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Elder Care News 07/2008



DENNIS LANANE: Senior Link program is a good model (The Herald Bulletin)
Senior link is a partnership with the Anderson Police Department and Madison County Triad. Contrary to stories you may have heard, Senior Link had been in existence for over eight consecutive years in various modes. We are going through another change under Mayor Ockomon’s administration.

Rest home abuse 'saddest thing in world' (The New Zealand Herald)
Have you or your family members experienced abuse in rest homes? Email the Herald Newsdesk A woman who works with victims of elder abuse says she has already seen 26 cases this year, including a woman pushed over by a caregiver and breaking her hip and a patient being given too much medication.

AARP Oklahoma to host health care panel (The Norman Transcript)
AARP Oklahoma will host a special community conversation in Moore as part of its nationwide Divided We Fail campaign to break political gridlock so that all Americans have affordable, quality health care.

SENIOR CALENDAR (The Wichita Eagle)
Butler County Association of Retired School Personnel , for any retired school personnel, 11:30 a.m. today, Andover Pizza Hut Italian Bistro, 307 N. Andover Road, Andover. Call Carol Musick, 316-733-2064, or e-mail [email protected] . Prairie View caregiver group, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Life Care Center of Andover, 621 W. 21st St., Andover. Free. Parenting the Second Time Around, ...

Senior citizen representatives honor Skaggs for 100 years (The Celina Record)
Mary Alice Skaggs has seen and experienced a lot in her 100 years, but the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature presented her with a new honor Friday at Settlers Ridge Care Center in Celina.

Florida obtains judgment in home-care reimbursement case (Sun-Sentinel)
The state has obtained an $8.5 million civil judgment against two owners of a company that sold elder Floridians assisted-living service contracts, then failed to reimburse home health agencies for at-home care, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Monday.

Walberg talks energy, health care with chamber (Battle Creek Enquirer)
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg made a stop in Battle Creek on Monday to talk with Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce staff and board members and to also pitch his ideas on reducing taxes, increasing energy options and independence and cutting health care costs.

She has vision (McKinney Messenger)
Carey Coleman, geriatric care manager/community liaison for Senior Select Home Health Care in McKinney and instructor of the Texercise program in McKinney was one of nine recipients of the DADS Vision Award, presented by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services last week.

Veterans health hearing set for Thursday (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)
The Tupelo meeting will look at using the Green House concept in veteran care.

Maxim Group LLC Appoints Richard H. Kreger Senior Managing Director of Investment Banking (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Maxim Group LLC, a leading full-service mid-tier investment banking, securities and wealth management firm today announced the appointment of Richard H. Kreger, 34, as senior managing director of investment banking.

LaVon Lorene Bakken, 68 (Park Rapids Enterprise)
LaVon Lorene Bakken, 68, of Waubun died Saturday, June 21 in her home under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. She was born June 5, 1940 to Clifford and Marion (Murray) DeGroat in White Earth. She was raised and attended school in Waubun.

Wellness Team graduates from state community health program (The Patriot Ledger)
A group of nine health-care professionals recently completed a nine-month program that gives Massachusetts communities educational and technical support so they can improve their health-and-wellness programming.

Taking care of business: Family-owned enterprises thrive in Falmouth (The Falmouth Bulletin)
A child sits cross-legged on a carpeted floor. A mother and  three children wait on a dock for a boat. A man selects a salmon filet  for a favorite  recipe. These ordinary activities have been repeated day after day for decades, but what makes them exceptional is that they are carried out in family-owned Falmouth businesses that have survived and continue to thrive in this age of ...

Health Care REIT prices stock offer at $44.50 each (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health Care REIT Inc., a real estate investment trust focused on health care and senior housing properties, said Tuesday it will sell four million of its common shares to the public at $44.50 each, in line with the stock's closing price Monday.

Fire at San Jose senior care facility quickly controlled; no injuries reported (San Jose Mercury News)
SAN JOSE - San Jose firefighters this morning brought a single-alarm fire at a senior care facility in the southern part of the city quickly under control.

Job Fair in Short Gap ‘great opportunity’ for careers (Mineral Daily News-Tribune)
 Local residents hoping for jobs and/or training in West Virginia’s expanding health care and human services industry will be able to get information at a career fair in Short Gap, W.Va. on Tuesday, July 8th.

Senior day care center survives (KXAN 36 Austin)
AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- There is good news Tuesday night for a unique day care center in Williamson County. The center, located near Downtown Round Rock, was facing funding problems and the very real possibility of closing down.

Find the Best Elder Care for Mom and Dad (Elk Grove Citizen)
(ARA) - Her home used to be spotless, but now Mom has trouble doing the most basic housekeeping tasks. Dad is increasingly absent minded, even forgetting to pay his utility bills. Is it time to find help caring for your aging parent or elderly spouse?

She has vision (McKinney Messenger)
Carey Coleman, geriatric care manager/community liaison for Senior Select Home Health Care in McKinney and instructor of the Texercise program in McKinney was one of nine recipients of the DADS Vision Award, presented by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services last week.

DON MCNEAL (Mobile Press-Register)
GULF SHORES — Don McNeal's outstanding college and pro football careers almost didn't happen. He wasn't interested. As a student at Escambia County High in Atmore, his after-school time was spent behind a plow working the fields and taking care of a number of other chores.

Care Investment Trust Inc. Announces a $100.8 Million Investment in a Portfolio of Senior Housing Facilities (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Care Investment Trust Inc. , today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Care YBE Subsidiary LLC , acquired 12 senior housing facilities from affiliates of Eby Realty Group, L.L.C. for $100.8 million.

Homewatch CareGivers, Largest, Most Experienced International Franchise Provider of In-Home Care Services, Offers Six ... (Centre Daily Times)
When Homewatch CareGivers, the largest, most experienced international franchise provider of in-home care, opens six new territories in San Antonio for purchase in July, Dave Cooley, director, franchise development, will enjoy a brief homecoming. More importantly, he'll enjoy bringing a solution to his former community for home care problems that nagged at his own family when, from long ...

Pa. health care cost council takes political hit (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council - nationally known for reporting on the quality and cost of medical care across the state - is now itself in critical condition.

Homewatch CareGivers, Largest, Most Experienced International Franchise Provider of In-Home Care Services, Offers Six ... (Fox News)
Former San Antonio Native and Retired USAF Pilot "Cool Breeze" Cooley Leads New Sales Efforts to Bring Quality Care to Families with Caregiving Problems

Senior Housing Properties Trust Announces Sale of Three Properties and Amendment of Certain Leases (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEWTON, Mass.----Senior Housing Properties Trust today announced the sale of three properties to Five Star Quality Care, Inc. for approximately $21.4 million and the amendment of certain leases.

Wicker plans hearing on health care for veterans (The Clarion-Ledger)
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and staff from the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs will discuss Thursday in Tupelo the using of the Green House concept of elder care in the national health system for aging veterans.

Searching for care for a 21-year-old stroke patient (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
When a massive stroke left Bobby Peterson, the former Cardinal Newman football player, immobile, it set off a family quest to find help in an unresponsive health-care system.

Paramount Health Care Company Partners With Silverchair Learning Systems (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
Paramount Health Care Company, a leading senior care organization headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, has partnered with Silverchair Learning Systems to implement a comprehensive Learning Management System for their organizations employee training.

Sen. Wicker Plans Hearing On Health Care (WAPT Jackson)
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker is set to discuss health care for veterans Thursday in Tupelo.

VIHA told to release plan for senior care changes (Nanaimo Daily News)
Before going forward with closing 346 long-term care seniors' beds on the Island, claims the Health Employees' Union, the Vancouver Island Health Authority must disclose more detailed waiting lists, and whether any further beds will be closed.

Program assists in elder care disputes (The Newton Kansan)
A program designed in Harvey County called ElderCare seeks to help resolve these conflicts by bringing stakeholders together through mediation.

USA Today Features Reports on Challenges Faced by Senior Citizens from Ballooning Prices (Senior Journal)
July 2, 2008 – USA Today has begun a series of reports focusing on the financial struggle faced by many of America’s senior citizens as they fight to survive ballooning food, gasoline and health care prices on a fixed income.

Elder Services of Merrimack Valley earns national award (Amesbury News)
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley has been awarded a 2008 National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Achievement award in the Home/Community-Based Care category for its Compulsive Hoarding Project.

Tucson troops show appreciation for care packages (FOX 11 Tucson)
The local senior living community Atria Bell Court Gardens has included dozens of T-shirts in weekly care packages sent to Arizona servicemen and servicewomen serving in Iraq. The shirts were sent by the Gardens’ Support Our Troops organization in partnership with Captain Richard Harper of the Tucson Police Department, and were designed and paid for by TPD.

Marine, 23, Is Found Dead at California Base (Washington Post)
Sgt. Sean Webster served two tours in Iraq, was awarded two Purple Hearts and was severely wounded by shrapnel from an explosion in 2005. Afterward, he endured more than 10 surgeries and relentless physical therapy, and was working to make sure other wounded veterans got the care they needed.

Pa. health care cost council takes political hit (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council - nationally known for reporting on the quality and cost of medical care across the state - is now itself in critical condition.

Death initiative petitions filed (Seattle Times)
Supporters of an initiative that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication for terminally ill patients to end their lives said they have turned in 320,000 signatures, which likely will qualify I-1000 for the fall ballot. Opponents say the law lacks sufficient safeguards and makes suicide easier to get than health care. Supporters say people want choices about how they end their lives.

WNY hospital care rated No. 1 (The Buffalo News)
The Buffalo Niagara region has been ranked by a national health care information company as the nation's best market for the value of hospital care.

Most Patients Happy With German Health Care (NPR)
German health benefits are very generous, and there's usually little or no wait to get elective surgery or diagnostic tests, such as MRIs. It's one of the best health care systems in the world. It's visible in little ways that most Germans take for granted.

Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT Acquires Senior Care Portfolio 1 in Calif. (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT, Inc. today announced it has completed its acquisition of Senior Care Portfolio 1 with the addition of two skilled nursing facilities in California.

Find the Best Elder Care for Mom and Dad (Richfield Reaper)
(ARA) - Her home used to be spotless, but now Mom has trouble doing the most basic housekeeping tasks. Dad is increasingly absent minded, even forgetting to pay his utility bills. Is it time to find help caring for your aging parent or elderly spouse?

Plans revealed for new EG Senior Center (Elk Grove Citizen)
Photo by Keri Wood - Peggy Forseth-Andrews shows the location of 19.78 acres on Poppy Ridge Road that the future Senior Center will be built at the June 23 community meeting at the Jesse Wright Suites.

Call for regulation of elderly care workers after gagging (Wairarapa Times-Age)
The gagging of a rest home resident in Auckland has sparked an urgent Wairarapa call to regulate elderly care workers nationally to prevent abuse.

Religion Briefs (Pasadena Star-News)
Church to hold informal chats SOUTH PASADENA - "One might call it `Coffee Hour on the Green,"' says Elder Chuck Latting, evangelism chairman of Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1050 Fremont Ave.

Independence Day Warning! What To Do About Senior Falls Before It's Too Late, Says www.MedicalAlertZone.com, ... (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Home safety website www.MedicalAlertZone.com shares fall prevention tips and facts on senior falls; Injuries in the home posing a threat to older adults maintaining their independence and how medical alert systems are providing effective solutions.

Financial elder abuse suspect faces up to a year in jail (The Eureka Reporter)
Category: Local News Topics: (none) A 44-year-old woman arrested in early June after allegedly stealing $4,000 from an elderly woman in Fortuna pleaded guilty this week to felony financial elder abuse and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine. She faces up to a year in jail as part of the probation terms and will owe restitution to the victim, the Humboldt County District Attorney’s ...

Government Vision For Primary And Community Care Lays Down Challenge To Health Professionals, Says The King's Fund (Medical News Today)
Responding to Our vision for Primary and Community Care, published by the Department of Health as part of the Next Stage Review of the NHS, Chief Executive of The King's Fund, Niall Dickson, said: 'We welcome this strategy - patients place enormous value on the care they receive from family doctors

Top prize worth $5,000 in essay contest (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
Home Instead Senior Care is sponsoring the Caring Today magazines third annual Give a Caregiver a Break essay contest. The contest will award $16,000 in free caregiving services to the winning essay writers.

Ontario nursing homes poorly staffed: experts (CTV.ca)
Ontario should look to the example set by Nordic countries and turn its understaffed, institutional long-term care homes into community homes, geriatric experts say.

Staffing key to better nursing home care: Experts (Toronto Star)
Ontario should look to the example set by Nordic countries and turn its understaffed, institutional long-term care homes, where residents are more likely to be restrained and medicated, into small community homes where staff have the time to drink coffee with their elderly charges, geriatric experts say.


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