Most air polluted cities in California

By Ozone By Year Round Particle Pollution By Short-Term Particle Pollution

Trump is not welcome in major world cities

State -wide senior caregiving cost

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Each state, city and county have different caregiving cost based on standard of living in the selected city.

You can enter your city and needs in this site at AARP to get an estimated cost for senior care:

Motherhealth caregivers in the bay area charges between $250 and up for 24-hr care to assist seniors in daily living, light housekeeping, massage, cooking, medication management and more. Call 408-854-1883 for 1-hr response time and free referrals to care homes and senior facilities in the bay area.

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Vacant city lands for affordable housing

New York City’s scarcity of inexpensive land is often cited as an impediment to building more affordable housing, but the comptroller’s office has identified more than 1,000 city-owned vacant lots across the boroughs that have been sitting idle, most for more than 30 years.

In the bay area, there are city lands that are vacant that should be allocated for affordable housing to show our care to the middle class and low income families and millenials.

Our population, those working in the high tech and non-high tech can no longer afford the high cost of housing in the bay area.

In a rented house, about 7 working adults are cramped to share the cost of $6000 per month house rent.  How can our millenials and families afford housing in the bay area?

Please email your comment to to share and find solution to bay area’s high costs of housing.

If New York turns all its vacant lots for affordable housing, bay area cities should follow the same.

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Low well being cities prone to depression and heart attack

US well being index
Depression costing $23B in absenteeism in the US

One less obvious, but potentially fruitful strategy for employers to help improve the mental wellbeing among some employees with depression or depressive symptoms is engaging them through the fulfillment of certain critical psychological needs in the workplace. Engaged employees demonstrate an elevated willingness to participate in workplace wellbeing programs and boast elevated physical and emotional health when compared with those who are disengaged. Engaged employees also have a better mood during the workweek and do not experience increased stress from prolonged commute times.

Heart Attack
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans living in the nation’s metropolitan areas with the lowest wellbeing are about twice as likely to report having a heart attack than are residents living in the metros with the highest wellbeing. An average of 5.5% of Americans living in the 10 metro areas with the lowest wellbeing in the U.S. report having had a heart attack, compared with 2.8% of residents in the 10 metro areas with the highest levels of wellbeing.

These findings are based on an analysis of more than 230,000 interviews across 190 metropolitan areas conducted throughout 2012 with adults aged 18 and older, collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The metros with the highest Well-Being Index scores in 2012 include Lincoln, Neb.; Boulder, Colo.; and Provo-Orem, Utah. Those with the lowest Well-Being Index scores in 2012 include Charleston, W.Va.; Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio; and Mobile, Ala. Out of the approximately 3 million adult residents living in the 10 metro areas with the lowest wellbeing, about 161,000 have experienced a heart attack. If these cities experienced the same rate of heart attacks as what is found in the 10 metro areas with the highest wellbeing, nearly 80,000 fewer residents would be heart attack victims.

The metro areas this article references are based on the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In many cases, more than one city is included in the same MSA, and the same MSA can cross state borders. All reported MSAs encompass at least 300 completed surveys, and Gallup has weighted each of these MSA samples to ensure it is demographically representative of that MSA.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score is an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. The overall score and each of the six sub-index scores are calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, where a score of 100 represents the ideal.
To measure the heart attack rate, Gallup asks respondents: “Has a doctor or nurse ever told you that you have had a heart attack?” Nationally, about 4.0% of all adults in 2012 reported having ever experienced a heart attack.

Across Cities, Heart Attack Rates Rise as Wellbeing Declines
Sorting the 190 MSAs reported in 2012 into 10 evenly-sized groups based on their Well-Being Index scores reveals that their scores drop by an average of 0.8 points and their heart attack rates climb by an average of 0.22 percentage points in each successive group.
Thus, for every 100,000 adults in any given city, each spot lower on the list of 10 groups represents an estimated additional 220 residents who have experienced a heart attack. And, a city that has a Well-Being Index score that is 1.0 point lower than the next-closest score would expect an estimated 275 additional heart attack victims.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack each year, about one-quarter of which are repeat incidences. More than 100,000 Americans die from a heart attack annually.

Many of the risk factors for heart attacks are also common characteristics found in metro areas with low wellbeing, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, having diabetes, and excessive stress. For leaders of these cites, creating a culture of wellbeing to reduce the chances of heart disease and heart attack among residents of their communities is key. Building such a culture starts with greater awareness and dialogue around wellbeing, coupled with a combination of involvement by schools, businesses, and local government.

Schools and businesses can help reduce obesity and encourage healthy behaviors by eliminating sugary drinks and foods that are deep-fried or high in sugar, and replacing them with healthier alternatives accompanied by nutritional information. Businesses can give their employees an incentive to maintain a healthy weight by increasing contributions to medical spending accounts when these goals are met.
City governments can invest in widening and lengthening walking/biking paths to encourage pedestrian traffic to grocery stores, schools, and mass transit. They can also encourage restaurants to offer smaller portions and a wide selection of heart-healthy fare as well as promote grocery stores that make it easy for shoppers to find healthy, low-fat foods.

Above all, healthcare, business, education, and government leaders should discuss common goals and ways they can contribute toward improving the health and wellbeing of residents for the betterment of the entire community.
View and export complete wellbeing data by metro area using Gallup’s U.S. City Wellbeing Tracking interactive.

About the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
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Where are baby boomers going to live by Tom Sightings

There are many recommendations for the best places for baby boomers to retire, including the healthiest places, sunniest places, best places overseas, the most affordable places and the best places that you probably can’t afford.

But people are funny. Sometimes they just don’t do what the pundits tell them to do. So where are baby boomers actually starting to retire? Here’s what the facts say about where boomers are headed over the next 10 or 15 years:

Boomers will stay where they already live. Even though boomers are more mobile than their parents, according to a survey by the housing company Del Webb, fewer than half of today’s 50-somethings intend to move at all during retirement. For one thing, according to a survey, over 60 percent of workers over age 60 say they are postponing retirement, because of the economy, the disappearance of pensions and the threats to Social Security. As empty nesters they are likely to downsize, but in familiar surroundings, largely in the suburbs where they settled decades ago. According Sandra Rosenbloom of the Urban Institute, who studies retirement trends, the propensity to move drops dramatically as people get older. Roughly one out of three people in their 20s move in any given year, but as people age into their 50s and beyond, the ratio drops to one in 20. “Boomers are staying put more than anyone thought,” Rosenbloom says. “People of that generation tend to own their own homes and stay there.”

They will move to be near their children and grandchildren. When boomers do decide to move, Rosenbloom notes, they do so largely for prosaic reasons, such as being closer to children or, more importantly, grandchildren. Since the children of boomers are now beginning to get married and have children of their own, they, too, tend to live in the suburbs. Of course, a few well-heeled retirees may purchase a pad in the city or buy a fanciful cottage in the country, but most of those who move will relocate to another suburb, just like the ones they lived in before.

They will relocate to areas with a lower cost of living. Still, many boomers dream of relocating in retirement, leaving behind traffic, cold weather and high taxes. A quarter of a century ago, the most important consideration in choosing where to relocate in retirement was climate. Today, the primary drivers are the cost of living and access to affordable healthcare. Many boomers see selling a house in California or the Northeast as a way to make up for less than adequate IRAs. And the evidence supports the notion that many boomers are indeed moving away from high cost of living blue states like Massachusetts, New York, Illinois and California, and relocating to lower cost red states like Texas and the Carolinas. Recent surveys show the Carolinas have surpassed Florida as the top retirement destination. Texas, Arizona, Georgia and Colorado follow close behind.

They will choose less congested areas. An analysis of recent migration patterns among baby boomers shows that, like their parents, they are leaving the big cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco and heading for smaller cities with less congestion, less noise and a slower pace. Yet many boomers do not view retirement as a permanent vacation. Instead, they are turning to nontraditional and less expensive retirement spots for a second chance, or even a second career. They are especially attracted to college towns that offer opportunities for culture as well as work, which many boomers expect to continue on their own terms as consultants, freelancers or small businesspeople. Some current college town hot spots include Newark, Del.; Lancaster, Pa.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Athens, Ga.; Gainesville, Fla.; Austin, Texas; Las Crucas, N.M.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Ashand, Ore. and Bellingham, Wash.

They will move into senior living facilities. The boomers are ready to pursue their own interests. They don’t want to spend time and money on home maintenance. They no longer want a backyard. There is a re-emerging trend toward condos and smaller, low-maintenance homes, including developments that offer special services for older people, such as golf and other recreational activities, social clubs, book clubs, knitting clubs and various educational activities. And while the majority of boomers will continue to live in mixed neighborhoods, among old friends and amidst familiar surroundings, a significant group will gladly retire to independent living facilities that offer services such as meals, housecleaning and convenient access to nearby medical facilities.

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