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Elder Care News 12/2009



Health care firm’s prep school opens (San Antonio Express-News)
WellMed Medical Management, a health care company that owns 21 senior medical clinics in the San Antonio area, has opened a school to train medical assistants.

Metro agencies offer care for family caregivers (Detroit News)
Agencies that specialize in providing care for seniors, the disabled and those with dementia say caregivers often face overwhelming circumstances at home tending to a loved one and don't know how to ask for help or where to go for assistance.

'We take care of our car better than our health' (rediff.com)
"Our intention has always been to provide value-for-money services," Shivinder Mohan Singh, MD, Fortis Healthcare.

Long Hill Senior Club hosts vets, supports care packages to deployed troops (Echoes-Sentinel)
LONG HILL TWP. -- The Long Hill Senior Club hosted veterans from the Veterans Administration Hospital at Lyons its regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Senior Center, Valley Road, Gillette.

Medicare won’t be hurt under health care bill, says Snyder (Maumelle Monitor)
Congressman Vic Snyder told a few hundred senior citizens Monday that the projected cutbacks in the Medicare program described in the health care bill under debate in the Senate have been exaggerated.

Welborn Health Plans Selects Silver&Fit Affinity(TM) Senior Fitness Program (GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- To help curb the escalating cost of health care and manage the health of a growing baby boomer population, Welborn Health Plans , the only Medicare Advantage plan located in Southern Indiana, announced today that it has selected the Silver&Fit Affinity senior fitness program for their southwestern Indiana Medicare members.

Walz takes on health care debate at senior center (Austin Daily Herald)
The spirited — and often times heated — debate over health care reform made its way to Austin Monday.

Caring for an Aging Parent? There's An App for That, Too! Elder Care Goes Mobile with New iPhone Apps from Presto and ... (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Baby boomers and others caring for an aging parent or loved one can now turn to their iPhones for expert advice. Doctor Marion , a.k.a. Marion Somers, Ph.D., a lifelong gerontologist and elder care expert, has teamed up with Presto Services Inc. , developer of the award-winning Presto computerless email service, to launch a pair of elder care applications for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Congressman Tim Walz continues health care talk (WXOW 19 La Crosse)
Congressman Tim Walz hit the road Monday. First making a stop in Waseca, and then the Mower County Senior Center, in Austin, to talk about the health care reform bill.

Adult day care groundbreaking Monday (The Lake Wales News)
It’s right around the corner. Lake Wales Adult Day Health Care Center breaks ground Nov. 30 and, according to local officials, a representative from Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s office is expected to pay a visit. It was originally believed that Crist himself might attend, but those plans were changed earlier this week.

Danvers based agency launches drug management info (Danvers Herald)
North Shore Elder Services, headquartered in Danvers is joining with Eldercare Locator and Consumers Union in an effort  to assist older adults and their caregivers in making smart, economical health care decisions.

Medco and Coventry plan preventive care study (AP via Yahoo! News)
Medco Health Solutions Inc. and Coventry Health Care Inc. said Tuesday they will work together to see if they can reduce health care costs for senior citizens by addressing factors like home safety, diet and medication use.

County explains budget,will seek input at hearing Tuesday (Box Elder News Journal)
Box Elder County residents will have the opportunity to hear a brief overview on upcoming county expenditures in a public hearing next week. County employees will not be seeing a cost of living increase this year, and there is a three percent increase in the cost of health care premiums.

Institute on Aging Holds Topping off Ceremony upon Completion of Steel Structure of New Senior Care and Housing Campus (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
SAN FRANCISCO----The steel frame of the Institute on Aging Senior Campus being constructed at 3575 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco will be “topped off” on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 11:30AM, completing a significant milestone for the building that will serve as a new model of comprehensive health care and housing for San Francisco’s burgeoning senior population.

A Soulful Song: Music Therapy in Hospice Care (Newswise)
Add guitars and other musical instruments to the tools caregivers can use to help patients in hospice care. That's what University of Alabama senior Sarah Pitts found when she brought her music therapy skills to patients.

New communities offer home ownership plus senior care (Dallas Morning News)
DAVID WOO/DMN "We've tried to design a senior-living community for the future," said Craig Spaulding (left), an owner of South Bay, one of the companies involved in the Watermere development, which Chuck Hammonds also worked on.The recently opened Watermere active-adult community in Southlake occupies a unique niche in the retirement-living market that experts expect will appeal to boomers and ...

Profs debut data trove about elder care (The Brown Daily Herald)
By: Anna Andreeva The University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research launched a Web site last month aimed at providing researchers and policy-makers with data on the quality of nursing home care in the United States....

Grandma Interacts During GeckoSystems' Elder Care Robot Trials (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
CONYERS, GA--(Marketwire - 12/02/09) - GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (Pinksheets: GCKO - News ) ( http://www.geckosystems.com/ ) announced today that during their second week of real world evaluation trials for their fully autonomous personal companion home care robot, the CareBot(TM), they have learned some surprising, and some not surprising, insights. GeckoSystems is a ...

Grandma Interacts During GeckoSystems' Elder Care Robot Trials (Marketwire)
CONYERS, GA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2009) - GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. ( PINKSHEETS : GCKO ) ( http://www.geckosystems.com/ ) announced today that during their second week of real world evaluation trials for their fully autonomous personal companion home care robot, the CareBotT, they have learned some surprising, and some not surprising, insights. GeckoSystems is a ...

Tempers flare as Senate debates health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
A Republican senator asserted Tuesday during a rancorous floor debate that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will shorten the lives of America's seniors by cutting Medicare.

Medicare won’t be hurt under health care bill, says Snyder (Maumelle Monitor)
Congressman Vic Snyder told a few hundred senior citizens Monday that the projected cutbacks in the Medicare program described in the health care bill under debate in the Senate have been exaggerated.

Long Hill Senior Club hosts vets, supports care packages to deployed troops (Echoes-Sentinel)
LONG HILL TWP. -- The Long Hill Senior Club hosted veterans from the Veterans Administration Hospital at Lyons its regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Senior Center, Valley Road, Gillette.

A Soulful Song: Music Therapy In Hospice Care (Medical News Today)
Add guitars and other musical instruments to the tools caregivers can use to help patients in hospice care. That's what University of Alabama senior Sarah Pitts found when she brought her music therapy skills to patients in Hospice of West Alabama. "We've gotten a lot of encouraging comments from families," says Pitts, a music therapy major from Memphis, Tenn. "Sometimes families who hear us say ...

Adult day care groundbreaking Monday (The Lake Wales News)
It’s right around the corner. Lake Wales Adult Day Health Care Center breaks ground Nov. 30 and, according to local officials, a representative from Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s office is expected to pay a visit. It was originally believed that Crist himself might attend, but those plans were changed earlier this week.

In-home care cuts dealt another blow (San Francisco Chronicle)
An Alameda County judge has stopped the state from disqualifying people with felony records from being in-home care workers, the third judicial setback for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to scale back the program that provides domestic help for 462,000...

Long Hill Senior Club hosts vets, supports care packages to deployed troops (Echoes-Sentinel)
LONG HILL TWP. -- The Long Hill Senior Club hosted veterans from the Veterans Administration Hospital at Lyons its regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Senior Center, Valley Road, Gillette.

Adult Day Health Care Center breaks ground (The Lake Wales News)
Fannie Gibbs is coming home. For the last several years, she has had to travel from her home in Lake Wales to the adult day care center in Bartow. But once the Lake Wales Adult Day Health Care facility on East Central Avenue is finished, Fannie won’t have to spend the better part of the morning enroute to and from her day activities.

Video by Senior Citizen Advocates Explains Benefits of Senate Health Care Reform Bill (Senior Journal)
Dec. 2, 2009 – Four panelists knowledgeable about the issues of the health care reform debate in Congress spoke on the effects the bill on the Senate floor will have on senior citizens. An online video of their presentations and the Q&A that followed is now available.

Waitlist for Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services reaches 49 people and growing (Somerville Journal)
There are more than 2,000 households across the state that have a disabled elderly person who is not receiving home care support.

Cat Or Dog Might Be 'Purr-Fect' Holiday Gift For Seniors, Says Matrix Home Care Psychologist (Medical News Today)
When choosing a holiday gift for an older relative, consider a warm and fuzzy dog or a cat. A pet can provide companionship, open the door to neighborhood conversations and even improve a senior's physical health, according to Matrix Home Care psychologist Alexander Fiuza, PhD, as director of client services for Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. "A dog or cat can be the 'purr-fect' gift for a ...

“Be a Santa to a Senior” this year (Kewanee Star Courier)
Petersen Health Care and Peoples National Bank are joining forces for the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Wanduta Launches Offering Musicians Health Care, Discounts and More (All About Jazz)
Think of it as an AARP for artists. Newly launched Wanduta, is a free online resource for musicians, offering a suite of benefits including access to health care, a credit card and musician-centric discounts like travel, gear and both live and online showcase opportunities. The AARP analogy fits because, like the association for senior set, it appears that Wanduta makes some of its money from ...

Where Did Health Care Reform Go? (Time Magazine)
Congress is quietly watering down provisions in health care legislation that were supposed to control medical costs

Jobs for disabled wont be cut under Wisconsin Department of Health Servicess switch to Family Care plan (The Appleton Post-Crescent)
APPLETON Niels Larsen Jr. says hes relieved the state now says it wont try to take away his disabled sons job and source of pride. Still he worries if other adults with disabilities will be so lucky as the state completes its shift to Family Care.

Is elder abuse settlement taxable? (Bankrate.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Whether a settlement is taxed or not depends on the nature of the claim, not the lawsuit.

Medicare won’t be hurt under health care bill, says Snyder (Maumelle Monitor)
Congressman Vic Snyder told a few hundred senior citizens Monday that the projected cutbacks in the Medicare program described in the health care bill under debate in the Senate have been exaggerated.

Abortion Fight May Be Next in Senate's Health Care Debate (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
A Senate floor fight over limits on federal funding for abortion could erupt soon, threatening to divide Democrats as they battle to advance their comprehensive health care legislation.

Care worker acquitted of elder abuse (Mississauga News)
A former care worker who brutally attacked an elderly Alzheimer's patient at a Malton long-term care centre has been acquitted of similar charges at another Mississauga facility.

Be a Santa to a Senior (NBC 15 Mobile)
Around the holidays, many charities organize toy drives for children who are less fortunate, but this christmas Home Instead Senior Care is shifting that focus to the elderly.

Adult Day Health Care Center breaks ground (The Lake Wales News)
Fannie Gibbs is coming home. For the last several years, she has had to travel from her home in Lake Wales to the adult day care center in Bartow. But once the Lake Wales Adult Day Health Care facility on East Central Avenue is finished, Fannie won’t have to spend the better part of the morning enroute to and from her day activities.

Forum tackles scams, reverse mortgages and long-term health care (The Union Democrat)
Beware of investment schemes, make sure your heirs know where to find your important papers, and get a second opinion before making important financial decisions. Those were three of the dozens of tips offered senior citizens in a forum Wednesday on funding options for non-medical care sponsored by the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging.

Sen. Reid has recipe for getting health-care deal done (Washington Post)
Of the Democratic senators who have set out to transform the nation's health-care system, one of the least likely is Majority Leader Harry M. Reid, whose legislative priorities typically fall more toward protecting the interests of his native Nevada.

Where Did Health-Care Reform Go? (Time.com via Yahoo! News)
Congress is quietly watering down provisions in health care legislation that were supposed to control medical costs

Senate Dems defeat GOP challenge to Medicare cuts in health care bill (Denver Post)
The Senate voted Thursday to reject Republican efforts to eliminate the Medicare funding cuts that are at the center of the health care reform bill, an early sign that Democrats' fragile coalition is holding.

Key Moderates Push for Health Care Cost Controls- McCain: AARP 'Betrayed' Senior Citizens (Fox News)
WASHINGTON - The fate of President Obama's health care overhaul is in the hands of a dozen or so political moderates in the Senate.

U.S. Senate hopeful discusses health care with local residents (Lancaster Eagle-Gazette)
LANCASTER -- Residents had the opportunity Thursday night to express their concerns about health care to a U.S. Senate candidate. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner conducted a women's forum on health care, elder care and child care at Independence Hall.

Upcoming events at the Neal Senior Center (The Shelby Star)
What: Yoga Play Care for Kids When: Saturday, Dec. 5 and 19, 9 a.m. to noon Where: Council on Aging/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby Details: Three-hour class for kids ages 3-11. Bring your little ones for a morning of fun,...

GUEST COLUMN: Health care reform and Medicare (Easton Journal)
Health Care Reform is the top story out of Washington, D.C. and one question we are most often asked is whether or not health care reform will change the Medicare program.

Investigators Combating Elder Abuse (KLAS Las Vegas)
More than two million older Americans fall victim to elder abuse every year. That's one out of every 20. In Nevada, state investigators believe that number is even higher because the problem is seriously under-reported.

Riso replaces Kellman as Care CEO (AP via Yahoo! News)
Care Investment Trust Inc., a real estate investment trust that invests in healthcare-related real estate and commercial mortgage debt, said Friday that Salvatore Riso Jr. had become chief executive officer.


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