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Monday, February 27, 2017
NEW YORK—Ruth Brunn finally said yes to marijuana. She is 98. She pops a green pill filled with cannabis oil into her mouth with a sip of vitamin water. Then Brunn, who has neuropathy, settles back in her wheelchair and waits for the jabbing pain in her shoulders, arms and...
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is planning to provide a monthly stipend to 2.8 million indigent senior citizens this year. The figure is more than double the 1.3 million target beneficiaries of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) Program in 2016, the department said in...
THE leadership in the House of Representatives wants senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) to avail themselves of local absentee voting to ease their difficulties during elections. In a statement last week, Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez said there is no law granting PWDs and senior citizens the privilege to...
THE House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms has formed a technical working group (TWG) that will finalize the bills seeking to give advance voting privileges to senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and those required to work during election day, such as lawyers and teachers. The TWG will work...
FORMER President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is pushing for additional tax exemption for taxpayers who care for their elderly parents. Arroyo has filed House Bill1522, which seeks to amend paragraph B of Section 35 of Republic Act 8424, or the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1997 to...
THE world’s working-age population is shrinking faster than expected, leaving fewer people to support a growing number of seniors, according to the Bloomberg Sunset Index. Conventional measures of old-age dependency calculate the ratio of people ages 65 and older with those of working age: 15 to 64. But many people...
TOKYO—Elderly people with relatively high income will have to pay more to receive nursing care under draft law amendments approved on Tuesday by the Cabinet aimed at sustaining the national nursing-care insurance system in the rapidly graying nation. The change would affect about 120,000 people, or 3 percent of the...
ASIDE from international institutions and acknowledged economic experts, the Department of Finance (DOF)-backed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) now pending in Congress has also earned the support of private citizens. One of these CTRP supporters is Jose Malvar, a senior citizen and a person with disability (PWD), who wants legislators...
THE world’s working-age population is shrinking faster than expected, leaving fewer people to support a growing number of seniors, according to the Bloomberg Sunset Index. Conventional measures of old-age dependency calculate the ratio of people ages 65 and older with those of working age: 15 to 64. But many people...
DUMAGUETE CITY—The Diocese of Dumaguete has created its Kahupayan Pastoral Care and Counseling Center to provide a venue for women and girls seeking counseling and other forms of attention and help. The center, located inside the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Alexandria compound in Dumaguete City, is scheduled for blessing...
PEARL RIVER DELTA, China—As Wong Kin-kao stands on the deck of the traditional Chinese wooden junk, he is building in Shenwan, a cluster of fish ponds and factories in the Pearl River Delta of southern China, he shouts to be heard over the shriek of metalwork from steel ships...
The study also showed supplements given to newborns with vitamin A could be effective in slowing the degenerative brain disease. The findings are based on studies of genetically engineered mice. The research was announced last week by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in western Canada. It was conducted jointly...
THE world’s most populous country is turning gray at an accelerating pace. That aging has big implications for China’s economic growth, which could be undermined as the labor force declines sharply from 2021 to 2030. It also strains the nation’s expenditures for public services, insurance  and health care, and puts...
IT’S not just British and German pensioners who enjoy living in Spain. Spanish retirees saw a boost in both their incomes and their net worth between 2011 and 2014, while working-age families bore the brunt of the nation’s worst economic crisis in modern history. That’s according to a study by...
THE Duterte administration has assured there will be no change in the value-added tax (VAT) exemption for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs). The Department of Finance (DOF), through Undersecretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua, announced the good news in a press briefing in Malacañang on January 27. “Ang good news...
Story and photos by Efleda P. Campos | Senior Editor I HAD been worried. From February to July 2016, my blood-sugar readings had been hovering between 450 and 550. Readings for normal levels of blood-sugar range from 90 to 120. I had been faithfully taking my medications—all prescriptions—that cost me about...
By Austin Frakt / New York Times News Service AMERICAN life spans are rising, and as they are, health- care spending is, too. But longevity is not contributing to the spending increase as much as you might think. The median age in the United States will rise to about 40 by 2040,...

Ima and ‘peacetime’

By Lizzie Radam Lazo | Special to the BusinessMirror IMA has made a deal with her first-born, Daughter No. 1. She would live to 100 years old and, therefore, be entitled to the P100,000 given out by the government to centenarians. She likes the idea the government rewards elderly people...
A bill has been filed in the Senate seeking to give free movie privileges to senior citizens across the Philippines. Under Senate Bill 1265, or the Senior Citizens Free Movie Privilege Act, Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian wants all cinemas to allow citizens 60 years or older to get a free...
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—Gov. Lilia G. Pineda wants an immediate review of the cases of inmates at the Pampanga Provincial Jail as one measure to address congestion problem. Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan Jr. said it is the governor’s instructions to ask the Lawyers’ Group of Pampanga to review pending...