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Despite Need, Nearly 15% Fewer Dentists Serving Medi-Cal Patients

Jul 10, 2015

By Hannah Guzik A state review of a dental program that serves low-income Californians shows that significantly fewer dentists are accepting those patients, despite a surge in demand. According to the California Department of Health Care Services repor...

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Game to 100
Playing the hero could come at a high cost

Jul 10, 2015

I came across a Washington Post column this morning that raised the question of why 10 or so passengers in a subway car did nothing while a teenager punched, kicked and stabbed another passenger 30 to 40 times during a … Continue reading

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Assisted Dying: Tabled for Now

 

By Matt Perry

A push to allow “assisted dying” in California was derailed this week when a bill already passed by the Senate was quickly pulled from an Assembly committee, lacking the needed votes.

Meanwhile, as political maneuvering continues, the bill highlights the severe tension between political and personal beliefs.

The post Assisted Dying: Tabled...

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Game to 100
Choosing death can be an affirmation of life

Jul 8, 2015

The dithering over death in the California Legislature makes me irritable, given that I believe in personal freedom and don’t want to end my days the way my father did. Descent into senility isn’t a pretty picture.     Senate Bill … Continue reading

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Improving low-income seniors nutrition, Meals on Wheels delivers more than food

Jul 8, 2015

By Veronica Moscoso

Judy Zlatnik
Meals on Wheels Volunteer, Age 75

(Driving) It means a lot to me to be able to deliver meals to people and help people – some of whom are my age or younger – and it keeps the difficulties of getting older in good perspective.

(Preparing to deliver food) You’re supposed to deliver...

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The Do’s and Dont’s For Protecting Your Skin

Jul 6, 2015

When the 19-year-old girl walked into the office of Ann Haas, M.D. with “something on her shoulder” earlier this year, the last thing she expected to walk out with was a life-changing skin cancer diagnosis. Fright, heartbreak and shock are ...

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Palliative Care Law Rolling Out Slowly, As Those in Need Wait

Jul 6, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Palliative care, which is medical care that aims to improve the quality of life for people with chronic or serious illnesses, is not widely available in California. A new law, SB 1004, passed by the Legislature last August, directs the state to create a palliative care program for people enrolled in Medi-Cal,...

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“I Bow To You”: Human Touch and Aging


By Matt Perry

Five older adult women sit in recliners covered with blankets. They wear soft booties on their feet while harp music plays quietly. A TV monitor gently rotates photos of flowers, while the walls feature beach décor graphics – deck chairs, fishing gear, plants and beach grass. The room’s artificial lights are...

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White House Conference On Aging next week

By Matt Perry

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is set for Monday, July 13, and will be streamed online.

While the one-day virtual event won’t solve the pressing problems of aging – most acutely elder abuse and retirement savings – executive director Nora Super says it will be successful if it achieves one...

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Forgiveness is overrated

Jul 6, 2015

I miss believing in hell. It was satisfying to think that unrepentant evildoers would face eternal torment. Sister Francis Claire, my teacher in both the fifth and sixth grades at Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school, gave especially graphic accounts … Continue reading

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