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Elder Care News 04/2007



Senior services getting more use (The Republican)
CHICOPEE - Two city public housing complexes are seeing growing numbers of seniors participating in a congregate lunch program and personal care services offered by WestMass ElderCare in cooperation with the Chicopee Housing Authority.

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.

PSHS senior named finalist for award (Plano Courier)
During the summer, Plano Senior High School senior Deanna Mei was reading medical articles when she ran across a story about pain management. “I wanted to start my own donation project, and I was reading about the different ways to control pain without using medication,” Mei said.

Elder John B. Dickson (Deseret Morning News)
Today's LDS youths have come into the world "at a time that has been anticipated from the beginning, a time prior to the second coming of the Lord, in which, on one hand, the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fullness, and on the other, there is great turmoil, confusion and wickedness ...

Unity, UI expand health-care collaboration (Muscatine Journal)
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Unity HealthCare, Muscatine, and University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City, announced Saturday they have agreed to a non-exclusive affiliation that will increase collaboration, expand medical services and help hold down health-care costs.

Special care agencies hurting (The Union)
Two nonprofit Nevada County care services one for older adults, the other for children are in financial trouble and need help from the community to remain afloat.

Retiree health care costs jump 8%, report shows (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
BOSTON – Rising health care costs are eating up more of retirees’ savings, with a 65-year-old couple retiring this year needing about $215,000 to cover medical costs over the rest of their lives, Fidelity Investments said.

Bigger chunk of retirees' money will go to health care, Fidelity says (The Plain Dealer)
Boston- Rising health care costs are eating up more of retirees' savings, with a 65-year-old couple retiring this year needing about $215,000 to cover medical costs over the rest of their lives, Fidelity Investments said.

Financial setbacks hit senior center (The Intelligencer)
The new $2.2 million Pennridge Senior Center, expected to open in May, may have lost $650,000 in grant money.

Health-care CIO dies (The Daily Utah Chronicle)
Pierre Pincetl, University Health Care chief information officer and associate vice president of University Health Sciences Information Technology Services, passed away March 30 after a battle with colon cancer. The 50-year-old physician has been credited with leading the effort in the use of electronic medical records in the U's clinical programs.

Passover won’t pass you by (Denver Daily News)
Denver’s elder and disabled Jewish citizens that might not be able to celebrate Passover this year because of hardship will be able to do so thanks to an effort by Jewish Family Service of Colorado.

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.

Unity, UI expand health-care collaboration (Muscatine Journal)
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Unity HealthCare, Muscatine, and University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City, announced Saturday they have agreed to a non-exclusive affiliation that will increase collaboration, expand medical services and help hold down health-care costs.

Health care to cost retirees 8% more (El Paso Times)
BOSTON -- Rising health care costs are eating up more of retirees' savings, and a 65-year-old couple retiring this year needs about $215,000 to cover medical costs over the rest of their lives, Fidelity Investments said Tuesday.

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.

PSHS senior named finalist for award (Plano Courier)
During the summer, Plano Senior High School senior Deanna Mei was reading medical articles when she ran across a story about pain management. “I wanted to start my own donation project, and I was reading about the different ways to control pain without using medication,” Mei said.

Senior center faces dilemma (Montgomery Advertiser)
PRATTVILLE -- A move to streamline services provided to Prattville senior citizens has city and county officials wrangling over funding questions and turf issues.

Many care homes lack state oversight (The Arizona Republic)
The state office in charge of inspecting and investigating complaints against nearly 2,000 homes for the elderly is short-staffed and months behind in its inspections.{b} Panel to start veterans home probe{b} Staying in touch aids residents - and staff - at care homes

Cape High child-care students learn as they teach youngsters (Cape Gazette)
Reading and rhyming led the way to fun for 11 members of the Little Angels Day Care & Learning Center’s 4-year-old class, which visited Cape Henlopen High School to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

AT&T, McKesson and Palm Team to Give Physicians Critical Tools to Make Clinical Decisions at Point of Care (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
ATLANTA & SUNNYVALE, Calif.----Jupiter Medical Center, a leader of quality health care and clinical innovation, chose a joint wireless solution from AT&T Inc. and Palm, Inc. to deliver McKesson's Horizon MobileCare Rounding solution.

Bush apologizes for poor health care of veterans (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
President George W. Bush apologized to wounded U.S. troops who endured dilapidated conditions and bureaucratic delays as he toured Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the flagship military hospital.

Health calendar (Gloucester Daily Times)
VOCAL (Victims of Crime and Loss) provides free services for victims of crimes including assault, robbery, domestic violence, adult sexual abuse/assault, child physical abuse, disabled and elder abuse, violation of a protective order, crimes related to driving while intoxicated, hate-motivated crimes, and political trauma.

Adult day-care programs help seniors remain in the community (The Salem News)
In Massachusetts, adult day programs evolved from a six-program demonstration project nearly 25 years ago to the current 127 programs throughout the state. For many elders, attending a day program can delay or even prevent the need for institutional care for many years.

Elder skatesmen (Sentinel & Enterprise)
FITCHBURG -- Sunday may have been April Fool's Day, but the real joke was on those who missed this one. Select Engineering goalie Mike McCarthy turned away 33 shots, including four of the five shots in a shootout, as his club pulled out a 3-2 win over Compass Outdoor Products Sunday afternoon.

Many care homes lack state oversight (The Arizona Republic)
The state office in charge of inspecting and investigating complaints against nearly 2,000 homes for the elderly is short-staffed and months behind in its inspections.{b} Panel to start veterans home probe{b} Staying in touch aids residents - and staff - at care homes

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?

Adult day-care programs help seniors remain in the community (The Daily News of Newburyport)
In Massachusetts, adult day programs evolved from a six-program demonstration project nearly 25 years ago to the current 127 programs throughout the state. For many elders, attending a day program can delay or even prevent the need for institutional care for many years.

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.

PSHS senior named finalist for award (Plano Courier)
During the summer, Plano Senior High School senior Deanna Mei was reading medical articles when she ran across a story about pain management. “I wanted to start my own donation project, and I was reading about the different ways to control pain without using medication,” Mei said.

Open-market health care the answer? (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
Steve Neeleman, M.D., believes desperation fuels a growing interest in a single-payer health care system.

Senior Help (Lake County News Sun)
Care-giver Support

Ex-Mass. finance secretary joins Boston lobbying firm (Boston Globe)
THE REGION Thomas H. Trimarco, former state administration and finance secretary, is joining a Boston communications and lobbying firm, O'Neill and Associates, as senior vice president. He served as then-Governor Mitt Romney's top aide, overseeing the $25 billion state budget. Trimarco has also been first deputy state treasurer, Health Care Connector Board chairman, Massachusetts Turnpike ...

T-burg senior named National Merit finalist (The Ithaca Journal)
High school senior Audrey Fernandez-Fraser was recently selected as the only National Merit finalist from Trumansburg High School by the National Merit Foundation. The award is based on her score on the PSAT college entrance test. Audrey was selected as one of 1,300 students in the country. Of that group, only 800 will receive a scholarship.

Advocates seek more money for home health care (Louisville Courier-Journal)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Advocates for the state's home-health-care program hope the stories of older Hoosiers and those with disabilities will encourage lawmakers to increase funding.

Getting better care: Clinics help seniors be advocates for themselves (Times-Standard)
EUREKA -- Danna Bates doesn't care what you have, who you are or what you do. In her eyes, if you're over the age of 50, you should attend Preventive Health Care for the Aging clinics.

Angiotech appoints Chris Dennis as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company, today announced the appointment of Chris Dennis as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

Home health aides balance care, demands, pay (Shelbyville Daily Union)
By Julie Kirkwood THE EAGLE-TRIBUNE (NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.) On the mornings when Sarah Martinez opens the door to Dana Wolfe’s apartment, he smiles to himself.

Police: Man may have molested kids at day care for decades (News Channel 6 Paducah)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) - A 60-year-old eastern Missouri man faces more than a dozen charges of sexual abuse of minors. Authorities say William Huck Senior of Ste. Genevieve may have molested children for three decades at the day care center run by his wife.

MTS Health Investors, Oaktree Capital Management and Senior Home Care Announce the Acquisition of Synergy (RedNova)
Senior Home Care, Inc., a leading provider of home healthcare services ("Senior Home Care"), today announced its acquisition of Synergy, Inc. ("Synergy") from Synergy Healthcare Systems, Inc. Terms were not disclosed.

Expense of elder care grows (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Nursing-home care in the Richmond area is among the most expensive in the state, according to Genworth Financial's annual survey of long-term-care costs.

Senior day care gives elders needed support (The Republican)
BELCHERTOWN - One of the things Dianne J. Radebaugh likes about the senior day care program she runs at the Senior Center is that it allows people who would otherwise no longer be able to socialize and take in programs at the center to keep going there.

State monitoring nursing home corporation (The Press-Enterprise)
State inspectors are checking facilities owned by the state's second-largest nursing home corporation, which filed for bankruptcy last month, to make sure they stay open and care for residents.

Help from professionals can prepare families for elder care (The News-Press)
Are you and your family prepared to care for an elderly loved one?

Nationally Recognized Elder Care Attorney Teams Up with Charlotte’s aro for Informational Breakfast (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Final week to register for this event, offering life-impacting information for families.

Attorneys to Benefit from Elder Law Workshop Presented by Charlotte’s aro Solutions (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
Only one week remains to register for high-value, two-day attorney event.

How healthy is 'easy money' in health-care financing? (The Tennessean)
According to the Nashville Health Care Council, local health-care startups and existing companies secured $4.3 billion in venture capital and private equity financing between 2000 and mid-2006.


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