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Aspects of Aging

Long Term Health Care

PBS Newshour
June 2014 - (Frequently updated)
A wide-ranging series of articles about long-term care, including how the aging population will affect the health care system, costs, Medicare and Medicaid, long term care insurance policies, finding in-home care workers as well as facilities, how to care for aging parents from a distance, easing the burden, and much more. 

New York Times
April 1, 2015

Speak the words “dementia” and “nursing home,” and you’ve exposed two great fears among people in developed countries, where living until 80 or 90 is increasingly common. Despite efforts to keep frail elders in their own homes, increasing numbers of people with dementia are likely to spend time in a nursing home.  There is widespread fear about nursing home care, which in many cases is warranted. However, there are national efforts to change nursing home culture, and many facilities have made strides in creating homelike environments and adopting care practices that are driven by residents’ and families’ preferences. We need to examine what works in the best nursing homes and apply their methods to all facilities.


The Social Security Maze and Other Mysteries (Book review)
New York Times
March 13, 2015

“PBS NewsHour” correspondent Paul Solman wrote the guide to Social Security “Get What’s Yours,” Social Security is the biggest source of retirement income for many Americans, and even if you’ve made more money than average during your career, that just means that the book’s tricks and tips will be ever more relevant. After all, the more you’ve made, the more you have at stake when it comes to filing for benefits in just the right way at precisely the right moment. Given that there are 2,728 core rules and thousands more supplements to them according to the authors, it pays, literally, to seek out a guide.  An updated edition of the book was published in 2016.

New York Times
February 22, 2016
In a case against a New York nursing home for wrongful death, the surviving son of a patient has been unable to  sue in court. A clause in the nursing home's contract stipulated that any dispute for elder abuse required private arbitration, i.e., no judge, no jury, and proceeding hidden from public scrutiny, thus obscuring patterns of wrongdoing. UPDATED: The Right to Sue Restored (New York Times, September 30, 2016). As of November 28, 2016, nursing homes may no longer require binding arbitration.

New York Times
August 20, 2016
With the support of private equity money, InnovAge aims to aggressively expand a little-known Medicare program that will pay to keep older and disabled Americans out of nursing homes. The goal of the program, known as PACE, or the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, is to help frail, older Americans live longer and more happily in their own homes, by providing comprehensive medical care and intensive social support. It also promises to save Medicare and Medicaid millions of dollars by keeping those people out of nursing homes.

Why Do We Teach CPR, But Not Caregiving?
Next Avenue/Forbes
February 10, 2017

In teaching medical students about caregiving,start by teaching them to identify the caregiver, recording his or her health status and the impact caregiving is having on it, then instructing that person in methods to support and maintain their own health. 

Adeline Development Center, Inc.

Website of a nonprofit group that provides support services for the disabled as well as for veterans and the elderly in New Mexico. Explore the site for information.

Who Will Care for Us - The Aging, Childless and Single Population?
Huffington Post
July 29, 2017

Studies show that between 66 and 70% of us will need long term care. The majority of them depend on family caregivers - spouses or adult children. But what about those who don't have that option? This article provides some guidance for planning ahead.

Serious Nursing Home Abuse Often Not Reported to Police, Federal Investigators Find
August 28, 2017

Despite laws requiring it, about 1/4 of abuse cases are not reported by nursing homes. An Inspector General's report says that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services needs to do a better job of linking hospital and emergency room admissions to possible abuse in nursing homes.

Making the Move to Assisted Living
HomeCity Real Estate

web site with advice and links to help decide if and when it's time to move into an assisted living facility, as well as descriptions about the different types of care and facilities to consider.

Five Tips for Choosing a Reliable Nursing Home
New York Times
September 14, 2017

You want to be sure that the nursing home you choose for yourself or for a loved one is going to be comfortable and safe. Take your time, look at government reports, visit at different times...... This is not a decision to be made in a rush or without considering all the information you can gather.

$26M TorC Facility Raises Bar for Elder Veteran Care
Albuquerque Journal
October 21, 2017

A new home for elderly veterans has just opened, with more home-like rooms and state of the art facilities. 

Care Suffers as More Nursing Homes Feed Money into Corporate Webs
New York Times
January 2, 2018

It's incredibly hard to track, but an increasing number of for-profit nursing homes are parts of larger businesses which contract within the network for building leases, custodial and management services, and other operations, all owned by the same company or individuals. Many are funneling money to these "contractors" at the expense of staffing and patient care.

Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help to the Chronically Ill
National Public Radio
January 17, 2018

Medicare is supposed to help pay for in home care in some cases, but large numbers of agencies refuse to acknowledge and help apply, telling patients that there is no such coverage. 

U.S. Pays Billions for "Assisted Living," But What Does It Get?
New York Times
February 3, 2018

Medicaid pays billions of dollars every year for "assisted living" care, but a recent investigation indicates that there is little state regulation of the industry, and that poor care and bad living conditions are not uncommon.

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