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Elder Care News 03/2006

Theravance to Present at the Cowen & Co. 26th Annual Health Care Conference (SYS-CON Media)
Theravance, Inc. (NASDAQ: THRX)announced today that Michael Aguiar, Theravance's Senior Vice President andChief Financial Officer, is scheduled to present at the Cowen & Co. 26thAnnual Health Care Conference on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 4:50 p.m. EST.The conference will be held from March 6-9, 2006 at The Boston MarriottCopley Place in Massachusetts.

Harris to Host Nursing Home Safety Workshop (RedNova)
By Donna Wright, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Feb. 28--BRADENTON -- U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key, will host a workshop on "Nursing Home Care: Ensuring The Safety of Loved Ones" from 2:30-4 p.m., Friday, March 10 at Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd..

Diabetes Care Collaborative Grantees Announced (Newswise)
Through the American Medical Group Association Department of Quality Management and Research and AMGA's Foundation, the association is providing grants for quality improvement initiatives focusing on improving the quality of care for patients with diabetes.

Aged care centre credited for handling of abuse claims (ABC via Yahoo! Australia & NZ News)
The organisation which oversees the Buderim aged care facility at the centre of alleged resident abuse claims says it followed procedure in its handling of the situation.

Medical care panel fine-tunes survey (Palm Beach Daily news)
The Medical Care Commission tweaked some language, added and subtracted some clinical specialties, and sidestepped a stray political issue Tuesday before deciding it is on the verge of having a "good" townwide survey ready to be mailed.

Pakistan forces kill up to 30 militants in tribal area (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Pakistani helicopter gunships and ground forces attacked a militant hideout near the Afghan border on Wednesday killing up to 30 people, according to a senior official in the North Waziristan tribal region.

Lynn, Massachusetts Seniors Have New Option for Long-Term Care (PR Web)
An innovative new eldercare program offers seniors who require intensive care and supervision a much-desired, cost-effective alternative to nursing homes. [PRWEB Mar 1, 2006]

Pakistan forces attack kill up to 30 militants (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Pakistani helicopter gunships and ground forces attacked a militant hideout near the Afghan border on Wednesday killing up to 30 people, according to a senior official in the North Waziristan tribal region.

State medical group zeroes in on health care reform (Detroit News)
A health care initiative that promotes wellness, improves access, optimizes value and delivers universal coverage is at the heart of an effort to transform the state's health system, according to a plan unveiled today by the Michigan Medical Society.

Home-based business fires her passion (The Huntsville Times)
Susan Elder no longer worries about rush hour and traffic snarls, or counts the days as vacation time accrues. She gave up a career in computer technology to be self-employed with a home-based business, with no regrets.

Lynn, Massachusetts Seniors Have New Option for Long-Term Care (PR Web via Yahoo! News)
(PRWEB) March 1, 2006 -- Caregiver Homes will launch in Lynn and Beverly Massachusetts in March, 2006 as a partnership between Elder Service Plan of the North Shore's PACE program and http:

Child care in N.J. is big niche, study says (NorthJersey.com)
TRENTON -- Child-care operations, from public preschool providers and large day-care centers down to small home providers, have a bigger impact on New Jersey's economy than many higher-profile industries, the first study on the issue shows.

Senior Housing Properties Trust Announces Agreement to Lease Hospitals to Five Star Quality Care, Inc. (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEWTON, Mass.----March 1, 2006--Senior Housing Properties Trust today announced that it agreed to lease two rehabilitation hospitals to Five Star Quality Care, Inc. . The agreement to lease is conditioned upon Five Star's obtaining all health regulatory approvals required to operate the hospitals.

Five Star Quality Care, Inc. Enters Agreement to Lease Two Hospitals (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEWTON, Mass.----March 1, 2006--Five Star Quality Care, Inc. today announced that it has agreed to lease two hospitals from Senior Housing Properties Trust . The agreement to lease is conditioned upon Five Star's obtaining all health regulatory approvals required to operate the hospitals.

Rowan Roundup (Salisbury Post)
Home Instead Senior Care of Cabarrus County recently opened an office in the Salisbury area.

Depressed Senior Citizens May Find Easier Relief with New Skin Patch (Senior Journal)
March 1, 2006 - Senior citizens who suffer from depression, which is estimated to be about one out of every six, may now have an easier way to find relief.

Looming Crisis of Long-Term Care Highlighted in New Study (Senior Journal)
March 1, 2006 – With Americans living longer, the risks of needing long-term care is increasing. A new study says senior citizens currently turning 65 face an average of three years of need for LTC some time before they die, with one in five expected to need five years of care or more.

Mayerthorpe marks RCMP shootings anniversary with candlelight and hockey (Canadian Press via Yahoo! News)
MAYERTHORPE, Alta. (CP) - People in this small farming community will mark the anniversary of the worst massacre in RCMP history by cheering a simple game of shinny between a squad of Mounties and the local oldtimers team.

Community Oncology Alliance Applauds Senator Arlen Specter as Community Cancer Care Preservation Act Is Introduced (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
The Community Oncology Alliance is pleased to announce that on February 28, 2006, U. S. Senator Arlen Specter , a senior member of the U. S. Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced the Cancer Care Preservation Act on the floor of the United States Senate.

Senior didn't receive quality care: report (CBC British Columbia)
A report released Wednesday by the deputy minister of health says that the woman who died who died in the Kootenays last week did not receive quality care. The report was done by Dr. Penny Ballem and examines the case of Fanny Albo, 91, of Rossland.

4 new scholarships Couple donates $110,000 to Center Alan Dahms Polli Talton-Dahms (Fort Morgan Times)
In order to advance Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center's shift to making the center a more home-like environment for its residents, Alan Dahms and Polli Talton-Dahms of Fort Morgan have donated $110,000 from their new foundation to the center and have created four scholarships for licensed practical and registered nurses.

B.C. senior did not receive quality care: report (CTV.ca)
An elderly Kootenay woman who was separated from her husband of almost 70 years by health authorities did not get quality care before she died, says a report requested by B.C.'s health minister.

After buying into Eaves' message as rookies, special senior class can skate away knowing they turned (The Badger Herald)
Every senior class that comes through Wisconsin’s men’s hockey program wants to put its stamp on history. But while this year’s group could still leave its final mark with a national championship to end their careers, they have already etched their place in the history books -- and they did it three years ago when they were just freshmen. Sure,...

Health Management Associates, Inc. to Present at the 26th Annual Cowen & Co. Health Care Conference (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Health Management Associates, Inc. announced today that its senior management will give a presentation at the 26th Annual Cowen and Co. Health Care Conference to be held March 6-9, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Government has given the go ahead to watchdogs to step up spot checks on poor care homes, following a change to legislation announced by Care Services Minister Liam Byrne today.

SAN FRANCISCO / Woman, 84, sues city, claiming elder abuse / Suspected gang members had taken over her apartment (San Francisco Chronicle)
An 84-year-old San Francisco woman whose apartment was occupied for months by suspected gang members sued the city and two private agencies Wednesday, saying they knew she was in danger but failed to act. City officials ordered an internal...

Former Preferred Care executive got top pay in 2005 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The health insurance executive with the heftiest paycheck in 2005 was John Urban of Preferred Care, who got $2.55 million in 2005, according to state filings made public Wednesday.

Spot-check boost for care homes (BBC News)
There are to be more spot-checks on care homes in England to ensure the safety of those who live in them.

POZEN to Present at Cowen & Co. 26th Annual Health Care Conference (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.----March 2, 2006--POZEN Inc. announced today that William L. Hodges, senior vice president finance and administration and chief financial officer will be speaking to investors at the Cowen & Co. 26th Annual Health Care Conference on Monday, March 6, 2006 at 4:50 p.m.

Former Lieutenant Governor Dies At 89 (KOAT TheNewMexicoChannel.com via Yahoo! News)
A former lieutenant governor, Supreme Court justice and legislator -- Mack Easley -- has died at age 89. His son, Roger Easley, said he died last night at an Albuquerque senior care center where he had lived for several years.

MARY B. MOORHEAD: ON ELDER-CARE: Artist shares 'female follies of aging' (Contra Costa Times)
FRIDAY'S SUNNY, balmy weather was the perfect enticement to enjoy a drive along West Marin County's Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Turning right on Highway 1 at Olema, I continued past rolling, green pastures and lazy, grazing horses toward tiny Point Reyes Station. I visited a store with awesome handmade jewelry and arrived at my destination: Gallery Route One and Mimi Abers' sculpture exhibition,

Elder Care Comes of Age (RedNova)
By Courtney Perkes, The Orange County Register, Calif. Mar. 2--COSTA MESA -- At 29, Robert Rosenberg thought like a very old businessman. He began dreaming up services to ease the indignities of aging. Like free referrals to nursing homes.

D.C. Gets Warning On Care Of Wards (Washington Post)
An exasperated federal judge warned the District government yesterday that it is running out of time to demonstrate that it can make meaningful progress in improving care for physically and mentally disabled residents in its long-troubled group homes.

Special Care Systems, LLC Announces Women-Owned Business Enterprise Status (PR Web)
Ann Kowal, President and Co-Founder of Special Care Systems, LLC has announced that they have been certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. [PRWEB Mar 3, 2006]

Survey: Small businesses lack health care coverage (Inside Bay Area)
California's small-business owners expect growth and increased hiring this year, but more than half won't be offering health care coverage to their employees, a new survey by Union Bank of California

Metro: Ex-teacher who overcame elder abuse dies (The Fresno Bee)
The list of students helped at Tranquillity Union High School by counselor Addie Mae Matilda Nan McDonald was far longer than her name. So it was especially painful to those who admired her when Mrs. McDonald, a widow whose diabetes left her blind and took her right leg, became a victim of elder abuse.

Showcase of Senior Services coming to fairgrounds (Orlando Sentinel)
The 17th annual free Showcase of Senior Services is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 2101 County Road 452, Eustis.

'Pensioner assaults': six suspended from care home (South London Press)
SIX staff members have been suspended from a care home while detectives probe allegations of assaults on residents, we can reveal. The South London Press has learnt that complaints have been made that vulnerable, elderly residents have been restrained and assaulted inside the home.

Friendship Community Care announces expansion (Benton Courier)
Friendship Community Care Inc. announced it is expanding preschool services in the Saline County area. Cindy Mahan said the preschool for the Saline County area is offered through the Arkansas Better Chance program, which is a state-funded preschool that serves 3- and 4-year-olds.

UK Government Gives Go Ahead To Watchdog To Increase Care Home Spot Checks (Medical News Today)
The Government has given the go ahead to watchdogs to step up spotchecks on poor care homes, following a change to legislationannounced by Care Services Minister Liam Byrne today. The move to target poor providers follows the launch on 1 March of acentralised vetting and barring scheme, which will help force abusersout of the health and social care workforce and keep them out... click link for

Alpharma to Present SG Cowen & Co. Health Care Conference (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Alpharma Inc. , a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that Alpharma's senior management will provide an overview of the company's business at the SG Cowen Health Care Conference on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 11:20 a.m.

Vancouver Eye Care adds locations (BizJournals)
Vancouver Eye Care is doubling with the addition of two new locations this year.

Fitch Affirms Health Care Property Investors at 'BBB+' (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEW YORK----March 3, 2006--Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BBB+' rating on the senior unsecured debt of Health Care Property Investors . The 'BBB+' rating applies to the $1.3 billion of senior unsecured notes, the company's $500 million line of credit, and the new $200 million term loan.

Permanent Home For Manchester Senior Center (KFSN-TV Fresno)
The Manchester Senior Center now has a permanent new home.

Senior projects can be real life 101 (Contra Costa Times)
Not for a while has a subject galvanized parents in the Pleasanton Unified School District as the recent uproar over senior projects. At issue was something simple -- should these twelfth-grade projects remain an elective, or become a graduation requirement?

Senior Dateline (Winchester Star)
Our Place respite care site will open in Clarke County by mid-March and volunteers are needed to assist participants with activities.

Not-so-cold winter brings out the bugs (The Cincinnati Post)
I do not know that a correlation can be made between higher insect populations and milder winters, but, as I write this in late February, there is a fly very much alive on our window; box elder bugs have been active all winter, and mosquitoes are biting.

Senior calendar for week of March 5, 2006 (Recordnet.com)
Hutchins Street Square Senior Center 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi. Information: (209) 369-6921.

Moreland Presbyterian Church , Beaver Dams-Moreland Road: The Rev. Anne Campbell will give the sermon and the sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. Children's Sunday school and nursery care will be available.

March 3rd SENIOR calendar (Star Beacon)
Ashtabula Senior Center, 4632 Main Ave., is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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