past we didn't age, we just died! We are the first generation to live this
long, so the question is not, "Will we live?" but "How well will
Most of us will live longer
than we think and we have much to think about regarding what we can influence
or change in terms of the quality of our aging years.
coming into sharp focus for many of us is that the changes brought about
by regular aging (yet to be clearly defined) can play havoc with a person's
ability to function.
Everyone says, "Exercise!"
but no one is telling us how!
About the Author
Feedback and Future Editions
1. Mid-life Cripdom: Getting Fewer Miles per Gallon?
Are We Wearing Out
Faster Than Our Peers Without Disabilities?
What is the Issue?
"You're Just Getting Older" Reflex Response
The Older You Get, the Longer You'll Live
Current State of Knowledge
2. Lots of New Questions
New Realities, New
Concerns and New Questions!
Working and Maintaining Employment Concerns
Maintaining Functional Abilities Concerns
Service Delivery, Cost Benefits
General Research Questions
Information Transfer from Sports Medicine
Public Policy Issues
People with Disabilities Must Play a Critical Role
3. Urgent Advocacy Issues
Knowledge and Dissemination
Best Practice Guidelines and Models
Health Services, Screening, Assessment and Evaluation Guidelines
National Information and Dissemination Network
Experienced and Knowledgeable Providers
Health Care Rationing
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
Role of Independent Living Centers and Other Disability-related Organizations
4. A Few Horror Stories
An Expensive Gatekeeper
A Savvy, Active Health Care Consumer
Being Informed and Speaking Up
Treatment for Bedsores Not Approved Because They Tend to Recur
Good Thing I'm Healthy, What if I Were Really Sick?
5. Using the Gear
Crip Symbol Hang-ups:
Misguided Pride versus Freedom!
Tips for Weighing Whether You'll Use the Gear
Related resources and publications available from the author
8. Resource List
About the Resource
Why a Resource List?
About the Research and Training Center
How to Use This Resource List