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For employers, investment in caregiving pay for themselves

Apr 17, 2016

by Matt Perry

The “Sandwich Generation” has it tough. Not only are these Baby Boom parents raising kids, they’re also caring for aging relatives who demand more of their time: dressing, feeding or transporting them to doctor’s appointments.

All of this while trying to work in an office – often full-time.

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Do Central Valley Hospitals Earn Their Nonprofit Tax Breaks?

Apr 11, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

Major Central Valley hospitals don’t report enough data to determine whether they earn the extensive tax breaks they get for operating as nonprofits, according to a study released Monday.

“These hospitals get a whopping tax break because they’re supposed to benefit the community as not-for-profits, but the data they report is so...

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Exposure to Trauma & Chronic Adversity Can Be Life-Threatening for Our Children

Apr 11, 2016

By Alex M. Johnson

California is facing a public health crisis – children’s exposure to trauma and chronic adversity.

A growing body of research shows that exposure to trauma harms children’s developing brains so much that the effects show up decades later in the form of poor health and the perpetuation of violence and poverty.

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Innovative Food Programs Combat Food Insecurity in California

Apr 10, 2016
Innovative Food Programs Combat Food Insecurity in California

photo by Mansi Shah

By Fran Kritz

Since Jan. 1, thousands more kids in California have had improved access to breakfast and lunch at school for little or no cost.

That’s when a new law took effect requiring schools that serve subsidized federally funded meals and post the application forms online to have those applications...

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Alzheimer’s Welcomed Here: Dementia Friendly Communities

Apr 10, 2016
Alzheimer’s Welcomed Here: Dementia Friendly Communities

By Matt Perry

For aging Americans, the fear of dementia now exceeds the fear of cancer.

This fact has been a spark for something new to the world of aging: dementia friendly communities.

Announced nationally at last year’s White House Conference on Aging, the Dementia Friendly America movement is gaining momentum as cities, counties,...

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Undocumented Immigrant Children Will Soon be Eligible for Medi-Cal — But Will They Enroll?

Apr 4, 2016
Undocumented Immigrant Children Will Soon be Eligible for Medi-Cal — But Will They Enroll?

Irene Gomez, director of an outreach program for the Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project in Oxnard, is working hard to spread the word about the new law to undocumented families.

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

When Irene Gomez meets with young undocumented families as the director of an outreach program for migrant farmworkers in Oxnard, she finds that...

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Undocumented Immigrant Children Will Soon be Eligible for Medi-Cal — But Will They Enroll?

Undocumented Immigrant Children Will Soon be Eligible for Medi-Cal — But Will They Enroll?

Irene Gomez, director of an outreach program for the Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project in Oxnard, is working hard to spread the word about the new law to undocumented families.

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

When Irene Gomez meets with young undocumented families as the director of an outreach program for migrant farmworkers in Oxnard, she finds that...

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Advocates push to ban “surprise” hospital bills

By Daniel Weintraub

Major surgery or a stay in the hospital can be stressful enough, even when you have insurance. But Californians with health care coverage who seek treatment at a clinic or hospital that is in their insurance plan’s network must often also deal with the anguish caused by huge unexpected costs.

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Advocates push to ban “surprise” hospital bills

By Daniel Weintraub

Major surgery or a stay in the hospital can be stressful enough, even when you have insurance. But Californians with health care coverage who seek treatment at a clinic or hospital that is in their insurance plan’s network must often also deal with the anguish caused by huge unexpected costs.

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My Poor Aging Neighbor: Income Inequality in Later Life

by Matt Perry

With income equality growing wider each day, a new article claims that even older adults can expect this inequality to increase as they age – within their own demographic.

The elder rich get richer, the elder poor get poorer.

“Increasingly, life after 65 in the U.S. is a ‘two worlds of aging’ experience,...

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