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Aging Initiatives and Reality Checks: The White House Conference on Aging

Jul 14, 2015

 By Matt Perry

 

When AARP’s Jo Ann Jenkins announced it was time to “disrupt aging” and view the elder years as one of life’s most positive phases, she spotlighted the great expectations for Monday’s White House Conference on Aging.

The much-anticipated conference, held at the White House once a decade, addressed a variety of critical topics...

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No Small Victory for Disabled

Jul 13, 2015

By Jessica Portner Creating a welcoming medical home for adults and children with developmental disabilities is what compelled Alicia Bazzano and her husband -- both pediatricians, and parents to a special needs child -- to co-found the clinic two year...

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Interview with Dr. Amy Barnhorst

Jul 13, 2015

California Health Report, Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Weintraub interviews UC Davis Assistant Professor, Dr. Amy Barnhorst about her work with patients in acute psychiatric crisis. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in environmental and ...

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Need to Know

Jul 12, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know By Hannah Guzik The White House will hold a conference on aging this week. Medicare plans to pay doctors to have end-of-life discussions with patients. The new palliative care law i...

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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.

The post Assisted Dying: Tabled...

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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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