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Elder Care News 05/2007



Handle with care (Dallas Morning News)
Effie Hubbard thought she had signed up for a private Medicare plan that would ease her worries about paying for health care.

Senior event includes breakfast, entertainment, health screenings (The Globe Gazette)
MASON CITY — The Aging Services Coalition, a network of organizations serving the needs of seniors in North Iowa, including Mason City and surrounding communities, along with the Mason City Senior Center and United Way Vision Council, are planning a free pancake senior breakfast to honor senior citizens.

Thinking ahead can stave off frailty (The Star-Ledger)
MOST OF US have noted, perhaps after a few months absence, that a friend has become frail. You don't have to be a health-care professional to make this observation. The individual appears to move slower and to be generally less fit.

Thinking ahead can stave off frailty (The Star-Ledger)
Most of us have noted, perhaps after a few months absence, that a friend has become frail. You don't have to be a health-care professional to make this observation. The individual appears to move slower and to be generally less fit.

Meals on Wheels (Tallahassee Democrat)
Elder Care Services' Meals on Wheels lunch menu. All meals include low-fat milk.

Man guilty in mother's death (The Myrtle Beach Sun News)
Police placed handcuffs on a Georgetown man Monday after a jury found him guilty of elder abuse that led to the death of his 85-year-old mother.

Event sparks health care debate (The Daily Texan)
Students presented healthcare reform ideas ranging from universal health care to increasing Medicare and preventing chronic illness in senior citizens at Monday night's public policy competition hosted by Longhorns Speak.

Budget talks focus on "charity care" aid (Home News Tribune)
TRENTON — Funding for hospitals' "charity care" will be the key to budget discussions over the next month, one of Gov. Jon S. Corzine's top fiscal advisers said Monday.

Corzine aide: Charity-care talks coming (Asbury Park Press)
Funding for hospitals' charity care will be the key to budget discussions over the next month, one of Gov. Corzine's top fiscal advisers said Monday.

Senior prom meets senior citizens (The Middlesboro Daily)
MIDDLESBORO — Middlesboro Health Care and Rehabilitation facility administrators are asking that Middlesboro High School prom attendees give the gift of something inevitably fleeting to everyone, a few minutes of time.

Jail term ordered in elder-abuse case (The Union Democrat)
A man convicted of elder financial abuse must serve four months in jail, pay restitution and perform community service for his crime, a Tuolumne County judge ordered Monday.

May Day Celebration Held At Elderly Care Facility (WCSH 6 Portland)
May Day brought kids and senior citizens together for a special celebration Tuesday. It took place at the Phillip Strickland House. Those living at the elderly care facility joined kids from the All Children's Daycare for the annual event.

Dar elders form coalition to fight Aids pandemic (IPP Media)
Elderly people in Dar es Salaam have formed a coalition aimed at helping people living with HIV/Aids within their homes. Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam last Monday, one of the elders, Adam Kufakunoga, said the coalition will specialise in taking care of infected people in the city.

Apply for Lexington senior intern program (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Nominations are being accepted for the Lexington Senior Intern program, June 11-15. Participants will meet local government officials, including the mayor, council members, commissioners, division directors, and government employees who are involved in the day-to-day operations of government. There will be field trips to Urban County Government locations such as the Family Care Center, the ...

BEST BET: Books (Detroit Free Press)
JONATHAN COHN: A senior editor at the New Republic, Cohn makes a plea for universal health coverage regulated by the government in his new book "Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis." He appears for a discussion and book signing at 7 p.m.Borders Books and Music Arborland, 3527 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. 734-677-6948.

Health-care-data firms win a key court battle (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
In a key courtroom victory for the pharmaceutical industry, health-care-data companies have won the right to continue gathering prescription data and using it to target physicians in sales pitches.

Most Healthcare Professionals Lack Training In Elder Sexuality, Finds Study Presented At American Geriatrics Society's ... (Medical News Today)
Most healthcare professionals, even those with considerable experience caring for older adults, lack training in elder sexuality, according to a study that will be presented here at the American Geriatrics Society's Annual Scientific Meeting tomorrow. The meeting is the premier conference on aging research. [click link for full article]

Arkansas Senior Takes Final Ride (The Morning News)
FAYETTEVILLE -- Despite his lack of eye-popping statistics this season, Arkansas senior first baseman Danny Hamblin still has plenty of street credibility in the Southeastern Conference.

Elder Health Care launches BurnAid from Australia (PharmaBiz)
Elder Health Care Ltd, part of the Rs 500 crore Elder group, has launched BurnAid, a very innovative burn gel. Which offers rapid cooling to burns and fast ongoing pain relief.

Daniels lauds health care plan: Says cigarette tax to pay for uninsured is huge step for state. (South Bend Tribune)
SOUTH BEND -- Legislation that will use an added tax on cigarettes to pay for new health care programs was lauded by Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday as the biggest health care reform measure in state history.

Fresenius Medical Care Reports Outstanding Start for 2007 and Confirms Outlook for Full Year (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
BAD HOMBURG, Germany----Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA :

Cathy Barr Appointed Vice President of HealthEast Community Based Services (SYS-CON Media)
Cathy Barr, currently Senior Director forHealthEast Home Care, has been named HealthEast Vice President forCommunity Based Services.

Caution urged on Health Care Center sale (Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)
MANITOWOC The administrator of the countys nursing home told a group of seniors on Tuesday he understands that Manitowoc County is working with a tight budget, but the county should not sell the Health Care Center.

Stephen Hiscott Joins GetWellNetwork, Inc. as Senior Vice President of Business Development (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
GetWellNetwork, Inc., a leading provider of Interactive Patient Care solutions, today announced it has appointed Stephen Hiscott as senior vice president of business development. Hiscott brings more than 15 years of healthcare strategy, marketing and business development experience to the GetWellNetwork management team.

Senior calendar (Gloucester Daily Times)
PACE Program - Elder Service Plan of the North Shore's PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is now receiving referrals to serve eligible residents of Cape Ann. PACE, 29A Emerson Ave., Gloucester, coordinates and provides all needed preventive primary, acute and long-term care services so individuals age 55 and older who are certified to need nursing home care can live safely and ...

One in Five Adults Responsible for Elder Care, New lawyers.com(SM) Survey Finds (SYS-CON Media)
As the population of senior Americans continues to grow, adults already juggling mortgages, college funds and retirement plans are adding another responsibility: elder care.

Comedian Launches "Long Term Care Tour" to Celebrate National Nursing Home Week (Market Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
"New York's Funniest Psychologist," aka Drew Velting, will take his geriatric-friendly, stand-up comedy on the road to observe National Nursing Home Week. Starting May 14 at South Shore Healthcare in Freeport, NY, the Long Term Care Tour will visit seven nursing homes in the region.

Stephen Hiscott Joins GetWellNetwork, Inc. As Senior Vice President of Business Development (RedNova)
BETHESDA, Md., May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- GetWellNetwork, Inc., a leading provider of Interactive Patient Care solutions, today announced it has appointed Stephen Hiscott as senior vice president of business development.

PDL BioPharma Announces Participation at the 2007 Deutsche Bank Health care Conference and Webcast Presentation on May 3 (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
PDL BioPharma, Inc. today announced that Andrew Guggenhime, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will present at the 32nd Annual Deutsche Bank Health Care Conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 3, 2007, at 3:15 p.m.

Carers not being trained (Wairarapa Times-Age)
Risks of elder abuse at the hands of untrained care workers have raised fears about skill requirements during a staff shortage in the region.

More News (Gazette.Net)
Seminars will include topics on elder law, senior living options and long-term care planning. Vendors that provide services covered in the seminars will be present at an exposition.

Job vacancy: West Sussex County Council - Senior Project Officer (PublicTechnology.net)
A major project is underway in Domiciliary Care to develop and implement a new, computerised case file system for our social care customers. The Senior Project Officer will play a vital role in the continual development of this system.

Panel seeks to end elder self-neglect (Daily Herald)
A 64-year-old Rolling Meadows man had a habit of putting himself in danger, including walking down I-355 for about three hours. But he thought he was fine until police Tuesday finally convinced him to stop by the Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Center for an evaluation.

AP: Senior VA officials get big bonuses (AP via Yahoo! News)
Months after a politically embarrassing $1 billion shortfall that put veterans' health care in peril, Veterans Affairs officials involved in the foul-up got hefty bonuses ranging up to $33,000.

Veterans Care Bonuses (WHNT-TV Huntsville)
WASHINGTON Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Veterans Affairs officials involved in a foul-up that put veterans' health care in peril still got hefty...

Area senior citizens to be honored (Star-Gazette)
The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will celebrate Older Americans Month today by honoring the Senior Citizen of the Year and the Mildred Parfitt Award winner.

Hefty bonuses for senior VA officials (Sharewatch)
The list of bonuses to senior career officials at the Veterans Affairs Department in 2006, obtained by The Associated Press, documents a generous package of more than $3.8 million in payments by a financially strapped agency straining to help care for thousands of injured veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Governor's day out with animals (EARTHtimes.org)
Kolkata, May 3 West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi visited an animal care hospital started by Maneka Gandhi here to spend a quiet morning in the company of its inmates, saying animals should be treated with love and humanity.

More elder abuse won't be spotted, bill supporters say (Honolulu Advertiser)
Numerous cases of suspected elder abuse will continue to fall through the cracks because the Legislature failed to pass a measure that would have broadened state protections for those vulnerable to such harm, the bill's proponents said yesterday.

Elder Law Attorneys Honor Nation's Senior Volunteer Advocates (Newswise)
A 91-year-old Florida volunteer advocate, a Missouri reverend, a long-time Newsday columnist from Maryland and a former AARP national president from Wisconsin are the finalists for the Elder Leadership Award from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) honoring elder involvement in state or national issues.

Senior Democrats meeting Tuesday on health, veterans (The Springfield News-Leader)
Senior Democrats of the Ozarks will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Midtown Carnegie Library, 397 E. Central St. The meeting is open to the public. Wil Dailey, Harry S. Truman Democratic Veterans president, will speak about veterans health care issues at 1 p.m. Paul Redfearn, former Springfield mayor and a senior democrat, will speak on "Health Care: a Single Payer Proposal" at 2 p.m.

Health Care Property Investors, Inc. Responds to Ventas, Inc.'s Claim (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
LONG BEACH, Calif.----Health Care Property Investors, Inc. announced today that Ventas, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against it. Ventas claims that HCP tortiously interfered with Ventas' acquisition of Sunrise Senior Living Real Estate Investment Trust.

AP: Senior VA Officials Get Big Bonuses (ABC News)
AP IMPACT: With Veterans Care Under Strain, VA Hands Out Hefty Bonuses to Senior Officials

Cliff Consulting, Inc. Adds Senior Technology Consultant Yvonne Gemmell Keene (SYS-CON Media)
San Francisco resident Yvonne Gemmell Keene has joined Cliff Consulting, Inc., (http://www.cliffconsulting.net/) as a senior consultant. Cliff Consulting provides senior-level project leadership to corporations and non-profits throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. A former Accenture associate partner, Keene has over 15 years of business and IT experience in the technology, health care, retail ...

VA senior officials' bonuses criticized (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders on Thursday demanded that the Veterans Affairs secretary explain hefty bonuses for senior department officials involved in crafting a budget that came up $1 billion short and jeopardized veterans' health care. Rep. Harry Mitchell, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on oversight, said he would hold hearings to investigate after the Associated ...

VA awards bonuses to senior officials involved in shorting budget, vets health care (The Standard-Times)
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders on Thursday demanded that the Veterans Affairs secretary explain hefty bonuses for senior department officials involved in crafting a budget that came up $1 billion short and jeopardized veterans' health care.

Lyondell's annual Global Care Day is Saturday (The Victoria Advocate)
Saturday is Lyondell's annual Global Care Day project and this year they will be giving the Victoria Senior Citizens Center a much needed sprucing up.

Ava Moser (Southeast Missourian)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Ava Emma Moser, 91, of Glenallen died Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. She was born April 9, 1916, at Cyclone, Mo., daughter of Bob and Mary Ethel Baker Hopper....

VA paid big bonuses as vets' care suffered (The Tennessean)
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders demanded Thursday that Veterans Affairs secretary Jim Nicholson explain hefty bonuses for senior officials involved in crafting a 2005 budget that came up $1 billion short and jeopardized veterans' health care.

BHS takes care of Stoughton (Baraboo News Republic)
Baraboo High School's Kris Kruse dropped the first set of Thursday's dual against Stoughton, but his father and tennis coach, Karll Kruse, told him to stick to the gameplan against Sam Helmich.


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