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Elder Care News 03/2009



Down to Earth, Even When Off the Wall (New York Times)
An affection for odd characters has allowed Emily Blunt to escape muslin and bonnets.

Sad state of care (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
It was not surprising to read the Trib's excellent report on the problems our senior citizens and those with disabilities encounter every day in our state's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities ("Care for elderly lacking," Feb. 15 and PghTrib.com).

Estate and Elder Planning Center provides assistance (Weirton Daily Times)
When a man was diagnosed with Parkinson's, there were questions about how the debilitating illness would affect his and his wife's finances.

Senior care needs expected to increase (Tri-Lakes Tribune)
Special to The Tribune Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predict an increase in the personal and home care aides job category. The statistics forecast the category to be the second-fastest growing job group in the nation over the next decade. But the rapid growth in this job group may not be fast enough. One local senior-care provider — Home Instead Senior Care — said the ...

Online 'Senior Living Trends' Survey will Help Senior Community Leaders to Plan Ahead (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Horst Construction is asking decision-makers in the senior-care industry to provide their opinions in an online survey titled "Senior Living Trends," which can be found on the website Zoomerang.com. As an incentive to complete the survey, you will be automatically entered in a random drawing for one of three $100 gift cards. Results of the survey will be presented at several senior living ...

New senior complex poised to open (The State Journal-Register)
A plaque on the wall inside the airy entrance to Timberlake Senior Living says, "Live a Good Life." With Victorian architecture, oak accents, freshly painted walls and new carpeting, the new 60-unit complex near the top of a hill along Taylor Avenue aims to help senior citizens do just that - regardless of their income.

Senior assistance has options (Suburban Journals)
Deciding on senior care facilities for a loved one is not something many families prepare for before the moment arrives, industry experts say, and family members usually are unsure about differences between various types of senior living.

Carers Need More Support To Plug The Gaps In Our Social Care System, UK (Medical News Today)
Reacting to a National Audit Office report, 'Department for work and Pensions: Supporting Carers to Care,'(1) Elizabeth Feltoe, Senior Social Care Policy Officer for Help the Aged says: 'There have been improvements for carers accessing benefits in the last few years and this will have helped some of the 2.8 million older carers who struggle to look after their loved ones.

Senior Services of the Chathams depends on donations (Chatham Courier)
CHATHAM TWP. – Senior Services of the Chathams is asking the public for donations to help make a difference in a senior’s life.

High-ranking official to preside at temple groundbreaking (Eastern Arizona Courier)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that Elder Neil L. Andersen, the senior president of the Presidency of the Seventy, will preside at The Gila Valley Arizona Temple’s groundbreaking.

Elder services group in Framingham seeks money (The MetroWest Daily News)
A program designed to support seniors and help them live in their homes needs state support if it's going to continue past July 1, a director for the effort said yesterday.

Senior care needs expected to increase (Tri-Lakes Tribune)
Special to The Tribune Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predict an increase in the personal and home care aides job category. The statistics forecast the category to be the second-fastest growing job group in the nation over the next decade. But the rapid growth in this job group may not be fast enough. One local senior-care provider — Home Instead Senior Care — said the ...

Senior assistance has options (Suburban Journals)
Deciding on senior care facilities for a loved one is not something many families prepare for before the moment arrives, industry experts say, and family members usually are unsure about differences between various types of senior living.

Elder housing discussion due (The Republican)
CHICOPEE - The City Council will meet on Tuesday to vote on ordinances governing elder housing and take care of other city business. The council will meet at 7:15 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall following a 6:30 p.m. briefing by Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette.

President Obama's Budget Proposal Includes Broad Changes To Health Care System (Medical News Today)
The budget proposal that President Obama released on Thursday includes a number of broad reforms to the health care system as part of his effort to expand health insurance to all U.S. residents, the New York Times reports (Pear, New York Times, 2/27). The $3.

Buxton offers communities health care profile (Fort Worth Business Press)
Pinpointing the specific health care needs of a community can be difficult. Even more difficult for many communities is ensuring preparations to meet needs in the future when today’s needs already have been met.

'Gran Torino' is a movie for seniors that defies stereotypes (Daily Local News)
Rarely does an elder law attorney have the opportunity to review a current movie directed by a screen legend, but "Gran Torino," the latest from Clint Eastwood, deserves the credit.

Elder home care advocates rally to ask for stimulus funds (North Andover Citizen)
Much of the fate for seniors on home care waiting lists depends on funds from the $787 billion federal stimulus bill, top House and Senate lawmakers said Thursday. Over 200 advocates for elder care packed Nurses Hall, chanting, “Home Care First” as lawmakers pledged their support but noted the tough fiscal climate engulfing Beacon Hill.

Senior Services of the Chathams depends on donations (Chatham Courier)
CHATHAM TWP. – Senior Services of the Chathams is asking the public for donations to help make a difference in a senior’s life.

Creating inclusive health care (Walkerton Herald-Times)
Senior women of minority status continue to face disparities in health care, according to a year-long study in Peel Region commissioned by Status of Women Canada.

Moving mountains : Church groups helping with debris-clearing efforts in area (NWAnews.com)
Vance Eubanks, senior pastor at Prairie Grove Christian Church, said that initially when the ice storm came in January, church members responded to the elderly and single mothers "to try and be sure that they had their yards taken care of." As church members volunteered, he said, people would come out of their houses and start helping. Those who assisted were church members, as well as members ...

Elder home care advocates rally to ask for stimulus funds (Georgetown Record)
Much of the fate for seniors on home care waiting lists depends on funds from the $787 billion federal stimulus bill, top House and Senate lawmakers said Thursday. Over 200 advocates for elder care packed Nurses Hall, chanting, “Home Care First” as lawmakers pledged their support but noted the tough fiscal climate engulfing Beacon Hill.

State Capitol Briefs, Thursday, Feb. 26 (The Arlington Advocate)
Rep. Brownsberger, elder home care advocates push for federal funds

Elder services group in Framingham seeks money (The Framingham Tab)
A program designed to support seniors and help them live in their homes needs state support if it's going to continue past July 1, a director for the effort said yesterday.

Growing Demand for Sandwich Generation to Step Up to Elder Care Role (Senior Journal)
March 2, 2009 - With the struggles of today’s economy and the life expectancy of the population increasing, there are huge demands surfacing for caregivers of the elderly. A popular term and the primary demographic for senior caregiving is the "Sandwich Generation", the adult children of seniors.

'Gran Torino' is a movie for seniors that defies stereotypes (Daily Local News)
Rarely does an elder law attorney have the opportunity to review a current movie directed by a screen legend, but "Gran Torino," the latest from Clint Eastwood, deserves the credit.

Hopedale seniors seeking more assistance (The Milford Daily News)
The Council on Aging is seeing a notable uptick in the number of applications for heating fuel and food stamps this winter, as well as the number of overall referrals it makes for elder services.

Constable-bodyguard runs for district judge (The Tribune-Democrat)
HASTINGS — Brian L. Gates, a Chest Township resident, has announced that he is seeking the post of district judge in District 47-3-05. The district covers Hastings, Northern Cambria and Patton boroughs and Barr, Chest, Clearfield, Elder, Susquehanna, West Carroll and White townships.

Senior living project opens in Ewing Twp. (The Times of Trenton)
EWING -- As a visiting nurse, Rebecca Lynn helped many seniors in their homes. "I saw many patients that were home alone," said the Ewing resident. "Many of them were not driving, they didn't want to take care of their homes anymore, and they were lonely."

Senior care needs expected to increase (Tri-Lakes Tribune)
Special to The Tribune Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predict an increase in the personal and home care aides job category. The statistics forecast the category to be the second-fastest growing job group in the nation over the next decade. But the rapid growth in this job group may not be fast enough. One local senior-care provider — Home Instead Senior Care — said the ...

Henrietta lawn care biz all in the family (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The Michel Lawn Equipment shop at 2500 East Henrietta Road is just one of the many ventures 86-year-old George Michel has undertaken in his life. But the shop, which services lawn mowers, snow blowers and riders, is one achievement that's staying in the family.

Senior Legal Hotline seeks volunteers to aid the elderly (The Sacramento Bee)
Senior Legal Hotline is seeking volunteer attorneys, paralegals and students to advocate for needy elderly people. The organization is presenting a legal seminar March 6-7 to prepare potential volunteers at Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Highway. The seminar, presented in three sessions over the two days, will cover legal issues that seniors most commonly confront, including Social ...

Senior assistance has options (Suburban Journals)
Deciding on senior care facilities for a loved one is not something many families prepare for before the moment arrives, industry experts say, and family members usually are unsure about differences between various types of senior living.

Iowa’s U.S. senators invited to health care summit (The Des Moines Register)
Both of Iowa’s U.S. senators have been invited to participate in the White House health care summit Thursday, underscoring the Iowa delegation’s potential influence on President Barack Obama’s domestic policy priorities.

Vt. senior care facility closing (WCAX-TV Vermont)
Associated Press - March 3, 2009 5:15 AM ET SALISBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Board of Directors of 1 of Vermont's oldest senior care facilities is closing its doors in May because of budget...

Madison Senior Center programs catching on: Facility thriving after 'sex offense report,' a year of rumors that ... (The News-Herald)
The Madison Senior Center is a lot busier, more popular and less controversial than it was just over a year ago.

Vt. senior care facility closing (Boston Globe)
The Board of Directors of one of Vermont's oldest senior care facilities is closing its doors in May because of budget problems.

Vt. senior care facility closing (The Burlington Free Press)
Shard Villa is closing May 30 and officials say the 130-year-old mansion built by Columbus Smith in the 1870s will be "cocooned" with the intention of reopening in better financial times.

Home Instead Senior Care Chooses Microsoft Dynamics CRM as Sales and Marketing Platform (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Award winning Senior Care franchise will save money and provide higher levels of service with Microsoft Dynamics CRM -

Vt. senior care facility closing (WCAX-TV Vermont)
The Board of Directors of 1 of Vermont's oldest senior care facilities is closing its doors in May because of budget problems.

Stephen Bablitch to Join Aurora Health Care's Senior Leadership Team (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Stephen Bablitch, a former top official in Gov. Jim Doyle's administration and a former chief executive of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin, will join Aurora Health Care's senior leadership team.

Longtime NHL executive Jim Gregory remains in intensive care (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
TORONTO - Longtime NHL executive Jim Gregory remained in intensive care Tuesday following a heart attack last week.

Committee backs spot checks of aged care facilities (The New Zealand Herald)
A parliamentary committee has recommended spot checks of aged care facilities without notice and suggested changes to funding. The health select committee made several recommendations in a report responding to a 33,911-signature...

Bablitch joins Aurora as senior VP (The Business Journal of Milwaukee)
Stephen Bablitch, former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration under Gov. Jim Doyle and former chief executive of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin, will join Aurora Health Care March 23 as a senior vice president, Aurora said Tuesday.

State skewers elder care at Boulder's Anam Chara's center (Boulder Daily Camera)
A Boulder home for the elderly long known for helping residents die with grace has reached a compliance agreement with the state to settle accusations of withholding Western medicine, food and water, and failing to report a suspected suicide.

Fitch Affirms Health Care Service Corp's Sr. Notes & IDR at 'A'; Outlook Revised to Stable (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms Health Care Service Corporation's $400 million 7.75% coupon unsecured senior notes due June 2011 at 'A'. Fitch also affirms HCSC's long-term Issuer Default Rating at 'A'.

Elder care issues now a focus of the Dayton Mediation Center (Dayton Daily News)
DAYTON — The Dayton Mediation Center has launched a new program to help families deal with stressful disagreements that can arise when placing a relative in a nursing home or making other health care decisions.

Wii embraced by elder care centers (The Washington Times)
There's no bowling alley in the airy basement room where Gifford Medical Center runs its adult day program. That's OK.

Senior care needs expected to increase (Tri-Lakes Tribune)
Special to The Tribune Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predict an increase in the personal and home care aides job category. The statistics forecast the category to be the second-fastest growing job group in the nation over the next decade. But the rapid growth in this job group may not be fast enough. One local senior-care provider — Home Instead Senior Care — said the ...

Jeter Is Shortstop and Elder Statesman for U.S. Team (New York Times)
An exhibition game was the first time Derek Jeter played in a different uniform against the Yankees, his only team in his 14 previous major league seasons.






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