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Elder Care News 08/2008

Lingle must enable work of long-term care panel (Honolulu Advertiser)
Home is where the heart is, but too often it's not where enough of Hawaiçi's elderly residents find themselves in their later years.

2008 10 Who Care Awards (WAVY 10)
What is the 10 Who Care Awards? The 10 Who Care Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes individuals throughout the area performing great public service, but largely without recognition.

3 wild and crazy guys take Key West by storm (Miami Herald)
Sometimes the best part about being single is the ability to be spontaneous. There are no strings attached (unless you have to get care for a pet). There are no worries or second thoughts. You just go and see what happens.

Nutrition Is The Bedrock Of Good Care, Says Help The Aged, UK (Medical News Today)
Reacting to figures obtained by the Conservatives, which show the number of errors relating to poor nutrition in NHS hospitals has almost doubled in two years, Charlotte Potter, Senior Policy Officer at Help the Aged, says: "A high increase like this might be a result of better reporting of errors, which would be a good thing.

'If we can get away with this' (Casper Star-Tribune)
Law enforcement faces several barriers in identifying, prosecuting and preventing elder abuse, experts said Thursday.

Check out activities at Bonner Senior Center (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
PORTAGE | Bonner Senior Center, 5800 Lexington Ave., offers a variety of activities for senior citizens. An annual membership is $10. Participants must be 55 years or older. For information about Bonner Senior Center, call (219) 762-1522 or 762-3591.

Care home official says she's off the hook (The Peterborough Examiner)
A senior official at St. Joseph's at Fleming feels she's been exonerated by an investigation by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, but the Canadian Union of Public Employees says it wants to see the details of the investigation. CUPE Local 2280 filed a complaint on July [...]

Salutes (Honolulu Advertiser)
Eight kupuna were recently honored for service within their communities by the state Executive Office on Aging and the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs. They are: Irene Nagao and Tom Poy of Hawai'i County; Naoko Ho and Richard Kashiwabara of Kaua'i County; Gwendolyn Ewalani Shim and Gordon Cockett of Maui County; and Gladys Takamoto and Norberto Baysa, M.D., of Honolulu County.

Nigeria: Presidency Tasks Niger Delta On New Values (AllAfrica.com)
The Minister of Special Duties in the Presidency, Elder Godsay Orubebe, has enjoined all stake holders in the Oil and Gas industry in the Niger Delta region to come together and embrace what he called the "new thinking" of the administration of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, towards alleviating the many developmental challenges facing the people of the area.

New mosque offers convenient location as center for faith (The Wilmington Star-News)
About 15 men prayed in a room downstairs near the elder brother, a Muslim male who led the service. It was the Friday lunchtime holy service of the new mosque in town, The Islamic Learning Center, located at 2117 Wrightsville Ave.

Sunrise Senior Living lost $70M in 2007 (BizJournals)
Sunrise Senior Living Inc., which filed its 2007 financial results Thursday, posted a $70.3 million loss for the year. (SRZ)

Day Care Provider's License Revoked (KCTV 5 Kansas City)
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services revokes a Blue Springs' woman's home child care license.

Matt Littman: McCain to America's Youth: "Get Off My Lawn!" (HuffingtonPost)
McCain's ads are not about racism; they are about hope -- the hope that the American people are so stupid that they care more about Paris Hilton than they do about their jobs, the environment, and foreign policy.

Shot bridegroom in intensive care (BBC News)
A critically-ill man shot on his honeymoon is in intensive care in a UK hospital as the body of his wife is also flown home.

Robinson bows to 'elder statesman' Tomkins (Narromine News)
FIVE-TIME Olympian Clint Robinson would be thrilled to carry the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday night, but he tipped that the honour would go to "the elder statesman", rower James Tomkins.

Applications open for program to keep seniors in their homes (Muskogee Phoenix)
TAHLEQUAH—Applications are now being accepted for a program designed to keep people in their communities rather than nursing facilities. The new Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly is a program for people age 55 or more who are eligible for nursing home care.

WCJC to host senior bingo party Monday (El Campo Leader-News)
Wharton County Junior College's Senior Citizen Program is hosting bingo games from 2-3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4 at the WCJC Senior Center in the LaDieu Building, 911 Boling Hwy. Seniors ages 60 or older can enjoy playing bingo with other seniors. Prizes and refreshments will be furnished by Angels Care Home Health.

Senior Living Options Steering Committee Meets For First Time (Nobles County Review)
The purpose of this committee is to investigate new ways of serving our senior population and making improvements to the Sanford Health Care Center.

ELECTION PREVIEW: Tax increase would benefit senior services (Warrenton Journal)
Voters will decide whether to approve the Senior Citizens Service Fund in the Aug. 5 election. If the tax measure passes, it would increase property taxes by 5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to provide services for people 60 and older.

Elder abuse is frequent, but not investigated (Casper Star-Tribune)
Law enforcement faces several barriers in identifying, prosecuting and preventing elder abuse, experts said Thursday.

Brooks Announces Day Care Changes (R News)
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks is making some changes to offset New York State funding cuts to the subsidized day care program. The county said the state fiscal crisis created a $12 million shortfall for the program. Brooks said subsidized day care is a vital program for low income families.

Seniors decry fee hikes for long-term care (C-Health)
Hiking long-term care fees is hard to swallow when it won't boost quality, says the chairman of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society.

Robinson bows to 'elder statesman' Tomkins (Ararat Advertiser)
FIVE-TIME Olympian Clint Robinson would be thrilled to carry the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday night, but he tipped that the honour would go to "the elder statesman", rower James Tomkins.

Myanmar Muslims stay put despite Bangladesh misery (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Shansida Begum finally has a home with four relatively sturdy walls and a roof to keep out southern Bangladesh's heavy monsoon rains.

Birmingham council illegally sent children into care in Jersey, MP report reveals (Daily Mail)
At least five children were illegally placed in care on Jersey by Birmingham social services, which then lost track of them, an inquiry by an MP has revealed.

Continuing-care retirement facilities are increasingly popular with seniors (The Kansas City Star)
Bob and Jean Weinfeld say they've just made the last move of their lives. The older couple sold their house in Richardson, Texas, and settled into the Legacy at Willow Bend, a new continuing-care retirement community in Plano, Texas, that offers independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care.

Senior scene (The Standard-Times)
A full list of senior center and council on aging activities will be published the first Sunday of each month, and a condensed version will be published the remaining Sundays. Listings for trip reservations will be published well in advance of the...

Elder Law: Clinical Alzheimer's trial offered in Lee (The News-Press)
Before I begin my update on Medicaid, I wanted to say that a few days ago I received an e-mail from David D. Michie, Ph.

Elder abuse is frequent, but not investigated (Casper Star-Tribune)
Law enforcement faces several barriers in identifying, prosecuting and preventing elder abuse, experts said Thursday.

Heat Affecting Golf Spectators At U.S. Senior Open (KKTV 11 Colorado Springs)
Another day of blistering heat at the U.S. Senior Open. Two are hospitalized for dehydration and are reportedly okay.

Senior village to start construction (Press & Sun-Bulletin)
UNION -- Construction should start within a couple of weeks on Good Shepherd Village at Endwell, a senior citizens' retirement community planned for a 63-acre plot northeast of Sally Piper and Farm to Market roads, said Michael Keenan, president and chief executive officer.

'Good tiredness' can offer a chance to reflect (Inside Bay Area)
Advice, resources and how-to tips on elder care for the Bay Area

Review Madonna’s brother dishes dirt in sad pop memoir (Tacoma News Tribune)
Pop culture is littered with celebrities and their lesser-than siblings. For every Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears, there’s an Ashlee, Ali or Jamie Lynn, yearning to prove they’re talented, too. In some cases, it’s true – Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine, Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, John and Joan Cusack. Occasionally, a younger sibling outshines the elder – Julia and Eric ...

Elder Watch aims to expand help to at-home seniors (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
ALLOUEZ It was two years ago that John Flannery saw a need to help the older population in the village.

Health care REIT looking good (Chicago Sun-Times)
In April 2007, health care facilities owner Ventas (VTR) had what might be called a "senior moment." In a good way. The company grew in size and stature by closing a nearly $2 billion acquisition of senior housing complexes owned by Sunrise Senior Living REIT.

Renovation a boon for elders (Honolulu Advertiser)
This fall, one of the oldest adult care homes in the Islands will wrap up a five-year, $17 million renovation to expand its services and quadruple its skilled nursing home bed space at a time when the need for elder care has never been greater.

Senior Notes (Coppell Gazette)
A Duplicate Bridge Tournament took place at the Coppell Senior Center on July 15. Twenty teams entered the tournament which was led by Tournament Director Ray Pezzillo. Winning first place in the North/South section was the team of Charlene Gilbert and Gene Wuller.

Somerton Senior Center construction slated for October (The Yuma Sun)
SOMERTON - Construction of a new senior center here got a boost this week when the city council approved a site. The council approved locating the center at site at Valle del Desierto senior apartments administered by the nonprofit Housing America Corporation.

Council may privatise care home services over strike (The Herald)
Scotland's largest local authority could withdraw from providing care homes for the elderly if strike action by hundreds of residential workers goes ahead.

Chattanooga: Church to build senior housing (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Chattanooga’s largest church is getting into the senior living business.

Center works to improve senior care (Leader-Telegram)
SPRING VALLEY - Big changes are in store for senior housing, assisted living and a wellness facility in Spring Valley.

Home expands for needs of senior clientele (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Palolo Chinese Home is one of the oldest care homes in the U.S. founded by an Asian community.

Medicaid puts greater responsibility on families for nursing home payments (The Buffalo News)
Elderly or infirm Western New Yorkers seeking to spend down or transfer assets to qualify for Medicaid are finding it increasingly difficult because of changed rules, and a new law will make it even tougher.

MSGas Selects Oracle(R) Utilities Customer Care and Billing to Help Maximize Billing Efficiency (CRM Today)
Oracle today announced that MSGas (http:// http://www.msgas.com.br), a growing gas utility in Brazil, has selected Oracle® Utilities Customer Care and Billing to help streamline billing processes and optimize customer satisfaction.

Caring Community (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung)
The United Way of Comal County hopes to raise $1 million, 2008 campaign chairman Nathan Pence said Friday. The nonprofit aids more than 20 local agencies, including groups devoted to youth and family services, senior citizens and crisis care.

NEWPolice await state findings in elder abuse case (Thomasville Times-Enterprise)
Thomasville police are waiting for state findings in a local abuse case involving an elderly woman and two mentally challenged adults. All were under the care of a man, the woman's son, who has been charged in the case and was released from jail on a $25,000 bond.

Senior Citizens Expo Grows in Monroe County (WNEP 16 Pennsylvania)
A place for senior citizens to get information in the Poconos is growing, as more and more people struggle to make ends meet. This was the seventh year for the Senior Citizens Expo in Monroe County.

Police awaiting state findings in elder abuse case (Thomasville Times-Enterprise)
THOMASVILLE — An elderly woman and two mentally challenged adults, victims in an abuse case opened by Thomasville police in mid-July, are being cared for in a nursing home and an assisted living/personal care home, respectively.

Menomonie council OKs senior care unit (Leader-Telegram)
MENOMONIE - City Council members Monday approved amending a part of the White Pine planned unit development, allowing the construction of a 30-bed memory care unit for senior citizens rather than two four-unit apartment buildings.

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. Andover Senior Center breakfast, ...

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