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Elder Care News 02/2009

Will family's 4th generation at GM be its last? (AP via Yahoo! News)
As a 10-year-old, Rollin Green was awestruck when he saw the line of hulking orange-and-silver robotic arms swinging with rhythmic precision during his first visit to an auto plant. But something impressed him even more:

Ottowa Senators Team Report (USA Today)
The Senators are dealing with an identity crisis. Some nights they look as if they aren't working hard enough, causing their supporters to question their heart and integrity.

Senior housing complex plans major expansion (Daily Press)
The county's rising senior population needs additional affordable housing, an agency exec says. Bay Aging hopes to build 100 more affordable housing units for senior citizens in Gloucester County by 2012.

Disruptive Innovation, Applied to Health Care (New York Times)
Technological advances are making it possible to envision a health care system that provides more individualized care without necessarily increasing costs, some experts say.

Aging Baby Boomers Spike Demand for Care Givers (KARK Little Rock)
Local experts fear that the demand for senior care services will soon outpace the supply of qualified professional caregivers. Creating a potential crisis for families and their senior loved ones.

CNN Student News Transcript: February 2, 2009 (CNN)
February 2, 2009

Memorial Hermann makes Top 100 list for heart care (The Woodlands Villager)
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital was recently named to the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care list for the second year in a row.

Fans' hearts swell after Steelers' win (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
TAMPA, Fla. -- With the Arizona Cardinals leading and time running out on Steelers fans' dream of a sixth Super Bowl title, Tricia Elder glanced at her 12-year-old son, Michael, seated next to her

Serena Senior Care Announces New Consulting Services for Development of Senior Living Projects In Mexico (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Services will provide investors access to industry leaders from the US in Mexico for the successful development of Senior Living and Care projects. Serena Senior Care announces new consulting services for new Senior Living developments in Mexico. Depending on the engagement, and where appropriate, Serena will team with REES Associates, Inc. and Moore Diversified Services, Inc. The new services ...

Senior Citizen Becomes a Guerilla Organizer to Protect Long-Term Care Insurance Benefits (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Bill Silverman, a 74-year-old resident in assisted living in Massachusetts, finds himself representing the interests of 171,000 seniors in the U.S. who are holding long-term care insurance policies

Iroquois High School Scholars Weigh in on Health Care (East Aurora Advertiser)
On Thurs., Jan. 15, the Erie 1 BOCES New Visions: Connections Health Related Careers class held a debate at Kaleida's Millard Fillmore Hospital in Williamsville. The debate was titled "Health Care in American Society Today."

Plan for care before funds run out — the $50,000 problem (Daily Local News)
Some dilemmas reoccur with such frequency, I give them a name. This is true of the “$50,000 problem.” For some families, $50,000 may be $75,000 or $20,000 or nothing but for many, it seems that, at about the $50,000 point in liquid assets, families with parents or spouses in assisted living or, for that matter, in private nursing homes that do not take Medicaid, begin to worry that someday they ...

TMH expects charity care to increase (The Tomah Journal)
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported that the amount of charity care and bad debt at Wisconsin hospitals grew significantly in 2008. In light of a struggling economy, Tomah Memorial Hospital has seen an increase in the amount of charity care and bad debt the past two years. But the hospital does not expect its commitment to the community to change, even if the economy continues to spiral, ...

Hospital staff recognized in new donation program (Victoria Times Colonist)
Hospital stays can be difficult, but many patients come away with special admiration for the nurses, doctors and others they encounter.

UMass Memorial Health Care Selects dbMotion for Unified and Interoperable Patient Record (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
PITTSBURGH----dbMotion, a provider of health interoperability and intelligence solutions, has been chosen by UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver its interoperability and intelligence system to create a single electronic, interoperable patient record across numerous information technology environments and care areas.

Reported number of Cuban political prisoners dips (AP via Yahoo! News)
The number of political prisoners held in Cuba continues to fall gradually, but brief detentions of activists have soared under President Raul Castro's rule, with more than 1,500 documented last year, the island's leading independent rights group said Monday.

HEALTH CARE (Central New York Business Journal)
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) last week cut 1,150 positions from its work force of 32,000, a reduction of about 3.5 percent.

Anna Maria named 'Lifetime' community (The Anna Maria Islander)
Thanks to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Anna Maria can now officially add the words “Community for a Lifetime” to its name.

Every hospital in England to get senior dementia specialist (Times Online)
A senior doctor is to be put in charge of overseeing dementia care in every hospital in England as part of a government drive to improve diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

Sunrise Senior Living Helps Families Explore Senior Care Financing Options with New Guide (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Affording Senior Living: The Financial Options Guide Now Available at Sunrise Communities and Online -

Next Steps: Long-term care spurs family fighting (Naples Daily News)

Beds crisis victim 'was in great pain' (Gulf Daily News)
A SICKLE cell anaemia patient, who died at the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) last Sunday after allegedly not being accommodated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), writhed in pain for several hours and then collapsed, his ward mates said yesterday.

Medical SOS (BBC News)
Stricken Gaza hospital buckles under the strain

Green Houses turn a new leaf in nursing home care (Dallas Morning News)
LONGVIEW – Justine Mercer refused to leave her room when she moved into Holly House. It wasn't her nature to keep to herself, but she had disliked her previous nursing home and just assumed her new surroundings would be no better.

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. Play for Fun Introductory Class , ...

Every hospital and care home to get dementia 'tsar' (Daily Mail)
Every hospital and care home to get dementia 'tsar'

Top doctors to oversee dementia care (Independent)
A senior doctor will oversee dementia care in every hospital in England under new government plans to be announced today.

PACE facility helping give care to seniors (WSLS Newschannel 10 Roanoke)
LYNCHBURG - Denise Skinner put her job on hold when her mother suffered a stroke in November. As primary caregiver, the Evington native was swamped with a host of new responsibilities, from driving her mother to doctor’s appointments to managing her long list of medications.

Plan for care before funds run out — the $50,000 problem (Daily Local News)
Some dilemmas reoccur with such frequency, I give them a name. This is true of the “$50,000 problem.” For some families, $50,000 may be $75,000 or $20,000 or nothing but for many, it seems that, at about the $50,000 point in liquid assets, families with parents or spouses in assisted living or, for that matter, in private nursing homes that do not take Medicaid, begin to worry that someday they ...

Long-term-care calamity? — Securing sound seniors digs a dilemma: Espanola General Hospital CEO (The Sault Star)
Securing senior housing is a growing challenge for several regional hospitals and nursing homes, including Espanola General Hospital, says CEO Ray Hunt. "The Espanola General [...]

Senior Citizens Who Fall into Medicare Drug Program’s Donut Hole Decrease Use of Meds (Senior Journal)
Feb. 3, 2009 – Senior citizens enrolled in Medicare Part D who reached the gap in prescription drug coverage known as the "donut hole" were much less likely to continue their prescription drugs than those with an employer-based plan, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study.

England call up Harry Ellis after injury to Danny Care (Daily Telegraph)
Leicester scrumhalf brought back into senior squad for Six Nations opener against Italy after injury to Danny Care.

Why Mitt Romney Should Replace Daschle at HHS (Time Magazine)
He is someone who has shown that, on this issue, he can work pragmaticallyacross party lines, and he's the only person in America who has ever puttogether and passed a universal health care plan.

As Nominee Trips, Health Care Drive Suffers a Setback (New York Times)
The collapse of Tom Daschle?s cabinet nomination deprived President Obama of an unusually well equipped architect to lead the campaign to reshape the nation?s health care system.

As Daschle trips, Obama's health care drive suffers setback (International Herald Tribune)
The collapse of Tom Daschle's nomination deprived President Barack Obama of a valuable leader in his health care reform.

SeniorCareMarketer.com Helps Companies Promote Their Services to Growing Senior Care Marketplace (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
New Internet marketing tool helps senior care marketing pros generate publicity, website traffic, sales leads and improved search engine rankings

SeniorsForLiving.com Emerges as a Leader in Online Lead Generation for Senior Housing and Senior Care Options (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Targeted Content and Comprehensive Resources Attract Seniors and Baby Boomers

Coaching connections kept in family (The Montana Standard)
It takes a special breed of person to be a coach. Hard work, long hours, low pay and infrequent encouragement all add up to a person who really must care about what he or she is doing.

Four metro long-term-care facilities purchased. (Denver Post)
The Ensign Group Inc. of Mission Viejo, Calif., has acquired four long-term-care facilities in the metro area.

CCCA's closing worries residents (The Staunton News Leader)
STAUNTON — Questions regarding the private sector's ability to provide adequate patient care in the event of the closing of the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents dominated the first meeting of the advisory committee tasked to deal with the proposed move.

Bill Lively Joins Baylor Health Care System Foundation as Senior Strategic Development Consultant (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
Lively Managed $350 Million Fundraising Campaign for Dallas Center for the

Ones to watch in retirement issues (Long Island Business News)
Bronwyn M. Black Partner Black and Black Bronwyn M. Black is a partner at the brother-and-sister law firm based in Melville, focusing on elder law including trusts and estates, guardianships, Medicaid, nursing homes and wills.  Prior to entering private practice she served as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Black graduated cum laude [...]

The Yaz family craft (Boston Globe)
When Carl Yastrzemski slips quietly through a back door of DB's Baseball and Softball Instructional Academy, the baseballs stop bouncing.

Reward Offered in Queens Elder-Attack Case (1010 WINS New York)
A reward is being offered for information on the intruder who attacked an 86-year-old New York City woman while she was in bed.

Senior citizens get help cleaning storm debris (KFSM Ft. Smith-Fayetteville)
SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Some senior citizens across Northwest Arkansas are having a hard time taking care of all the damage to their homes and yards. Jerry Paasch has lived in Springdale with his wife Elinor since 1971, and says they never expected to see a disaster like last week's ice storm.

Genesis HealthCare Promotes Wendy LaBate To Senior Vice President of Operations for the Northeast Area (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Genesis HealthCare, a provider of long-term care services in New England for more than 25 years, announced today that Wendy LaBate has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations for the Northeast Area.

Nominee Slip Hurts Health Care Drive (New York Times)
The collapse of Tom Daschle?s nomination deprived President Obama of a leader in his campaign to reform health care.

Bonnie Lowenthal addresses senior care (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Assemblywoman addressed the effect of the economic crisis on senior center operators and advocates for the aged at conference in Sacramento.

Bremerton Facility Aims to Fill Void Left by Adult Day Center's Departure (The Kitsap Sun)
The idea came after Elder and Adult Day Services moved to Bainbridge, says the new center's administrator.

Senior Seminars (KIDK TV Idaho Falls)
Local senior citizens have a new resource in finding information about long-term care insurance.

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