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9 months ago

Insurance differences stall progress on Florida ride-hail regulation -

TALLAHASSEE Mind the insurance gap.

The biggest roadblock in passing what is being touted as a major piece of consumer protection legislation is the difference in the amount of insurance being required of ride-hail companies like Lyft and Uber in competing House and Senate versions being considered.

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss SB 1118 by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that would require drivers working for ride-hailing companies to carry the same amount of coverage as taxicab and limousine drivers from the time they log on to a network app until they log off.


9 months ago

When Seniors Stop Driving, Worse Health May R... - WebMD

Depression and mental, physical declines stood out in research review

WebMD News from HealthDay

By Amy Norton

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who give up driving may see their mental and physical well-being decline, a new research review finds.

The review of 16 published studies found that seniors tended to show poorer health after they stopped driving -- particularly in terms of depression.

Researchers said it's not clear that the health problems are a direct result of giving up the car keys.

But they said it's likely there is a vicious cycle: worsening health -- including vision problems, physical limitations and waning memory and judgment -- causes older people to stop driving. That, in turn, can speed their decline.

"This is a very complex issue," said senior researcher Dr. Guohua Li, founding director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

On one hand, Li said, older drivers need the necessary physical and mental skills to be safe behind the wheel. And at some point, many must give up driving.

On the other hand, that decision has significant consequences, Li said. Older adults who stop driving can feel socially isolated, which could feed depression. They may also become less physically active, which can exacerbate physical health conditions.

"It's a sensitive balance," Li said, "and the pros and cons of not driving need to be weighed on a case-by-case basis."

The review, published online recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, looked at 16 studies that compared older adults who'd stopped driving with those still on the road.

Five studies focused on depression symptoms. Overall, older adults were twice as likely to see worsening depression when they stopped driving, even when factors such as age, physical health and mental decline were taken into account.

"Driving cessation was most strongly associated with the risk of depression," Li said. "But the health effects were actually broader than that."

Some other studies found that after older drivers gave up their keys, they often reported worse physical functioning and showed faster declines in memory and other mental abilities.

11 months ago

Simple Ways To Improve Your Health And Get Fit

A good fitness routine can be anything you want it to be. Getting fit can make you healthier or more attractive. It can be a fun pastime in itself or training for enjoyable sports. What you get out of fitness training depends on the goals you set - and the information you gather beforehand. The following article will some tips that will help.

An easy way to get a workout is to walk to the store on your day off instead of taking your car if you're lucky enough to live near your local grocery store. Once you're inside-- getting a cart will make it easy to choose more items than you can easily carry grab a basket. You can always make multiple trips. Alternatively, bring the family so ev

11 months ago

The Personal Finance Information You've Been Looking For

Having money to spend is nice! However, spending what you cannot afford is not! Take a glance at these simple tips to help you manage your personal finances, and allow you to spend what you need while saving for what you want.

You should never risk more money on a trade than you can safely afford to lose. This means that if you lose any money it should not have the potential to destroy you financially. You have to make sure to protect any equity that you might have.

A great way to keep on top of your personal finance, is to set up a direct debit to be taken out of your paycheck each month. This means you'll save without having to make the effort of putting money aside and you

11 months ago

Take A Minute To Get Personal Finance Information

You need to actively be involved with and manage your personal finances. Being financially responsible is an important life skill. The tips in this article will allow you to gain control of your finances, decide on a personal financial goal, and use your money wisely.

When using an ATM while traveling, make sure the bank itself is open. ATMs have an annoying tendency to eat cards. This can be a major inconvenience if your card is eaten at a bank that is hundreds of miles from home. If the bank is open, you will more likely be able to retrieve your card.

Stop charging a credit card that you have issues paying off. Go over your expenses and eliminate things that are not vital t