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Elder Care News 03/2007



Blind pooch awaits return of missing pal (Rapid City Journal)
BOX ELDER — Buddy, an endearing blue heeler, never had a clear picture of his best friend — a loveable golden retriever named Sadie. Yet Buddy, blinded by cataracts, knew when Sadie went missing last fall.

Pooley Aims for Ford Senior Players (TheGolfChannel.com)
Don Pooley tries for his second Senior Tour major in three weeks when he competes in the Ford Senior Players Championship. Pooley defeated Tom Watson in a five-hole playoff at the U.S. Senior Open two weeks ago with a birdie on the 18th hole.

Students work to provide care for caregivers (KVAL Eugene)
Eugene - At first glance, Franklin Dye of Eugene and his wife Delores look like your average senior citizen couple. What most people don't see is that Franklin is also a caregiver for Delores who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about three years ago.

SENIOR NOTES (McKinney Courier-Gazette)
A free fitness orientation will take place from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Senior Recreation Center, 1400 S. College Street. Advance sign-up is required.

Augusta area Alzheimer’s care and support (Capital Weekly)
AUGUSTA — According to Kathryn Pears of the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, the Pine Tree State is way ahead of the rest of the country in meeting the needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The following is an overview of some of the services available within the Augusta area, all of which employ staff that are trained in dementia care.

SENIOR CALENDAR (The Wichita Eagle)
Book Discussion, "The Red Tent" byAnita Diamant,1 p.m. Friday, Orchard Park Senior Center, 4808 W. Ninth St. Books available at Wichita Public Library.

Elder-care 'gray market' growing as America ages (Deseret Morning News)
Dr. Diane E. Meier, a geriatrician at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, is an expert on end-of-life care. So when her elderly parents needed long-term help at home with bathing, dressing and cooking after her father's stroke, she knew where to find assistance.

Potter shares his passion with senior citizens (The Sentinel)
Bitter cold temperatures didn t prevent about three dozen senior citizens from attending an inspiring pottery demonstration recently at the Shippensburg Senior Center in Cleversburg.

Local Corporation Accused of Elder Abuse (La Cañada Valley Sun)
A lawsuit seeking unspecified damages has been brought forth by an 81-year-old woman who accuses Pleasant Care Convalescent of Riverside of elder abuse and negligence.

GROWING OLDER: ROGER CORMIER AND SANDRA COHEN: Home care service a top concern (Contra Costa Times)
THE MOST common challenge for participants in our recent elder care seminars was how to arrange successful, ongoing home care service. We are sharing some of the information and tips offered at the seminars here, with more to follow in our next column.

Savvy Senior: Senior Eye Care (Queens Courier)
I have been wearing glasses for more than 40 years now, but recently my eyes have taken a turn for the worse. Can you recommend any organizations that provide low-cost eye care for seniors on a tight budget?

Commander of US hospital for wounded Iraq vets sacked (AFP via Yahoo! News)
A general running a renown US Army hospital for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan was relieved of command Thursday, becoming the first senior officer sacked in a scandal over negligent patient care.

17th annual Senior Expo planned (The Arizona Republic)
Mayor Boyd Dunn's Committee for the Aging is hosting Chandler's 17th annual Senior Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.

Caring for two generations (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
They're known as the sandwich generation, spread -- sometimes thin -- between the needs of their parents and their children. A new study sliced off one piece of the sandwich generation for a closer look: two-paycheck, middle-class couples with both child and elder care responsibilities -- a group representing up to 9.4 million American families. Among the often surprising findings was the power ...

Penn Hills man feared he couldn't care for family (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
George Terry may have feared that he was losing the ability to care for his ailing wife and two mentally disabled adult sons when he killed them in their Penn Hills home and turned the gun on himself, a close family friend said.

Board approves senior services (Tribune Chronicle)
WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners approved funding for a variety of services to the elderly, and advertised for proposals to provide transportation to senior citizens.

Potter shares his passion with senior citizens (The Sentinel)
Bitter cold temperatures didn t prevent about three dozen senior citizens from attending an inspiring pottery demonstration recently at the Shippensburg Senior Center in Cleversburg.

New Senior GLBT Community Opening (Gay Wired)
A new senior living community for the GLBT population is opening its doors in California in the fall. Taking its name from Armistead Maupin ’s popular novel Tales of the City , the apartments will be known as the Barbary Lane Communities at Lake Merritt.

Child-care survey faults Kansas (Kansas City Star)
Kansas ranks near the bottom of the 50 states in its regulation and oversight of child-care centers, according to a new nationwide survey.

Family of deceased inmate questions Corrections care (The Burlington Free Press)
The family of a Burlington man who died the day he was released from jail is questioning the conduct of the Corrections Department and wondering whether the staff's actions contributed to the death.

Elder teacher home with heartfelt thanks (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Two months after a heart transplant, Sean Tierney isn't strong enough to finish the baby nursery he and wife started. But at least he's home to watch friends and colleagues do the job...

Senior centers’ future discussed (The Steubenville Herald-Star)
FOLLANSBEE — West Virginia’s senior centers in the future could include exercise equipment or day care facilities for children, said the state commissioner of senior services during a visit Thursday to the Brooke County Senior Center.

The Elder Law Forum (Plain Talk)
There are times when a person may wish to avoid the opportunity to receive property or money, to reject an inheritance, to simply say, "No, thank you."

Sunrise Expands Special Committee Scope (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Long-term care provider Sunrise Senior Living Inc. said Friday its board of directors has expanded the scope of the special committee charged with restating its financial statements for prior periods.

Army Secretary Ousted in Furor on Hospital Care (New York Times)
The Secretary of the Army, Francis J. Harvey, resigned today amid the fallout over revelations of shabby conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Senior Notes (The Frisco Enterprise)
A lot is happening at the Frisco Senior Center at Frisco Square, or in conjunction with the Center. The Center is at 6670 Moore St. For information, call 972-335-5515 or logon to www. FriscoFun.org.

Christian Care Centers break ground on new facilities (McKinney Messenger)
Christian Care Centers, Inc., broke ground Friday on a new wellness center and a planned retirement community in Mesquite. The facilities increase the footprint of Christian Care Centers, Inc., in Mesquite, where they are the largest faith-based senior care provider in the Metroplex.

CARE auction set for March 3 (The Celina Record)
The CARE Organization will be holding their annual Ladies Brunch and Auction soon, featuring items like a mink coat and a possible stay at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas.

Suit against van Haaster day care fails again (North County Times)
MURRIETA -- A state appellate court this week upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by residents seeking to prevent a large day care center from opening in the city, and ruled that the residents are required to pay attorneys fees in the case.

Potter shares his passion with senior citizens (The Sentinel)
Bitter cold temperatures didn t prevent about three dozen senior citizens from attending an inspiring pottery demonstration recently at the Shippensburg Senior Center in Cleversburg.

'It's like coming home' as senior center opens (The Biloxi Sun Herald)
When 90-year old Katie Blakely sat with friends and city officials sipping punch and swapping stories Friday afternoon at the Ocean Springs Senior Citizens Center, she felt like she was coming home.

Pleasant Grove care facility sued over roaming patient (Birmingham News)
The son of a former Alzheimer's patient at Pleasant Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified money damages from the facility because his 82-year-old father was able to wander from the center in October.

Walter Reed Care Spawns Probes, Political Attacks (Update4) (Bloomberg.com)
March 3 (Bloomberg) -- Deficiencies in outpatient care for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center have cost two top officials their jobs, spawned an array of investigations and given Democrats new ammunition to attack the Bush administration.

Suit against van Haaster day care fails again (North County Times)
MURRIETA -- A state appellate court this week upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by residents seeking to prevent a large day care center from opening in the city, and ruled that the residents are required to pay attorneys fees in the case.

Elder abuse targeted (The East Liverpool Review)
LISBON — Columbiana County officials plan to continue tackling elder abuse and neglect by tackling a lack of state funding for protective services.

Latino health care focus of program (The Herald-Sun)
CHAPEL HILL -- When Guadalupe Torres moved here from Mexico six years ago, she came with a wealth of medical knowledge. As a nurse in Mexico, Torres had received training in patient care.

Senior citizens' schedule (Herald Standard)
SENIOR CENTER - 137 N. Beeson Blvd., Uniontown; phone 724-439-5910. Meals on Wheels - The Uniontown Center is in need of volunteers to deliver homebound meals to the elderly shut-ins, one hour, one day a week. Call 724-437-6050, ext. 243.

NextSteps: The good and bad of paying for long-term care (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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Potter shares his passion with senior citizens (The Sentinel)
Bitter cold temperatures didn t prevent about three dozen senior citizens from attending an inspiring pottery demonstration recently at the Shippensburg Senior Center in Cleversburg.

Working-class struggle: More families living near poverty level (Rapid City Journal)
Christy and Robert Christol thought they were doing well financially. The Box Elder family had carefully established good credit scores, recently bought a surplus home from Ellsworth Air Force Base through a Rapid City bank and mortgage company and had received raises at their workplaces.

Blind pooch awaits return of missing pal (Rapid City Journal)
BOX ELDER — Buddy, an endearing blue heeler, never had a clear picture of his best friend — a loveable golden retriever named Sadie. Yet Buddy, blinded by cataracts, knew when Sadie went missing last fall.

Senior Notes (The Frisco Enterprise)
A lot is happening at the Frisco Senior Center at Frisco Square, or in conjunction with the Center. The Center is at 6670 Moore St. For information, call 972-335-5515 or logon to www. FriscoFun.org.

CARE auction set for March 3 (The Celina Record)
The CARE Organization will be holding their annual Ladies Brunch and Auction soon, featuring items like a mink coat and a possible stay at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas.

Christian Care Centers break ground on new facilities (McKinney Messenger)
Christian Care Centers, Inc., broke ground Friday on a new wellness center and a planned retirement community in Mesquite. The facilities increase the footprint of Christian Care Centers, Inc., in Mesquite, where they are the largest faith-based senior care provider in the Metroplex.

Day care generates activity (The Enterprise)
HANSON — Ed Connolly, who is recuperating from two strokes, has been a participant in the Hanson Supportive Day Care Program for 10 months.

Caring for Dear Old Dad Gets a Little Easier (Washington Post)
Freddie Mac started offering backup child care to its employees in December 2001 to keep them at work and happy. This December, responding to changing demographics in its workforce, it extended that benefit to let employees care for their elderly relatives.

Use caution when hiring a caregiver (The Record)
That nice person sent by the in-home care agency to assist your elderly relative with day-to-day living could have been convicted of embezzlement, theft or drug charges. But no one bothered to check.

Afternoon obituaries update (Daily Journal)
George Blyth, 90 of Centerton, died Thursday, March 1, 2007 at the Genesis Elder Care, Millville Center after an extended illness. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. in the Christy Funeral Home, 11 W. Broad Street, Millville.

Board to hear about adult day care (Manassas Journal Messenger)
Unanswered questions about a motion to end the Manassas Senior Day Program prompted the Prince William Board of County Supervisors to defer a vote two weeks ago.

Firing Off Another Round Over Health Care Budget Cuts (New York Times)
The Rev. Al Sharpton assails Gov. Eliot Spitzer?s proposed health care budget cuts in a new radio advertisement and mailings that will be aimed at New York City residents.






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