Nathan Bomey and John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 5:43 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 Originally published Sept. 15, 2013 Detroit is broke, but it didn’t have to be. An in-depth Free Press analysis of the city’s financial history back to the 1950s shows that its elected officials and others charged with managing its finances repeatedly failed — or refused — to make the tough economic and political decisions that might have saved the city from financial ruin. Instead, amid a huge exodus of residents, plummeting tax revenues and skyrocketing home abandonment, Detroit’s leaders engaged in a billion-dollar borrowing binge, created new taxes and failed to cut expenses when they needed to. Simultaneously, they gifted workers and retirees with generous bonuses. And under pressure from unions and, sometimes, arbitrators, they failed to cut health care benefits — saddling the city with staggering costs that today threaten the safety and quality of … [Read more...] about How Detroit went broke: The answers may surprise you — and don’t blame Coleman Young
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WASHINGTON — For today, there are no doctor’s visits. No long afternoons with nothing to do. No struggles over bathing — or not. At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., a group of older adults — some in wheelchairs, some with Alzheimer’s — and their caregivers sit in a semicircle around a haunting portrait of a woman in white. “Take a deep breath,” said Lorena Bradford, head of accessible programs at the National Gallery, standing before “The Repentant Magdalen” by Georges de La Tour. “Now, let your eyes wander all over the painting. Take it all in. What do you think is going on?” “I think she looks sad,” said Marie Fanning, 75, of Alexandria, Va., an Alzheimer’s patient. “Yes. Yes, she looks sad,” said Bradford. “This is such a gift,” Bill Fanning, 77, Marie’s husband and caregiver, said of the outing. Marie Fanning (left) sits next to her husband, Bill, … [Read more...] about Family Caregivers Are Getting A Break — And Extra Coaching
When your dizziness is accompanied by the sensation of the room spinning around you, this is called vertigo. Research indicates that about 40% of people over 40 will have vertigo at least once in their lifetime. The incidence of dizziness or vertigo increases to around 70% in those ages 65 and older. Vertigo in the elderly is also very common due to the natural breakdown of cells as you age. In This Article: Understanding Dizziness Identifying the Cause of Dizziness Diagnosing Dizziness in the Elderly Tips to Prevent Dizziness-Related Complications When to Call a Doctor Final Thoughts on Dizziness in Elderly Understanding Dizziness in the Elderly The prevalence of dizziness and vertigo in the elderly is rapidly increasing. It is so common that dizziness in the elderly is often referred to as a normal age-related phenomenon. Dizziness in the elderly can lead to falling, which is a major cause of accidental death in those older than 65. The causes of dizziness in the elderly may … [Read more...] about Identifying the Common Causes of Dizziness in the Elderly
Unexpected pain can occur under the left breast for reasons that range from problems with digestion through to heart conditions. Some can be treated at home, but some can be medically more serious. There are some organs in the upper left region of the body that could be the source of the pain. These include the stomach, heart, lungs, ribs, colon, pancreas, and spleen. Doctors often group the most common causes of pain under the left breast into two main categories: digestive and heart-related. This article looks at the different causes of pain under the left breast, their symptoms, and the treatment options available. As the heart is situated slightly to the left of the midline in the upper body, pain under the left breast can sometimes indicate a heart problem. According to the American Heart Association, when pain does occur during a heart attack, it commonly happens in the center of the chest, lasts longer than a few minutes, and can return after fading. Heart attack pain can cause … [Read more...] about What causes pain under my left breast?
It is when you become out of breath despite having not engaged in stimulating activities that can indicate a problem. Heavy breathing during periods of inactivity suggests that you’re not getting enough oxygen, which could be caused by a number of conditions. A stuffed nose or sinus infection from a cold, flu, or allergies could be the culprit, or it could be something more serious like chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), pneumonia, or even a heart attack. What Causes Heavy Breathing? … [Read more...] about Heavy Breathing: 10 Common Causes and Natural Treatment Options