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Visiting Older Parents for the Holidays – A Practical Guide

Adult Children Visiting Older Parents During the Holidays may Find Themselves Dismayed…and Stressed If they are visiting older parents and relatives several time zones away for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or XXXX, adult children often return from holiday celebrations even more tense and overwhelmed than when they left. Mom may seem more unsteady on her feet. Dad…

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GOP Obamacare Replacement Bodes Ill for California’s almost-Seniors

Chad Terhune of California Healthline analyzed the GOP “replacement” plan for Obamacare and found it’s definitely bad news for Californians in the pre-Medicare age bracket (55 – 65) who don’t already get their health insurance through their employers. The ACA [Obamacare] offers a wide range of subsidies that take into account household income and the…

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Dementia Rates Falling But Numbers of Afflicted Will Still Rise

The California Health Care Foundation reports today the results of a new study that shows that the rate at which people over the age of 65 are developing dementia has fallen almost 25 percent since 2000. But the spectacular growth of the elderly population as a whole means that the number of dementia sufferers in…

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In-Home Elder Care Tips

If you’re concerned for your parents, grandparents or an aging family member who lives by themselves at home, you’re not alone. People are living longer thanks to significant advancements in health care, but that doesn’t stop the inevitable struggles associated with aging such as limited mobility or cognitive decline. Acknowledging the realities of aging and…

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Ending nursing home evictions

This disturbing investigative piece by Matt Sedensky at the Associated Press finds that nursing homes are becoming increasingly aggressive about getting rid of residents whose needs are more intense than others: NEW YORK (AP) — Nursing homes are increasingly evicting their most challenging residents, advocates for the aged and disabled say, testing protections for some…

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“Alzheimer’s disease is the opposite of modern life….”

Please check out Frank Bruni’s column on Alzheimer’s in Wednesday’s New York Times. He writes a striking portrait of his grandmother, and gives us some updates on how Alzheimer’s awareness is seeping ever higher into public consciousness. Also, we made a comment.    

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Why you (still) need to choose a nursing home very carefully

A recent state investigation into California’s oversight of nursing home quality contains some shocking details about how bad that oversight actually is. The State Auditor found, among other things, that: As of April 2014, California’s Department of Public Health [which regulates nursing homes] had more than 10,000 open complaints and open incident reports, as well…

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Don’t underestimate the danger of your mom or dad falling

The New York Times weekend before last examined the increasing incidence of falls among the elderly that are causing serious injuries and even death: As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So the retirement communities, assisted…

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Assisted-living in California: Safer now than a year ago?

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a flurry of measures designed to make the assisted living industry (and board-and-care homes) more accountable to residents, families, and the public. Assisted-living, often confused with nursing homes, allow aging parents to live in apartments in a common building, where food in served in a dining room and…

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