Posted: Sat, September 28, 2013 | By: Events
On October 1rst people around the world celebrate Longevity Day. This awareness driving day is an initiative of the Longevity Alliance. If you’re going to celebrate older persons, there isn’t a better way than by gathering a few friends and neighbors together to take a simple action or two to help keep the aging alive and healthy.
Longevity Day coincides with the international day of older persons, started by the UN a few decades ago:
2013 Theme: The future we want: what older persons are saying
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons.
This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing - which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing - and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly.
In 1991, the General Assembly (by resolution 46/91) adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.
In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.
The theme of the 2013 commemoration, “The future we want: what older persons are saying” has been chosen to draw attention to the efforts of older persons, civil society organizations, United Nations organizations and Member States to place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda.
Take the opportunity of celebrating this International Day of Older Persons by voting on what is most important for you and your family. Join the global vote and register your priorities. Learn more at: www.myworld2015.org
Consider setting up a computer station to encourage your friends to vote in this poll on October 1.
Let us remember, as Felicia Nimue Ackerman points out, older persons don’t want death in order to resolve their challenges of pain, debilitation and all the rest, they want restored vitality. Let us continue to help send this message and make sure that this voice of longevity is heard so that the truth can have time to digest in more people’s brains. Most indefinite life extensionists are thinkers that are ahead of their times. You lead people that don’t think this yet when you talk about it. They depend on you to get these thoughts flowing in their heads more so they can think about them and sort through to the reality of the utility and urgency of this.
For those in the US, the markets on the Affordable Care Act are set to open on October 1 also, giving millions of additional people access to critical life and death health coverage.
In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans. While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years.
Get Ready for ACA Enrollment which Begins October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014
• View video about the new Health Care Marketplaces which will be going live October 1, 2013
• Look up your state’s plan on state-by-state fact sheets
• Top ten things to know about the health care law for special populations such as women, clinicians, small businesses, others
• Sign up for text and email updates about your state’s ACA implementation
Webinars, Grants and Other Resources
The listings below provide a starting place for family planning agencies to access information and resources related to the ACA.
Webinars and other training:
The Family Planning National Training Centers provide ACA-related training on electronic health records, billing and coding, contracting, policy changes and more, geared to Title X family planning providers.
Health Resources and Services Administration: Check out upcoming and past webinars on Health Information Technology for safety net providers, quality improvement and reporting, meaningful use, workforce and safety net providers, and related issues.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers links to webinars and other educational events related to Health Information Technology.
Learn about available grants to assist with implementation of various aspects of ACA.
Search grants.gov for information about funding opportunities related to ACA including Health Information Technology (HIT) and other areas.
Regulations and guidance posted by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare on ACA-related topics such as HIPAA Administrative Simplification and other issues for providers.
The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare is responsible for implementing the ACA and provides extensive information and links to specific ACA information and fact sheets.
Longevity Day is a great reason to sit down with a group of people and watch the enrollment video for the Affordable Care Act. Your Longevity Day gathering can enroll, or learn a bit more about it in order to help other people enroll, and help the right information about the program reach people.
We imagine a world with more health and help to make it happen. That is what this day is about. There are countless people, projects and organizations working on the goal of longevity. MILE, the movement for indefinite life extension, supports all of the main ones and more.
The movement for indefinite life extension drives awareness to bring at least 8 million people to support the research that can keep us alive and healthy perpetually, indefinitely into the future. This is for those who love life and understand, and those who can come to understand, that death is painful and wasteful in a universe of seemingly endless things to know and experience, with quantum and cosmic boundaries that we might not have even conceived of yet. Some of the key organizations and networks that MILE supports are as follows:
1.) Fight Aging http://www.fightaging.org/
2.) Longecity http://www.longecity.org/
3.) SENS Foundation http://www.sens.org/
4.) Methuselah Foundation http://www.mfoundation.org/
5.) Campaign Against Aging http://www.campaignagainstaging.org/
6.) Coalition to Extend Life http://www.coalitiontoextendlife.org/
7.) Maximum Life Foundation http://www.maxlife.org/
8.) Lifeboat Foundation http://www.lifeboat.com/
9.) Singularity Network http://www.facebook.com/SingularityNetwork
10.) Foresight Institute http://www.foresight.org/
11.) Cryonics Network http://www.longecity.org/cryonics
There are many more great people, projects and organizations working toward this goal that MILE supports on a daily basis.
Consider celebrating Longevity Day by spending some time working to get people to click their “like” of support at the MILE page.
In addition to bringing these options to the table, I personally will be gathering a table full of friends and neighbors on Longevity Day to go over the basics of indefinite life extension with them again, answer questions, ask them what longevity means to them, and have some books on the cause available for people to skim, and some to give away.
Things like this get people thinking about these topics. You might think that most people wouldn’t pay attention anyways, but they do, and it all adds up. You won’t convince most people all in one go, but by talking about it, standing up for it, celebrating it, you help plant the seed of this cause in more people’s heads. New people that know little to nothing about this cause aren’t going to take it seriously if they don’t see others doing so. This is your chance to lead on these issues and let people see you standing up for life so they can muster more of the courage to do so themselves.
Take a photo of yourself with Longevity Day written on something in the photo, along with 1 or more people - send it in via the message button at the movement for indefinite life extension page, and MILE will enter you in a drawing for a copy of Ending Aging. If you already have a copy, then you’ll have a spare to give to a friend or donate to your local library.
So get out there on the 1rst of October and help us plant more of these seeds of life in the minds of more of the world.