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Elder Care News 03/2008



Band-Aid won't fix senior care: resident (yorkregion.com)
Regional News

Senior day care center hits roadblock (KHON 2 Honolulu)
It's the only program of its kind on Oahu -- an elderly day care that also has a separate medical clinic. But come July 1, 2008 the medical clinic at Maluhia will be discontinued.

Gowrie senior housing to be expanded (The Fort Dodge Messenger)
GOWRIE -A new senior housing complex is in the works for Gowrie with hopes that the facility will pump new life into the city's housing market. Fairisle Estates, an approximately $3 million facility, is to be located south of Main Street, directly across from the Gowrie Care Center. The project was unanimously approved Thursday night by the Senior Housing Project committee.

Church strives for better lives (The Patriot-News)
LAUNCHING HOPE: New Hope Church in Lower Paxton Twp. has launched Partnership for Hope, a community outreach involving health, fitness, elder care, financial education, recovery from addiction and a series of professional and relationship development classes. Some programs are free.

Senior Notes (The Little Elm Journal)
Lakeside Manor will hold the second annual senior health fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon today. Booths will include a pharmacist, optometrist, audiologist, three home health care experts, a physical therapist and ophthalmologist.

Shippensburg Senior Center events (The Sentinel)
The Shippensburg Senior Activities Center sponsors a wide variety of programs. Upcoming programs are listed below.

England Applauded For Taking Care (Sporting Life via Yahoo! UK & Ireland Sport)
Danny Care has received a ringing endorsement as he prepares to join England's training squad - from axed scrum-half Andy Gomarsall.

Senior carries Crane to victory (The Springfield News-Leader)
Sparta -- Like any heady senior leader, Crane's Miranda Vaught saw a weakness in her opponent and did her best to expose it.

Keiki health care umbrella unfolds (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
The Hawaii Medical Service Association will begin enrolling eligible children today for free health coverage under a Keiki Care program forged last year by the Legislature, the administration, health advocates and HMSA.

Director: Elder House services 'here to stay' (The Fort Collins Coloradoan)
The abrupt closing of a Loveland elderly-care facility has created confusion and worries for users of Fort Collins-based Elder House.

Nurse shortage affecting elder care (Connecticut Post)
HARTFORD — Lawmakers are grappling with the demographics of Connecticut's rapidly aging population and an acute staffing shortage among the 241 nursing homes that have about 23,000 residents.

The People’s Law School Elder Seminar Offered At JCC (The Post-Journal)
3/2/2008 - Jamestown Community College’s Center for Continuing Education, in collaboration with the Robert H. Jackson Center Inn of Court, Jamestown Bar Association and New York State Bar Association, will present a seminar on Elder Law as part of The People’s Law School, which covers a different topic of law each week for six weeks at Jamestown Community College, 525 Falconer St., Jamestown.

Senior Scene (The Standard-Times)
A full listing of senior center and council on aging activities will be published the first Sunday of each month, and a condensed version will be published the remaining Sundays. All overnight trips will be published throughout the month. Listings for...

Elder abuse increasing in Triad (Greensboro News & Record)
Studies show that elder abuse, like child abuse and sexual abuse, often goes undetected or unreported. (Credit: "By Jennifer Fernandez Staff Writer ")

In a massive disaster, care will be scarce (The Sacramento Bee)
Older, sicker patients could be allowed to die in order to save the lives of patients more likely to survive a massive disaster, bioterror attack or influenza pandemic in California.

States prepare to shoulder more health care with less money (The Tuscaloosa News)
Alabama's Medicaid agency, which will spend $4.2 billion in federal and state dollars this year to provide medical care to the poor and disabled, is likely to suffer the hardest blow from new federal rules that would shift more health care costs to the states.

Shippensburg Senior Center events (The Sentinel)
The Shippensburg Senior Activities Center sponsors a wide variety of programs. Upcoming programs are listed below.

Southfield gets extra funds for senior transport service (Southfield Eccentric)
Southfield will receive $12,077 from the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation for specialized senior transportation services.

ELDER Q & A: Advocate for name-brand drugs, if they're medically necessary for you (Eagle-Tribune Online)
Q: Twice my husband has received a call from his medical insurance provider, stating they want him to switch to a different cholesterol lowering medication. The second call was a little more insistent than the first. Can they do this, and if so what are our options?

Despite drug case, care center kept license (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
— The home-based child-care center where a 4-year-old was reported missing Tuesday continued to operate with a license despite a 2003 state investigation that concluded foster care children had been given alcohol and narcotics there, the Bellefontaine Neighbors police chief said.

Elder wisdom for March 2, 2008 (SaukValley.com)
Q. My children, husband and friends all need me for various purposes, but I feel that no one, except my own parents, value me just for who I am. I feel as though everyone with whom I'm in relationship cares about me less than I care about them.

Senior Notes (The Little Elm Journal)
Lakeside Manor will hold the second annual senior health fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon today. Booths will include a pharmacist, optometrist, audiologist, three home health care experts, a physical therapist and ophthalmologist.

Health care heirs: Boomer retirements put pressure on hospitals to craft succession strategies (BizJournals)
In 2005, leaders at N.C. Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem looked around the room and realized they had a dilemma -- of the 86 senior and mid-level managers, 49 of them were between the ages of 55 and 60. Of those, about 40 planned to retire in the next decade.

Pitino praises 'team ego' on Senior Day (Lexington Herald-Leader)
It had all the makings of a trap game. The 13th-ranked Cardinals, less than a week away from a showdown at Georgetown for the Big East title, had to host a hungry Villanova squad fighting for its NCAA Tournament lives yesterday all while dealing with the emotions of Senior Day in Freedom Hall. But the Cards (24-6, 14-3) came out and took care of business in an efficient if unspectacular manner, ...

POL HAS 'HEALTHY' RESPECT FOR FIDEL (New York Post)
At least one American politician is sorry to see Fidel Castro go. City Councilman Charles Barron said yesterday Cubans get some of the best health care in the world and he wants to study their system. Barron leaves today for a nine-day tour of the...

Web gives Boomer caregivers a helping hand / Sites can store medical data, offer resources (San Francisco Chronicle)
When Steven Dworkin's father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005, he and his two siblings began to share in his care. But Dworkin was in Newton, Mass., his parents lived in Florida, and his brother and sister were in Connecticut. "My dad passed away...

Elder abuse task force formed for protection (The Phoenix)
NORRISTOWN — With the arrest last week of a patient-care worker who allegedly beat an Alzheimer’s patient, members of Montgomery County’s new elder abuse prosecution and prevention unit went to work protecting the elderly.

State plugs Web site on long-term care (Norwalk Advocate)
Gov. M. Jodi Rell and health care advocates are encouraging Connecticut residents to visit a state Web site that provides information about long-term care, including legal assistance, housing and home care.

Shippensburg Senior Center events (The Sentinel)
The Shippensburg Senior Activities Center sponsors a wide variety of programs. Upcoming programs are listed below.

Email This | Print This (The Daily Record)
GROWING HOME Care Program Needs You! Cases Local To You! Senior Independence, the Home Care division of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services is now providing home care services to older adults living your community. Cases available in Wooster, Orrville & Rittman area.

Former care worker tells of culture of fear at Jersey home (Guardian Unlimited)
As police renew search for human remains at a former children's home in Jersey, a former care worker says she saw young residents "absolutely ice cold and frozen with fear"

Southern Cross Healthcare acquires care homes from Portland Group (PharmaBiz)
Southern Cross Healthcare Group PLC, the UK's largest care home operator, has acquired 368 high quality elderly care beds plus 126 daycare placements in seven modern, purpose built care homes from The Portland Group for £42m.

Five Star Quality Care, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2007 Results (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
NEWTON, Mass.----Five Star Quality Care, Inc. today announced its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.

Barclaycard US Hires New Managing Director to Oversee Customer Care and Bank Operations (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Barclaycard US today announced the appointment of Tom Karinshak as Managing Director, Customer Care and Bank Operations.

Elder wisdom for March 2, 2008 (SaukValley.com)
Q. My children, husband and friends all need me for various purposes, but I feel that no one, except my own parents, value me just for who I am. I feel as though everyone with whom I'm in relationship cares about me less than I care about them.

Senior Notes (The Little Elm Journal)
Lakeside Manor will hold the second annual senior health fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon today. Booths will include a pharmacist, optometrist, audiologist, three home health care experts, a physical therapist and ophthalmologist.

Update: FETCH! Pet Care Recruiting Seniors Into Its National Network of Professional Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
FETCH! Pet Care, the nation's largest pet care brand offering professional pet sitting and dog walking services, today announced a call for employment applications among retired persons and senior citizens across the United States. This in an effort to add to its expanding network of skilled animal caregivers that staff its 144 locations, which, in aggregate, now service more than 10,000 active ...

Medical terms can be confusing to patients (The Star-Ledger)
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN patient and doctor is essential for care to be optimal. Therefore, if an elder is not sure what a word or a phrase means, he always should ask. Medicine uses lots of words that are similar, but that do not mean the same thing.

Shippensburg Senior Center events (The Sentinel)
The Shippensburg Senior Activities Center sponsors a wide variety of programs. Upcoming programs are listed below.

Sudan villagers, environment suffer from oil boom (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Kicked out of sleepy Nile fishing hamlets lost forever to Sudan's oil boom, villagers in the south curse a refinery for causing forced relocations, for spreading disease and ravaging the environment.

Wounded East Timorese president out of intensive care, walking around (AP via Yahoo! Malaysia News)
East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta is out of intensive care and able to walk around as his recovery from an assassination attempt progresses well, one of his doctors said Tuesday.

Elder abuse unit at work (The Reporter)
With the arrest last week of a patient care worker who allegedly beat an Alzheimer’s patient, members of Montgomery County’s new elder abuse prosecution and prevention unit went to work protecting the elderly.

Australia: Wounded East Timorese President Out Of Intensive Care, Walking Around (Sin Chew Jit Poh)
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA: East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta is out of intensive care and able to walk around as his recovery from an assassination attempt progresses well, one of his doctors said Tuesday (4 Mar).

Tuscaloosa County High senior to act in 'Hairspray' (The Tuscaloosa News)
Tuscaloosa County High senior Jameson Sanford won't be attending his prom or even walking in his graduation ceremony, but don't feel bad for him. He'll be too busy realizing a dream to care much about missing either.

George Pinfield, 76, coached in E. Bruns. (Home News Tribune)
EAST BRUNSWICK — George Pinfield's son, Matt, is known across the country as a music personality, but here, where the elder Pinfield taught high school students and coached athletics for 31 years, George Pinfield was the star of the family.

Grassley: Performance-based bonuses to care facilities need to be explained (The Des Moines Register)
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley wants federal officials to explain why taxpayers are being billed $8 million each year for performance-pay bonuses that are going to some of Iowa’s worst nursing homes.

Senior named caring teen (The Lewiston Sun Journal)
LEWISTON - Work on an anti-drunken-driving movie has earned a Lewiston High School senior statewide recognition.

Senior center gives kin a free Saturday of care (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Caregivers Eva Ardo and her husband, Cline, and Myron Tong and his wife, Myrna, received a special gift: a Saturday free of caregiving thanks to the Franciscan Adult Day Center in Manoa, 12 to 20 Soroptimist members and some staff as volunteers.

Tri-anim Names Steve Cash as National Director of Acute Care (Centre Daily Times)
Tri-anim, the nation's largest provider of specialty sales and distribution solutions for healthcare, announced today that Steve Cash has been named National Director of Acute Care.

Senior citizens learn how to be fitter, healthier (The Little Elm Journal)
Little Elm senior citizens took advantage of free blood pressure and spinal alignment checks at Lakeside Manor Senior Community’s second annual senior health fair Thursday.


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