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Elder Care News 05/2006



Shortage of Mental Health Care Workers For Children (WKYT 27 NEWSFIRST & WYMT Mountain News)
There's a healthcare crisis going on in Kentucky, but you might not know about it. 200,000 kids in Kentucky need psychiatric care. But thanks to a nationwide, and statewide, shortage of child psychiatrists, mental health workers in Kentucky just can't keep up with the demand.

I PREDICT A RIOT (Indiana Statesman)
As a senior, I was asked to write a goodbye column. Of course, never wanting to lose the opportunity to preach, here are both the pros and cons of ISU. Faculty - Pro: ISU has quality professors who truly care about students. Con: The administration is more concerned about giving the president an unnecessary $25K raise than paying our professors decent wages.

Senior Citizen Center not limited to seniors (The Meridian Star)
MERIDIAN — Barbara Wells is director of the Meridian Senior Citizen Center, which starts its celebration of Older Americans Month today. The center is open to all people ages 21 and older, however.

The People’s Law School-Elder Law (Capital News 9)
The People’s Law School-Elder Law, including such topics as wills, living wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney; guardianships, trusts, long-term care planning, long-term care insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Gregg to lead Care & Share (Crookston Daily Times)
The Care & Share welcomes new director Carol Gregg. Gregg brings to Care & Share a diverse background in business and social services.

MU Health Care puts more limits on smoking (Kansas City Star)
COLUMBIA — Officials at University of Missouri Health Care have announced a new policy to prohibit smoking on all property owned by its hospitals.

Better care for seniors, or else, says union boss (EdmontonSun.com)
Candidates vying for leadership of the provincial Tory party must promise to take better care of seniors in continuing-care facilities if they hope to win the next election, say senior advocates and the provincial union head.

Senior calendar (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Former Governor John Kitzhaber leads forum on health care, 3 to 4 p.m. today, May 1, Chintimini Senior Center, 2601 N.W. Tyler Ave. Stargazing class, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 5, Senior Center. Free. Call the Heart of the Valley Astronomers at 929-9448 for more information.

'Oblivion' will boggle your mind with 200 hours of gameplay (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
By AIMEE HATFIELD, Lincoln Journal Star | Comments (1) I'm going to share a secret: I have never played any of the ''Elder Scrolls'' games. I always meant to, but I just never had the time.

Father pushes daughters into bigamous marriage (Yahoo! India News)
Jaipur, May 1 (IANS) This is the bizarre story of a man who is bent on marrying off both his daughters to one man - even though it will amount to bigamy - saying it will ensure care for the elder girl who is mentally disabled.

Caregivers needing care (Lodi News-Sentinel)
"Angels gather here." A small blue sign hanging on a plant stand in front of a Lodi home is the first indication that there is something special about the people living inside.

How long should elders remain independent? (Lodi News-Sentinel)
Most elders are reluctant to ask for caregiving from family members, even when they are ill. Whether it is fear of having to live in a care home, or an inability to be classified as "old," most people prefer to live independently for as long as they can.

A closer look at Filipinos in the health care industry (Lodi News-Sentinel)
Filipinos are no strangers to health care. Whether it's hospitals or convalescent care centers, odds are skilled Filipino workers comprise a sizable portion of the workforce.

Brookdale Senior Living buys five properties (Crane's Chicago Business)
(AP) — Brookdale Senior Living Inc., which operates independent living and assisted care facilities, on Monday completed the acquisition of five properties from AEW Capital Management for $179.5 million.

President Bush Discusses Health Care Reform (Washington Post)
Read a transcript of President Bush's speech on health care reform.

Senior calendar (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Former Governor John Kitzhaber leads forum on health care, 3 to 4 p.m. today, May 1, Chintimini Senior Center, 2601 N.W. Tyler Ave. Stargazing class, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 5, Senior Center. Free. Call the Heart of the Valley Astronomers at 929-9448 for more information.

Keep these requirements in mind on nursing home (The Star-Ledger)
Regrettably, I must admit my mother to a nursing home. How do I choose one rather than another? Placement in a long-term care facility usually is required when an elder's medical condition necessitates more attention than it is possible to provide or when an illness strikes the caregiver.

Meals on Wheels Menu (Tallahassee Democrat)
Elder Care Services' Meals on Wheels menu. All meals include low-fat milk. Today: Chicken patty on bun, baked beans, Mexican corn, coleslaw, orange. Wednesday: Oven-roasted turkey with gravy, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, corn bread, cranberry sauce, banana.

Meals on Wheels Menu (Tallahassee Democrat)
Elder Care Services' Meals on Wheels menu. All meals include low-fat milk. Today: Chicken patty on bun, baked beans, Mexican corn, coleslaw, orange. Wednesday: Oven-roasted turkey with gravy, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, corn bread, cranberry sauce, banana.

Senator makes another call for health care investigation (Provo Daily Herald)
State Sen. Michael Waddoups reissued his call for an investigation of the health care industry Monday on grounds that the business practices of hospitals and insurance companies hurt consumers and thwart free market competition. In comments on www.senatesite.com, the West Jordan Republican compared the state and national health care system to "a train wreck about to occur" and said he's asking

MEDICAL SCHOOL : Nearly half of UND med grads head for primary care fields (Grand Forks Herald)
Primary care specialties remain the most popular fields for close to half of the senior medical students who will receive the doctor of medicine degree in UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Saturday commencement ceremony.

Klaus, doctors agree coherent health care policy lacking (České noviny)
Prague- President Vaclav Klaus and representatives of dissatisfied doctors agreed today that a coherent health care policy and necessary changes were lacking and too much money was being invested in the sector, which is not the best possible way to solve its problems.

Bush asks health-care industry to display fees (The Columbus Dispatch)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Bush told the nation’s hospital leaders yesterday that if health care is to be more affordable and available, they need to make the industry more transparent.

Caregivers needing care (Lodi News-Sentinel)
"Angels gather here." A small blue sign hanging on a plant stand in front of a Lodi home is the first indication that there is something special about the people living inside.

A closer look at Filipinos in the health care industry (Lodi News-Sentinel)
Filipinos are no strangers to health care. Whether it's hospitals or convalescent care centers, odds are skilled Filipino workers comprise a sizable portion of the workforce.

Suspect faces board and care (The Reporter)
A Fairfield man charged with elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter in the 2003 death of his mother pleaded no contest Monday in Solano County Superior Court. The case against Jack Ronald Wilson was referred to the Probation Department for review, but he likely will be put on conservatorship and placed in a board and care facility, said Deputy

SENIOR CALENDAR (The Wichita Eagle)
Movie, "Lady and the Tramp," 6 p.m. Friday, Newton Area Senior Center, 122 S. Sixth St., Newton. Parenting the Second Time Around, for grandparents raising grandchildren, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, Kansas Children's Service League, 1365 N. Custer. Call B.J. Gore, (316) 942-4261, ext. 1315, or e-mail [email protected]

New director at senior agency (Alamosa Valley Courier)
BY RUTH HEIDE May is the month for seniors ALAMOSA — Senior citizens are celebrating May as Older Coloradans Month with new South-Central Colorado Seniors Director Frances Valdez.

Doctors fall short on care quality for the elderly: study (Market Watch)
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Doctors who take older patients' glowing reviews of their care as gospel truth may have a false sense of security, according to a new report.

'Elder Scrolls' outshines 'Kingdom' (Contra Costa Times)
WE BEGIN IN A kingdom, lush and perilous, where the lakes of "Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" offer a green-blue invitation, and valley flowers sway around a circular fortress of spires and spears. You are on a risky quest to save this place, Tamriel. The king has asked you to "close shut the jaws of Oblivion" and its lurking evil.

Report: People of color don't receive adequate health care (Indian Country Today)
Brown faces are missing from circles of cancer survivors, according to a new report released in early April at the biennial conference of the Intercultural Cancer Council.

SENIOR CALENDAR (The Wichita Eagle)
Movie, "Lady and the Tramp," 6 p.m. Friday, Newton Area Senior Center, 122 S. Sixth St., Newton. Parenting the Second Time Around, for grandparents raising grandchildren, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, Kansas Children's Service League, 1365 N. Custer. Call B.J. Gore, (316) 942-4261, ext. 1315, or e-mail [email protected]

HealthSpring hires Schub as senior VP (Tennessean)
HealthSpring Inc. has named Craig Schub as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Schub will oversee marketing, advertising and public relations for HealthSpring in the health-care company's five-state service area.

The Hain Celestial Group Announces an Enhanced Credit Facility and the Private Placement of Fixed Rate Senior Notes (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. , a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company, today announced the closing of its new Amended and Restated Credit Agreement providing a $250 million, LIBOR-based 5-year revolving credit facility and private placement of $150 million, 10-year fixed-rate 5.98% senior notes led by Banc of America Securities, LLC.

'Oblivion' will boggle your mind with 200 hours of gameplay (Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier)
By AIMEE HATFIELD, Lincoln Journal Star | Comments (1) I'm going to share a secret: I have never played any of the ''Elder Scrolls'' games. I always meant to, but I just never had the time.

Senior Services levy approved (Community Press & Recorder)
CLERMONT COUNTY --Approval of a replacement levy will allow Clermont County Senior Services to continue helping the community's oldest citizens remain in their homes and provide the support they need.

Annual fundraiser to benefit senior, child care services (The Argus)
FREMONT — Looking to have a good time for a good cause? Human Services Department officials say their third annual fundraiser, scheduled Thursday at the Fremont Marriott, will be just such

Fresenius Medical Care Reports First Quarter 2006 Results; Excellent Start into the Year 2006 (FinanzNachrichten)
Fresenius Medical Care AG ( Nachrichten / Aktienkurs ) &Co. KGaA ("the Company") (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: FME, FME3) (NYSE: FMS, FMS-p), the world's largest provider of Dialysis Products and Services, today announced the results for the first quarter 2006.

Caregivers needing care (Lodi News-Sentinel)
"Angels gather here." A small blue sign hanging on a plant stand in front of a Lodi home is the first indication that there is something special about the people living inside.

A closer look at Filipinos in the health care industry (Lodi News-Sentinel)
Filipinos are no strangers to health care. Whether it's hospitals or convalescent care centers, odds are skilled Filipino workers comprise a sizable portion of the workforce.

Giant US care franchise will visit Gran for $60 (Sydney Morning Herald)
A GIANT American company that provides services to the lonely, needy and well-heeled elderly is set to take off in Australia, raising questions about the commercialisation of community care. -

DENTSPLY International Inc. to Present at Bank of America's 2006 Health Care Conference (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
YORK, Pa.----May 3, 2006--DENTSPLY International Inc. today announced that Bill Jellison, Senior Vice President and CFO, will be presenting at Bank of America's 2006 Health Care Conference in Las Vegas, May 16, 2006.

India Offers Both Best, Worst of Health Care (Voice of America)
Most of India's billion-plus people struggle with a public health care system that is overburdened in cities and virtually nonexistent in villages.

Legislature approves long-term care insurance changes (South Florida Business Journal)
Florida lawmakers, Monday, approved a senior protection bill that aims to make long-term care insurance affordable, available, and marketable.

Alberta sets new standards for long-term care after criticism (CP via Yahoo! Canada News)
EDMONTON (CP) - Alberta's 400 continuing care centres will have a full year to comply with new standards that follow a scathing report on the quality of care.

I-CARE program May 9 at Senior Center (Gaffney Ledger)
The I-CARE (Insurance Counseling and Referral for Elders) program for the Appalachian AAA (Area Agency on Aging) is hosting an enrollment event on Tuesday, May 9, at the Gaffney Senior Center, 499 W. Rutledge Ave. Call 864-489-3868 for an appointment time.

Singapore's Lee girds for election (CNN.com)
SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Even at 82, Singapore's elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew relishes a fight. With elections set for May 6, he is once again busy blasting the opposition and silencing his critics with lawsuits.

Seniors: Elder fraud (The Daily News Tribune)
State Rep. Peter. J. Kotoujian is offering free to the public 2006 Elder Fraud Alert calendars. The calendar is filled with tips on how senior citizens can protect themselves from scams, including bogus financial offers, home improvement fraud and identity theft.

Doctors Without Managed Care Plans Rises (AP via Yahoo! News)
The proportion of physicians who don't participate in managed care plans is rising in a development that may signal a trend toward higher patient costs and less access to doctors, a study to be released on Thursday said.

Doctors Without Managed Care Plans Rises (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
NEW YORK (AP) - The proportion of physicians who don't participate in managed care plans is rising in a development that may signal a trend toward higher patient costs and less access to doctors, a study to be released on Thursday said. The proportion of U.S. doctors without managed care contracts rose to 11.5 percent in 2004-05, up from 9.2 percent in 2000-01 and 8.6 percent in 1998-99,






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