Monthly Archives: November 2011

Lag in Mental Health Care Found At One-Third of VA Hospitals

Veterans seeking mental health care have always been under-served by the VA system. The VA has made promises recently to speed up treatment of vets coming to VA facilities for mental care, but a recent study shows those promises not … Continue reading

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“Obamacare” Saving Money Now For Senior Citizens

The new health care law frequently disparaged as “Obamacare” is saving money for many of the senior citizens who oppose the law. One way seniors are saving money is by the way the new law is shrinking the “doughnut hole” … Continue reading

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More Caregivers are Proactive in Planning for Loved Ones with Special Needs

The MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning’s 2011 Torn Security Blanket study polled 1,000 caregivers and included follow up interview with some of the respondents.  The study, released in October, found that progress has been made in the area of … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope each of you has a wonderful day today, surrounded by friends and family and giving thanks for the many blessings we have.  

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Celebrating Family Caregivers — National Caregivers Month

This guest post is from Debbie turned the ringing alarm off. It was 6:00AM and time to get herself ready for the day. Her son would be there soon to help her shower and dress her husband Jim. Her … Continue reading

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Editorial: Troubling Signs in Nursing Homes

As a follow-up to a recent investigation into nursing homes, written about here, the Dallas Morning News has published an editorial decrying the decline in state enforcement of safety violations. Here are excerpts from the editorial: A woman in a … Continue reading

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We’re Living Longer — Number of Americans Over 90 Rising Dramatically

The oldest of us have been increasing in number for years now. But that increase is accelerating. An article in the Washington Post says the number of people aged 90 and older will quadruple to eight million by the middle of … Continue reading

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Nationwide Shortage of Geriatricians Expected to Worsen

The AP reported the “nationwide shortage” of geriatricians is “going to get worse as the 70 million members of the baby-boom generation — those now 46 to 65 — reach their senior years over the next few decades.” Currently, “the American … Continue reading

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Texas Steps Back From Stiffest Punishment of Bad Nursing Homes

One example of Governor Rick Perry’s push to reduce governmental regulations in Texas is the reduced enforcement of nursing home standards over the length of his terms in office. While this may be good for the corporations that own and … Continue reading

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