Opinion

Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician

The historical function of jails was to detain people who are a danger to public safety or a flight risk while awaiting trial. Today, jails confine too many people who are neither, simply because they can’t afford to pay bail. Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die while incarcerated in local jails, and a majority are being held pre-trial.

Ageism in Silicon Valley

Over the past 40 years, the contract between a technology company and its workers has changed dramatically, with ageism a clear consequence.

Who Will Be Our Aging Champion?

“Is California prepared to meet the needs of the aging baby boomer generation?” That was the question posed three years ago by the California State Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada), where I served as Chief of Staff.

The Struggle For Palliative Care Standards

Sometimes seen as the step before hospice, palliative care is actually appropriate at any stage of a serious illness. Unlike hospice — which requires that treatment stop – palliative care can be offered while a cure is pursued.

Creating Age-Friendly California

At the front lines of California’s rapidly aging demographic, California mayors and local leaders are taking a fresh course of action to make their communities age-friendly, and more livable for everyone, as part of a growing international movement.

Why I’m fighting the state on behalf of my son

Nate Kyle is 8 years old and diagnosed with a brain malformation characterized by lack of proper wrinkles on the brain. Since he cannot sit up on his own, he spends a lot of time on his blanket on the floor. When he is healthy, he attempts to logroll. As he succeeds, a big grin emerges on his face, and he is enthusiastically applauded by his dad and his mom — me.

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