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Elder Care News 05/2009



Survey finds long-term care costs outpacing inflation (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
The price tag for nursing homes, in-home care and assisted living kept growing in 2009, potentially adding another hardship to retirees already hurt by financial losses amid the recession. A new study found that the cost of long-term care in Virginia is rising at a rate outpacing inflation. The survey, by Henrico County-based insurer Genworth Financial Inc., said that except for home-based ...

Four Seasons Health Care's Lenders Sign New Standstill Pact (Nasdaq)
LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Four Seasons Health Care's senior lenders have again agreed to extend a standstill arrangement with the U.K. home care operator, as negotiations to restructure the company's GBP1.5 billion debt pile continue, the company said Friday.

Taking the legalese out of legal issues (Hattiesburg American)
We continue to receive lots of questions from elder care professionals and members of the community about powers of attorney, guardianship and conservatorship. We feel it is time to review this subject because it is subject to great misunderstanding.

R.I. judge dismisses foster care suit (New London Day)
Providence - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that alleged that foster care children in Rhode Island were being abused, neglected and shuffled from home

Valeant Pharmaceuticals to Present at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch 2009 Health Care Conference (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International today announced members of its senior management team will make a presentation at the Bank of America and Merrill Lynch 2009 Health Care Conference on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

North West Evening Mail (North-West Evening Mail)
A TEENAGE girl fought off leukaemia just long enough to be able to cradle her elder sister’s newly-born baby girl. And courageous Charlotte Coote also managed to attend her grandfather’s funeral later the same day.

How to Save Money on Senior Care (Lexington Clipper-Herald)
(ARA) - With America's population aging, billions of dollars are spent each year on senior care expenses. But with economic worries affecting many families, cutting costs has become more important than ever. With a little creativity, seniors and their families can save a substantial amount of money.

Sayre senior raises money for Ronald McDonald House, Nancy Quattrini Fund (Morning Times)
SAYRE — Pancake batter was a key ingredient in Sayre senior Tim Platt’s quest to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Nancy Quattrini Fund Saturday at the Sayre VFW.

Community, partnership dedicate care center at Boutwells Landing (Lake Elmo Leader)
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Effort to kick off for new Senior Citizen of the Year Award and celebration (The Canton Daily Ledger)
The first annual Fulton County Senior Citizen of the Year Award sponsored by the Renaissance Care Center will officially kick off on Saturday, May 5, at the 5th Annual Senior Expo. Award nominations will be open to all Fulton County citizens 55 years of age and older. The goal is to honor a deserving person who

Metcare to buy Senior Health Care (Orlando Business Journal)
Metcare of Florida Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Metropolitan Health Networks Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and assume certain liabilities of Senior Health Care of Volusia P.A. in Daytona Beach.

Jeff Pearlman: Once linked by greatness, A-Rod and Junior have gone separate ways (Sports Illustrated)
Once, not all that long ago, they were baseball's dual kingpins. Ken Griffey Jr., the elder statesman by six years, would dominate the majors, then naturally -- and gracefully -- hand over his title of the era's greatest player to Alex Rodriguez, his Seattle Mariner teammate of the mid-to-late 1990s.

Old people are abused in their own homes, says Action on Elder Abuse (Times Online)
The Government is failing to protect the elderly from abuse in their own homes, according to research by a leading charity.

Bright Horizons Responds to National Health Emergency With Pandemic Alert Back-Up Child Care Solutions (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Bright Horizons Family Solutions LLC, the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored child care and early education, back-up care, and work/life solutions, today announced a new emergency or "back-up" child care solution to help employers and working families manage during times of public health emergencies, like those related to influenza A H1N1 , when schools are closed and regular child ...

SVMC fiscal crisis grows: 3 senior staff cut; $11.8M project put on hold. (The Barre Montpelier Times Argus)
BENNINGTON - Three more members of senior management at Southwestern Vermont Health Care have been let go and an $11.8 million boiler replacement project has been put on hold as the health-care system continues to struggle with financial problems which could create a deficit of $1.3 million by the end of the fiscal year. ... - By PATRICK McARDLE STAFF WRITER

SVMC fiscal crisis grows: 3 senior staff cut; $11.8M project put on hold. (Rutland Herald)
BENNINGTON - Three more members of senior management at Southwestern Vermont Health Care have been let go and an $11. ... - By PATRICK McARDLE STAFF WRITER

How to Save Money on Senior Care (Carteret County News-Times)
(ARA) - With America's population aging, billions of dollars are spent each year on senior care expenses. But with economic worries affecting many families, cutting costs has become more important than ever. With a little creativity, seniors and their families can save a substantial amount of money.

Bennington hospital lays off senior staffs (Boston Globe)
Southwestern Vermont Health Care has laid off three executives as the Bennington hospital grapples with financial troubles.

SENIOR CALENDAR (Port Clinton News Herald)
A program of exercises, crafts, entertainment and education combines with meals served at the Ottawa County Senior Citizens Center and nutrition sites to form the county senior citizens activities program. Suggested donation for lunch is $2.50 for those 60 and older; $5 for those under 60.

SEMINAR FOCUSES ON ELDER ABUSE (Pine Bluff Commercial)
Elderly abuse is not often reported because the abusers usually are people the victims know.

Elder abuse comes in many malicious varieties (Evansville Courier & Press)
Estimating just how much elder abuse goes on in any community is not easy, but a reasonably reliable estimate is that about 4 percent of seniors suffer from some form of elder abuse.

Senior scene (The Standard-Times)
A full version of activities appears on our Web site at www.southcoasttoday.com. The list is updated every Sunday. A condensed version of senior center and council on aging activities is published in The Standard-Times every Sunday. Listings for trip...

Program offers help paying for housing cost (The Globe Gazette)
MASON CITY — Assisted living housing has traditionally been targeted to upper-income seniors, according to a report by the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs.

Blaine council approves one-year extension for senior living facility to begin construction (Mounds View Sun-Focus)
The Blaine City Council on April 16 granted Crest View Senior Living Communities a one-year extension to build a facility on the corner of Paul Parkway and Ulysses Street.

1 in 4 Utah families spend 10 percent of income on health care (Provo Daily Herald)
Nearly 25 percent of Utahns spend more than 10 percent of their pretax income on health care -- and the vast majority of those have insurance, according to a new report.

Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support needs your help (Islands' Weekly)
For twelve years, Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support has been responsive to the needs of clients and their families on Lopez Island. From their first training session in 1997, LIHHS volunteers have dedicated thousands of hours of service to their fellow Lopezians. Whether it’s elder care in the home, a chronic illness, a progressive condition, or loss and grief, LIHHS volunteers are trained ...

ON THE MOVE: Jewish Senior Life hires Pittsford woman (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
A Pittsford woman has been hired as clinical liaison at Jewish Senior Life .

Senior men (Birmingham Eccentric)
The Birmingham Senior Men Fridays at The Community House. May programs May 8: Lloyd Carr, former U-M football coach, “Life after coaching.”

Confidence the key for Matthes’ breakout senior year with Tide (TideSports.com)
University of Alabama right fielder Kent Matthes credits his amazing senior season to hunger as much as anything.

North West Evening Mail (North-West Evening Mail)
A TEENAGE girl fought off leukaemia just long enough to be able to cradle her elder sister’s newly-born baby girl. And courageous Charlotte Coote also managed to attend her grandfather’s funeral later the same day.

It's not just health care that has jobs today (Market Watch)
With job losses piling up, the prospect of finding a spot may be daunting for college graduates, laid-off workers and employees looking to make a move.

Program offers help paying for housing cost (The Globe Gazette)
MASON CITY — Assisted living housing has traditionally been targeted to upper-income seniors, according to a report by the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs.

Who to watch for in debate over care (The Politico)
The five people you may have never heard of who could affect the course of health care reform. 

Habitat for Humanity dedicates 46th home (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)
PARKERSBURG - Wood County Habitat for Humanity held a dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon for the organization's 46th home in the past 18 years and work is already under way on the next. The two-bedroom home, located at the corner of Camden and Victoria avenues in south Parkersburg, was presented to George Sims, who will be joined by his 6-year-old daughter, Savannah, when she is in his care.

Do not pass go — Tight credit, uncertainty over reform stall health care acquisition game, keep prime targets out of ... (BizJournals)
A slushy credit market is slowing down acquisitions in the health care market even by companies that might ordinarily be considered strong.

Baby P could have been taken into care months before he died claims Panorama (Daily Telegraph)
Baby P could have been taken into care months before he died if police were given details about the mother's new boyfriend claims Panorama.

It's not just health care that has jobs today (MENAFN)
It's not just health care that has jobs today

Health Care: In-home care workers’ wages lowered by state; senior center saved (The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
In another round of reductions to programs supporting California seniors, legislators approved slashing wages for close to 7,000 in-home care providers in the North Bay to below $10 an hour beginning this summer.

Tanzania: Haydom Hospital Gets Vehicle for Palliative Care Services (AllAfrica.com)
Arusha — The Palliative Medical Care Department of the Evangelical Lutheran Church here has received another vehicle donation from abroad, this time courtesy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Community Health Care Officials, Experts Call For Funding Expansion To Increase Access, Reduce Costs (Medical News Today)
Lawmakers and witnesses at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Thursday largely agreed that funding increases for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps are necessary to expand access to health care and reduce costs, CQ HealthBeat reports. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.

Harrah's Foundation Donates $150,000 to Second Wind Dreams (dBusinessNews.com)
LAS VEGAS - Employee volunteers from the operating subsidiaries of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., and Second Wind Dreams® made dreams come true for three Las Vegas area senior citizens and five elder care communities during a special senior citizen event held at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino.

North West Evening Mail (North-West Evening Mail)
A TEENAGE girl fought off leukaemia just long enough to be able to cradle her elder sister’s newly-born baby girl. And courageous Charlotte Coote also managed to attend her grandfather’s funeral later the same day.

Compassion 365: Senior project helps kids in Kenya see after dark (The Wilmington Star-News)
Morgan Pope's senior project has become more to her than just another step to graduation. Her project has become mission work.

Specially trained real-estate agents can help senior citizens ease out of house (The Columbus Dispatch)
As the U.S. population continues to age, more senior citizens face the decision of whether to move out of their homes. In 2007, the National Association of Realtors began offering the designation of senior real-estate specialist to agents completing a course of study. Those agents learn how to counsel older clients and how to navigate sticky issues such as dealing with family members and finances.

SEMINAR FOCUSES ON ELDER ABUSE (Pine Bluff Commercial)
Elderly abuse is not often reported because the abusers usually are people the victims know.

Parentgiving.com Launches as the Only One-Stop Site to Help You Take Better Care of Mom on Mother's Day and Beyond (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Give the gift of better care this Mother's Day with Parentgiving.com, the only one-stop resource created to help caregivers, boomers and the time-starved sandwich generation provide better care for their aging parents.

Barry elder abuse trial continues (Geneva Republican)
The elder abuse trial of Julie and Jill Barry continued today as the State's Attorney John Barsanti called his final witnesses.

NeuroMetrix, Inc. Names Walter Christensen as Senior Vice President of Global Sales (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
WALTHAM, Mass.----NeuroMetrix, Inc. , a healthcare company transforming patient care through neurotechnology, announced today that it has named Walter Christensen to serve as its Senior Vice President of Global Sales, effective immediately.

Cooking for a cause (North Adams Transcript)
WILLIAMSTOWN - Six years ago St. Patrick’s and St. Raphael’s Catholic Church began a program to provide hot meals to elderly and homebound residents on the weekend when Meals on Wheels -- a service provided by Elder Services of Berkshire County -- didn’t deliver.

Good Living, Living Good / Tremonton celebrates Bear River Valley Senior Center opening (Standard-Examiner)
TREMONTON -- Senior citizens from Portage to Bear River City are excited to have a building to call their own.


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