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Hundreds sign for blood drive (The Daily Iberian)
Hundreds of people came to the Inn of Iberia to donate blood in honor of 2-year-old Jean’-Paul Elder Marceaux, with many coming off the street after seeing the mobiles in the parking lot.

Local health care companies Humana and Kindred spend big on lobbyists (Louisville Courier-Journal)
As the health care reform debate raged last year in the nation's capital, Louisville-based Humana Inc. and Kindred Healthcare pumped more than $2.1 million into their congressional lobbying operations in an effort to influence the outcome.

Health care reform: out of sight but not out of mind (Baltimore Sun)
Democrats quietly looking for ways to get bill passed - President Barack Obama's campaign to overhaul the nation's health care system is officially on the back burner as Democrats turn to the task of stimulating job growth, but behind the scenes senior Democrats have settled on a strategy to salvage the massive legislation.

Health Care: 16% Of GDP? (Forbes)
The federal government should exit health care altogether.

Michigan health care groups fear more cuts to Medicaid (The Holland Sentinel)
After an 8 percent reduction in Medicaid reimbursement for 2010, state health organizations say additional cuts for 2011 could be overwhelming. “To cut significantly more on top of last year would be devastating to the health care community and access for patients to health and physician services,” said David Finkbeiner, Michigan Health & Hospital Association senior vice president for advocacy.

GeckoSystems Discusses Expansion and Duration of Elder Care Robot Trials (Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance)
CONYERS, GA--(Marketwire - 02/01/10) - GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (Pinksheets: GCKO - News ) ( http://www.geckosystems.com/ ) -- announced today that their world's first in home personal robot trials continue to proceed with new insights being revealed. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging Mobile Service Robot (MSR) industry revolutionizing their development ...

GeckoSystems Discusses Expansion and Duration of Elder Care Robot Trials (Marketwire)
CONYERS, GA--(Marketwire - February 1, 2010) - GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. ( PINKSHEETS : GCKO ) ( http://www.geckosystems.com/ ) -- announced today that their world's first in home personal robot trials continue to proceed with new insights being revealed. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging Mobile Service Robot (MSR) industry revolutionizing their ...

Martin Johnson must free England to attack in Six Nations, says Danny Care (Evening Standard)
Danny Care today urged England manager Martin Johnson to throw off the shackles and go on the attack in the Six Nations.

Lewisburg takes care of Hughesville (The Milton Standard-Journal)
LEWISBURG — Lewisburg had two league games scheduled for this weekend. Tonight’s game against Loyalsock has Heartland Athletic Conference Division II implications. Friday night’s matchup against Hughesville — not so much. But the Green Dragons still knew they had to take care of business.

For health care, a frantic ride in the final days (Park Hills Daily Journal)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a roller-coaster ride on its last twisting turns, President Barack Obama’s campaign to remake health care is barreling into final days of breathless suspense and headlong momentum.

Lifescape starting senior breakfast at Logli Supermarkets Today (WREX-TV Rockford)
Lifescape Community Services starts serving a new senior breakfast at Logli Supermarkets today.

Christian Companion Senior Care to Open in Little Rock (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance)
Christian Companion Senior Care, the nation's first senior care franchise to combine practical and spiritual assistance, is opening an office in Sherwood, Ark.

Christian Companion Senior Care to Open in Little Rock (redOrbit)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Christian Companion Senior Care, the nation's first senior care franchise to combine practical and spiritual assistance, is opening an office in Sherwood, Ark. The grand opening will be Thursday, Feb. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Francine Russo: Supporting Elderly Parents: Adult Children And The Emerging Care Crisis (The Huffington Post)
If all this weren't enough, each of us siblings is going through our own developmental crisis, watching our parents fade and die--and being confronted up close and personal with our own mortality.

New senior center for AME church funded (WTVG-TV Toledo)
The adult day care and senior center will be located at Indiana and City Park

Audio: Moroney sees health-care stocks taking the lead (Market Watch)
Rich Moroney, editor of the Dow Theory Forecast and Upside newsletters, said in an interview with MarketWatch senior columnist that health care and consumer-discretionary stocks are on the rise, and that there are still good buys in technology, though the sector on the whole is slowing down.

Elder care firm opens S.F. office (Santa Fe New Mexican)
Decades, a privately owned Albuquerque company established in 2001 to provide elder care management for families coping with medical, legal and financial challenges, has opened a Santa Fe office at 233 Johnson St.

Talk on senior care scheduled for Wednesday (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Paul Hogan, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care, will hold a free public talk on planning for senior care on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Founders Union Building on the University of Louisville's Shelby campus.

Britain's senior military chiefs 'threatened to resign' over cuts (Belfast Telegraph)
Britain's senior military chiefs threatened to resign in protest at defence cuts a year after the Iraq invasion, the inquiry into the war heard yesterday. Related Stories HIV-positive woman ‘used faked papers’ to work at care homes Devolution of Northern Ireland policing: Another day of torture at Hillsborough Four-year-old quizzed by police for threatening to kill Gloom for Northern Ireland ...

Deng Xiaoping: A Political Wizard Who Put China on the Capitalist Road (New York Times)
Like Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai before him, Deng Xiaoping was among the small group of revolutionary elders who fought as guerrillas for the Communist cause and then dominated the leadership of the People's Republic they proclaimed on Oct. 1, 1949.

Your Money with Chuck Jaffe: Dow forecaster puts money into health care, tech (Market Watch)
Rich Moroney, editor of the Dow Theory Forecast and Upside newsletters, says that health care and consumer-discretionary stocks are on the rise, and that there are still good buys in technology, though the sector on the whole is slowing down.

A GOOD AGE: Doctor billed woman on Medicare for 15-minute phone call (The Patriot Ledger)
A reader was astonished to receive a bill for $35 after she called her doctor to get results of her MRI test.   The 81-year-old woman got right on the phone to the doctor’s office and asked why she was charged for a 15-minute phone call. The staff told her that they were now “authorized” to bill for phone calls. Local elder advocates are outraged.

With long-term care, free advice is expensive (Daily Local News)
When I first began working in elder law about 14 years ago, information on Medicaid for seniors facing nursing home and long-term care costs was difficult to obtain. Gifting rules left a wide margin. The rules were fairly complicated but consistent. Much of this has changed.

Business briefs for Feb. 2, 2010 (Santa Fe New Mexican)
Get FREE Daily Headlines by email! Decades, a privately owned Albuquerque company established in 2001 to provide elder care management for families coping with medical, legal and financial challenges, has opened a Santa Fe office at 233 Johnson St.

Health care's new hidden danger (CNN Money)
In the battle over health care reform, two ideas seems to bridge the divide between Democrats and Republicans: Private insurers should be required to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions and be banned from charging older, sicker people much more. But where the two camps jibe could also cause the most damage to health care.

MI Senior Foundation grant helps seniors remain at home (Mercer Island Reporter)
Seniors living independently on Mercer Island have the option of receiving in-home care through the Mercer Island Senior Check-In Service, which has received a $5,000 grant from the Mercer Island Senior Foundation.

Wonderful House offers Chinese cuisine (Casper Journal)
You’ll find many of the most familiar Chinese menu choices at Casper’s newest restaurant, the Wonderful House. The difference at the new restaurant at 221 S. Montana St. in the Hilltop Shopping Center is the personal care that goes into preparing everything from the egg drop soup to Szuechan shrimp.

Redcar and Cleveland care homes to close (Gazette Live - Teeside)
THE DOORS are to close on Redcar and Cleveland’s four council-run care homes.

Senior Services of the Chathams depends 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.

Senior Briefs: Feb. 3, 2010 (Plattsburgh Press Republican)
DID YOU KNOW? Training set for Friendship Volunteer program LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks commissioned six new friendship volunteers Jan. 21 in Saranac Lake.

Lewisburg takes care of Hughesville (The Milton Standard-Journal)
LEWISBURG — Lewisburg had two league games scheduled for this weekend. Tonight’s game against Loyalsock has Heartland Athletic Conference Division II implications. Friday night’s matchup against Hughesville — not so much. But the Green Dragons still knew they had to take care of business.

Madison Medical Center Completes Emergency Care Training (Democrat News)
On December 1 and 2, 2009, Madison Medical Center joined 15 other health care providers from hospitals in four (4) Missouri communities who gathered in Farmington, Missouri to participate in Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) training.

Lady Giants win on Senior Night (The Canton Daily Ledger)
Well, it wasn't pretty ma, but the Canton Lady Giants edged the Dunlap Lady Eagles 44-39 in Tuesday's Senior Night action. Canton improves their overall record to 16-8 and to 8-5 in the Mid-Illini Conference.

Health-care chief resigns over sex-offender revelation (Florida Keys Keynoter)
It appears members of the Lower Florida Keys Hospital District board have no problems with the Senior Care Group despite the revelation that the health-care company's president resigned following the disclosure that he's a registered sex offender.

Health-care report gives Tories failing grade (Red Deer Advocate)
People have to wonder why Premier Ed Stelmach is trying so hard to defeat his own government, says a Red Deer man who helped the NDP create its new report on health care.

Cherokee Elder Care gets new bus (Muskogee Phoenix)
TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Elder Care is the recipient of a new 14-passenger bus complete with an automatic wheelchair lift, allowing for easier transport for the elderly and disabled.

Elder Manning's support clear (Marietta Daily Journal)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The town he calls home and the team he took a beating for over the course of a decade finally made it to the Super Bowl. The quarterback on the other side is his middle son....

Senior Care controversy heats up (The Montclair Times)
The controversy over the proposed purchase of Senior Care and Activities Center continued to percolate this past week, with municipal officials offering guided tours of the Greenwood Avenue facility to drum up support for the plan, while detractors e-mailed Township Council members urging them not to give the project the green light.

Royersford church hosts final stop of Clinical Care Charity Tour (Spring-Ford Reporter & Valley Item)
Senior year of high school presents many challenges: college applications, scholarships and senior projects -- especially if the project is a concert series. Royersford’s Bryan Exley organized the Clinical Care Charity Tour to raise money and awareness for the Free Clinic in Phoenixville.

Senior Services of the Chathams depends 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.

Understanding and Planning for the Cost of Long-term Care (Kansas City InfoZine)
Paying for Home Care - Resources available to help with the cost of home care

Super Bowl Saints inspire revived New Orleans (CNN)
He is a child of New Orleans. He was born there, raised there. He was a fan of the Saints. But to the people of the Big Easy, on Sunday, Peyton Manning is their archenemy.

RedBrick names senior executives (Finance and Commerce)
RedBrick Health, a Minneapolis-based technology startup focused on reducing the health care costs of employers, appointed two senior executives, beefing up its senior management team.

Business owners ask Congress to start over on health care (The Bristol Press)
Following President Barack Obama’s comments on health care legislation in his State of the Union address, the Connecticut Campaign for Responsible Health Reform met Thursday in Hartford. This group of small business owners called on Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation to “start over” on health care reform.

Hiring an elder law attorney (KMIR 6 Palm Springs)
At age 67, Robert decided to draw up his will. But he worried his diagnosis of Alzheimer's might later create legal problems. So he hired an elder law attorney to help him write it.

Hiring an elder law attorney (KIVI Boise)
Need guidance with complex estate planning? Having problems getting a parent's Medicare claim resolved? Here's a professional who might be able to help.

Council hears pros, cons on buying Senior Care (The Montclair Times)
An audience of around 75 residents packed the Township Council chambers Wednesday night to sound off on the council’s proposed acquisition of Senior Care and Activities Center for use as a municipal community center.

Elder abuse alleged in 91-year-old Madera woman's death (The Fresno Bee)
A 36-year-old Madera woman was arrested on elder-abuse charges in connection with the death of her 91-year-old relative, Madera police said today.

When the Patient Can’t Afford the Care (New York Times)
Medical schools are strong in teaching biology and pharmacology, while areas like the costs of health care are often neglected.

Steven B. Neil becomes the second charged in Genesee County's largest elder abuse case (The Flint Journal)
A second person has been accused of scheming to embezzle more than $1 million from a prominent local rheumatologist who also served as assistant dean at the Michigan State University Medical School.


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