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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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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.

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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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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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Midwives able to accept Medi-Cal if new law approved

Jul 6, 2015

By Sara Washington In this story we go to Stockton where midwives are struggling to meet the high demand for their services. In California there is a shortage of Medi-Cal providers across the board, but especially for expectant mothers. In many areas o...

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Need to Know

Jul 5, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik

Older adults contribute to a “Longevity Economy.”

Brown signed the vaccine exemption law.

Symptom-free carriers may be spreading whooping cough.

Fracking disclosure and mandatory sick leave laws took effect this week.

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Nearly a Quarter of Californians Are Obese, Study Finds

Jul 1, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Nearly a quarter of Californians are obese, and the disease disproportionately affects low-income people and certain racial and ethnic groups, a new study reports.

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that 24.8 percent of adults were obese in 2011–2012, compared to 19.3 percent a decade earlier.

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Money in the Bank: Aging and the “Longevity Economy”

Jun 29, 2015

 

By Matt Perry

A popular view of older adults — that they are an unproductive drag on the American economy  – is under challenge by a new brief commissioned by AARP called “The Longevity Economy.”

Authored by U.K.-based Oxford Economics, the brief refutes standard conventions of older adults and their economic impact, claiming that...

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