiums by switching plans — or even sticking with the same plans in some cases — and average premium increases, according to several studies, range from 4.3 percent to 15 percent, not including tax credits.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Decades later, forgotten Medal of Honor recipient gets military graveside honors | Fox News

The Navy Medal for Emil Fredreksen ceremony in Seattle, Washington. (Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park)

A 1906 Medal of Honor recipient is finally receiving full military honors Friday at a cemetery in Washington state decades after he was buried without fanfare.

Emil Fredreksen was one of 11 men awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions aboard the gunboat USS Bennington in San Diego in 1905. But after his death in 1950, he was buried quietly at Seattle’s Evergreen Washelli Cemetery with no headstone.

Fridays public ceremony at 2 p.m. local time addresses that oversight, a fitting remembrance for a forgotten American hero. It is taking place on National Medal of Honor Day, celebrated every March 25 to honor the recipients of Americas highest award for military valor.

It’s very emotional for me,” cemetery manager Brenda Spicer told KIRO-FM. “To know his story and the wonderful things he’s done and to know that he’s going to be honored and his memory cared for forever, it’s definitely emotional.

Fredreksen was 83 when he died with no next of kin. Ray Johnston, a member of the Medal of Honor Historical Society, tracked down Fredreksens burial spot through pension records.

He told me, You have a Medal of Honor in your care, Spicer told KIRO. I told him I had six and he told me, Well, it looks like you have another one.

Cemetery workers used a plot map to locate Fredreksens grave.

We went out to the plot and dug down about six inches and found the concrete temporary marker used just before the time of burial that just has a name and dates of birth and death, Spicer said.

Ronald Roberts, funeral honors program manager for Navy Region Northwest, will oversee the graveside ceremony, which will include a rifle detail, flag pole team, bugler and chaplain.

The ceremony also includes the unveiling of an official military marker for Fredreksens grave.

Fredreksen enlisted in the Navy in 1897 and received a rare peacetime Medal of Honor for his actions when a boiler exploded on the USS Bennington. Of the 179 men aboard, 66 died and 46 were seriously wounded in the Navy’s worst peacetime disaster. Fredreksen was commended for extraordinary heroism displayed in the line of duty.

KIRO reported Fredreksen was one of only 12 men aboard able-bodied enough to rally after the explosion, which sent bodies flying 100 feet in the air.

Time after time the dozen men crept below deck with wet rags over their mouths to search for and drag the wounded to safety, according to KIRO.

Eleven men earned the Navy Medal of Honor for actions on July 21, 1905, and Chief Fredreksen was one of those men, so we are fortunate to tell a story about the Navy’s history, as well as a day in the life of a Navy hero, Navy Region Northwest spokeswoman Sheila Murray told the Kitsap Sun.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend lands TV job as murder expert | Fox News

March 30, 2015: Raffaele Sollecito arrives to lead a news conference in Rome. (Reuters)

Amanda Knoxs ex-boyfriend, who was also accused of the murder of Meredith Kercher, has landed a job on an Italian TV show as a murder expert.

Rafaelle Sollecito, who spent four years behind bars, is now a criminologist on Il giallo della settimana, or The Mystery of the Week.

Mr Sollecito and Ms Knox were convicted of killing British student Meredith Kercher in 2007.

The pair were acquitted in 2011.

On Saturday nights show, Mr Sollecito discussed the 2010 murder of 15-year-old Sarah Scazzi in Puglia.

Ms Scazzis uncle was jailed after confessing to hiding the teenagers body on live television.

Mr Sollecito told The Times: I have been a victim of a miscarriage of justice, I know the faults of the justice system, what happens in jail and what happens when the media twists the truth.

The usual experts on these shows have seen things through a window I have lived them.

Paolo Liguori, head of TV channel Tgcom24 said: Sollecito knows the justice system better than anyone else.

Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia in 2007 while she was on exchange from the University of Leeds.

Police found her dead on her bedroom floor with her throat slit.

She was initially thought to have been a victim of a sex attack.

In December 2009, Amanda Knox was sentenced to 26 years behind bars for the murder.

Rafaelle Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years.

Mr Sollecito has criticised the role of the media in sensationalising the case and portraying him and Ms Knox as crazed killers.

He said: That is partly the fault of the media. By going on TV, I can help give correct opinions about other cases.”

He understood that some people woudn’t watch the show because they still believed him to be guilty.

He said: Those people are ignorant of the true details of my case, so I feel I can ignore their opinions.

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5 Nutritionists Share The Secret To Their Dinner Menus

The healthy family dinner is getting squeezed from all sides. Parents are working later, children are busy with extracurricular activities and fast food offers a tempting quick fix for hungry, busy tummies.

But for those who can swing it, there are a host of emotional benefits to eating dinner together as a family, and they include increased resilience, higher self-esteem and better academic performances for children.

And for people who can make dinners nutritious, those benefits are also physical. Research shows that kids who eat dinners at home with their family eat more fruits and vegetables, and are less likely to be obese, than their peers who eat alone.

Take a look at the way five nutritionists prepare for their family dinners. You’ll notice some are fans of Sunday meal prep, which is when they cook the building blocks of their meals all in one go. But what we enjoyed most about their dinner diaries is the fact that dinner planning is highly charged with nostalgic feelings about what their own parents did, or the tastes and textures they grew up with. Beyond simply serving up a lean protein, vegetables and a high-fiber grain, these nutritionists are passing down heritage and tradition with each dinner they make.

    • 1 Grilled meat, steamed vegetables and tortillas
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Wesley Delbridge, a spokesman for theAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics, usually eats dinner after he works out. That means his dinners are high in lean protein like turkey breast patties, grilled marinated chicken or crock pot beef all dishes that he makes beforehand on Sundays. He adds steamed vegetables and corn tortillas to round the meal out, and for dessert he eats dark chocolate or a cup of skim milk.

He eats this way not only for mix of lean protein, carbs and fiber, but because it sets a healthy example for his 3-year-old son, too.

“I call whatever protein we are having that night his ‘Power Bites,’ and he eats them up and flexes his muscles because he knows they make him strong, Delbridge wrote in an e-mail to HuffPost.”I want him to see his parents eating the same thing he is eating so he can start early building those healthy habits.”

    • 2 Herbed chicken, vegetables and brown rice
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Demetrius Willis, a registered dietitian nutritionist, calls himself themeal orchestrator for his family. Because both he and his wife work full-time jobs, they plan a few big meals that can last throughout the week. This week the family will be eating herbed chicken, beets, carrots, spinach and brown rice in between basketball practice, music class and workouts for mom and dad.To help their two young sons eat healthy meals, Willis has what he called thefamily food rule: each plate must have four or five different colors on it (and white, brown and yellow sometimes counts as the same color).

And on Fridays, Willis splashes out with a fun meal like a homemade pizza, kale chips, carrot french fries and smoothies for dessert. Willis says he models his meal-planning on how his mom, who worked full-time and raised her children alone, planned their meals.

“She successfully kept food on the table, meals balanced and tummies full, Willis said. “I have evolved her technique to suit my family while maintaining the love of a home cooked meal.”

    • 3 Seafood, pickled vegetables and miso soup
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Jonathan Valdez, a nutritionist with the insurance company Healthfirst, draws on his Hawaiian upbringing and love of seafood and Asian cuisine to plan his meals. His father was a fisherman and brought home fresh seafood constantly, Valdez says, whether it was his own catch or gifts of king crab from his friends.

“Additionally, I grew up consuming all types of Asian-fusion dishes and enjoyed the various and large quantity of vegetables that were used, he said. “With all the phytochemicals, flavor, fiber, color, and high-nutrition value of vegetables, it has become second nature to cook a well balanced-meal without compromising taste.”

Valdez says his staple foods include kimchee, Tsukemono (pickled Japanese vegetables), okra, bitter melon and miso soup. He eats these side dishes with salmon or tofu, which he flavors with ginger, garlic, shallots, soy sauce, sesame oil, bonito (fish flakes),Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese peppers) and Furikake (Japanese seasonings). He calls brown rice his gold standard starch.

    • 4 Korean BBQ, kimchee and cucumber salad
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Angel Planells is a dietitian with the Veterans Health Administration at VA Puget Sound and owner of ACP Nutrition in Seattle, Washington. When he plans dinners, he has to keep in mind the tastes of his wife (a trained pastry chef), 6-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Because of his Hispanic and Asian heritage and his wifes Italian-Swiss ethnicity, Planells says their menus resemble the United Nations.

One dinner might be Korean barbecue with rice, kimchee and spicy cucumber salad. Another might be ribolita (Italian bread soup) with cannellini beans, tomato, onions, kale and bacon.

There are two principles that guide Planells meal plans: serving high-quality protein and at least two different kinds of vegetables, and a responsibility to expose their kids to new dishes from around the world.

    • 5 Tofu stir fry and quinoa
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Dietitian Vandana Sheththrows together a quick veggie stir fry made with frozen veggies, tofu and flavored with garlic, ginger and spices. Then she serves it over brown rice or quinoa.

It is a quick, easy and flavorful meal to pull together, she says.

Do you want to be more mindful about eating healthy foods that’ll keep your mind and body at their best? Sign up for our newsletter and join our Eat Well, Feel Great challenge to learn how to fuel your body in the healthiest way possible. We’ll deliver tips, challenges and advice to your inbox every day. 

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Bill Gates Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation.

Birth date:
October 28, 1955
Birth place: Seattle, Washington
Birth name: William Henry Gates III
Father: William Henry Gates II, attorney
Mother: Mary (Maxwell) Gates, schoolteacher
Marriage: Melinda (French) Gates (January 1, 1994-present)
Children: Phoebe Adele, 2002; Rory John, 1999; Jennifer Katharine, 1996
Education: Attended Harvard University, 1973-1975
Other Facts:
Was No. 1 on the Forbes World’s Billionaires List (World’s Richest People) for 12 consecutive years from 1995 to 2007.
Has donated more than $28 billion to philanthropic causes through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Microsoft is the world’s largest software company.
– Begins programming computers at age 13.
1972 – Co-founds a company called Traf-O-Data, which analyzes local traffic patterns, while still in school.
Summer 1972 – Congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1975 – Drops out of Harvard and co-founds Microsoft Corp. (formerly Micro Soft) with Paul Allen.
1977-1982 – President of Microsoft.
1980 – Develops MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System) for IBM. Two million copies are sold by 1984, and by the early 1990s, more than 100 million copies are sold.
1981-2014Chairman of the Board of Directors for Microsoft.
1985 – Gates introduces the Microsoft Windows operating system to compete with Apple.
Mid to late-1980s – Begins developing and promoting CD-ROM technology.
1987 – Becomes the youngest U.S. billionaire, worth $1.25 billion at 31 years old. That record is later broken by Mark Zuckerberg in 2010 and then Dustin Moskovitz in 2011.
1989 – Founder of Corbis, a digital image company.
May 1998 – The U.S. Department of Justice, 20 states and the District of Columbia file lawsuits accusing Microsoft of using illegal, anti-competitive and exclusionary practices.
January 2000 – Resigns as CEO of Microsoft and becomes chief software architect.
November 2001 – Microsoft reaches a settlement with the Justice Department in the antitrust case. Nine states agree to the settlement but nine other states and the District of Columbia consider the imposed sanctions too lenient.
November 2002 – U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly approves most of the proposed settlement between Microsoft and the Justice Department, ruling against the dissenting nine states and the District of Columbia.
March 2, 2005 – Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
December 18, 2005 – Named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” along with his wife Melinda and musician Bono.
June 15, 2006 – Announces that he will be giving up his daily role at Microsoft effective July 2008, to concentrate on his humanitarian and educational interests.
June 7, 2007 – Delivers the commencement address at Harvard University, the school he dropped out of in 1975. He also receives an honorary degree.
March 2008 – Falls to No. 3 on the Forbes’ list of billionaires, after a 12-year run at the top of list.
June 27, 2008 – Gates retires from day-to-day work at Microsoft to concentrate on philanthropy.
April 1, 2009 – Gates announces a partnership with the Chinese Ministry of Health to help fight an epidemic of tuberculosis in China, supported by a $33 million grant provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
January 29, 2010 – Gates Foundation announces it will donate $10 billion for vaccine research over the next 10 years.
February 4, 2014 – Steps down as chairman of the board. Sayta Nadella, a 22-year veteran of Microsoft, is named Steve Balmer‘s replacement as CEO.
November 30, 2015 – Assists in the launch of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition fund during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The private fund has more than 28 investors including Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The fund is created to rally and increase investments in carbon-free and alternate energy solutions.
March 2016 – Gates remains No. 1 on Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires with a net worth of $75 billion.

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This preschool inside a retirement home makes perfect sense for both kids and seniors.

Welcome to the Intergenerational Learning Center, a preschool and nursing home rolled into one.

An older resident helps a little boy button his jacket. All images via “Present Perfect.”

What if you could take all the best things about kids like their honesty, energy, or optimism and all the best things about seniors their stories, patience, and worldly wisdom and put all that magic in the same room?

exactly the thinking behind the Intergenerational Learning Center in Seattle, Washington.

The ILC sits inside
Providence Mount St. Vincent, which is home to over 400 permanent senior citizen residents. In addition to the seniors, 125 young children attend preschool there, their days filled with art classes, music, and more.

What’s makes the ILC different is that a few times a day, the seniors and the kids get together for joint exercise, storytelling sessions, lunch, and more.

And the results are absolutely amazing. For everyone.

Spending time with kids is great for seniors physically and mentally.

The seniors and kids interact every day, whether they’re exercising, doing crafts, or just hanging out.

Long-term senior care can sometimes be pretty bleak. According to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, which can lead to high levels of depression. A 2009 study estimated as many as about 28% of seniors in nursing homes take antidepressants for either major or minor depression.

Intergenerational-care groups have found that older adults who are able to spend time with children enjoy
better emotional, mental, and physical health. Some say that those seniors wind up burning more calories and performing better on memory function tests when they spend time with children, too.

Putting aside the science and the research mumbo jumbo, you can see all you need to see in these seniors’ smiles.

You’re never too old to enjoy the parachute game.

Being around seniors is good for the kids, too.

it was the best.

It’s great that this program is a positive thing for Providence Mount St. Vincent’s seniors, but if it weren’t a good thing for the children, too, the program wouldn’t have lasted long.

And that’s where the beauty of the ILC really lies.

While the kids are dancing, playing, or even just talking with the seniors, they’re learning things like patience and acceptance.
Some research actually shows that children in programs like this one go on to show better academic performance and stronger social maturity later on in life.

The seniors are good companions, and they’re great at silly hand games, too.

Again, though, if we look beyond the research and the developmental advantages, we see these natural, intergenerational friendships just
make sense.

The ILC isn’t the only program in the country that’s finding new ways for different generations to learn from each other.

Seattle’s Intergenerational Learning Center was the subject of a recent documentary called “Present Perfect,” which is getting
a lot of attention. In the years since the ILC opened in 1991, roughly 500 programs like it have popped up all over the country.

Hopefully, with
the film’s release slated for sometime next year, we’ll see even more support for this innovative approach to education and healthcare.

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Video Flips The Script On The Ridiculous Reasons Women ‘Should Not Be Pastors’

Despite the remarkable strength and vibrancy of their spirituality, women are still having trouble breaking through the stained-glass ceiling. 

Many of the largest religious denominations in America, including Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and the Southern Baptist Convention, don’t allow women to be ordained into the priesthood or hold the top leadership positions within the church.

And even within the religious organizations that do allow women to lead, it’s rare for women to serve at the very top.

Sojourners, a faith-based social justice organization, released a video on Tuesday that took a satirical look at this nearly 2,000-year-old trend.

In “7 Reasons Men Should Not Be Pastors,” women from the Sojourners staff listed out reasons why they thought men were unfit to serve as ministers, a parody of the reasons often invoked to disqualify women from positions of power.

“Some men are handsome,” one of the participants said in the video. “They could be too distracting for us on Sunday.”

“They’re too emotional to be priests or pastors,” another woman said. “Go to a March Madness game and tell me I’m wrong.”

The video is the organization’s take on a blog post that has been popular in progressive Christian circles for quite some time. Eugene Cho, founder and lead pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, Washington, wrote a post on the topic in 2008, basing his list on an older list posted in 2005, which was assembled by Dr. David M. Scholer, a popular Fuller Theological Seminary professor.

Elaina Ramsey, Sojourner’s Women & Girls Campaign Director told The Huffington Post that the staff wanted to revive the message of this blog in a new medium. After celebrating Women’s History Month, they wanted to look forward and try “to honor the future of women’s leadership.”

“We’re all equal in faith, yet women still struggle to be heard or taken seriously in their congregations and communities,” Ramsey told The Huffington Post in an email. “The messages that women and girls receive undermine their sacred worth when they aren’t represented in the pulpit or are restricted to leadership roles based on traditional gender norms.”

“It’s 2016 – it’s time for churches to support women’s leadership,” she added.

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