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National and Iowa organizations laud Boswell and Braley for supporting drug bill (Logan Herald-Observer & Woodbine Twiner)
The National Center for Assisted Living and the Iowa Center for Assisted Living applaud Representatives Leonard Boswell (D) and Bruce Braley (D) for becoming cosponsors of the Medicare Part D Home and Community Services Copayment Equity Act of 2009 (HR 1407), a bill that would eliminate Medicare Part D drug copayments for low-income seniors in assisted living and residential care settings.

Primary-Care Patients Overwhelming D.C. Area Hospitals (Washington Post)
Hospital emergency departments across the region are overflowing with patients who have been battered by the recession and are increasingly using hospitals as their primary source of health care, according to local and national health officials.

Mentally ill immigrants have little hope for care when detained (Dallas Morning News)
Most mentally ill immigrants get limited mental-health care while in detention, advocates say - and that's only if they're diagnosed.

Concern growing that health care reform doing too little to rein in costs (Pioneer Press)
WASHINGTON — Although still publicly beating the drums for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, behind the scenes representatives of some of the biggest players in the game are beginning to express concern that it won't do enough about the major problem: runaway costs.

Mentally ill immigrants have little hope for care when detained (Denton Record-Chronicle)
Mentally ill immigrants have little hope for care when detained

'Senior tsunami' worries officials (The Florence Times-Daily)
By Lisa Singleton-Rickman, Staff writer In California, they've dubbed it "senior tsunami," but here in Alabama, agencies that work on behalf of older residents are expecting the same kind of storm to hit, likely within the next 10 years. It's anticipated that within the next decade, as baby boomers age, the demand for the services they require won't be adequately met.

Shoals health care debate centers around three options (The Florence Times-Daily)
By Michelle Rupe Eubanks Staff Writer Most health care professionals in the Shoals agree that immediate and significant changes are needed to avoid a crisis that threatens area hospitals' ability to provide extensive care in the future.

Warrenbrook Senior Center offers variety of classes, programming for clientele (MyCentralJersey.com)
Senior citizens don't have to venture far from their health-care providers to learn about healthy living.

America needs to move to a model for chronic care (Daily Local News)
A cover article in USA Today, "Double failure at USA's hospitals," published last week, hit me as a sign that the medical community is at last getting the picture that acute care is not enough. This is not to blame hospitals or medical professionals, however.

Senior official calls for Party, government to maintain social stability (People's Daily)
Party committees and governments should take the primary responsibility for maintaining social stability by improving living standards, says a senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official. The remark was made by Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, during a visit to central Hubei Province from Thursday to Sunday. Zhou said it ...

Church has groundbreaking ceremony (Wabash Plain Dealer)
The Church of Christ at Wabash held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday afternoon. Among the speakers, Stan Lawrence, a church elder and trustee, reminded the three dozen or so church members who stayed for groundbreaking after regular services, “Brick is not the church. You guys are; we are.”

Sick mom, cheating dad (Orlando Sentinel)
Q Before my mother's stroke, which left her incapacitated and in need of full-time care, she and my father had marital problems for years. He abused her, drank to excess, and had an unending string of girlfriends. Even though my mother told me and many of her friends that she wanted a divorce, she was afraid to go to a lawyer because of my father's threats and abuse. Because my mother had no ...

Warrenbrook Senior Center offers variety of classes, programming (MyCentralJersey.com)
Senior citizens don't have to venture far from their health-care providers to learn about healthy living.

Olympus Managed Health Care Appoints Robert Lavers as Senior Consultant (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Olympus Managed Health Care Inc., a leading provider of health care claims administration and cost containment services, announced today the appointment of Robert Lavers as Senior Consultant.

On Health-Care Reform, Obama Looks to Johnson's Model (Washington Post)
President Obama returned to domestic affairs yesterday after a weeklong overseas tour with a warning for skeptics of his stalled health-care overhaul: "Don't bet against us."

Pelosi Remarks at Press Conference on Health Care Reform for the Middle Class (redOrbit)
Health Care Reform for the Middle Class Press Conference ParticipantsPhil Feaster -- Phil is a senior living in Fort Washington, Maryland. He is retired from the trucking industry and needs medications for high blood pressure and diabetes. Every year he falls into the doughnut hole in June and does not come out. Therefore, he pays $85 per month in premiums for half of the year and receives no ...

Long-term care forum on Tuesday (Summit Daily News)
Aaron Eisenach, CLTC, president of the Long Term Care Forum, will be speaking on the Colorado Partnership Program at the Summit County Community and Senior Center today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how the partnership between state agencies and...

Challenges of caregiving can weigh a small business down (The Kansas City Star)
Small-business owners have enough on their hands dealing with an ailing economy without worrying about the potential impact of a long-term illness to a spouse or close relative. “When you are a small business, you have a lot of balls in the air,” said Mary McCormick, managing partner at McCormick & Fracassa PC in Liberty, which focuses on elder and special-needs law. “But sickness or old age can ...

On health care reform, businesses big and small have divergent approaches (The Kansas City Star)
Asking what business wants from health care reform is a lot like asking which religion or which political candidate is best. Some businesses would be delighted to end the current employment-based system, which serves about 170 million Americans. It’s a costly administrative headache.

Care.com Releases State of Care Index, Reports Families Spend $12,445 Annually on Child Care (PRWeb via Yahoo! News)
According the State of Care Index™--a quarterly report presented by Care.com (www.care.com)--released today, child care now consumes 14% of the average family's annual income each year.

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.

Care.com Releases State of Care Index, Reports Families Spend $12,445 Annually on Child Care (PRWeb)
According the State of Care Index™--a quarterly report presented by Care.com (www.care.com)--released today, child care now consumes 14% of the average family's annual income each year. (PRWeb Jul 14, 2009) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/07/prweb2629674.htm

Cameras captured 'chilling' break-in at Fla. home (AP via Yahoo! News)
Byrd and Melanie Billings had a growing brood of adopted children with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities, and took care to make their nine-bedroom house a safe place for them, wiring it with surveillance cameras in every room.

Union slams care home fees ‘lottery’ (Oldham Chronicle)
ONLY 61 per cent of occupied care home beds in Oldham are publicly funded, according to a new report. The borough is languishing in 19th place out of 22 districts in the North-West, slightly above Rochdale, Lancashire and Cheshire.

Options to pay for long-term care (BBC News)
As the government outlines plans for older people to pay for long-term care, what other options are available?

Cameras Captured 'Chilling' Break-In At Fla. Home (CBS 2 Los Angeles)
Byrd and Melanie Billings had a growing brood of adopted children with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities, and took care to make their nine-bedroom house a safe place for them, wiring it with surveillance cameras in every room. It was those cameras that captured images of the masked men who shot the wealthy couple to death in a break-in executed with chilling precision.

Elderbridge, SHIIP host Carroll town hall meeting on long-term care insurance (Denison Bulletin & Review)
Older Iowans and their families will have the opportunity to raise questions about long-term care insurance at a Town Hall Meeting at DMACC in Carroll on August 5, from 9 to 11 a.m.

National and Iowa organizations laud Boswell and Braley for supporting drug bill (Logan Herald-Observer & Woodbine Twiner)
The National Center for Assisted Living and the Iowa Center for Assisted Living applaud Representatives Leonard Boswell (D) and Bruce Braley (D) for becoming cosponsors of the Medicare Part D Home and Community Services Copayment Equity Act of 2009 (HR 1407), a bill that would eliminate Medicare Part D drug copayments for low-income seniors in assisted living and residential care settings.

Obituary update (Daily Journal)
David Nichols Pratt, 77, of Vineland, died Sunday afternoon, July 12, 2009, at the Millville Center - Genesis Elder Care in Millville after developing several health problems during the last few years. He was a resident of Genesis since November 2007.

Leading Senior Care Destination TheCaringSpace.com Launches ElderCare Library and Care Community (redOrbit)
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- As the recent decline in the economy continues to place pressure on families, America's leading senior care search engine is making it even easier for families to find affordable, reliable care for their elderly loved ones.

Dakim BrainFitness Now Used in 286 Senior Living Communities, Adding 136 Sites in 12 Months for Dementia-Fighting System (redOrbit)
July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Dakim Inc. announced today that the Dakim(R) BrainFitness(TM) System has now been adopted by 286 senior living communities in 34 states to help residents build their defenses against dementia and memory loss. Dakim has added 136 new sites in the last year, further solidifying its status as the #1 brain training system provider in the senior care market. The rapid gains ...

Top 10 signs a senior may need housing assistance (The Southside Reporter)
Determining whether or not a senior relative may require a change in living arrangements can be difficult. To provide a starting point, “The Care Guide” recently issued its top 10 signs indicating that a senior may require housing assistance.

Aurora Health Care Sponsors Education Event to Improve Care for the Elderly (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
A hospital visit for an older adult can easily turn into a downward slide into a nursing home. In an effort to prevent such scenarios and to improve health care for the elderly, Aurora Health Care is sponsoring a continuing medical education event Friday, July 17, at the Marquette University Wealser Auditorium.

House Democrats unveil health care reform plan (CNN)
House Democrats unveiled their revised version of health care reform Tuesday, offering a proposal that includes a government-funded health insurance option, requires both individuals and employers to participate, and taxes the wealthy to help cover costs.

House Health Care Plan Released (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
House Democrats plan to push ahead with their health care overhaul after unveiling a bill Tuesday, with promises to pass it before the August recess.

Amitabh Bachchan: Bollywood's elder statesman (CNN)
After 40 years of appearing on the silver screen, actor Amitabh Bachchan is the elder statesman of Indian cinema and is possibly the most recognized man in India.

House Plans to Tax Millionaires to Fund U.S. Health-Care Plan (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
July 15 (Bloomberg) -- House Democrats plan to fund the broadest U.S. health-care expansion in four decades by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans, imposing a surtax of 5.4 percent on couples with more than $1 million in income.

Some tips to help care for your aging dogs and cats (Dayton Courier)
"Geriatric cats and dogs are beloved parts of many of our families --and as pet owners it's important that we meet their special needs," said Veterinarian Dr. Mary Minor, of the Dayton Valley Veterinary Clinic.

Obama May Rely on Partisan Vote for Health-Care Bill (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
July 15 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama may rely only on Democrats to push health-care legislation through the U.S. Congress if Republican resistance doesn’t eventually give way, two of the president’s top advisers said.

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.

Box Elder passes fence rule (Standard-Examiner)
BRIGHAM CITY -- A sea of cowboy hats filled the Box Elder County commission chambers Tuesday for a public hearing on a county-wide fencing ordinance.

The Note: Now or Never on Obama Health Care Plan? (ABC News)
The health care debate is at a critical phase, with Obama's leadership and pushes from the DNC calculated to turn illusions of momentum into votes.

Bay Future Chairman Brian Elder says it's time to 'get real' about bringing clean coal to Bay County (The Bay City Times)
Dan Staudacher | The Bay City TimesCounty Commissioner Brian K. Elder addresses the crowd at a State of the Community Luncheon held in March at the Doubletree hotel in downtown Bay City. County Commissioner Brian K. Elder, D-7th district, is...

Innovative Senior Care Agency Promotes Healthy Longevity with New Book, Happy to 102 (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance)
PALO ALTO, Calif.----Home Care Assistance recently released its new book: Happy to 102: The Best Kept Secrets to a Long and Happy Life. Written by a team of senior care experts, Kathy N.

Home Helpers Announces Newest National Partnership with Cypress Care (dBusinessNews.com)
CINCINNATI- Home Helpers, the nation’s leading senior care franchise specializing in non-medical and personal care and companionship with a presence in more than 500 communities in North America , announces its newest national partnership with Cypress Care, a national network specializing in ancillary services and cost containment programs for workers compensation.

Senior needs: transportation, in-home health care, chaplaincy (Sun-Sentinel)
Jewish Federation study details numerous needs of elderly senior community in south Palm Beach County. Jewish senior citizens need affordable assisted-living facilities, access to transportation and improved hospital chaplaincy services, according to a new study by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

Senate Moves On Health Care Reform Without Kennedy (WBZ Boston)
Senator Ted Kennedy couldn't be there for the vote, but the Senate health committee he chairs pushed forward a $600 billion health care reform bill Wednesday. The senior senator from Massachusetts has made health care legislation his career-long priority.

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.

Daughter is charged in suspected 'elder abuse' (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
She allegedly used her mom's money for vacations, jewelry, car loan.

Elder Financial Abuse's Many Forms (Washington Post)
Elder financial abuse can happen in a number of ways, according to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse:


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