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Crisis in elder care targeted (Montreal Gazette)
The Quebec government plans to open more than 600 long-term care beds in Montreal next year to address the city’s crisis in elder care. Still, the Montreal Health and Social Services Agency confirmed Monday that 700 elderly patients are waiting in hospitals to be transferred to nursing homes.

Health care: Lowering costs for old could raise them for young (USA Today)
For years, insurers have charged older customers far more than younger ones, in part because of older residents' higher use of medical services. Now, as Congress wrestles with a health care overhaul aimed at covering the majority of the 46 million uninsured, that discrepancy is one area targeted for change.

Durenberger renews his hope that health care reform is ahead (Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)
On one of the last days of August, David Durenberger sat in his quiet, sunny office at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and talked about how August was the month that changed his mind.

Paulsen talks health care in Minnetonka (Hopkins Sun-Sailor)
With Congress in recess for the month of August, U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen stopped by RidgePointe Senior Living in Minnetonka on Monday, Aug. 24, to discuss the health care reform bill recently introduced in the House.

Become an Elder Care Specialist (CBS 6 Richmond)
If you enjoy the rewards and satisfaction of assisting middle-aged and senior clients with their daily activities and needs, consider a career in the fast-growing field of Elder Care Specialists (ECS).

Republican congressmen state opposition to Obama health-care reform at Richardson town hall meeting (Dallas Morning News)
A passionate crowd greeted four senior Republicans from North Texas who led a discussion on overhauling health care Monday night in Richardson.

Live 5 News, Weather Sports, and Traffic for Charleston, SC-US Sen. Graham holding health care round-table (Live 5 News Charleston)
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's senior senator is hosting a round-table discussion on health care. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's office says the Republican will also speak to reporters before the discussion on Tuesday at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

Mass. to keep health care for legal immigrants (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
BOSTON - State health care coverage for about 31,000 legal immigrants in Massachusetts will continue despite a sharp funding cut in the new budget, Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced Monday.

Hoekstra Health Care Forum Draws Big Crowd (FOX 17 Grand Rapids)
More than 500 people showed up for a town hall meeting on health care at Evergreen Commons in Holland. Health care is so hot a topic that more than 500 people showed up Monday night at Evergreen Commons Senior Center in Holland for Congressman Pete Hoekstra's town hall meeting.

Warfarin therapy provides substantial protection for elder patients with atrial fibrillation (News-Medical-Net)
Warfarin (an oral anticoagulant) therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation - the most common type of significant heart rhythm disorder - appears to be most beneficial for the oldest patients, for those who have had a prior stroke and for patients with multiple risk factors for stroke, according to a new study by Kaiser Permanente and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers.

US Sen. Graham holding health care round-table (WIS News 10 Columbia)
South Carolina's senior senator is hosting a round-table discussion on health care.

Republican congressmen state opposition to Obama health-care reform at Texas town hall meeting (Boston Herald)
A passionate crowd greeted four senior Republicans from North Texas who led a discussion on overhauling health care Monday night in Richardson. Reps. Sam Johnson of Plano,...

Graham holding health care round-table (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 9:41 a.m. Last Modified: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 9:41 a.m. ROCK HILL — South Carolina's senior senator is hosting a round-table discussion on health care.

WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC-US Sen. Graham holding health care round-table (WBTV Charlotte)
ROCK HILL, SC (AP) - South Carolina's senior senator is hosting a round-table discussion on health care. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's office says the Republican will also speak to reporters before the discussion on Tuesday at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

GOP Health Care Road Show: McConnell, McCain Stop in NC (MyNC.com)
An odd couple of Republican senators have hit the road, arguing for a go-slow approach to President Barack Obama's push to revamp health care. They stopped in North Carolina Tuesday.

Shriver: Kennedy death could spur action on health care (The San Francisco Examiner)
WASHINGTON — Maria Shriver says the death of her uncle Sen. Edward Kennedy could provide momentum to the senator's lifetime effort to overhaul the nation's health care system.

GOP senators seek go-slow approach on health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
An odd couple of Republican senators have hit the road, arguing for a go-slow approach to President Barack Obama's push to revamp health care.

GOP Senators Push Go-Slow Approach On Health Care (CBS 3 Philadelphia)
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and 2008 presidential nominee John McCain are headlining the GOP's answer to the raucous town hall meetings of August in which congressional Democrats had to shout over angry constituents about health care, growing deficits and the increasing role of the federal government.

GOP Senators Push Go-Slow Approach On Health Care (WCBS-TV New York)
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and 2008 presidential nominee John McCain are headlining the GOP's answer to the raucous town hall meetings of August in which congressional Democrats had to shout over angry constituents about health care, growing deficits and the increasing role of the federal government.

Obama to Begin New Health-Care Offensive, Top Aide Axelrod Says (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama may offer more detailed, “prescriptive” proposals as he begins a new offensive to overcome opposition to his efforts to overhaul the U.S. health-care system, a senior adviser said.

Danny Glover visits; speaks for care of senior citizens, diversity (KTUU Anchorage)
Glover, a lead character in the "Lethal Weapon" series and many other films, was the headliner at the Anchorage Senior Activity Center Tuesday afternoon.

Looking to Save Health Care Reform (New York Times)
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Paulsen talks health care in Minnetonka (Burnsville Sun-Current)
With Congress in recess for the month of August, U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen stopped by RidgePointe Senior Living in Minnetonka on Monday, Aug. 24, to discuss the health care reform bill recently introduced in the House.

GOP urges Obama to 'protect senior citizens' (USA Today)
The Republican National Committee released an ad Tuesday called "Seniors' Bill of Rights" to call attention to the party's objections to President Obama's health care package.

Local News (u.tv)
I'm out of town on elder care business just now, a situation not conducive to high intensity online activity. I have, however, learned from the BBC website that heavy rain is forecast for central London today.

Obama considers major speech on health care, aide says (CNN)
President Obama is considering giving a major speech detailing what he would like to see included in a bill to overhaul health care, a senior White House aide said Wednesday.

AARP raises its voice in health care debate (USA Today)
AARP, which has lost tens of thousands of members over its support for efforts to revamp the health care system, is preparing a post-Labor Day blitz to try to cast itself as a politically impartial advocate on health care issues.

Obama to Begin New Health-Care Offensive, Aide Says (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama may offer more detailed, “prescriptive” proposals as he begins a new offensive to overcome opposition to his effort to overhaul the U.S. health-care system, a senior adviser said.

Obama to Begin New Health-Care Offensive, Top Aide Axelrod Says (Bloomberg)
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama may offer more detailed, “prescriptive” proposals as he begins a new offensive to overcome opposition to his efforts to overhaul the U.S. health-care system, a senior adviser said.

GOP health care road show: McConnell, McCain (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 11:36 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 11:36 a.m. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An odd couple of Republican senators have hit the road, arguing for a go-slow approach to President Barack Obama's push to revamp health care.

Family members face elder abuse charges in woman's death (ABC 4 Salt Lake City)
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A man, his wife and their daughter-in-law face elder abuse charges over the death of a 90-year-old West Valley City woman.

Henry Ford Health System Senior VP Finance Takes Top Finance Spot at McLaren Health Care (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Veteran Senior Vice President, Finance for Henry Ford Health System, David Mazurkiewicz has been named Senior Vice President and CFO of Flint-based McLaren Health Care.

Henry Ford Health System Senior VP Finance Takes Top Finance Spot at McLaren Health Care (redOrbit)
FLINT, Mich., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Veteran Senior Vice President, Finance for Henry Ford Health System, David Mazurkiewicz has been named Senior Vice President and CFO of Flint-based McLaren Health Care. Mazurkiewicz will join McLaren in early October.

Abandoning public option may not lift health care (The San Francisco Examiner)
President Barack Obama’s signal that he will not insist his health care reform plan includes a government-run insurance option may ultimately do little to help Congress find enough consensus to pass legislation this year.

Couple accused of elder abuse of mom (The Salt Lake Tribune)
A West Valley City couple are accused of bilking their elderly mother out of more than $100,000 while failing to care for the woman, who developed bedsores and other ailments as a result of the alleged neglect.

Paulsen talks health care in Minnetonka (Burnsville Sun-Current)
With Congress in recess for the month of August, U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen stopped by RidgePointe Senior Living in Minnetonka on Monday, Aug. 24, to discuss the health care reform bill recently introduced in the House.

Senior care facility eyed on Main Street in Milpitas (The Milpitas Post)
A former mobile home park and motel on South Main Street were reduced to rubble by demolition crews last month. City officials are now proposing the graded area be converted into a senior-only residential project.

Care-A-Van shuttle provides senior transportation (Cnylink)
Bville seniors now have more options for transportation to their medical appointments. Thanks to four dedicated women, the Baldwinsville Senior Care-A-Van Shuttle will

UK study suggests drastic health care cuts (AP via Yahoo! News)
Britain's universal health care system was back in the spotlight Thursday, as a leaked consultants' report advised drastic staff and budget cuts, and a group of senior doctors expressed concern about the treatment of dying patients.

3 workers fired for elder abuse (Albert Lea Tribune)
VIRGINIA — Three former nursing aides at an assisted living facility on Minnesota’s Iron Range pinched, slapped and threw rubber balls at a resident with Alzheimer’s disease and told another resident to “shut up” while calling him names, according to a state report.

UK study suggests drastic health care cuts (KTNV Las Vegas)
Britain's universal health care system was back in the spotlight Thursday, as a leaked consultants' report advised drastic staff and budget cuts, and a group of senior doctors expressed concern about the treatment of dying...

Obama aims to take control of health care debate (AP via Yahoo! News)
Hoping to salvage his politically endangered health care overhaul, President Barack Obama will give a State of the Union-style address featuring fresh and more detailed arguments for revamping the system.

Hogan will host town hall on elder affairs (The Beacon-Villager)
State Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, announced will host her first town hall meeting with seniors in order to directly address issues of importance to the senior population. The forum will include a discussion of senior driving restriction legislation, as well as home care services with state and local officials, community members, and representatives from senior support organizations.

Charges filed against nursing home manager, owner in deadly neglect case (seattlepi.com)
King County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the owner and manager elder-care facility on allegations that they allowed a wheelchair-bound woman to develop bedsores that ultimately led to her death.

Ellen Goodman: Health care has its senior moments (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
BOSTON -- When exactly did the Republicans start operating one of those marketing scams that target the elderly? It was bad enough when Sarah Palin told a bald Facebook lie that there were "death panels" in the plans to reform health care. It was worse to see Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley flunk the "pants on fire" test as he seconded this myth. Republicans planted the fear that President ...

Foundation for Senior Care celebrates 30 years of helping community (The Fallbrook Village News)
FALLBROOK More than 100 people from throughout the community came together to support and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Foundation for Senior Care on Thursday, August 20. Guests were delighted with a buffet deliciously prepared by Fallbrook Golf Clubs Hukilau Restaurant and entertained by a live music performance by local talent Keni Yarbro. Guests arriving at the open house event were ...

Critical report into care of elderly man (icWales)
WALES’ Commissioner for Older People is irrelevant, a charity claimed yesterday, as it issued a damning report into the care of an elderly man.

Rick Barnett appointed as senior vice president by VHA to head its West Coast regional office (News-Medical-Net)
VHA Inc., the national health care network, has hired Rick Barnett as senior vice president of its West Coast regional office, and it has elevated John Thomas to the post of senior vice president to lead the newly formed VHA Pacific Northwest office, VHA's 17th regional office.

Small businesses must make plans for health care changes (The Star-Ledger)
Dan Sheridan, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer for Extensis, a human resources outsourcing company based in Woodbridge. With health care premiums expected to rise in coming months for thousands of small businesses across the country, many employers will...

Health care lobbyists target returning Congress (AP via Yahoo! News)
Interest groups are unleashing a torrent of modern and old-fashioned lobbying tactics at members of Congress returning for the autumn battle over health care, from spending sky-high amounts on TV ads to staging rallies in the capital and perhaps outside insurance company offices.


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