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Parents of new babies should be considered for a whooping cough booster, say experts (News-Medical-Net)
A booster vaccination for parents of new babies and other household members may be the most effective way of preventing the fatal form of whooping cough in young infants, say a group of paediatric intensive care doctors on bmj.com.

Getting older not easy (Star Beacon)
National problems are hitting close to home for Ashtabula County senior citizens, as alarming trends of elder abuse and exploitation rise with the downturn in the economy, Martha Gillespie, Ashtabula County Job and Family Services program director, reports.

Primary Care Doctors Urge HIV Tests for All U.S. Teens, Adults (Bloomberg)
Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The group representing U.S. primary care physicians is urging its members to offer testing to all patients older than age 13 for HIV , the virus that causes AIDS, as a way to identify people who unknowingly carry the disease and might pass it to others.

Be Santa to a senior (Tri-Lakes Tribune)
Special to The Tribune Area retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, have partnered with a local senior-care service to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

For Sox fans, eternally (Boston Globe)
ROCKLAND - For years, lifelong Red Sox fans wanted their team to win the World Series so they could finally go to the grave in peace. Now, they can do it encased in the team's logo as well.

REGION: Cutbacks threaten voice for the elderly (North County Times)
A powerful voice for the elderly in San Diego County is facing the same budget threats already dismantling similar programs in other counties this fall.

Ceremonial pipes among items stolen from elder's car (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
A local First Nations elder is asking for the safe return of three ceremonial pipes stolen from his car Friday afternoon.

ANALYSIS-Slowdown may spur China to speed health care reform (AlertNet)
Source: Reuters By Jason Subler BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) - China's slowing growth could be just the spur the government needs to accelerate long-planned reforms to its health care system that will be ...

In shared households, blending families may solve care problems (Daily Local News)
When you are seated around the dinner table this holiday season, you might consider whether you would want these family get-togethers to expand into a more permanent arrangement.

Parents Of New Babies Should Be Considered For A Whooping Cough Booster, Say Experts (Medical News Today)
A booster vaccination for parents of new babies and other household members may be the most effective way of preventing the fatal form of whooping cough in young infants, say a group of paediatric intensive care doctors on http://www.bmj.com today. Whooping cough (pertussis) is a distressing infectious disease which affects infants and young children.

Beneco, BWD told to grant senior discounts (Sun Star)
EVEN public utility distributors should comply with the law mandating the grant of discounts to senior citizens, said Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda.

Care home abuse probe (Oldham Chronicle)
TWO members of staff have been suspended from a Royton care home following allegations of abuse. Worried relatives spent the weekend trying to obtain information on what had happened at the Edge Hill Residential Home, Oldham Road, Royton.

Grandparent care keeps children safe (Daily Local News)
Grandparent care rules. Not only are young children safer from injury in the care of grandma than anyplace else, but caring for the grandkids also doesn’t seem to take any particular toll on her health, either.

£2.5 Million Research Project To Improve The Care Of Older People Is Launched At Nottingham University Hospitals, ... (Medical News Today)
A public meeting is being held on Monday 1 December which will mark the launch of a £2.5 million research project at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), designed to improve the care of older people locally and across the NHS. The research team is made up of doctors, nurses, therapists, academics and voluntary sector workers based at NUH and the University of Nottingham.

Parents get say about child care (Owen Sound Sun Times)
Full-time junior and senior kindergarten must provide a play-based curriculum with small teacher-child ratios and adequate time for naps, meals and play, say a majority [...]

Senior services of the Chathams depend on donations (Chatham Courier)
CHATHAM TWP. – Senior Services of the Chathams is asking the public for donations to help make a difference in a senior’s life.

Meeting Senior Health Needs (The Woodlands Villager)
Health care needs to be aligned toward the patient, Congressman Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, said during a commendation in honor of National Home Health Care and Hospice Month.

Canastota's Elderhaven a ‘no go’ (Cnylink)
The Canastota Zoning Board of Appeals denied a request for Elderhaven, an adult day care center owned by Michael and Margaret Kolodzie to operate based on the term

Genstar Capital Agrees to Acquire Outsourced Insurance Services Provider, Long Term Care Group (Insurance and Technology)
Company rolls out UniVita Health, new senior care services platform.

Arts and social work leaders to inspire graduates (University of Queensland)
A top social worker, an award-winning poet and one of the Pacific Islands' elder statesmen will speak at UQ graduation ceremonies tomorrow, December 3.

Be Santa to a senior (Tri-Lakes Tribune)
Special to The Tribune Area retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, have partnered with a local senior-care service to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The changed and unchanged "Shangri-La" (China Economic Net)
Quite a lot of people care about China's "Tibet issues", there is always a "Shangri-La" with oriental mystery, shadowiness and idealism flashing in their minds.

Holidays with Aging Parents: Elder Care Expert Has the Prescription for Caregiver Stress (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
For many families, the problem with the holidays is family. Elder care expert Esther Koch provides insight into how caregivers of aging parents can bring the joy of the holiday season to the elder care experience.

SENIOR CALENDAR (The Wichita Eagle)
Butler County Association of Retired School Personnel , for any retired school personnel, 11:30 a.m. today, Andover Pizza Hut Italian Bistro, 307 N. Andover Road, Andover. Call Carol Musick, 316-733-2064, or e-mail duettcsbcglobal.net. Prairie View caregiver group, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Life Care Center of Andover, 621 W. 21st St., Andover. Free. Rose Hill Senior Center Breakfast, 7 ...

People who age out of foster care often need help (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Earl Washington knows what it is like to be 18 and itching to be free of the constraints of the foster care system he called home for 10 years. Jeff Culver knows what it is like to help young people like Washington who age out of foster care but who have very little support to help them succeed in life. With experiences on both sides of the foster care fence, the two men have ...

Universal health-care consensus emerging (Everett Herald)
WASHINGTON -- After decades of failed efforts to reshape the nation's health-care system, a consensus appears to be emerging in Washington about how to achieve the elusive goal of providing medical insurance to all Americans.

Sandwich Generation: Be wary of medication trouble (The Sacramento Bee)
My aunt, 82, has moved in with us. She takes 10 pills every day but does not know why she takes them. She refuses to see my doctor. What should I do? I am a home care nurse and visit many elderly people. One (age 78) in particular troubles me. She has 20 vials of pills and takes different ones each day. Her daughter (who lives far away) says that doctors have given them to her and I should ...

Meeting Senior Health Needs (The Woodlands Villager)
Health care needs to be aligned toward the patient, Congressman Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, said during a commendation in honor of National Home Health Care and Hospice Month.

The changed and unchanged "Shangri-La" (People's Daily)
Quite a lot of people care about China's "Tibet issues", there is always a "Shangri-La" with oriental mystery, shadowiness and idealism flashing in their minds. Tibet indeed has such mystery: spectacular scene of snow land plateau, unique language culture, long aged Tibetan Buddhism…however, sometimes it's easy to ignore a basic fact if let the imagination spread freely beyond the practice, that ...

Physicians push for national health care program (Cumberland Times-News)
Everyone has the right to health care. That statement is the mantra for the members of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Senior shopping day hosted at Wal-Mart (Today's News-Herald)
Lake Havasu City senior citizens shopped with holiday helpers Monday during an event specifically for senior citizens requiring a helping hand. This is the first year the senior shopping day program was offered to local seniors.

Senior Women Risk More Breast Cancers, Death if Radiation Therapy Delayed (Senior Journal)
Dec. 2, 2008 - A new analysis of the National Cancer Institute's cancer registry has found that as many as one in five older women – senior citizens age 65 or older - experience delayed or incomplete radiation treatment following breast-conserving surgery, and that this suboptimal care can lead to additional cancer and increased risk of death.

Board examines health care, raises (The Hamilton Journal News)
Lakota administrators will be paying more for health care, but received cost of living raises for the 2008-09 school year, retroactive to Aug. 1.

Seniors Encouraged to Review Their Health Care Coverage (WMBB TV Panama City)
Just one month left in the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

Sandwich Generation: Be wary of medication trouble (The Sacramento Bee)
My aunt, 82, has moved in with us. She takes 10 pills every day but does not know why she takes them. She refuses to see my doctor. What should I do? I am a home care nurse and visit many elderly people. One (age 78) in particular troubles me. She has 20 vials of pills and takes different ones each day. Her daughter (who lives far away) says that doctors have given them to her and I should ...

Insurer Casts Off Long-Term-Care Policies (WallStreet Journal via Yahoo! Finance)
A major insurer dumped a chunk of its long-term-care policies into an independent trust, putting policyholders at risk of reduced benefits or big premium increases.

Be Santa to a senior (Tri-Lakes Tribune)
Special to The Tribune Area retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, have partnered with a local senior-care service to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

The A List (Tucson Citizen)
Bogutz & Gordon promoted Teresa D. Hall to attorney. In her new position, Hall will work with clients on estate planning matters, guardianships and conservatorships, as well as fiduciary and care management services. Hall received her bachelor's degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Arizona law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where she founded ...

Joseph B. Wirthlin, 1917-2008 / North Ogden daughter remembers how much her dad loved her mom (Standard-Examiner)
SALT LAKE CITY -- The LDS Church is mourning the death of its oldest apostle, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, who died Monday night.

SENIOR CARE: Economic woes strain Medicare fund (Courier-Post)
Federal health officials estimate that the struggling economy is likely to speed up by one to three years the exhaustion of the Medicare trust fund covering hospital and nursing home care.

Medical society head sees gaps in elder care (Windsor Star)
As a busy family physician, Dr. Nick Krayacich is all too familiar with the growing challenges facing our health care system.

Meeting Senior Health Needs (The Woodlands Villager)
Health care needs to be aligned toward the patient, Congressman Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, said during a commendation in honor of National Home Health Care and Hospice Month.

Police look for 911 caller in elder abuse case (Galveston County Daily News)
TEXAS CITY — Police were searching for the person who called 911, which led to the discovery of a woman barely clinging to life.

Area Senior Citizens to have Holiday Wishes Fulfilled with Gift Giving Program (WCAV Charlottesville)
Home Instead Senior Care has teamed with several area businesses in preparation for this year's Be a Santa to a Senior program. According to organizers, the national program will provide gifts to more than 500 lonely and low income senior citizens in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Health care advocates worried about Missouri budget shortfall (KSDK St. Louis)
Health care advocates worried about Missouri budget shortfall

County Board explores which jobs could be eliminated (The Bay City Times)
With state and federal funding drying up, and the costs of running county government on the rise, Bay County Commissioners voted 9-0 to have county staff take a close look at all general and special fund county positions. They expect a report back from the county's administrative leadership by September. Bay County Commissioner Brian K. Elder says his proposal to look at cutting jobs in county ...

Senior services of the Chathams depend on donations (Chatham Courier)
CHATHAM TWP. – Senior Services of the Chathams is asking the public for donations to help make a difference in a senior’s life.

Police look for 911 caller in elder abuse case (Galveston County Daily News)
TEXAS CITY — Police were searching for the person who called 911, which led to the discovery of a woman barely clinging to life.

Shawnee senior center has class for quilters (The Oklahoman)
SHAWNEE — Seniors are invited for quilting — and a little conversation — at the Shawnee Senior Center.Several seniors meet at the center, 401 N Bell Ave., once a week to participate in a quilting class, executive director Kate Joyce said. The women make the quilts for recreation and to donate to charity, but a highlight of the quilting session is the weekly conversations participants can take ...

Be Santa to a senior (Tri-Lakes Tribune)
Special to The Tribune Area retailers, along with agencies that serve older adults, have partnered with a local senior-care service to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.






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