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Elder Care News 01/2007



Senior Center in need of computer whizzes (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — The Natchez Senior Citizens Multipurpose Center is wishing for volunteers with computer skills to donate their time this Christmas.

Senior Center more than just activities (The Natchez Democrat)
The Natchez Senior Citizen’s Multipurpose Center is not only a place for seniors to participate in a broad spectrum of activities, but also a place to form friendships and sometimes find love.

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.

Lessons in elderly care from all over the world (The Star-Ledger)
THE WORLD is aging as never before. As we approach a new year, we might glance around the globe and view some of the things happening abroad. I recently attended a meeting of interRAI, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster quality care for older people everywhere.

An aging population brings employer elder-care benefits (Houston Chronicle)
Patricia and Pat Guadagno were terrified about the prospect of his ailing father going home. For help, Patricia turned to her employer, Prudential Financial Inc. The company helped cover the cost of a geriatric social worker who visited the man, evaluated his needs and helped persuade him to move to an assisted-care facility.

Mids see hopeful signs in defeat (Baltimore Sun)
Navy senior safety Jeremy McGown is no fan of moral victories. But after Saturday's heartbreaking 25-24 loss to Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, McGown talked of a message the Midshipmen had delivered.

Health Care Providers Feel Pinch: High-Deductible Plans Push Up Unpaid Bills (RedNova)
By Avrum D. Lank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jan. 1--The sharp increase in high-deductible health insurance plans is creating a headache for hospitals and other health care providers who are finding it increasingly difficult to collect the portion of bills due from individuals.

Enhanced Adult Foster Care offers help to family caregivers (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
People just want to stay in their homes when age or disability limit how well they can take care of themselves.

Health and support (St. Petersburg Times)
Blood pressure screens are provided free of charge (unless noted otherwise) at the following locations. To add a location, call Tom O'Brien, 527-5560.

New Law in Affect to Protect California's Seniors (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
SACRAMENTO, Calif.----With the enactment of SB 1018 , which requires all bank employees to report all suspected cases of elder financial abuse going into effect today, the California Bankers Association has compiled a list of tips to help consumers be more vigilant in keeping seniors safe.

Five children taken into care after abuse alert (Stuff)
Five New Plymouth children have been taken into care after neighbours alerted police to their alleged abuse.

Health Care Providers Feel Pinch; High-Deductible Plans Push Up Unpaid Bills (RedNova)
By AVRUM D. LANK The sharp increase in high-deductible health insurance plans is creating a headache for hospitals and other health care providers who are finding it increasingly difficult to collect the portion of bills due from individuals.

As midwife, nun brought joy into the world thousands of times (Austin American-Statesman)
Austin mission honors Sister Pat Elder as she retires from nursing. Near the door to a hall plastered with "thank you" banners and pictures of volunteer activities, Sister Pat Elder stood dressed simply in a navy skirt, black button-down sweater and black nursing shoes.

Adobe Appoints Former Borland Exec to Senior VP of Worldwide Field Operations (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
SAN JOSE, Calif.----Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the appointment of Matthew Thompson as senior vice president of worldwide field operations. Thompson previously served as senior vice president of worldwide operations at Borland Software, a leading provider of application lifecycle management software.

Montoursville Area High student uses senior project to help others (Williamsport Sun Gazette)
Craig Wertz tackled a senior class project that helped others and provided him with the type of learning process that he could not have imagined. “I didn’t think that many people would care,” said Wertz, a Montoursville Area School District student.

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.

Lessons in elderly care from all over the world (The Star-Ledger)
THE WORLD is aging as never before. As we approach a new year, we might glance around the globe and view some of the things happening abroad. I recently attended a meeting of interRAI, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster quality care for older people everywhere.

Tabung Haji Accords VVIP Treatment To Senior Citizens (Bernama)
MECCA, Jan 2 (Bernama) -- Forty-four senior citizens in their 70s who performed the pilgrimage here this season were accorded VVIP treatment by the haj management agency, Tabung Haji.

Senior Center in need of computer whizzes (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — The Natchez Senior Citizens Multipurpose Center is wishing for volunteers with computer skills to donate their time this Christmas.

Menu for Meals on Wheels (Tallahassee Democrat)
Elder Care Services' Meals on Wheels lunch menu. All meals include low-fat milk.

Senior Center more than just activities (The Natchez Democrat)
The Natchez Senior Citizen’s Multipurpose Center is not only a place for seniors to participate in a broad spectrum of activities, but also a place to form friendships and sometimes find love.

Senior Briefs (Daily Southtown)
The Bloom Township Senior Community Lunch program will begin the new year Jan. 16 with a Hawaiian Luau at the Serbian Social Center, 186th Street and Stoney Island Avenue, Lansing.

Support groups (King County Journal)
Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation: Trained survivors offer free emotional support to the newly diagnosed, enhancing emotional recovery while going through treatments. Volunteers will attend consultations, chemotherapy and radiation appointments with you. Call 425-861-5655.

Merkel's Coalition Delays Vote on Government's Health-Care Bill (Bloomberg.com)
Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition is taking extra time to ratify planned changes to health-care rules after state authorities demanded a raft of modifications, a senior Christian Democrat lawmaker said.

Senior Whole Health Moves Connecticut's Low-Income Seniors to the Head of Line for Accessing Quality Medical Services (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
MERIDEN, Conn.----Senior Whole Health, a leading health care plan with a history of specializing in integrated care management services for seniors 65 and older, today announced the availability of its Special Needs Plans to 30,000 Medicare/Medicaid dual eligible and Part D beneficiaries in Connecticut's Hartford, New Haven and Middlesex counties.

Elder Health and Health Partners of Philadelphia Enter Agreement for Elder Health to Acquire Health Partners' Medicare ... (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Elder Health Inc. and Health Partners of Philadelphia Inc. announced today they have entered into an agreement under which Elder Health would acquire Health Partners' Senior Partners Medicare line of business in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.

After-hours medical care is on its way (Airdrie Echo)
Airdrie Echo — Starting Jan. 15, Airdrie residents will have access to after-hours health care services right on their doorstep.

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.

Senior finds social work calling (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
RINGGOLD, Ga. — When Ringgold resident Sue Long receives her degree in social work from Dalton State College in May and begins to work with senior citizens, she believes she will have some special insight. After all, she is 68 years old herself.

Over 50? Get into a plan, author advises (Everett Herald)
What's on your to-do list for 2007? Let's start with investing, retirement, long-term care and estate planning. You didn't think the year would be easy, did you?

Senior Center in need of computer whizzes (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — The Natchez Senior Citizens Multipurpose Center is wishing for volunteers with computer skills to donate their time this Christmas.

Senior Center more than just activities (The Natchez Democrat)
The Natchez Senior Citizen’s Multipurpose Center is not only a place for seniors to participate in a broad spectrum of activities, but also a place to form friendships and sometimes find love.

For aging and young, a win-win day care solution (Columbian Missourian)
Intergenerational day care has benefits for old and young alike, a professor says.

Helga (San Jose Mercury News)
After raising 12 children and helping bring up 50 grandchildren, Lucy Baria still has an endless need to take care of people. At 93, the diminutive dynamo has found her latest niche -- caring for mentally disabled residents at Agnews Developmental Center in San Jose.

Somalia faces health catastrophe as war destroys care system (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Somalia, where malaria, cholera and tuberculosis are endemic, is threatened by a health catastrophe after 16 years of continuous fighting that destroyed its care system, a senior health official has warned.

Elder Health buying a Medicare HMO in Pa. (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore-based Elder Health Inc. announced yesterday the acquisition of another Medicare HMO that will roughly double its size, adding a likely 75 jobs to its 300-person work force here.

National Surgical Care Announces Executive Appointments (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
CHICAGO----National Surgical Care today announced that it has made two key executive appointments. Joining the Company as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer is Sami S. Abbasi, while Richard Pence, a co-founder of the Company and its Chief Operating Officer, assumes the additional role of President.

Elder Health to double Medicare program members with acquisition (bizjournals.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Elder Health Inc. is buying a Medicare health plan in the Philadelphia area.

Archer enlightens Kiwanians on JMC’s Senior Care Unit (Jacksonville News)
The Senior Care Unit at Jacksonville Medical Center has only been open for three months, but Jamie Archer said the facility has been a great addition to the community.

Somalia faces health catastrophe as war destroys care system (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Somalia, where malaria, cholera and tuberculosis are endemic, is threatened by a health catastrophe after 16 years of continuous fighting that destroyed its care system, a senior health official has warned.

Elder Health buying a Medicare HMO in Pa. (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore-based Elder Health Inc. announced yesterday the acquisition of another Medicare HMO that will roughly double its size, adding a likely 75 jobs to its 300-person work force here.

US urges 'appropriate care' on new Iraq executions (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The White House has urged Iraq to handle the execution of two of Saddam Hussein's henchmen "with appropriate care" after the controversy over the ousted dictator's hanging.

Trusts that enable seniors to remain at home (Queens Courier)
When a senior or disabled individual is receiving Medicaid home care benefits, he/she is entitled to retain $720 of monthly income. In addition to the $720, the individual may retain enough income to pay any additional medical expenses, including health insurance premiums.

Savvy senior - How to find good nursing home care (Queens Courier)
Can you give me some tips on finding a good nursing home for my 86-year-old mother? She had a stroke a few months ago and has been receiving care at home but it has become too much.

Senior Whole Health Receives Significant Equity Investment to Fuel Expansion (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.----Senior Whole Health, a leading health care plan founded in 2003 that provides intensive, integrated case management services to seniors 65 and older, announced a Series B $16M financing led by Flexpoint Partners, Chicago, IL with participation by Council Ventures, Nashville TN; New Capital Partners, Birmingham AL; Noro- Moseley, Atlanta GA; and SSM Partners, Memphis TN.

The elder statesman (San Marcos Daily Record)
San Marcos — To hear fifth-year senior Antwoine Blanchard list the players that have come through Texas State since his arrival is to get an extensive history lesson in the basketball program’s recent past.

Brooke Hogan Tries To Escape Her Dad's Hulking Shadow (ChartAttack.com)
When the pair appeared on MTV Live during a press-packed Toronto trip to promote Brooke's Undiscovered debut album, audience members were too busy asking the elder Hogan to rip their vintage Hulkmania shirts to even notice his daughter.

Red Mortgage Capital Arranges Fannie Mae Loan for Senior Citizen Property (Multi-Housing News)
JANUARY 04, 2007 -- Vancouver, Wash. -- Red Mortgage Capital Inc., a banking unit of Red Capital Group, has arranged a $3.8-million Fannie Mae first mortgage loan for a memory care addition to an existing senior citizen property in Vancouver, Wash.

The Emergence of Tonal Drawing (American Artist)
Inscribed on the seal of the Art Students League of New York, in Manhattan, is the Latin motto “Nulla Dies Sine Linea”, or “No Day Without a Line.” The words come from Pliny the Elder and are part of his account of the industriousness of the great Greek painter Apelles: “In general, it was a standing practice with Apelles never to be so occupied with carrying out the day’s business that he did ...

Whole Foods to give 5% of sales to Senior Access (Marin Independent Journal)
Senior Access, the Novato-based nonprofit that provides day health-care services for seniors with chronic health-care needs, will receive 5 percent of the Jan. 10 net sales from Whole Foods in San Rafael.


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