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Health Net's 'Take Care' Medicare Advantage Program Provides Member Advocates for Seniors (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
SHELTON, Conn.----Health Net of the Northeast, Inc., the largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans in Connecticut, today unveiled its new "Take Care" program that features a dedicated unit of health care advocates for its Medicare members.

New hotline launched to tackle elder abuse (Daily Telegraph)
Care services minister Ivan Lewis said society needed to be as outraged by the abuse of an old person as by the abuse of a child.

A Place for Mom, Nation's Largest Senior Care Referral Service, Named One of Washington State's Fastest Growing ... (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
A Place for Mom, the nation's largest referral service of senior care options, announced today that the company has been recognized as the 48th fastest growing private company in the state of Washington by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Elder abuse will be topic of upcoming UCR class (The Desert Sun)
UCR Extension is offering a new class designed to teach people how to recognize abuse of the elderly. The class, "Elder Abuse: Identifying and Assisting Victims," will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Dr. This course examines elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and discusses ...

Elders address Native health care issues (Anchorage Daily News)
When Colleen Anagick was putting together a health care decision-making workshop, she enlisted her mother, Eva Merrifield, to talk about and prepare a living will and durable power of attorney.

Elder care leave for St George staff (Adelaide Now)
ST George Bank is offering its employees time off and flexible work arrangements to take care of elderly relatives, boosting its range of workplace benefits.

Elder care available at JFVS in Edison (Edison Sentinel)
The Jewish Family and Vocational Service of Middlesex County offers two different social adult day programs to assist caregivers and provide respite to families. Elderday at Edison is a program for those with Alzheimer's disease and other related disorders; CAMEO (Challenging Adult Minds and Energizing Ourselves) is a program for alert adults with physical disabilities.

Health care center moves from trailer to new offices (News Transcript)
Moving day can be fraught with problems, but when it takes you to the place where you have always wanted to be, it is a little bit like heaven. And so it is with the Paul McGuire Family Health Care Center of Freehold Borough.

Senior flu clinic Monday (Muskogee Phoenix)
The Kiwanis Senior Citizens Center, 119 Spaulding Blvd., is hosting a flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday for persons with Medicare Part B cards. There is no cost to those that bring their Part B Medicare cards.

Conference tackles topic of financial elder abuse (The Troy Record)
COLONIE - Cases of elder abuse are historically underreported - only one in 25 nationwide, according to a panel of local experts who deal with matters of financial abuse and exploitation of the elderly.

Metro Detroit hospitals' charity care (Detroit Free Press)
Here's what the seven largest health systems in metro Detroit spent in fiscal 2006 on charity care, Medicaid losses and community health programs, compared with total revenue and net income or losses. The figures are based on consolidated revenues for the health system's hospitals in southeast Michigan.

Japanese contingent studies elder care here (The Plain Dealer)
Japanese elders are so revered that the country has a national holiday, Respect for the Aged Day, to celebrate long life. But the family caregiver structure, long the heart of care for the elderly, is fracturing as the country has become more modern and people have fewer children.

Signs of Elder Abuse (Westerly Sun)
Karen Hawthorn of Westerly Adult Day Services shares the forms and symptoms of elder abuse - and what you can do about it.

Fear, not cost, keeps many from seeking dental care (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
By JEFF ELDER How long has it been since you've been to the dentist? For 30 years, Gene Lazar didn't go to the dentist. He was the CFO of a successful company and had health insurance. But money was not the problem. "When it comes to dental work," says the North Carolina retiree, "I just freeze." A traumatic experience -- cited by many who have anxiety about the dentist -- scared Lazar off. ...

Senior apartments open at former school site (News Journal)
MANSFIELD -- G. Fred Schwab wasn't going to complain about the rain that moved an entire marching band and dedication of the Ontario Park Meadows Senior Apartments indoors Tuesday.

Hawaii Kai care home seeking higher fees (Honolulu Advertiser)
The oldest adult care home in the state is asking its residents to pitch in more money to keep the facility afloat.

Esther Koch Unveils Aging and Elder Care Tips at S.F. Commonwealth Club November 6th (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
For many baby boomers, the time for qualifying for the primary government programs targeted to seniors is just around the corner and their parents are already beneficiaries.

Esther Koch Unveils Aging and Elder Care Tips at S.F. Commonwealth Club November 6th (PRWeb)
For many baby boomers, the time for qualifying for the primary government programs targeted to seniors is just around the corner and their parents are already beneficiaries. But for most, a true understanding of these benefits remains shrouded in confusion. Learn the basics of these programs and the realities of what you can expect and, more importantly, what not to expect. Come hear what every ...

Life Care Services (LCS) Launches Construction of Sagewood, $283 Million Senior Living Community in Phoenix, Three ... (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
Three months ahead of schedule, Sagewood (www.SagewoodLCS.com) has officially broken ground and continues to report strong advance sales as the senior living community being developed by industry leader Life Care Services LLC begins construction.

Tri-Stater's success: Rising comic book writer Josh Elder (14 WFIE Evansville)
Trouble with bullies at school? Josh Elder has the answer...sort of.

Four people arrested in elder care deaths (The Sacramento Bee)
Four people who operated and worked at a Citrus Heights elder care facility where three people who died after a fire last November were arrested today on involuntary manslaughter charges, officials said.

Four people arrested in elder care deaths (The Sacramento Bee)
Four people who operated and worked at a Citrus Heights elder care facility where three people who died after a fire last November were arrested today on involuntary manslaughter charges, officials said.

More employers face caregiver-related suits (USA Today)
As the number of employees with elder and child care demands grows, more workers are filing lawsuits claiming they've been discriminated against on the job because of their family caregiving obligations.

Lowcountry Senior Center (The Post and Courier)
The Lowcountry Senior Center, next to James Island County Park, has scheduled programs. Call 762-9555 to register. The center is for active, independent people 50 and older. The center, 865 Riverland Drive, is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. It is managed by Roper St....

Senior Access celebrates artwork of patients (Marin Independent Journal)
Alive! Art and Alzheimer's, a celebration of the artwork of patients at Novato's Senior Access, will be from 6 to 8 p.

Two owners, 2 staffers arrested in fatal Citrus Heights care home fire (The Sacramento Bee)
As flames tore through a Citrus Heights elder care home late the night of Nov. 26, two elderly women could not escape their beds, one of them blocked by rails and another trapped by a locked wheelchair, according to an investigation by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

MWC: Senior gives AFA versatility (The Salt Lake Tribune)
Air Force senior Chad Hall adheres to only one standard when it comes to a positional preference.     "Whichever one gets me the ball," he said.

Senior-care home marks 100 years (Home News Tribune)
NEW BRUNSWICK — Hen- rietta Parker would be proud that the nursing home she founded in her husband's memory has carried on its long-standing tradition of high-quality senior-care services for a century.

senior calendar (Home News Tribune)
Carteret Community Seniors Inc.: Trips — Atlantic City: Nov. 12, Dec. 12 and Dec. 27. Call Dorothy Bamburak (732) 541-2174. Carteret Senior Citizens Club: Trips — Atlantic City first Wednesday every month, bus leaves Senior Center 11 a.m. Nov. 14, Dec. 12 and Dec. 27. Christmas Show, Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Dec. 11. Cost is $68. Call Al Evans (732) 969-2582.

Signs of Elder Abuse (Westerly Sun)
Karen Hawthorn of Westerly Adult Day Services shares the forms and symptoms of elder abuse - and what you can do about it.

Senior not to blame for death (CNews)
The 82 year old who beat his seniors' lodge roommate to death was found not criminally responsible for the act yesterday. But the elder-care system in the province was indicted by a defence lawyer and seniors' advocate as being ill-equipped to handle high-risk geriatric patients.

Lambert Named Senior VP-Compliance Uni-Ter Underwriting Management Corp. (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
Jeri Lambert, an insurance executive with more than 25 years in the business, has been named Senior Vice President-Compliance at Uni-Ter Underwriting Management Corporation, a leading administrator of Risk Retention Groups, captives, and other alternative insurance mechanisms.

By MIKE REUTHER (Williamsport Sun Gazette)
With local and state officials present, the ceremonial ribbon was snipped Wednesday for Albright LIFE, a senior care center. “It’s an exciting moment,” Albright Care Services President Seneca S. Foote said.

Mercy Care looks to future (Rome News-Tribune)
Organizing a support group for seniors with custody of their grandchildren is just one of the missions at Mercy Senior Care .“Some of our grandparents are in their 80s raising first graders,” said Elizabeth Molina, clinical manager at the agency. Support groups meet twice a month in Rome to assist these grandparents, many who may be unfamiliar with today’s school systems, allowing them a venue ...

Senior care center renovations begin (Williamsport Sun Gazette)
With local and state officials present, the ceremonial ribbon was snipped Wednesday for Albright LIFE, a senior care center. “It’s an exciting moment,” Albright Care Services President Seneca S. Foote said.

Senior admitted he killed man, court hears (CNews)
CALGARY -- A dementia-ridden senior confided that he'd beaten to death his roommate at his northwest long-term care home, court heard yesterday. City police Const.

Suspects in Patient Deaths Facing Manslaughter Charges (KCRA TheKCRAChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
Four people accused in the deaths of three elder care patients last year are each facing three charges of manslaughter. Three elderly residents were killed when a fire surrounded the Citrus Heights residential facility. Investigators said the victims didn't have a chance to make it out of the building. Two of the victims were restrained illegally to a bed and the other victim was restrained to ...

Suspects in Patient Deaths Facing Manslaughter Charges (KCRA 3 Sacramento)
Four people accused in the deaths of three elder care patients last year are facing manslaughter charges.

Elder care program could have helped prevent senior citizen's death (KXLY-TV Spokane)
SPOKANE -- The caretaker of an elderly Spokane woman found lying in maggots and feces now faces manslaughter charges and new revelations Thursday show that it didn’t have to get to this point if her caretaker had sought out help that was available within the community.

New way to care (Something Jewish)
A new £40m development that will incorporate a care home, day centre for senior citizens and offices for Jewish charity Jewish Care has received planning permission to be built in Golders Green, north west London.

Nursing care patients return home (Los Angeles Times)
Most evacuations of senior facilities amid the San Diego County fires went as planned, health officials say. When Valerie Grimsinger and other residents of her Rancho Bernardo nursing home returned Thursday morning from a three-day evacuation, they were greeted with smiley-face balloons and large signs that said, "Welcome Back."

Signs of Elder Abuse (Westerly Sun)
Karen Hawthorn of Westerly Adult Day Services shares the forms and symptoms of elder abuse - and what you can do about it.

A 'Yes' to senior services levy (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Hamilton County voters will have the opportunity to vote on the Elderly Services Levy, but shouldn't let the issue's name fool them. This levy provides direct assistance to 8,000 senior citizens but is no less a godsend for their families. It deserves support.

SENIOR FACILITY IN WORKS Some upset they weren't notified of in-home care plans (Contra Costa Times)
By Meera Pal STAFF WRITER PLEASANTON -- With a state license pending and construction close to complete, a group of Pleasanton residents recently learned an in-home senior care facility will soon open on their quiet, dead-end street.

Operation Care Package (Newport News-Times)
Operation Care Package returns once again to the Senior Fair, taking place Tuesday and Wednesday at Chinook Winds Casino. Donations of cash and products are being accepted by Operation Care Package for troops stationed overseas during the holidays.

Senior Citizen Obese at 65 Will See Lifespan Shrink, Cost Society More (Senior Journal)
Oct. 26, 2007 - Health care analysts predict an epidemic of weight-related diseases, as more baby boomers become senior citizens. A new study warns that the cost of treating such diseases through publicly funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid could increase significantly.

Hospice care less popular among minority groups (USA Today)
More Americans than ever before choose hospice care when faced with terminal illness, but it's an option more often bypassed by black and other minority groups, including Asians and Hispanics. The reasons include mistrust of the medical profession, language and other cultural barriers plus myths about cost.

Bill to combat elder abuse gathers dust on Capitol Hill (Chicago Tribune)
Jennifer Coldren of Rome, N.Y., summoned her courage and traveled to the nation's capital in July to tell Congress about the rape of her now 91-year-old grandmother in a nursing home a year ago.

Signs of Elder Abuse (Westerly Sun)
Karen Hawthorn of Westerly Adult Day Services shares the forms and symptoms of elder abuse - and what you can do about it.

Hospital says patient burned in intensive care unit (Detroit Free Press)
DETROIT -- A patient is being treated in the burn unit of a Detroit-area hospital following a fire in another facility's intensive care unit.


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