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MEDecision Webinar Will Examine Care Management Challenges in a Changing Economy (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
WAYNE, Pa.----MEDecision, Inc., a leading provider of collaborative health care management solutions, will host a Webinar to look at the tumultuous economy's impact on health care and how technology can help health care organizations survive and thrive in the ever-changing market.

More senior services turmoil (Silver City Sun-News)
SILVER CITY — Another Grant County Senior Services board member has resigned, and a key employee who resigned is returning.

County cracks down on elder fraud (YourWestValley.com)
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas used a series of indictments announced Monday to highlight his office's "strengthened commitment" to prosecute perpetrators of crimes against the elderly. "Senior citizens have a right to be protected from fraud

Recession or no, aging continues (UPI)
DALLAS, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The recession has not stopped time or aging, a combination that has opened the door for new elder care consulting businesses, U.S. entrepreneurs said.

Son says he shot dad, but real killer was botched care (San Antonio Express-News)
Alex Crank, 75, was shot multiple times by his son at his ranch in Southeast Bexar County on Sept. 14, 2007.

Collaboration aims to reinvent senior care (Red Wing Republican Eagle)
Senior care in Goodhue County would change dramatically - and cost taxpayers less - under a plan revealed Tuesday. Advertisement: Taste of Home Cooking School - Willmar, MN Taste of Home Cooking School Tickets Available Tickets $10.00 Available at: West Central Tribune, 2208 Trott Ave SW, Willmar Cash Wise Foods, 1300 5th Street SE, Willmar Cornerstone Coffee, Skylark Center, Willmar ...

Shanghai completes reform of health care agencies (Interfax)
Shanghai. February 18. INTERFAX-CHINA - Shanghai completed reforming its municipal health bureau and food and drug administration before the end of 2008, a senior Shanghai health official told a press briefing on Feb. 17.

200 people turn out for senior lobby day (The Olympian)
The massive stimulus packaged signed by the president Tuesday includes twice as much money for Washington health care programs as expected.

Dear Abby: Kin, not neighbors, should care for mom (The Columbus Dispatch)
Dear Abby: My elderly mother lives in a rural area.

Culver task force to probe laws on dependent adults (The Des Moines Register)
Gov. Chet Culver on Tuesday established a task force to strengthen state laws on the care and treatment of dependent adults.

Daughter charged with lack of care (The Buffalo News)
A Shepard Avenue woman who was responsible for her elderly parents' care faces charges after authorities Tuesday found their house unheated and with large piles of garbage and animal feces inside, Buffalo police said.

Seniors express fears about health care costs (The Times of Trenton)
PLAINSBORO -- An estimated 6,000 New Jersey residents, many of them senior citizens, flooded the phone banks at a tele-town hall meeting with Gov. Jon Corzine yesterday to express their concerns about the struggle to afford health care amid rising unemployment.

Elder health plan sees criticism (Honolulu Advertiser)
More than 100 people showed up at last night's public town meeting to discuss the new state health plan for low-income patients who are elderly, blind or disabled. The QUEST Expanded Access program, also known as QExA, went into effect on Feb. 1.

Investing in Senior Living (ITNews)
LONDON, February 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The long-term senior living care sector appears resilient with strong profit margins with demographic indicators ensuring that the future looks positive, according to a recent report by Colliers CRE.

Is Senior Care The New Child Care? Home Instead Senior Care Sees Industry Following Same Path As Child Care (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Call it déjà vu or just history repeating itself. But according to Home Instead Senior Care's analysis of trends the same families who were looking for caregiving services 20 years ago are still in need of help - this time for their parents, not their kids.

SFCC Workshop: "Navigating Care Transitions" (Caltech Today)
Families with chronically ill or aging family members are faced with a series of critical turning points in their care. These "care transitions" can be complex and difficult to navigate for the patient and their loved ones. At a workshop in Winnett Lounge from noon to 1 p.m. on February 25, Richard Goodman, a member of Huntington Hospital's Senior Care Network, will explain how to navigate an ...

Coalition to Protect Senior Care Urges Obama Administration to Support Frontline Caregivers by Protecting Medicare ... (PR Newswire via Yahoo! News)
Nation's Nursing Home Caregivers Urge Pursuit of Consistent, Logical Policy in Regard to Boosting LTC Jobs, Protecting Seniors' Care Quality

Brothers in Baghdad (Grand Forks Herald)
A mother doesn't fret so much over her absent boys when they're together. But in uniform together? Together in Iraq? "I know I can't talk about it without using the word faith," said Lisa Meier, whose elder son Brian, 23, was deployed to Iraq last June, followed by younger son Brett, 20, last month. Brett is Air Force, like his dad, Doug, was for 21 years, while Brian chose the Army because ...

Springfield Gardens elder bypasses aging at 99 (YourNabe.com)
Longtime Springfield Gardens resident Bessie Nixon will turn 99 this Saturday, but she would not have made it this far if not for her cardiologist and the hearts of her devoted family.

Officials: Sebelius in lead for Health and Human Services post (CNN)
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is a leading contender to become the next secretary of the Health and Human Services department, two senior administration officials told CNN. However, the officials stressed that President Obama is still checking out several other potential nominees for the critical job of shepherding his health-care reform plan through Congress.

Senior Care Podcast By LivHOME Releases 'Paying for Care: Part 1' (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
The latest episode of the Senior Care Podcast by LivHOME explores benefits and programs that can help seniors and their families pay for care during today's challenging times.

Experts say do homework on care homes (The Pottsville Republican & Herald)
A recent case of alleged elder abuse has prompted discussion about picking an appropriate long-term care facility for aging loved ones.

Funding Cut For Hartford Public High School Day Care (Hartford Courant)
Despite the city's vocal push to raise its dismal high school graduation rate, school officials have cut funding for a day-care program that helps teenage mothers finish school.

Building owner testifies in Kiddie Kollege case (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
The owner of a contaminated Gloucester County building that was turned into a day-care center took the stand yesterday to explain how he let as many as 100 children breathe toxic mercury vapors.

Seminar aimed at keeping seniors safe (Plymouth Observer)
Senior citizens and people who help care for them can learn how to better keep seniors safe with a free program scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Canton Township. "Safety in Aging: Ways to Protect Women, Seniors and Their Families" will be held at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. Speakers will include Tom Wenzel, a prosecutor who focuses on crimes in which seniors ...

Senior care cost in Isles among highest (Honolulu Advertiser)
Another study has found that Hawai'i's long-term-care costs are among the highest in the nation, with monthly rates for private units in assisted-living facilities at almost $1,000 more a month than the national average.

Presenter against the single-payer health system (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)
#8220;We don #8217;t have a health-care system now; we have a hodge-podge of little pieces, #8221; Keith Huffman, a Bluffton attorney who practices extensively in the field of elder law, said Tuesday in a presentation sponsored by the Fort Wayne Medical Society.

Smart Strategies for Elder-Care (WallStreet Journal via Yahoo! Finance)
Those caring for their children and their aging parents are being squeezed more than ever, amid decimated investments.

'Barefoot' Health Care Providers in Rural India (OneWorld.net via Yahoo! News)
WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (OneWorld.net) - Thousands of volunteers in Kerala state, southern India, provide palliative care to poor, chronically-ill patients within the confines of their homes. K.M. Basheer, the man behind this medical movement, is a farmer with a modest educational background.

Guardianship to be topic at SEPTA event (East Brunswick Sentinel)
East Brunswick Special Education PTA (SEPTA) will hold its next monthly meeting at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 23 at the East Brunswick Public Library, Jean Walling Civic Center. Benjamin Menasha, a specialist in elder law and disability and long-term care planning, will offer a presentation titled "The Guardianship Process.

Thursday Luncheon Programs (Garden City News)
The Thursday Luncheon Group, sponsored by the Garden City Community Church, will have a musical program on Thursday, February 26 at noon. Martha Pearson, a church member, will lead a sing-a-long. On Thursday, March 12, Attorney Anne Teleisha will discuss Senior Concerns. She specializes in elder care law.

Health Care Industry in Talks to Shape Policy (New York Times)
The secret talks appear to be inching toward a consensus that comprehensive health care legislation should include a requirement that every American carry insurance.

Laird offers bill to stiffen penalties for elder abuse, neglect (The Register-Herald)
When it comes to punishment for abuse and neglect resulting in death, West Virginia law makes a distinction between children and the elderly, and Sen. Bill Laird thinks that is wrong.

3 arrested in nursing home deaths in Lake Isabella (Los Angeles Times)
Psychotropic drugs were used to control residents who didn't need them at a Kern Valley Healthcare District center, complaint alleges. Three people died. In an elder abuse case described by one investigator as the most outrageous he has ever seen, three former top managers at a Kern County nursing home have been arrested in the deaths of three residents who allegedly were given needless doses ...

Experts say do homework on care homes (The Pottsville Republican & Herald)
A recent case of alleged elder abuse has prompted discussion about picking an appropriate long-term care facility for aging loved ones.

Portsmouth area community calendar (Portsmouth Herald)
A NATIVE CIRCLE : will be conducted from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at Eye of the Hawk Holistic Center, 5 Grove Road, Rye. Open to all people. The teachings in our circles are given by Elder, Larry Matrious. The ceremony is in accordance to...

Briefs (Lowell Sun)
Elder-law expert at Blaire House TEWKSBURY -- The Blaire House assisted-living facility will host elder-law attorney Jerry Congdon on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., for a discussion about what people should know about power of attorney and health-care proxy.

Dentists Offer Free Care Feb. 13 for Those in Need (East Aurora Advertiser)
Westermeier and Martin Dental Care in East Aurora will once again open its office to the community for Valentine's Day by offering free dental work to low-income individuals. The fifth annual "Dentistry with a Heart" event will take place Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 950 East Main St.

SENIOR CALENDAR (Port Clinton News Herald)
A program of exercises, crafts, entertainment and education combines with meals served at the Ottawa County Senior Citizens Center and nutrition sites to form the county senior citizens activities program. Suggested donation for lunch is $2.50 for those 60 and older; $5 for those under 60.

NCCS, UCLA, Wellpoint, And Genentech Launch Initiative To Provide Coordinated Follow-Up Care For People Surviving Cancer (Medical News Today)
Tens of thousands of people surviving a cancer diagnosis may benefit from a new program being introduced today by a collaboration of health care providers, patient advocates, health benefit insurers and a biotechnology company.

Health Care Industry in Talks to Shape Policy (New York Times)
The secret talks appear to be inching toward a consensus that comprehensive health care legislation should include a requirement that every American carry insurance.

Senator Patricia Jehlen is named to Long Term Care Financing Advisory Committee (Somerville Journal)
The committee will identify ways to finance care for elders and individuals with disabilities in Massachusetts. An assessment of the profile of long-term care populations here in Massachusetts will provide the backdrop for considering both the current patchwork of support, predominantly family caregivers and public financing, and the future opportunities for innovation in both public and ...

A project at the Callahan Senior Center addresses a vital need (The Framingham Tab)
This past Valentine's Day, while couples wined and dined and bouquets were bought across the state, Evelyn Langley did not want Framingham's foster children to be forgotten. In what has become a February tradition, Langley, along with fellow Callahan Senior Center volunteers partnered with students from Fuller Middle School to pull together care packages for 40 foster children in town.

Soulsbyville kids spread care home cheer (The Union Democrat)
Soulsbyville School first-graders brightened the day of many senior citizens Thursday, as they made their third trip of the school year to local convalescent centers. There are 50 first-graders at Soulsbyville School, said teacher Evalyn Levering. So the group splits, with Dory Anderson’s class going to Casa Viejos Assisted Living in Jamestown and Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Levering goes to ...

New Iowa task force looks at care, treatment of dependent adults (Quad-City Times)
DES MOINES — A state task force studying Iowa’s laws and regulations on the care and treatment of dependent adults with mental retardation kicked off its meetings Friday.

Elder Addison provides spark for Falcons boys (The Olathe News)
Olathe South's boys needed a spark. The Falcons entered Friday's city showdown at Olathe North riding a two-game losing streak and immediately fell behind 15-7 after the first quarter.

Memories pass with elder's death (The Grass Valley Union)
Mabel "Mae" Johnson Hobbs, a Nisenan Maidu elder who was born and raised on the former Nevada City Rancheria, has died - and with her passing a little known slice of Nevada County's history is gone.

Obama wants to overhaul health care; can he do it? (AP via Yahoo! News)
Now for the hard part.

Obama wants to overhaul health care; can he do it? (The San Luis Obispo Tribune)
By By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR -- Now for the hard part. Even if the national credit card is maxed out and partisanship remains the rule for Washington's political tribes, President Barack Obama and Congress are plunging ahead with a health care overhaul. This week, Obama will start the dialogue on how to increase coverage, restrain costs and improve quality.

Obama wants to overhaul health care; can he do it? (Boston Globe)
Now for the hard part. Even if the national credit card is maxed out and partisanship remains the rule for Washington's political tribes, President Barack Obama and Congress are plunging ahead with a health care overhaul.

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