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Home Health Care: 8 Million People, 17,000 Providers, $60 Billion Dollars/Year. Providers Will Soon Be Rated And Reported Via Medicare

Home health care and hospice play critical roles in the continuum of American health care. Some 17,000 providers care for nearly eight million people who have acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness—at an annual cost of

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Lenders Preying on Unsuspecting Seniors !

Predatory lending practices that produced the subprime mortgage meltdown have cropped up in the reverse mortgage market, where seniors are being targeted, putting their equity and savings at risk, according to a new report. Reverse mortgage lenders are using financial

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The Family Caregiver Program Act Placed on Senate Calendar

The Family Caregiver Program Act of 2009 was introduced by Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii on April 2, 2009, and has been placed on the U.S. Senate calendar for discussion last week, on September 27, 2009. The bill focuses on

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Nursing Homes: Battle Between Families And Staff

In a nursing home near Denver, Sharon Kenney’s mother was waiting, and waiting, for an aide to answer her call bell and help her to the bathroom. Her daughter stayed on the phone with her for 45 increasingly desperate minutes.

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One Person’s Positive Story Of Medicaid Assistance

NPR‘s Jeff Brady profiles Gracie Scarrow, 94. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure she didn’t have the money to pay for the care she needed. With her daughter Lela’s help, Gracie turned to Medicaid. The program pays for her nursing home,

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How Silly Stuff And Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect

In addition to assorted bad breaks and pleasant surprises, opportunities and insults, life serves up the occasional pink unicorn. The three-dollar bill; the nun with a beard; the sentence, to borrow from the Lewis Carroll poem, that gyres and gimbles in

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5 Simple Steps To Choose The Right Senior Care Provider

Finding the right Senior Care Solution for an aging loved one is one of the most complex decisions you can face in a lifetime.  It’s incredibly stressful, and often needed to be done in a very short timeframe.  It is

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A Positive Nursing Home Story

Gary M. Riffe has a positive nursing home story on My Better Nursing Home today. He is a president of Hi-Acres Manor Nursing Center of  Jamestown, ND. Here is an excerpts of one of the things they offer – “… a

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Want to know about Health Care reform? New explanations from NYT, WSJ, AP, W.Post

Various News sources provide their view on the forming health care reform. The New York Times: New subsidies, expanded state and federal programs, and tougher regulation would help more people buy insurance. Taxes – especially on health plans that offer

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Dementia Risk Seen in Players in N.F.L. Study

A study commissioned by the National Football League reports that Alzheimer’s disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league’s former players vastly more often than in the national population — including a rate of 19 times

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