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  • Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep them alive

    05/26/2011 3:11:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/26/2011 | Sophie Borland
    Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital. The measure – to remind nurses of the most basic necessity – is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards. Some trusts are neglecting the elderly on such a fundamental level their wards could face closure orders. The snapshot study, triggered by a Mail campaign, found staff routinely ignored patients’ calls for help and forgot to check that they had had enough to eat and drink. Dehydration contributes to the death of more than 800 hospital patients every year....
  • Elderly Woman Promised Car Repair, Robbed of Money and Puppies Instead (Reno)

    05/26/2011 6:05:10 AM PDT · by sf4dubya · 11 replies
    KOLO8 ^ | May 25, 2011 | Sami Davies
    An elderly woman in southeast Reno was promised car repair in exchange for a fee but instead was left with an empty purse and minus three valuable puppies. Police say it happened around 5 p.m., Tues., when an elderly woman received a knock on her door by three men offering to fix her damaged car in her garage in exchange for money. The victim agreed to the deal and paid the suspects $700, up front, in cash. With the money in hand, the suspects fled the scene and took with them three of her purebred female Shihtzus. How were the...
  • Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctorsforced to prescribe drinkingwater to keep the old

    05/25/2011 9:44:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 106 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/11 | Sophie Borland
    Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital. The measure – to remind nurses of the most basic necessity – is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards. Some trusts are neglecting the elderly on such a fundamental level their wards could face closure orders. The snapshot study, triggered by a Mail campaign, found staff routinely ignored patients’ calls for help and forgot to check that they had had enough to eat and drink.
  • Elderly woman, dentist fight over dentures

    05/25/2011 6:48:14 PM PDT · by SouthernClaire · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Elderly woman, dentist fight over dentures At one point, 85-year-old tried to climb out window to escape, affidavit says
  • Betty White stars as the new face of AARP

    05/24/2011 1:30:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/11
    At nearly 90 years old, Betty White has a message for senior citizens: get over it. The Golden Girls star can be seen stressing that age really isn’t a big deal in her promotional videos for AARP. Age shouldn’t be a deciding factor when voting for politicians either, the starlet told Politico in an interview Monday. “I think it’s mental activity and physical health that should have a lot to do with it, not just the number of years,” White said. For White, the age of the politician doesn’t necessarily make them an incapable public servant. “I think someone’s health...
  • Second Teen Pleads Guilty in Home Invasion That Left Elderly Woman Badly Beaten (Scumbag Alert)

    05/17/2011 10:09:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    A teenager from Kanawha County has admitted to beating and robbing an elderly woman. UPDATE 5/16/11 @ 11:30 a.m. CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager from Kanawha County has admitted to beating and robbing an elderly woman. Shane Peck pleaded guilty Monday to robbery and assault. Click here to find out more! Peck and another teenager, Joseph Gibson, broke into Geraldine Gibson's house in Big Chimney back in March. That is when police say they beat and robbed her. Geraldine Gibson was hurt so badly she was in ICU for days after the crime. Peck and Gibson say Geraldine's son...
  • Gov't warns on use of psych meds in nursing homes

    05/14/2011 6:48:08 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/09/2011 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON – A new government report says many elderly nursing home residents suffering from dementia may be victims of overmedication with strong anti-psychotic drugs that could harm them... The Health and Human Services inspector general says that in 2007, more than 300,000 nursing home residents got powerful drugs meant for treating serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But nearly 90 percent of the time, the prescriptions were for patients suffering from dementia, a condition for which the anti-psychotic drugs are not approved. (excerpted)
  • Man Charged in Fraudulent Scheme

    05/13/2011 5:46:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    Deputies say Lockhart was part of a crew MASON COUNTY, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A man has been arrested in connection with a driveway paving scheme. Mason County Sheriff's Deputies tell Timothy Lockhart, 22, of Princeton, West Virginia, was arrested Wednesday. Click here to find out more! Deputies say Lockhart was part of a crew that showed up and paved an elderly couple's driveway when no one was home. When the victim returned, the men demanded she pay them $8700 for the work they had done. Deputies say the victim negotiated the men down to $6000 after she convinced them...
  • Report: nursing home workers photographed, harassed patients

    04/30/2011 7:13:27 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 26 replies
    Salem (MA) News ^ | 4/30/11 | Julie Manganis
    TOPSFIELD (MA)— Four nursing assistants have been fired and two top administrators replaced at one of the state's top-rated nursing homes, in the wake of patient abuse allegations. A report completed last month by state investigators alleged that at least a dozen residents of the Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield were subjected to various forms of verbal abuse and humiliation — including one patient with dementia who was recorded on a cell-phone camera answering questions in a confused manner, to the amusement of a nursing assistant who then shared the video with coworkers. The report says a group of four...
  • Private school workers decry ‘elder massacre’

    04/28/2011 7:05:18 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 04.27.11 | TONYA ALANEZ
    An upper-crust private school with campuses in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton is facing eight age-discrimination complaints filed by longtime teachers, assistants and a maintenance worker. “It’s an elder massacre,” said labor attorney William Amlong, who filed the complaints against Pine Crest School on behalf of the three men and five women, ranging from 54 to 72 years old. “Most of them are long-term employees, none of them have any performance problems that have been brought to their attention and they were all summarily told, ‘You’re out of here.’ ” According to the complaints filed during the past two months with...
  • Fearful elderly people carry 'anti-euthanasia cards'

    04/27/2011 6:11:52 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 21 April, 2011 | Martin Beckford
    Elderly people in the Netherlands are so fearful of being killed by doctors that they carry cards saying they do not want euthanasia, according to a campaigner who says allowing assistant suicide in Britain would put the vulnerable at risk. [...] In an article published on on Friday, Mr Fitzpatrick wrote: “Disabled people, like others, and often with more reason, need to feel safe. Thus eroding what may already be a shaky sense of safety in medical care poses a further threat to disabled people’s wellbeing...and life itself.” He cited the experience of Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, the disabled...
  • Elderly diabetes patients with very low glucose levels have slightly increased risk of death

    04/19/2011 10:10:12 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 11 replies ^ | 04/18/11 | John Easton
    "In our study," said Huang, "we found the best overall outcomes among those with the intermediate levels of control, those with A1Cs below 8 percent but above 6 percent. We observed similar patterns for those in their 60s, 70s, and over 80." Finding the optimal A1C target is a balancing act, the authors note. The risk of all complications rose with blood sugar levels, but those with an A1C between 6 and 8 percent had the lowest death rates. While those with very poorly controlled blood sugars—A1C over 10 percent—had the highest rates of death, those with an A1C below...
  • Aging study: Failure to spot lies, sarcasm linked to dementia

    04/18/2011 10:39:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | 18 Apr 2011 | David Freeman
    There's still no foolproof way to predict who will develop dementia, but brain scientists say they have identified a new clue: Cluelessness, as in an inability to tell when people are lying or using sarcasm. A preliminary new study conducted at the University of California at San Francisco suggests that the neurodegenerative process responsible for dementia also causes deterioration of regions of the brain responsible for detecting insincere speech. "These patients cannot detect lies," study author Dr. Katherine Rankin, of the university's Memory and Aging Center, said in a written statement. "This fact can help them be diagnosed earlier." It...
  • Elderly British Sailor Crosses Atlantic on Raft

    04/07/2011 9:52:03 AM PDT · by a real Sheila · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 07, 2011 | ASSOC PRESS
    PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -- An 85-year-old British sailor who dreamed of crossing the Atlantic on a raft as a young boy completed the journey with three friends Wednesday. The crossing to this Caribbean island, led by Anthony Smith of London, took about two months and was generally smooth except for damage to two rudders on the large, sail-powered raft. "Some people say it was mad," he told The Associated Press when he
  • He Means You, Grandma - Ed Schultz Denigrates Elderly as 'the Almost Dead'

    04/06/2011 6:01:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 4.6.11 | Jack Coleman
    That's OK, he wasn't planning on any speaking gigs from AARP anyway. As is his wont, libtalker Ed Schultz revealed his underlying opinion on a specific subject without even being aware he was doing it, this time on senior citizens. Here's Schultz on his radio show yesterday with his warped take on elders, after initially referring to Republicans' proposed budget plan calling for broad spending cuts over the next decade (audio) -- The path that the Republicans are taking to achieve this is what we call in the media, what I've called in the media for a long time, a...
  • Woman, 92, to stand trial for murder in Australia

    SYDNEY (AFP) – A 92-year-old has become the oldest woman committed to stand trial for murder in Australia, accused of bludgeoning and stabbing her wealthy 98-year-old husband to death, according to a report. Clara Tang, who allegedly killed Ching Yung Tang after 70 years of marriage in their Sydney apartment in March last year, has pleaded not guilty on the grounds of mental illness, the Sun-Herald said. The elderly woman appeared in a local court last week and was ordered to stand trial in the Supreme Court on a date to be fixed.
  • Cops: 88-year-old man attacked, robbed by woman he hired for sex

    04/02/2011 6:03:50 AM PDT · by inflorida · 13 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 2, 2011 | Jeff Weiner
    A woman was arrested in Kissimmee on Thursday after police said she sold an 88-year-old man oral sex, and then returned a month later to violently rob him after he didn't pay up. Kissimmee police were called to the Elizabeth Avenue home of the elderly victim on March 11. The man told officers that he had been attacked and robbed by a woman later identified as 41-year-old Tanya Ross.According to police reports, Ross forced her way into the victim's home, knocked a phone out of his hand when he tried to call 911, and then grabbed him by the throat...
  • Failing to Protect Our Own in America's Nursing Homes

    03/20/2011 12:25:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies ^ | March 20, 2011 | Ken Connor
    "Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members." Pearl S. Buck, My Several Worlds. In an economy that is increasingly calibrated for a two-person income, millions of parents across the country rely on some form of professional child care in order to meet the demands of their busy lives. Choosing the right childcare has become one of the primary challenges new parents face when Mom decides to re-enter the workforce. Parents...
  • Breaking: Firebomb thrown at elderly pro-life activist at 40 Days vigil

    03/18/2011 2:39:54 PM PDT · by topher · 64 replies
    Breaking: Firebomb thrown at elderly pro-life activist at 40 Days vigil by John Jalsevac Fri Mar 18 3:43 PM EST March 18, 2011 ( - A homemade “bomb” akin to a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an elderly pro-life activist during a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil yesterday, March 17. The attack took place at around 6:15 p.m., near the All Family Health Care abortion center in Kalispell, Montana, according to the Thomas More Society (TMS) According to Karen Trierweiler, coordinator of the 40 Days prayer vigils in Kalispell, the device was thrown at one of the vigil...
  • Elderly 'Teabaggers' Not Dying 'Fast Enough' Laments Libtalker Mike Papantonio

    02/23/2011 7:31:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2/23/11 | Jack Coleman
    Looks like yet another left-winger missed the meme on the New Civility. Attorney and "Ring of Fire" radio show co-host Mike Papantonio, guest-hosting on Ed Schultz's radio program yesterday, revealed two things -- he hates old people and wants tea party retirees to hurry up and die. Don't take my word for it, listen to Papantonio's remarks after a caller said he saw "one of these baggers" push a woman during dueling protests over the weekend in Madison, Wisc. (audio here)- CALLER: And he pushed the woman and, you know, I don't know what caused that or whatever but, two...