Dan Weintraub

Daniel Weintraub, editor of HealthyCal.org, is a veteran California journalist who has covered policy and politics for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the Sacramento Bee and the New York Times. He is a native Californian who has lived in the south and the north and now resides in Sacramento.

Web Site: http://www.healthycal.org

What is it about giving thanks that makes us healthy?

Nov 24, 2014

By Eric Nelson
In remarks made to a conference convened this summer by Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), renowned gratitude expert Dr. Robert Emmons explained why giving thanks is so appealing to so many. “Gratitude has the power to heal, to energize and to change lives,” he said. More specifically, gratitude increases our...

From Stonewall to Welcoming Walls – Elder LGBT Housing On the Rise

Nov 23, 2014



By Matt Perry



Housing facilities for LGBT elders are slowly coming out of their California closets.


A new assisted living complex in Palm Springs that targets an aging LGBT demographic is one of a handful of new facilities serving seniors yearning for supportive and compassionate living environments.


In June, Hollywood’s second LGBT-friendly independent housing project opened, preceded...

Why unemployment is harder for older adults

Nov 18, 2014

By Marty Graham

San Diego area resident Teresa McConnell remembers the seven months of her unemployment clearly.
“I didn’t want to talk to anyone any more, I didn’t want to hear myself say I didn’t have a job and watch people pull away,” she said. “I felt sick and ashamed just saying it.”
Instead, the 54-year-old San...

Long-Term Care Reform: America Stands Alone

Nov 10, 2014

By Matt Perry

With the average American life expectancy now reaching 78, a solution to the long-term care crisis is vital, yet faces the brutal headwinds of economic reality and political stridency.


Since the United Kingdom passed reforms that take effect in 2016, the United States remains the one major developed country that has not tackled...

Berkeley passes soda tax, measure fails in SF

Nov 5, 2014

Berkeley voters on Tuesday became the first in the nation to place a special tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in an attempt to fight the health effects of soda, while across the bay in San Francisco, a similar measure failed to win the two-thirds major...

Changing the message of aging…subliminally

Oct 27, 2014

By Matt Perry

As a reporter who covers Aging issues, discussing the topic in public typically evokes this response through clenched teeth:   “Getting old sucks.”

There are variations on this reply – some involve profanity – but today’s accepted cultural message is that aging is terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad.

Santa Cruz pilot project equips foster youth with education champions

Oct 15, 2014

By Lynn Graebner An Oakland-based nonprofit group is building a national model to help foster youth overcome one of their biggest challenges: staying in school. Moving among multiple homes, often dealing with the trauma of neglect or abuse on top of be...

Spike in ER usage from newly insured declines over time, study says

Oct 15, 2014

Pent-up demand for health care leads to a spike in emergency room visits and hospitalizations among the newly insured, but those numbers quickly decline as people’s needs are met and their health becomes more stable, according to a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The study could mean that fears...

Medicaid recipients see benefit boost

Oct 14, 2014

From Kaiser Health News With an improving fiscal climate, many states are increasing benefits for Medicaid recipients and paying their providers more. The trend is continuing into fiscal year 2015 for those who rely on Medicaid, the state and federal h...

Why reducing poverty — and stress — might be the key to better health

Oct 13, 2014

By Daniel Weintraub

Look at the health data for just about any collection of neighborhoods in California and one thing will soon become clear: Poor people are sicker and, on average, die younger than people with higher incomes.

The medical profession, social workers and health researchers have known this for a long time.

The post Why...

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