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Medicaid Funded Elder Care Program To Pay Massachusetts Family Caregivers Up To $18,000 Per Year To Care For Their (PR Web)
Caregiver Homes announces participation in a new Enhanced Adult Foster Care Program begun in Massachusetts on Dec 1, 2006. The new program - enacted by the state Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Office of Medicaid - aims to ease the financial burden on care giving families by paying a family (or non-family) caregiver to care for an elderly or disabled adult at home. The program provides

Food and Care Coalition seeks approval (Provo Daily Herald)
The Food and Care Coalition is thisclose to getting started on its new home. That home, to be on a 17,475-square-foot property in southeast Provo, will go before the Planning Commission Wednesday. The $11.2 million building means more room for the coalition, which currently provides meals, training, dental services and more in a downtown building that's rapidly becoming cramped.

Senior Angel Tree in Sixth Year (Loudoun Times Mirror)
The senior citizen angel tree has been bringing joy to the faces of Culpeper's less fortunate elderly and disabled citizens for the past six years. This year, Director Doris Clatterbuck of Culpeper Human Services believes that the tree will be the biggest yet.

Health-Care System Hires Ethics Officer: He Will Examine Financial Deals Made By the New Leaders of the North Broward (RedNova)
By Buddy Nevins, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Dec. 8--Broward County's biggest public health-care system, whose past business practices are being investigated by a state grand jury, has hired a high-profile ethics officer to oversee all future contracts.

Medicaid Funded Elder Care Program To Pay Massachusetts Family Caregivers Up To $18,000 Per Year To Care For Their (PR Web via Yahoo! News)
Boston (PRWeb) December 8, 2006 -- Caregiver Homes will provide its programs to frail elders and disabled adults participating in a new Medicaid funded Enhanced Adult Foster Care Program in Massachusetts.

Senior at T-ville High School to get help from locals (Daily American)
The people in Thompsonville take care of their own. Ross Heern, an 18-year-old Senior at Thompsonville High School, began feeling pain in his chest earlier this year. He also had some trouble breathing.

UN ought to include 'Elder Care' in Human Rights. (News From Bangladesh)
Due to advances in medical science, which has increased life expectancy, the population of old age people has increased world over.

Pooled trusts help seniors remain at home (Queens Courier)
By Ronald A. Fatoullah, Esq. Clients who require care at home and have assets below the allowable Medicaid resource level (currently $4,150) often apply for community Medicaid benefits to cover the cost of care.

Help gather gifts for senior citizens (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Community resident Mayra Valencia is seeking help gathering gifts for seniors in area care facilities. In 2003, Valencia raised enough money to buy 100 small gifts for residents of the Corvallis Caring Place and Samaritan Heart of the Valley.

Santa for Seniors Program Underway (FOX 28 South Bend)
Martin's Supermarkets team up with Home Instead Senior Care to offer a better holiday to Michiana Seniors.

Senior events (The Mining Journal)
CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Township Hall, call 439-5360. 2721.

War-torn families: Family-care plan helpful when parents deploy (Rapid City Journal)
The first time 3-year-old Makayla Meals called her “Mommy,” Michelle Butler wondered what to do. Makayla and her younger brother, Hunter, 2, already have a mommy, but the little girl’s confusion was understandable.

Senior Center in need of computer whizzes (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — The Natchez Senior Citizens Multipurpose Center is wishing for volunteers with computer skills to donate their time this Christmas.

Land swap may save woodland (Newsday)
In an effort to save pristine woodland on the property of a nursing home that borders Sunken Meadow State Park, State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) has suggested the organization swap some of that land for a parcel in nearby Kings Park Psychiatric Center to build a proposed comprehensive care facility.

Senior Center more than just activities (The Natchez Democrat)
The Natchez Senior Citizen’s Multipurpose Center is not only a place for seniors to participate in a broad spectrum of activities, but also a place to form friendships and sometimes find love.

Woman's fall sparks state probe (Galveston County Daily News)
TEXAS CITY — The state is investigating a Thanksgiving weekend incident in which an 82-year-old woman fell from the second-floor window of a senior care facility.

Spirit-filled game (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Shaw High senior Darrin Marshall says he doesn't care much for football. Why then was he dancing deliriously in the aisles of the Georgia Dome on Friday morning? Comment?

Help bring Christmas joy to a lonely senior in need (The Arizona Republic)
Be a Santa to a Senior in the Community is a program that joins Home Instead Senior Care with area retailers and non-profit agencies to make sure seniors won't be alone and will receive a present for the holidays.

'Seeds' planted by gardener grow for OLV (The Buffalo News)
The seeds of a gardener's labor decades ago have yielded an almost $700,000 bequest to Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity.

Elderly woman's fall from care facility window sparks probe (KHOU)
The state is investigating a Thanksgiving weekend incident in which an 82-year-old woman fell from the second-floor window of a senior care facility.

30 Seconds: Please make sure to take care of your outside pets now that winter is here (The Times-Reporter)
Now that winter is here again, please, please, please, take care of your outside pets. They deserve to be warm, too. If you don’t want to take care of them, then don’t keep them. More and more of us are watching out for these pets.

NextSteps: Doctor should give more information to puzzled elderly patients (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Q: My mother and father, both in their early 80s, recently began going to a new doctor since their primary-care physician of many years has refused to accept Medicare. Dad has been getting more forgetful, but he is managing and seems very happy.

Virus leads to quarantine at Belmont senior center (San Jose Mercury News)
The San Mateo County Health Department slapped a quarantine on a Belmont senior center Saturday because of a rapid outbreak of norovirus, which causes diarrhea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal problems.

War-torn families: Family-care plan helpful when parents deploy (Rapid City Journal)
The first time 3-year-old Makayla Meals called her “Mommy,” Michelle Butler wondered what to do. Makayla and her younger brother, Hunter, 2, already have a mommy, but the little girl’s confusion was understandable.

Senior Center in need of computer whizzes (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — The Natchez Senior Citizens Multipurpose Center is wishing for volunteers with computer skills to donate their time this Christmas.

Day-care provider pleads not guilty in baby’s death (Rapid City Journal)
A Dupree woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of a Dupree infant.

Senior Center more than just activities (The Natchez Democrat)
The Natchez Senior Citizen’s Multipurpose Center is not only a place for seniors to participate in a broad spectrum of activities, but also a place to form friendships and sometimes find love.

Newport Twp. Community group, care center hold tea party (Times Leader)
The Newport Township Community Organization and the Guardian Elder Care Center at Sheatown hosted an English Tea Party on Nov. 5 at the center. Murph Fletcher and Mary Kashatus coordinated this cultural-social event. Kashatus representing the Community Organization welcomed the guests who included residents of the center and township girls, ages 8 and 9. A history of the Victorian Tea Party was

Belleville High day care unit a boon to students, parents (Ann Arbor News)
For a couple of hours a day next semester, Belleville High School will once again transform itself into a day care center run by students.

Health care: Limited access for undocumented immigrants (Palm Springs and Coachella Valley Local News and Guides)
Of the many federal benefits available, the undocumented can access only emergency care and pregnancy delivery. Riverside County Medi-Cal health care costs for undocumented immigrants are expected to exceed $41 million for fiscal year 2005-2006. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid.

Congress protects miners' health-care benefits (The Southern Illinoisan)
The roller-coaster ride for more than 3,500 Southern Illinois coal miners in jeopardy of losing health care benefits hit a high point during the final hours of this year's legislative session when Congress passed sweeping reforms that will provide funding to cover health care costs.

November 2006 glimpses (USA Today)
Here is a closer look at many of the U.S. military personnel killed in November because of the conflict in Iraq.

Senior Center in need of computer whizzes (The Natchez Democrat)
NATCHEZ — The Natchez Senior Citizens Multipurpose Center is wishing for volunteers with computer skills to donate their time this Christmas.

Duel-career military face child care issues when deployed (Rapid City Journal)
The first time 3-year-old Makayla Meals called her “Mommy,” Michelle Butler wondered what to do. Makayla and her younger brother, Hunter, 2, already have a mommy, but the little girl’s confusion was understandable.

Senior Center more than just activities (The Natchez Democrat)
The Natchez Senior Citizen’s Multipurpose Center is not only a place for seniors to participate in a broad spectrum of activities, but also a place to form friendships and sometimes find love.

To buy or not to buy long-term care insurance (The News Journal)
With about 75 million baby boomers rushing toward retirement age, there is a push within the insurance industry to get more of them to buy long-term care insurance.

Senior briefs (Belleville News-Democrat)
The Silver Belles & A Beau will perform at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Charles Gardens. They will also perform at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mascoutah Senior Center and at 1:30 p.m. Friday at New Bethel Methodist Church in Glen Carbon.

Tess strolls around the care center much to the delight of her audience (Home News Tribune)
Everybody likes Tess. That's clear from the reactions of a wide range of humans and the critters they care for.

Care close to home (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
MILFORD - Cancer patients facing weeks of daily, sometimes difficult treatment want to get their care close to home.

Huskies take care of Pack (Tacoma News Tribune)
Cameo Hicks and Stefanie Clark provided the scoring and Emily Florence took care of the basketball.

Business Objects Names Marge Breya Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (CRM Today)
Business Objects, provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, has announced that Marge Breya, 45, has been appointed senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

Study warns of harm caused by runaway health care costs (Chicago Sun-Times)
Illinois families are paying more for health care, but receiving less in coverage as their earnings lag, according to a report to be released today by consumer health organization Families USA.

THE CHRONICLE SEASON OF SHARING FUND / The simple pleasure of taking a shower can mean so much (San Francisco Chronicle)
Mauricio Ramirez, a 28-year-old who is debilitated by muscular dystrophy, has a simple desire: to take a shower. But Ramirez's muscles are so weak that he can't sit or stand on his own, so he gets bathed by his mother in his bed. Now Ramirez,...

Iraq Study Group gives grim picture today (The Pueblo Chieftain)
The Iraq Study Group's long-awaited report on the war in Iraq was released Wednesday to worldwide scrutiny and its recommendations are already being debated by lawmakers and, in some cases, rebuked by President Bush. Like the 9/11 Commission and the Warren Commission before it, the 10-member group is a bipartisan panel of respected elder statesmen and women put together by Congress to bring

Study: State's health costs would fall if graduations rose (The Columbus Dispatch)
Ohio could save money in health-care costs if more students graduated from high school, a new report says. If every high-school senior graduated in 2006, the state could save $502 million in lifetime health costs, according to figures by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Senior doctors 'happier at work' (ic Lanarkshire)
Job satisfaction among senior doctors has risen substantially in the last five years, researchers have said. There has also been a fall in the number of doctors complaining that their workload is damaging patient care, while consultants and GPs are spending more time with patients.

Letters (US News & World Report)
U.S. News Readers Write About the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Issues and Answers, GOP Review, Elder Care Efforts, Color-Conscious Label, All Eyes on Iraq, Air-Travel Travail, Invest and Inquire, Better to Give..., Peace-Loving Muslims? Warrior Children, and Sizing Up the Speaker; Correction

Senior Care Leader Challenges Society to Be More 'Creative and Responsive' in Caring for Alzheimer's Patients (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
In the wake of a just-released report citing the alarming rise in the death rate from Alzheimer's in Los Angeles County, one of the nation's leading visionaries on senior care has challenged the nation's healthcare community to be more creative and responsive in caring for those suffering from this disease.

Senior Whole Health Expands Corporate Footprint: Launches Special Needs Plans for Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligibles in (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.----Senior Whole Health, a leading health care plan providing intensive, integrated case management services to seniors 65 and older, today announced the launch of its portfolio of Special Needs Plans to Medicare/Medicaid dual eligible and Part D beneficiaries in Connecticut's Hartford, New Haven and Middlesex counties.

Giving care: A full-time job; Hanover wife gets by without much help from state (Patriot Ledger)
Elsa Hart got her hopes up when she read that Massachusetts will now pay family caregivers. ‘‘My elation didn’t last long,’’ said Hart, who is 71 and has provided round-the-clock care for her 84-year-old husband, Vartan, since his massive stroke four years ago.


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