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Elder Care News 10/2008



Economic downturn hits Hawaii senior citizens (KHNL News 8 Honolulu)
KAILUA (KHNL) - These tough economic times are filled with stories of hardship and struggle. Tuesday, we profile an Oahu senior who hopes for congressional action to help safeguard her financial future as well as those of others.

Consumer staples, health care perform (Rocky Mountain News)
Mutual funds focusing on defensive stocks - health care and consumer staples - were among the few winning categories in the third quarter as more turbulence swept across Wall Street and left investors with shrinking portfolios.

Glenside chamber forum focuses on health care (Times Chronicle & Glenside News)
The Greater Glenside Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum discussing health care Sept. 25 at Glenside Memorial Hall.

S.F.: Sidewalk around senior center fixed (San Francisco Chronicle)
RESULTS: DAY 78 Sidewalk fixed in S.F.: At an elder-care facility near Rizal Street on Tuesday afternoon, two men played a word game involving Chinese letters. Elderly men and women sat nearby in wheelchairs. Around the corner, a senior with a walker made her...

Falls Prevention week a success (The Union)
The Falls Prevention and Elder Care Providers Coalitions have many people to thank for contributing to a successful Falls Prevention Week.

Medicare, insurers to stick hospitals with bad care's cost (The Toledo Blade)
Medicare will no longer reimburse hospitals to care for patients who fall and hurt themselves while staying in the facilities. The same will be true for Medicare recipients who contract urinary tract infections from catheters. And hospitals can forget about getting Medicare money to treat severe bedsores developed during patient stays - or for blood clots in deep leg veins after total knee ...

Helping Hands (Modesto Bee)
Hospice officials said that in-home care and adult day health care programs are available so caregivers can have a break. The campaign also is providing information on support groups and services that provide transportation to medical appointments.

Fallout 3 Hands-On (AskMen)
Oct 1st, 2008 - Just so you know, the following preview was written about the PC version of Fallout 3. If you came here expecting an Xbox 360 preview and don't care about PC details, skip the next three paragraphs. Otherwise, read on.Fallout 3 isn't exactly an unknown.

State's QEaX plan cheaper, better care (Honolulu Advertiser)
Bright yellow envelopes being delivered to more than 37,000 of Hawai'i's senior citizens and people with disabilities may hold the key to the state's goal of improving their health.

Rotarians help beautify Maui elder care facility (Honolulu Advertiser)
Kahului Rotary Club members worked with Hale Makua residents over the weekend to beautify the courtyards at the long-term-care facility.

Elizabeth Edwards talks health care today (The News & Observer)
Elizabeth Edwards will lead a roundtable discussion today in Carrboro as she resumes her focus on health care reform following her husband's admission of infidelity.

Farkas, Knights take care of business (South Bend Tribune)
MISHAWAKA -- Claire Farkas did her part to keep Marian's hopes for another NIC volleyball title alive Tuesday night.

Examine the World Wound Care Products Market (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report related to the Medical devices industry is available in its catalogue.

NAHS senior helping senator with health-care legislation (This Week New Albany)
Last year Trent Kim aced the SATs with a perfect score, 2400. This year the New Albany High School senior is taking on politics.

7 Reasons to Consider Traveling for Medical Care (US News & World Report)
Medical tourists have different reasons for traveling abroad for care. Here's why they do it.

Handling Hamels with care will help Phillies' chances (Fox Sports)
Cole Hamels could've finished Game 1. But Ken Rosenthal says it was more important for the Phillies to handle their ace with care.

Home Care Nurse Ordered To Pay Back $39,000 (Hernando Today)
BROOKSVILLE - A home care nurse accused of bilking senior citizens will pay back $39,000 during the next 10 years of her probation period. Barbara Smith, 62, chose a plea bargain in circuit court on Wednesday instead of her trial date today.

Price tag up, senior center to get 2d look (Boston Globe)
First came the sticker shock. Now Town Meeting will be asked to decide, for a second time, whether to revamp the town's senior center, after a recent cost estimate came in at $6.3 million - a whopping $2 million more than voters had approved last spring.

Bomb scare a false alarm in Laconia (The Citizen of Laconia)
LACONIA — A phoned-in bomb scare temporarily disrupted life at the Genesis Elder Care nursing home on Blueberry Lane yesterday afternoon, but police didn't find anything during their check of the building.

Health care fraud a growing threat (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
CEDAR FALLS --- A rapidly aging population in Iowa could create ideal conditions for health care fraud to pour in from the coastal states and flourish, experts said at Medicare fraud forum Monday.

DeFrancisco to host Senior Fair in Geddes (The Post-Standard)
Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, will host a Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the state fairgrounds in Geddes. The informational fair is free and open to all Central New York seniors, their families, caregivers and friends.

New Healthsense Video to Premier at AHCA/NCAL 59th Annual Convention and Expo on Oct. 5-8 (Centre Daily Times)
Healthsense, Inc., a market leader in providing technology solutions for the future of aging services, will premier a new five-minute video about the company at the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 59th Annual Convention and Expo being held from Oct. 5-8 in Nashville, Tenn.

Nation's Leaders on Dementia and Family Caregiving Gather at Thomas Jefferson University to Explore 'A New Age in ... (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
More than 200 leading healthcare professionals representing a broad cross section of service providers gathered at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia to share their knowledge and participate in a summit focused on new models of care for those suffering from dementia.

‘We Care’ program would look after Copley senior citizens (West Side Leader & South Side News Leader)
Under a proposed “We Care” program, Copley Township senior citizens who live alone would have someone to look out for them even if family and friends are far away.

Senior SCIOinspire Executive Unveils Groundbreaking Book on Financial Evaluation of Care Management Programs (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
HARTFORD, Conn.----SCIOinspire, Corp. is pleased to announce the launch of a groundbreaking book on the financial management and evaluation of care management programs, authored by Ian Duncan, FSA, FIA, FCIA, MAAA, president and founder of Solucia Consulting, a SCIOinspire company.

Senior SCIOinspire Executive Unveils Groundbreaking Book on Financial Evaluation of Care Management Programs (Centre Daily Times)
SCIOinspire, Corp. is pleased to announce the launch of a groundbreaking book on the financial management and evaluation of care management programs, authored by Ian Duncan, FSA, FIA, FCIA, MAAA, president and founder of Solucia Consulting, a SCIOinspire company. Released this week by ACTEX Publications, Managing and Evaluating Healthcare Intervention Programs represents essential reading for ...

Free Flu Shots For Senior Citizens (Garden City News)
In cooperation with the Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs and Nassau Health Care Corporation, Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre is offering free Influenza Vaccinations to Nassau County residents aged 60 and above. Flu shots will be available on Tuesday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Merrimack Valley in a minute (The Eagle-Tribune)
LAWRENCE — The 2008 RiverWalk to benefit Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley steps off Sunday. The 6K run starts at 10 a.m. from Elder Services offices at 360 Merrimack St. (Building 5), and proceeds along the Merrimack River. The route has been certified by Yankee Timing and is one of only three 6K races in Massachusetts. Medals will be awarded in various age categories.

Free elder law seminars to provide information on rights (The Globe Gazette)
DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Elder Affairs and Iowa Legal Aid’s Legal Hotline for Older Iowans are presenting a series of free Elder Law seminars Oct. 14 and 21.

Vt., Mont., N.H., best for palliative care (UPI)
NEW YORK, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Vermont, Montana and New Hampshire are the best states for those most seriously ill to get palliative care, officials of a watchdog group said.

Elder abuse alleged at assisted-living facility (Los Angeles Times)
Four former employees were arrested after a tipster told a widow that her husband had been punched and tormented by an employee the night he died at Silverado Senior Living facility in Calabasas. Four former employees of an upscale Calabasas assisted-living facility were arrested Thursday on suspicion of elder abuse stemming from the suspicious death of an 80-year-old resident last year, ...

How to Know When Mom or Dad Need Long-term Care? (Palatka Daily News)
(ARA) - When Jody found her grandmother Florence, a strong, 77-year-old woman affectionately called "Mama", vacuuming the front lawn one day, Jody finally decided it was time to move her to a dependent care facility. The decision was not easy.

Summa forum to offer health-care solutions (Akron Beacon Journal)
Summit County's largest employer wants to take a bigger role in pushing for health-care reform on the national level.

Mike Elder, Avon (The Plain Dealer)
Record: 12-4 in two seasons, 49-20 in seven seasons overall. Pep-talk style: "He keeps it pretty relaxed up until game time, then talks about how he played the game when he was in high school. He's not much of a yeller," said Avon quarterback Ryan O'Rourke.

A Groundbreaking day for senior care (The Hants Journal)
More than 100 senior citizens in West Hants have good cause to smile these days...

Does video invade privacy or ensure protection? (Belleville News-Democrat)
Ten years have passed since gerontologist Jacqueline L. DuPont put cameras in the bedrooms of her residential care clients with Alzheimer's. The move was controversial, to put it mildly.

A Groundbreaking day for senior care (The Hants Journal)
More than 100 senior citizens in West Hants have good cause to smile these days...

Attorney Jamie Verdi Establishes Michigan Patient Advocacy Liaison, PLLC, to Serve Nursing Home Patients and Family ... (GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance)
ROCHESTER, Mich., Oct. 3, 2008 -- Jamie M. Verdi, Esq., has established Michigan Patient Advocacy Liaison, PLLC or MI-PAL as a patient advocacy and legal consulting firm specializing in nursing home care, Medicaid/Medicare law, and elder law.

Store plans fundraiser to support Kickapoo State Park (The Champaign News-Gazette)
DANVILLE – Employees' interest in saving a local state park is behind a fundraiser set for Wednesday at a local department store. Elder-Beerman will host Kickapoo Day from noon to 9 p.m. to benefit Kickapoo State Park, with "celebrities" on hand to help at the store in the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.

Additional Allegations Filed Against Elder Care Operator (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
16 Extendicare Skilled Nursing Facilities Named In Wash. Lawsuit

Woman robs senior after making nice at care home (Vancouver Province)
Mounties are trying to track down a woman who befriended a senior in a Coquitlam care home then convinced the victim to hand over her bank card and PIN.

Tricare offers active-duty respite care - Navy News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports - Navy Times (Navy Times)
Tricare will pay for respite care for up to eight hours a day, five days a week for homebound patients who are active-duty service members. The benefit was authorized in the 2008 Defense Authorization Act, and Tricare officials now have the mechanism in place to implement it.

Free elder law seminars to provide information on rights (The Globe Gazette)
DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Elder Affairs and Iowa Legal Aid’s Legal Hotline for Older Iowans are presenting a series of free Elder Law seminars Oct. 14 and 21.

Assisted senior living facility proposed to Spring Lake Park council (Columbia Heights - Fridley Sun-Focus)
Spring Lake Park City Council members and staff reacted positively this month to a proposed senior assisted living facility to be constructed on Osborne Road.

Northeast Philly man charged with raping dying nursing-home patient (Philly.com)
As Upper Darby detectives continue to investigate the murder of 84-year-old Jane Morgan, who was sodomized and smothered to death in her apartment last month, another horrid case of elder sexual abuse has emerged in Delaware County.

How to Know When Mom or Dad Need Long-term Care? (Palatka Daily News)
(ARA) - When Jody found her grandmother Florence, a strong, 77-year-old woman affectionately called "Mama", vacuuming the front lawn one day, Jody finally decided it was time to move her to a dependent care facility. The decision was not easy.

3 pacts near on care for frail elderly (The Buffalo News)
LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Legislature is expected next week to nail down three contracts with Total Senior Care, operator of a new nonprofit program based in Olean that is designed to help the frail elderly maintain their independence as long as possible.

Health-care provides give shot in the arm to Four Corners area (Orlando Sentinel)
FOUR CORNERS — With clinics and health-care centers sprouting along U.S. Highway 27, this far-flung area is being dubbed a "medical destination."

Obama assails McCain over health care proposal (AP via Yahoo! News)
Democrat Barack Obama sharply criticized Republican John McCain's health care proposals Saturday, saying they could force millions of Americans to struggle to buy medical insurance.

New home care licensing law aims to protect senior consumers (Quincy Herald-Whig)
A new licensing law for home care agencies that went into effect this month is designed to improve the quality of care and protect the elderly and others who seek in-home services.


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