Nice being an “opportunity target”: In the 23 years since Ellen Malcolm gathered a group of Democratic fundraisers in her living room to discuss a PAC for the campaigns of pro-choice Democratic women, EMILY’s List has been an obligatory stop for political wonks. Their latest survey has some bad news for Obama among older women. Of course, the group is partisan, so they are spinning it as “room to grow.” Some results from the  2008 Women’s Monitor survey:

  • Obama’s already surpassing Gore and Kerry among women, with a  12 point pre-convention lead among women greater than either John Kerry’s (+1 in June 2004) or Al Gore’s (+9 in 2000).
  • However, among Boomer women that number drops to only 6 points, and even among seniors the 11 percent is worrying, given that seniors gave “a generic congressional Democrat a 27 point lead over the Republican.” To Malcolm’s group, those numbers mean room to grow.
  • We love news: “Fifty (50) percent of both Boomers and Seniors say they actively seek out news about politics,” said the report, nearly twice the rate of the young folks.
  • Predictably, “just 32 percent of Seniors and 30 percent of Boomers think that women have equal opportunities and treatment in the work place.”

Women are united around one thing: 69 percent think it is very (44 percent) or fairly (25 percent) likely that we will elect a woman president in the next 20 years.

Even one percent is too high: A new study from University of Chicago billed as “the first comprehensive look at elder mistreatment in the country,” found that about 13 percent of Americans over 60 are mistreated, “most commonly by someone who verbally mistreats or financially takes advantage of them.”

“Older people with any physical vulnerability are about 13 percent more likely than those without one to report verbal mistreatment but are not more likely to report financial mistreatment,” said co-author Linda Waite, the Lucy Flower Professor in Sociology at the University.

Their study showed that adults in their late 50s and 60s are more likely to report verbal or financial mistreatment than those who are older. “Perhaps the respondents are including fairly routine arguments, perhaps about money, with their spouse, sibling or child in their reports or perhaps older adults are more reticent to report negative behavior,” Laumann said.

Of the people reporting verbal mistreatment, 26 percent identified their spouse or romantic partner as being responsible, 15 percent said their children mistreated them verbally, while the remainder said that a friend, neighbor, co-worker or boss was responsible. Among people who reported financial mistreatment, 57 percent reported someone other than a spouse, parent or child, usually another relative, was taking advantage of them.

Sun or Vitamin D? After spreading the word about the need for Vitamin D to maintain bone health, experts are now agonizing about whether doctors should be testing our blood for levels of the nutrient, and whether we should be making up for some of that deficit with supplements.

Currently the U. S. government and other health authorities recommend consuming anywhere from 200 to 600 international units a day from food or supplements, depending on your age — levels that many vitamin D proponents say are too low.

Meanwhile, because megadoses may be toxic, the U. S. government considers 2,000 IUs a day the upper limit. And Health Canada has also reminded Canadians that there are health risks associated with taking too much vitamin D and they should not exceed 2,000 IUs per day from all sources, including milk and supplements.

Well, at least sex helps:
Meanwhile,  Westchester Magazine features a piece by Pamela Redmond Satran, author of 1000 Ways to Be a Slightly Better Woman as well as the blog How Not to Get Old, entitled “12 Things You Oughtta Know about Sex.” The one that first struck Newsmix’s eye, of course, was #8, “The Older Women Get, the Hotter They Feel.” It’s the older babes who have the most sexual confidence, says Satran,  “because
with the fear of pregnancy behind them and children growing up, older
women feel free to devote their bodies to their own physical pleasure.”  Other items of note”The People With the Best All-Around Sex Lives Might Be the Boring Married Monogamous Ones” (since “There is a great deal to be said for really knowing your partner’s hot spots”) and “What You Say (and How You Say It) Can Be As Important As What You Do.”  But for sheer giggles, crossed with a sharp look at the anarchic world of women’s hormones, nothing beats #7:

(7) Some People Are Naturally More Sexual Than Others.
Blame it on testosterone, the hormone of desire for both men and women. Its effect on sexual expression can trump other factors, says Marcus. “I can have two patients with identical religious backgrounds, and one will say, ‘I did what any good girl in my situation would do, I took matters into my own hands every day.’ And the other will say, ‘I did what any good girl in my situation would do, I didn’t think about boys until I was twenty-one.’”

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