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Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

Federal health officials seek to stop social media abuse of nursing home residents

By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman ProPublica Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. The move follows a series of ProPublica reports that have documented abuses in nursing homes and assisted living centers using social […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Long-term care is an immediate problem — for the government

Long-term care is an immediate problem — for the government

By Anna Gorman and Barbara Feder Ostrov Kaiser Health News Donna Nickerson spent her last working years as the activity and social services director at a Turlock, Calif., nursing home. But when she developed Alzheimer’s disease and needed that kind of care herself, she and her husband couldn’t afford it: A bed at a nearby home […]

August 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seniors who live alone likeliest to rate their health highly, study

Seniors who live alone likeliest to rate their health highly, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News People over 65 who live alone were more likely to describe their health as excellent or very good than were seniors who live with others, according to a study exploring connections between older Americans’ health status and their living arrangements. Conversely, older people living with others — whether related […]

July 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

Money, personal preferences push states on long-term care

By Jenni Bengal Stateline Facing a wave of aging baby boomers, many states are trying to make it easier for frail seniors to stay in their homes — as many prefer — instead of moving into more costly long-term care nursing homes. States have a huge stake in where aging seniors and disabled people end […]

July 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
As cases multiply, officials scramble to stop abuse of nursing home residents on social media

As cases multiply, officials scramble to stop abuse of nursing home residents on social media

By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman ProPublica. When a certified nursing assistant in Hubbard, Iowa, shared a photo online in March of a nursing home resident with his pants around his ankles, his legs and hand covered in feces, the most surprising aspect of state health officials’ investigation was this: It wasn’t against the law. […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

Despite concerns, seniors often leave hospitals with opioid prescriptions, study finds

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News It’s a common scenario: Someone checks into a hospital for surgery or an illness and leaves with a prescription for an opioid painkiller, opening the door to long-term use and dependence. A recent study examined this pattern and found the prescriptions are used and renewed more often than you might imagine. Researchers […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

By Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Broadcasting Kaiser Health News At Edgewood Summit retirement community in Charleston, W.Va., 93-year-old Mary Mullens is waxing eloquent about her geriatrician, Dr. Todd Goldberg. “He’s sure got a lot to do,” she said, “and does it so well.” West Virginia has the third oldest population in the nation, right […]

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suburbs Go Gray: Part One

Suburbs Go Gray: Part One

Can Car-Centric Suburbs Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers? Baby boomer Greg Glischinski wants to grow old in his multilevel suburban home in Centennial, Colorado, but worries there’s no bedroom or full bathroom on the first floor and public transit options are limited if he can no longer drive. By Jenni Bergal Stateline CENTENNIAL, Colo. — […]

July 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suburbs Go Gray: Part Two

Suburbs Go Gray: Part Two

As suburbs shift, funding fights loom Going Gray: How Aging Boomers Will Challenge Suburbia By Jenni Burgle Stateline Rudy Magnan was shocked when he learned, a few years ago, that he’d have to pay $2,000 more in property taxes for his two-bedroom condo in an adults-only community in Newtown, Connecticut. So Magnan and other retirees […]

July 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suburbs Go Gray: Part Three

Suburbs Go Gray: Part Three

Grocery Stores, Grab Bars and ‘Golden Girls’ Going Gray: How Aging Boomers Will Challenge Suburbia © The Pew Charitable Trusts “Golden Girls” Carol Gee, Landa Williams, Paula Gee and dog Ace share a suburban home in Overland Park, Kansas. The three baby boomers moved in together for support and companionship and chose the house because […]

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