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Elder Care News 09/2006



Missouri aims to revamp care for mentally ill (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The Missouri Department of Mental Health will spearhead a statewide effort to revamp care for mentally ill residents. The federal government is giving Missouri $14 million over five years to develop a state master plan for caring for mentally ill residents.

War-torn families: Family-care plan helpful when parents deploy (Rapid City Journal)
The first time 3-year-old Makayla Meals called her “Mommy,” Michelle Butler wondered what to do. Makayla and her younger brother, Hunter, 2, already have a mommy, but the little girl’s confusion was understandable.

Raleigh News & Observer Publishes Series On Long-Term Care (Medical News Today)
The Raleigh News & Observer published a series of articles and opinion pieces about the issue of long-term care for the elderly. Summaries appear below. [click link for full article]

EXCLUSIVE: TOT CARE SCANDAL PROBED (Daily Mirror)
AN INVESTIGATION was launched yesterday after the Mirror revealed that there was no intensive care cot available in any neonatal unit in England for an expectant mum.

Tot Care Scandal Probed ; Exclusive NHS in Crisis (RedNova)
By JEREMY ARMSTRONG AN INVESTIGATION was launched yesterday after the Mirror revealed that there was no intensive care cot available in any neonatal unit in England for an expectant mum.

SENIOR CALENDAR (Contra Costa Times)
Albany Senior Center -- Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 846 Masonic Ave. Literature, writing memoirs, line dancing, exercise, art and Paratransit information. Mercy Brown Bag today. 510-524-9122.

Dr. Brian S. Gould Joins NaviMedix to Spearhead Care Management Initiatives (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.----Sept. 1, 2006--NaviMedix, Inc., today announced the appointment of Brian S. Gould, M.D., to senior vice president of Care Management Services. A career expert in clinical care, health insurance, healthcare technology and international healthcare operations, Dr.

No. Babylon resident named Executive Director of the Bristal Assisted Living (Babylon Beacon)
Steven Necroto has been named executive director of the Bristal Assisted Living Community in North Woodmere. Necroto, a North Babylon resident has worked in the elder care industry for the last nine years.

Dr. Brian S. Gould Joins NaviMedix to Spearhead Care Management Initiatives (RedNova)
NaviMedix, Inc., today announced the appointment of Brian S. Gould, M.D., to senior vice president of Care Management Services. A career expert in clinical care, health insurance, healthcare technology and international healthcare operations, Dr.

Senior Housing Properties Trust Acquires 5 Senior Living Properties for $61.5 Million (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEWTON, Mass.----Sept. 1, 2006--Senior Housing Properties Trust today announced it has acquired five senior living properties for $61.5 million. Simultaneously, SNH entered a long term lease arrangement with Five Star Quality Care, Inc. for these same properties.

Five Star Quality Care, Inc. Agrees to Lease 5 Communities (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEWTON, Mass.----Sept. 1, 2006--Five Star Quality Care, Inc. today announced it has reached agreement with Senior Housing Properties Trust to lease five senior living communities with 783 living units.

Senior Housing Buys 5 Properties (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Real estate investment trust Senior Housing Properties Trust said Friday it acquired five properties for $61.5 million, and simultaneously signed a long-term lease with Five Star Quality Care Inc., an operator of senior living communities, for the same properties.

Senior Housing Buys 5 Properties (KiplingerForecasts.com)
(AP) NEWTON, Mass. Real estate investment trust Senior Housing Properties Trust said Friday it acquired five properties for $61.5 million, and simultaneously signed a long-term lease with Five Star Quality Care Inc., an operator of senior living communities, for the same properties.

Judge orders help for Brooke Astor (MSNBC)
A New York judge has ordered immediate improvements in the life of 104-year-old millionaire dowager Brooke Astor and cut off her son from his $2.3 million salary after allegations of elder abuse.

Aboriginal elder's family blames racism for death (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
QUENTIN DEMPSTER: The family of an elderly Aboriginal man found dead near a remote airstrip in the Northern Territory has blamed institutionalised racism for his death.

In Court Filing, Astor Son Rebuts Neglect Allegations (New York Times)
Anthony D. Marshall provided his first detailed defense against allegations that he has neglected the care of his mother, the socialite and philanthropist Brooke Astor, while enriching himself.

L.I. Health Care Facilities Announce Staffing Changes: September 1, 2006 (RedNova)
By Kate Patton The Woodbury-based Hospice Care Network named Tanveer P. Mir senior medical director. She had been medical care director of the acute geriatric and palliative care unit at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

State House candidate McRoberts wants to improve senior health care (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
LA PORTE CITY --- Iowa House candidate Pete McRoberts and First Lady Christie Vilsack went to the La Porte City Community Center Thursday to talk about senior health care and to hear residents' concerns about it.

Duel-career military face child care issues when deployed (Rapid City Journal)
The first time 3-year-old Makayla Meals called her “Mommy,” Michelle Butler wondered what to do. Makayla and her younger brother, Hunter, 2, already have a mommy, but the little girl’s confusion was understandable.

Series on aging planned (Beloit Daily News)
JANESVILLE - The first in a series of local Town Hall meetings to discuss Long Term Care change proposals in Rock and Dane counties will be he held at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Room K at the Rock county Job Center, 1900 Center Ave., Janesville.

Health and Personal Care (Entrpreneur.com)
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Senior Care Expert (WPRI 12 Providence)
Horizon Bay is a senior retirement living company that believes in improving the quality of every single life we touch. We operate several types of communities including continuum of care retirement, freestanding assisted living and independent living communities.

Program Rewards Long-Term Care Providers (Southern Pines Pilot)
North Carolina has created a first-in-the-nation program to help reduce the turnover of nurse aides and other direct care workers who provide hands-on care to hundreds of thousands of the state's elderly and disabled.

District hospitals host senior citizens month (Barbados Advocate)
DISTRICT hospitals across Barbados will host several activities during this month to celebrate the contribution of senior citizens to this country s development. Organised by the nursing services, these special events, under the theme Seniors, Our Natio n Builders, will run from September 3 to 30.

Senior citizens' schedule (Herald Standard)
SENIOR CENTER - 137 N. Beeson Blvd., Uniontown; phone 724-439-5910. Meals on Wheels - The Uniontown Center is in need of volunteers to deliver homebound meals to the elderly shut-ins, one hour, one day a week. Call 724-437-6050, ext. 243.

War-torn families: Family-care plan helpful when parents deploy (Rapid City Journal)
The first time 3-year-old Makayla Meals called her “Mommy,” Michelle Butler wondered what to do. Makayla and her younger brother, Hunter, 2, already have a mommy, but the little girl’s confusion was understandable.

Chief Minister denies pointing finger over elder's death inquiry (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin says she is not fingerpointing over the inquiry into the death of a 78-year-old Kalkarindji elder.

Polish Women’s Alliance of America names Miss PWAA (Times Leader)
Polish Women’s Alliance of America, Council 40, celebrated the naming of Miss PWAA 2006. Krystina Michelle Durako, daughter of Drew and Ann Marie Durako of Laflin, was chosen and was crowned by Miss PWAA 2005 Alexandra Przewlocki. The crowning took place in the chapel at Guardian Elder Care, Nanticoke. A service honoring the Blessed Mother was conducted by the Rev. Carl Prushinski. During that

Beware, Ones You Love Can Hurt You (The Ledger)
Note to retirees: Beware the family. Financial swindles are one of the fastest-growing forms of elder abuse. By some estimates, as many as 5 million senior citizens are victimized each year, says Sara Aravanis, director of the nonprofit National Center on Elder Abuse, which provides information to federal and state policy makers. Because of the...

Service helps adults remain independent (Tulsa World)
Companion Home Care, which provides personal services individually customized to help senior citizens continue to live in their own homes, has opened offices at 406 S. Boulder Ave. in Tulsa.

Several Elder-Care Facilities Fined for Violations (RedNova)
By Jane Erikson, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Sep. 3--An elderly woman died last December when staff members at her assisted-living center confused her medication orders with her husband's.

Senior group aims to see impact grow (Dallas Morning News)
The Highland Village Senior All-Stars are aiming to shine brightly in their community with Caring Corner, a new outreach program for those in need.

Several elder-care facilities fined for violations (Fox 11 Tucson)
An elderly woman died last December when staff members at her assisted-living center confused her medication orders with her husband's. An 86-year-old man with dementia died after falling, cutting his head and breaking a hip in March — the fifth time he had fallen in 2 1/2 months.

Big Pharma Bankrupting US Health Care System (Scoop.co.nz)
Big Pharma is bankrupting the nation's health care system by convincing prescribing doctors to over-medicate patients with expensive psychiatric drugs and then send the bills to government programs like Medicaid and Medicare.

Neighbors up in arms over elder-care home (The Press-Enterprise)
DISPUTE: They fear that if the six-resident facility opens, it will put "families in jeopardy."

Blaze rousts about 200 at senior apartments in Lincoln (Pantagraph)
LINCOLN - An early morning fire at a Lincoln independent-living apartment building left about 200 residents in the care of family members and friends Sunday.

War-torn families: Family-care plan helpful when parents deploy (Rapid City Journal)
The first time 3-year-old Makayla Meals called her “Mommy,” Michelle Butler wondered what to do. Makayla and her younger brother, Hunter, 2, already have a mommy, but the little girl’s confusion was understandable.

Kingston launches pilot e-government service to improve health & social care (PublicTechnology.net)
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is one of 11 local authorities that have been chosen to run an online self-assessment pilot e-government project aimed at improving access to services and equipment for people who have long-term health and social care needs.

Memory Clinics Are Diverting NHS Resources From High Quality Care (Medical News Today)
Specialist memory clinics for patients with dementia are taking NHS resources away from long term integrated care, warn senior doctors in this week's BMJ. [click link for full article]

Senior center changes manager (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
ANDERSON TWP. - In many ways, Amanda Knorr's life revolves around the Anderson Senior Center.

Day-care kids will receive more testing (Daily Journal)
FRANKLIN -- Children and staff members from the Kiddie Kollege day-care center who continue to have elevated levels of mercury can have their homes sampled for mercury contamination, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.

Michael Bush Sr. talks about son's injury (Louisville Courier-Journal)
"As a parent, it hurts you deep inside to see your son get hurt like that," Bush said. "You get teary-eyed. It hurt me and my wife (Toni) so bad. But I know my son. He'll be back. He's strong. I don't know where he gets it, but he's stronger than the rest of us." The elder Bush said it is too early to discuss what his son, star U of L running back Michael Bush, will do next.

War-torn families: Family-care plan helpful when parents deploy (Rapid City Journal)
The first time 3-year-old Makayla Meals called her “Mommy,” Michelle Butler wondered what to do. Makayla and her younger brother, Hunter, 2, already have a mommy, but the little girl’s confusion was understandable.

Meals on Wheels Menu (Tallahassee Democrat)
Elder Care Services' Meals on Wheels menu. All meals include low-fat milk. Today: Battered fish, cheese grits, mixed vegetables, whole-wheat bread, orange.

Stick Type Lip Care Products Gain Popularity in the US and Asia (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
DUBLIN, Ireland----Sept. 5, 2006--Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Lip Care Products - Global Strategic Business Report" to their offering.

Senior Legal Clinic to address specific needs of elderly (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)
District Judge Janice P. Dreiling will be the featured speaker at a Senior Legal Clinic at 9 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Elder Care offices in Bartlesville.

Senior Expo a social event of the year (The Ashland Daily Press)
For many area folks summer reaches its zenith with Senior Expo. It is an event that forms partnerships between health care providers, businesses and Ashland High School to the benefit of older adults. Ask those who attended about the event and you will get a common response — they had a blast!

Healthways Adds William R. Gold, M.D. to Senior Leadership Team (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NASHVILLE, Tenn.----Sept. 5, 2006--Healthways, Inc. , the nation's leading provider of Health and Care Support services today announced it has appointed William R. "Bill" Gold, M.D., as Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances.

Five Senior Living Properties Change Hands in $61.5M Deal (Commercial Property News)
In a transaction valued at $61.5 million, Newton, Mass.-based Senior Housing Properties Trust has acquired five senior living properties totaling 783 units in four states from Salem, Ore.-headquartered Holiday Retirement Corp. Senior Housing Properties simultaneously facilitated a long-term lease agreement with senior-living-facility operator Five Star Quality Care Inc., also of Newton, to lease

Staff at elderly home accused of neglect and abuse (Channel 2 News Anchorage)
The Chugiak Senior Center faced serious allegations of abuse by one of its patients Tuesday. Complaints of mistreatment from residents were backed up by a report from Alaska’s long-term care ombudsman criticizing the center’s staff. The Department of Health and Social Services is investigating.


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