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In the News

More Companies Offering Benefits to Caregivers to Combat Productivity Loss

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that companies are increasingly offering benefits to their working caregivers. Read More

Study Finds Link Between Alzheimer's and Diabetes

While age is still the greatest risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease, researchers at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have recently discovered another link—diabetes. Read More

Baby Boomers a Fraud Target

Baby boomers and those for whom they care should be wary of financial fraud, according to a new report that shows victims were more likely to be male and college-educated. Read More

Older Drivers Fight to Stay on the Road

Those 85 or older now surpass 16-year-olds in frequency of fatalities per mile driven. As a result, states are beginning to crack down on older drivers who may pose a threat. Read More

Ask the Expert

Finding Support in Your Community

As a caregiver, you may need to help your loved one with a broad range of activities. Fortunately, a variety of community care services are available to assist you and your loved one. Read More

Policy Update

HHS Grants Aim to Encourage Home Care

The United States Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a five-year program to encourage states to allow Medicaid beneficiaries to reside in their homes or communities, rather than in nursing homes. Read More

Hot Weather Protocols in Place for Nursing Homes and Care Facilities

In the midst of last month's heat wave, which claimed more than 130 lives, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made efforts to ensure the safety of California's institutionalized residents. Read More

State Officials Propose Mandatory Prescription Drug Discounts

Both the Schwarzenegger administration and Democrats in the California legislature have proposed requiring pharmaceutical companies to provide discounts to uninsured families with incomes under $60,000 per year, and to families with incomes up to $68,700 if they require catastrophic medical care and have out-of-pocket medical expenses in excess of 10 percent of their income. Read More

Wealthier Seniors Will Pay Higher Premiums for Medicare

Despite all the media attention on Medicare Part D, wealthier seniors may be surprised next year when their premiums spike due to some less-spoken-about changes in Medicare Part B, which covers care such as doctor visits, medical tests, and physical therapy. Read More

On the Calendar

Information on events throughout California of interest to caregivers and their families. Read More

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