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first_img Google Reviews/flimx LM Hartsfield-Jackson’s new smoke-free policy is intended to enhance protections against secondhand smoke and make the airport a healthier place for all passengers. Despite the change, other major American airports continue to allow smoking in designated areas, including Miami International Airport, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, and Washington Dulles International Airport. While policy alterations are often slow to start, officials and lawmakers hope that Atlanta’s upcoming changes will set a healthier standard and precedent for airports across the world. Posted in Travel News Have you been affected by secondhand smoke within airports? Are you a smoker who finds these changes unfair? Be sure to share your experiences and opinions with us in the comment section below. If you’d like to read about another recent airport update, click here for a previous piece. July 31, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau Travelers Will Soon Find It Easier To Avoid Secondhand Smoke In Airports If you’re a non-smoker, you’ve likely found yourself immersed in secondhand smoke from time to time. While smoke-free public spaces are typically the norm, cigarettes are still allowed in a handful of designated areas within many airports – including smoking lounges. As new ordinances and smoking-related laws continue to gain steam, though, non-smoking airport visitors will soon find it easier to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. Flickr/Josh Hallettcenter_img Flickr/Raul Lieberwirth Frequent travelers have undoubtedly caught whiffs of cigarette smoke while walking past smoking lounges in airports. Despite professional claims that these lounges do little to limit secondhand smoke exposure among those who pass by, such rooms have remained fixtures within many American airports. While this practice has undoubtedly cut down on smoking in more exposed areas like restrooms or terminals, it has been met with criticism from those who believe that smoking should be entirely banned in public buildings. As of January 2nd, 2020, smoking lounges will be completely caput within Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta – America’s busiest airport. Flickr/Xanofskylast_img read more

Elder Susceptibility to Scams Swindles and Fraud

first_imgby, Ronni Bennett, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesA recent report estimates that in 2010, people older than 60 lost $2.9 billion to financial exploitation, a 12 percent increase from 2008. The numbers are undoubtedly much higher than can be counted because due to embarrassment, it is one of the country’s least reported crimes.Most perpetrators are trusted professionals and family members but strangers are responsible too via scams, swindles and fraud. Whatever the source, cheating old people out of their money is growth industry because the number of elders is increasing; crooks believe they have a lot of money; and it is a low-risk crime due to that embarrassment factor.It has bugged me for years that conventional wisdom, along with the FBI and other organizations, assert that elders fall victim to scams more frequently than younger people.Why should they? In fact (thought I), with age comes experience and many elders have probably been burned enough times by unscrupulous people to be more alert to it than those with less experience.It all sounded like a case of ageism to me or at best, that what is not included in elder scam reports is that victims are cognitively impaired to a greater or lesser degree.Now, if two new studies from UCLA are accurate, the FBI is correct about larger numbers of elder scam victims and the reason supports my suspicion of impaired cognition if not in the way I imagined.”Older people, more than younger adults, may fail to interpret an untrustworthy face as potentially dishonest, the study shows.“The reason for this, the UCLA life scientist found, seems to be that a brain region called the anterior insula, which is linked to disgust and is important for discerning untrustworhty faces, is less active in older adults.”As the writer Stuart Wolpert explains, younger and older adults react similarly to faces judged to be trustworthy or neutral. It is with viewing untrustworthy faces that the differences showed up. With the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans,“In younger adults, the very act of judging whether a person is trustworthy activates the anterior insula,” said Shelley E. Taylor, a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA and senior author of the new research.“It’s as if they’re thinking they need to make this judgment with caution. This gives us a potential brain mechanism for understanding why older and younger adults process facial cues about trust differently.“Now we know what the brain sees, and in the older adults, the answer is not very much when it comes to differentiating on the basis of trust.“It’s not that younger adults are better at finance or judging whether an investment is good; they’re better at discerning whether a person is potentially trustworthy when cues are communicated visually.”Professor Taylor says the “prototypical victim” is a 55-year-old male who is an experienced investor (although I’ve read elsewhere that an 80-year-old woman is typical). Taylor notes that for her, this study is personal: both her father and her aunt have been victims of financial scams.Here are two images from the study. The young adult brain is on the left, the old adult brain on the right.BrainImageFinalTaylor says that one of the functions of the anterior insula is to sense body feelings and interpret such visceral cues. “This is the response that we see lacking in older adults.”That could be called a kind of cognitive impairment but it’s not the sort I had imagined – of an elder’s day-to-day reasoning deteriorating.So it seems my arrogance was showing in believing that my brain is healthy enough that I could not fall victim to a swindler. Now I know better. We are all vulnerable and these studies are a good warning to be careful.You can read more about all this at the UCLA Newsroom website.Here are some good online resources where you can learn about known scams, swindles and frauds that commonly target elders:The FBI Common Fraud Scheme/Seniors pageThe NCOA Top 10 Scams Targeting SeniorsNOLO Financial Scams Against SeniorsOriginally published at www.TimeGoesBy.netRelated PostsWatching Out for Elder Scams and FraudAs a general rule – no, I take that back. As a hard and fast rule, never, ever fall for anyone offering free anything. A mid-2010 survey by Investor Protection Trust revealed that 7.3 million older Americans – 20 percent of citizens over the age of 65 – had been…Winning the Sweepstakes (And Losing Your Savings)Financial elder abuse is particularly harrowing because older adults do not have a lifetime left to make up the loss through work and investment.Elder Abuse – What is It?You think you know the answer to that, right? Well, not so fast. I did too until I started looking into elder abuse for us. There are a zillion definitions, several kinds of abuse, no useful statistics and differing laws…TweetShareShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more