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Failed wildfire evacuation of Santa Rosa care homes fuels new bill to protect seniors

The abandonment of residents at two Santa Rosa senior homes during the October 2017 wildfires has fueled new legislation from state Sen. Bill Dodd that would broaden the potential civil liability for caretakers who desert their senior patients.

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Social Security Retirement Age Should Be 80

Our current system continues to portray people ages 62-65 as old and less capable. It’s the foundation for ageism and one of the key reasons that it is harder to find work after age 50.

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Picking Up the Pace of Change in California

A Report From the California Task Force on Family Caregiving.

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How to Handle Depression in Older Adults

The symptoms can sometimes be tricky to spot. Here’s what you need to know.

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SF’s moment of truth on housing

Two Key Votes on Promoting Affordability. All San Francisco politicians claim to support building more housing. But some also work against that goal.

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Lack of services and supports driving seniors into nursing homes earlier than necessary

Many older Americans are not receiving at home the long-term services and supports that they desperately need, and this failure is fueling more premature admissions into nursing homes.

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California Future Health Workforce Commission announced the release of the report – Meeting the Demand for Health

A bold set of recommendations to eliminate the projected shortfall of health providers the state is expected to face in the field of primary care by 2030.

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Opinion: Newsom must address malnutrition of aging population

Malnutrition in older adults is becoming a crisis in America – not just California

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Marin Voice: California needs more ‘pure vanilla’ housing for seniors

When my dad died unexpectedly, my mom’s world turned upside down. She lost her medical insurance and his pension and found herself living on the lowest level of Social Security, becoming “poor” overnight. This is all too common today for the elderly living in California and unable to make ends meet. My mom was lucky because she had me to help her, but many seniors don’t.

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A new use for the spare room

Home-share programs match two generations facing loneliness and high housing costs.

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Long-Term Services and Supports Costly Now, More So in Future

Two studies, one issued by the Commonwealth Fund and one by the congressional Joint Economic Committee, show the difficulty long-term services and supports costs pose for older people and their families now and how these costs likely will increase for the future as informal, unpaid family caregiving becomes less available.

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Medicare LTSS changes may not help two-thirds of beneficiaries

Two-thirds of Medicare recipients may not benefit from the federal government’s recent policy change allowing Medicare Advantage plans to cover long-term services and supports, according to a new analysis of Medicare data by the Commonwealth Fund.

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Lavender Courtyard Will be the Central Valley’s First Affordable Housing Community for LGBTQ Seniors

When Kaye Crawford spoke at the wake of friend Darrin Heiden in 2014, she talked about the fact that Heiden was “another statistic of a gay man who found himself without a home as he grew older.”

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Are Older Americans Getting the Long-Term Services and Supports They Need?

Two-thirds of older adults living in the community use some degree of LTSS. Reliance on assistive devices and environmental modifications is high; however many adults, particularly dual-eligible beneficiaries, experience adverse consequences of not receiving care.

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Federally Funded Companions Keep Seniors Connected To Their Neighbors

Isolation is an issue for many seniors, especially in rural places. It can lead to loneliness, which many experts consider a serious public health issue. That’s where Kitty Gee comes in.

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Health care: Staffing for elder care at ‘crisis level’

“Everywhere we go anywhere in the state, when we talk to health care providers and aging service providers, the number one concern that’s keeping them up at night is staffing. 100 percent.”

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What young people think about old people is only half right

The young aren’t sure what’s right and what’s rumor about the old and the aging process, according to a survey.

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Judge rules against elderly lesbians rejected from retirement home

Bev Nance, 68, and Mary Walsh, 72, were denied an apartment in Missouri’s Friendship Village because their marriage is not “understood in the Bible.”

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The Double Whammy For Women Over 50 In The Workplace Today

At 62, Susan uses Botox and filler to hide the signs of aging and takes her birthday off from work each year to avoid being asked the question of how old she is. Susan is an executive in the fashion industry. Looks matter. Age matters. That’s the double whammy: ageism and sexism.

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State’s First Accredited Senior Emergency Department Opens in San Diego

UC San Diego Health has opened a new senior emergency department, complete with a team trained in geriatric medicine and senior-friendly architectural design.

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Senior living looks to smart technology to keep residents, staff connected

Santa unpacked a bag full of smart technology at The Cardinal at North Hills’ recent holiday party. K4Connect CEO Scott Moody, dressed as the legendary figure, passed out Echo Dot devices Dec. 19 to residents of the Raleigh, NC, Kisco Senior Living life plan community as part of its expanded partnership with the operator.

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Successful Aging: What we need to do to change our perception of retirement

A significant number of hard-working Americans have no problem with the decision and look forward to the long-awaited gift of freedom with no commute or workplace hassles. But that’s not the case for all.

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Medicaid: What to Watch in 2019 from the Administration, Congress, and the States

Medicaid, the provider of health insurance coverage for about one in five Americans and the largest payer for long-term care services in the community and nursing homes, continues to be a key part of health policy debates at the federal and state level.

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Simulated end-of-life journey delivers emotional insights

Pull the headset over your eyes and the world around you fades. You have become 66-year-old Clay Crowder, and you are dying.

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Senior cohousing an ‘antidote to the loneliness’ that hits people as they age

JoAnna and Ken Allen wanted to relocate from suburban Baltimore to the East Bay to be closer to their children and grandchildren, but JoAnna was reluctant to give up the friends and activities she had established after 45 years in Maryland.

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My turn: What Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom can be

Earthquakes, floods, mega-fires, a recession and other unforeseen events can disrupt the best-laid plans of any California governor. Potential disasters aside, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom should hit the ground running.

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The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone

Loneliness undermines health and is linked to early mortality—and baby boomers are especially feeling the effects

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California’s senior population is growing faster than any other age group. How the next governor responds is crucial

It was early in their courtship seven years ago when Manuel Villanueva warned his now-husband, “I come as a package of three.” The other parts of that deal: his father, and his mother.

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Why California’s next governor must focus on seniors

With our governor chosen, one issue that has not received nearly enough attention during the campaign is our state’s aging population and its associated challenges.

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