Elders and their advocates are mobilizing on many fronts for comprehensive social support reforms for a rapidly growing aging population in the US. Securing better access to home-care services, creating uniform conservatorship laws across states and opposing service privatization are just some of the issues.
In the United States' new gilded age, the super rich are making incursions into land and waterways belonging to the public. One example is a floating island and performance space -- mostly funded by billionaire Barry Diller -- under construction in New York City's Hudson River estuarine sanctuary.
To truly address patient and community health, medical students and physicians must recognize that health care is more than providing procedures, medications and advice. But the system is set up to ensure that students and practitioners of medicine never question the social determinants of health.