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Elder Care News 06/2007



KMIR 6 Special Report- Elder Abuse (KMIR 6 Palm Springs)
A shocking number of seniors who end up in care facilities spend their last days in pain and suffering. KMIR 6 Reporter Tanya McRae investigates how their lives are tragically cut short due to neglect and abuse.

Gory details emerge on second day of elder abuse trial (The Register-Herald)
Participants in the trial of a Fayetteville woman accused of elder abuse that led to the death 18 months ago of a woman who lived on her property were subjected Thursday to often gruesome testimony from seven witnesses presented by Fayette County prosecutors.

Meadows expansion will add Alzheimer’s care, 120 beds (Napa Valley Register)
The Meadows, Napa’s largest private licensed facility for seniors, is planning a major expansion, including a unit for Alzheimer’s care.

Senior Care Extension Included in Iraq Vote (Iowa Farmer)
President George W. Bush is expected to sign the bill that will extend funding for the Iraq War. Included in that same measure is a provision that will extend federal support for SeniorCare through 2009.

New senior center's single-level design frees up space (Middletown Journal)
Imagine taking the current three-floor senior center on Verity Parkway and laying it on its side so that all its facilities are on one level.

Senior calendar (Contra Costa Times)
Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. Papier mach, needlecrafts, world events, literature. Mercy Brown Bag today. 510-524-9122.

Health care big issue for small biz (BizJournals)
Nearly 75 percent of small-business owners say cost is the most important problem facing the health-care system in the United States.

Scottsdale adult day care's closing affects 35 families (East Valley Tribune)
A Scottsdale day care center for adults with disabilities will close its doors next month, leaving about 35 people and their families with few options for care.

Care homes: the missing £1.9 million (The Inverness Courier)
ALMOST £2 million set aside to refurbish local authority care homes for the elderly over four years remained unspent despite upgrades being desperately needed.

Long-Term Care Professionals Available to Discuss Trends and Issues Facing Consumers Preparing for Living in Retirement (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEWARK, N.J.----As baby boomers reach retirement in greater numbers, many are increasingly focused on preparing for care in their golden years. The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, NJ , executives Andrew Mako, Senior Vice President of Long-Term Care Insurance and Malcolm A.

Caretaker Raul Castro keeps Cuba stable (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Ten months ago, a camera-shy general stepped out from the shadow of his famous elder brother Fidel Castro to run the Western Hemisphere's only communist state.

Fayette County Elder Abuse Case Continues (The Charleston State Journal)
State rests its case.

Fan Care For Seniors (WSLS Newschannel 10 Roanoke)
Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced the beginning of the 17th consecutive year of Fan Care, a Virginia Department for the Aging and Dominion Virginia Power partnership that has provided more than 22,000 fans to senior citizens to help them stay comfortable during the summer.

Saturday forum in Berkeley for senior services options (Contra Costa Times)
As the country's senior population grows by the day, local services and agencies are dealing with an influx of calls from those now caring for seniors who can no longer care for themselves.

Calls for 'NHS tax' to finance health care (Daily Telegraph)
Senior doctors are to propose that health care should be paid for through a compulsory NHS income tax.

Saturday Forum in Berkeley for Senior Services Options (RedNova)
By Chris Metinko, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 1--As the country's senior population grows by the day, local services and agencies are dealing with an influx of calls from those now caring for seniors who can no longer care for themselves.

Special session to focus on Senior Care (KTUU Anchorage)
State lawmakers are calling themselves back for a special session to try to keep the Senior Care checks coming. Lawmakers were deadlocked over the issue in the final hours of the regular session last month. But now many are having second thoughts about cutting off money from thousands of needy seniors.

Prosecution rests in Fayette County elder abuse trial (The Register-Herald)
Fayette County prosecutors wrapped up their case Friday with the first-hand account of sheriff’s Chief Detective Sgt. James K. Sizemore’s investigation of a Fayetteville woman accused of elder abuse that led to the death 18 months ago of a woman who lived on her property.

Today’s nursing homes: New options, opportunities (The Marietta Times)
If you haven’t been inside a nursing home since your great aunt was a long-term care resident 20 years ago, you might not recognize today’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities.

Home-based care program also benefits the insurer (Los Angeles Times)
Blue Shield provides intensive care coordination to patients with serious diseases. The strategy saves lives and money. Every year, about 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer. Every year, they run up a medical tab estimated at $100 billion.

San Marcos senior makes national physics team (North County Times)
Jenny Kwan is facing a major change in her summer vacation plans. The San Marcos High School senior, recently honored as one of the 2007 North County Times Students of Merit, was among five students selected Friday to represent the United States at the 2007 International Physics Olympiad next month in Iran.

Workshop helps to plan for seniors' futures (Contra Costa Times)
As the country's senior population grows, local services and agencies are dealing with an influx of calls from those caring for seniors who can no longer care for themselves.

Elder abuse suspect takes stand (News-Register)
When Mistydawn Viles took the stand in her own defense Friday, she said Anthony "Tony" Viles wanted her to do all the things she is accused of doing. She said the elderly man wanted to subsist on fast food and macaroni with cheese. He wanted to live in a trash-filled house without medical care.

Nursing home forum set for Thursday at Elder Care (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)
Nursing homes play a vital role in the well-being and healthcare of elderly adults, but how do you pay for this care when the time comes and what are your options to minimize your out of pocket expense?

Free personal care for our elderly is my ultimate aim... (Sunday Life)
Many pensioners have been forced to sell their houses to pay for care in nursing homes. Health Minister Michael McGimpsey MLA says this is no way for a civilised society to treat such vulnerable people

Senior Circle offers thanks to veterans (Mohave Valley News)
BULLHEAD CITY - Members of activity group Senior Circle culminated a week of “celebration, meditation and recognition” in honor of veterans with a gathering on Thursday at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center.

Forum discusses care for aging relatives (Inside Bay Area)
As the country's senior population grows, local services and agencies are dealing with an influx of calls from those caring for seniors who can no longer care for themselves.

Business offers adult day care, respite (Livonia Observer)
A new Westland corporation will offer adult day care and 24-hour respite services for people with family members who can't be left alone.

Bleak twilight, and a search for care (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
His mind shattered by Alzheimer's disease, Arnold Krinsk needed stability more than anything in his final months.

Town eyes nearly $4M upgrade to Senior Center Westford voters to decide debt exclusion in September (Lowell Sun)
WESTFORD -- Reaching the first floor can be challenging. Especially if you use a cane or walker. The proposed Cameron Senior Center expansion features a first-floor entrance and a drop-off spot for seniors who have difficulty walking.

Lim Boon Heng to study Japan's care system for elderly (Channel News Asia via Yahoo! Asia News)
SINGAPORE: Lim Boon Heng, chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Ageing, is on a six-day study visit to Japan to learn more about its care system for the elderly as well as its growing silver industry.

Forum Discusses Care for Aging Relatives (RedNova)
By STAFF As the country's senior population grows, local services and agencies are dealing with an influx of calls from those caring for seniors who can no longer care for themselves.

Disparities Persist in Cancer Care (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
SUNDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Not every cancer patient is reaping the benefits of advances in medical care, new research shows.

Group of seniors heads to Harrisburg to discuss long-term care, lottery (The Bradford Era)
A group of senior citizens from Bradford is heading to Harrisburg to let lawmakers know how they feel about long-term care and lottery revenues.

Policy changes have direct effect on nursing home care (News-Medical-Net)
States that set high staffing standards for elder care in nursing homes are the only ones that come close to having enough staff nurses to prevent serious safety violations, according to a new study by a professor in the UCSF School of Nursing.

Bell, Kavanagh unite on senior-care project (BizJournals)
A pair of Greensboro firms, Steven D. Bell & Co. and John Kavanagh Co., will partner to develop a $16 million senior-living community in Morganton in Burke County.

Nursing home forum set for Thursday at Elder Care (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)
Nursing homes play a vital role in the well-being and healthcare of elderly adults, but how do you pay for this care when the time comes and what are your options to minimize your out of pocket expense?

Senior Care Extension Included in Iraq Vote (Iowa Farmer)
President George W. Bush is expected to sign the bill that will extend funding for the Iraq War. Included in that same measure is a provision that will extend federal support for SeniorCare through 2009.

'Tasks' of death can be daunting (The Hamilton Journal News)
Heidi Elder, 46, of West Chester Twp. was devastated four years ago by the death of her husband after a short battle with cancer.

Health Care Property Investors Buys Slough Estates USA for $2.9 Billion (SeekingAlpha via Yahoo! Finance)
Health Care Property Investors said Monday it will buy Slough Estates USA, a real-estate business focused on the life-sciences industry, from the U.K.'s Segro plc for $2.9 billion, including the assumption of $1.2 billion in debt.

Nursing Care Takes a Smart Detour (RedNova)
PHILADELPHIA _ Ruby Biggs is an example of America's looming problem _ and of one solution. How do we care for soaring numbers of old, frail people? Biggs is young by today's standards, just 73.

Health Care Property Buys Segro Unit for $2.9 Billion (Update1) (Bloomberg.com)
June 4 (Bloomberg) -- Health Care Property Investors Inc., the largest U.S. owner of real estate for health-care providers, agreed to buy Segro Plc's U.S. business for $2.9 billion to gain seven life-science parks and developments in California.

Michael Moore Wants to Reform Health Care (BusinessWeek Online via Yahoo! News)
He's rumpled, a little coarse, and shoots from the hip. But Michael Moore, the irreverent force behind such politic-bending documentaries as the gun control manifesto Bowling for Columbine and the anti-war anthem Fahrenheit 9/11, knows how to stir the pot. Just wind him up, and ole Michael will fire away at entrenched political or corporate interests, no matter their size. He even took time ...

Elder Health gets Global Quality Award (PharmaBiz)
Elder Health Care Limited, part of the US$ 125 million Elder group, has won the globally acclaimed "Gold Award for Excellence and Business Prestige" at the Quality Summit - New York 2007 organized by the New York based Business Initiative Directions (BID). The company got the award in recognition of the continuous search for quality through on-going development and innovation.

More families seek quality elder care (Yakima Herald-Republic)
Millie Layman knew she was going to need help when her husband, Fran, was released from the nursing home after his third stroke.

Adult day care center opens in West Maui (The Maui News)
LAHAINA – The new West Maui Adult Day Care Center has officially opened, gaining national attention and appreciation from senior citizens who look forward to using the facility.

Policy Changes Have Direct Effect On Nursing Home Care (Medical News Today)
States that set high staffing standards for elder care in nursing homes are the only ones that come close to having enough staff nurses to prevent serious safety violations, according to a new study by a professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. [click link for full article]

Defendant weathers questions at elder abuse trial (The Register-Herald)
FAYETTEVILLE — The defendant in a case of elder abuse that led to the death of a Fayette County woman waived her right not to testify Monday and then endured hours of questioning from attorneys on both sides of the case.

Girl in CYF care after stepdad arrested for drink driving (NZPA via Yahoo!Xtra News)
A six-year-old girl is in Child Youth and Family (CYF) care after her stepfather was arrested for drink driving near Rangiriri, north of Huntly, last night.

Senior Care Extension Included in Iraq Vote (Iowa Farmer)
President George W. Bush is expected to sign the bill that will extend funding for the Iraq War. Included in that same measure is a provision that will extend federal support for SeniorCare through 2009.


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