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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...
  • Delta is fined $2 million for poor handling of disabled passengers

    02/17/2011 4:04:06 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 18, 2011 | Hugo Martin
    The U.S. Transportation Department fined Delta Air Lines $2 million for failing to adequately assist disabled passengers, in violation of federal rules. The fine against one of the nation's largest air carriers is the biggest non-safety-related penalty ever imposed on an airline by the department. Delta has agreed to pay the fine by signing a consent agreement. In a statement, the air carrier said the airline takes "the responsibility of serving customers with disabilities seriously and has made significant investments in technology, feedback assessment and training." In response to complaints by disabled passengers, the Transportation Department's Aviation Enforcement Office investigated...
  • Fitness Guru Jack LaLanne Dies at 96

    01/23/2011 11:35:44 PM PST · by BBell · 15 replies
    <p>Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became a national obsession, died on Sunday. He was 96.</p> <p>LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.</p>
  • Fitness Guru Jack LaLanne, 96, Dies at Home

    01/23/2011 8:26:19 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | 1-23-11 | CBS News
    Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron for decades before exercise became a national obsession, has died. He was 96. LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said. Lalanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said. "I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for," Elaine LaLanne, Lalanne's wife of...
  • Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, 96, dies at Calif. home

    01/23/2011 6:39:55 PM PST · by massmike · 100 replies ^ | 01/23/2011 | Associated Press
    Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron decades before exercise became a national obsession, has died at age 96. His agent Rick Hersh says LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California’s central coast.
  • 2 women accused of robbing elderly man

    Twowomen have been charged with robbing a 74-year-old man in Silver Spring and one of the women was subdued with a stun gun as officers tried to arrest her. Montgomery County police allege that Paris M. Holloway-Candis, 24, and Chantay T. Kittrell, 21, spoke to the man at a gas station near Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. The three began to struggle and the women took the man's wallet and cell phone, police said.
  • Japanese prisons face swelling elderly population(nursing home of the future?)

    12/14/2010 5:16:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 12/14/10
    Japanese prisons face swelling elderly population ONOMICHI — Handrails run down the middle of the hallway to help prisoners make their way from one end to the other. Adult diapers are neatly stacked in a corner. When an inmate chokes on his rice and coughs, a supervisor rushes over to rub his back. Welcome to the world of old-age prisons. population is aging in Japan faster than anywhere else, and with that has come an even sharper rise in elderly inmates. The number of Japanese prisoners aged 60 or older has doubled during the past decade to more than 10,000....
  • Krugman: Death Panels for Elderly Will Solve Debt Crisis

    11/15/2010 7:48:20 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    News ^ | Nov 14, 2010
    Krugman: Death Panels for Elderly Will Solve Debt Crisis In an explosive interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week," liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman discussed using "death panels" for the elderly to solve America's huge debt crisis. Though he's bashed conservatives for using the term for years, Krugman now acknowledges that severe health cuts for the aged and infirm now might be the right approach.
  • Elderly voters the biggest push behind the GOP wave

    11/08/2010 8:00:40 AM PST · by Racehorse · 49 replies
    The Washington Independent ^ | 8 November 2010 | Jesse Zwick
    The election post-mortems keep rolling in. Politico's Byron Tau's report on the remarkable shift in voting patterns among America's oldest voters goes a long way to explain why last week's contest became such a rout for Republicans. Voters over 65, he writes, favored Republicans by a 21-point margin after breaking narrowly for Democrats in 2006, and in some key races the margin was even more lopsided: In New Hampshire, for instance, seniors backed GOP Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte over her Democratic challenger by 33 points. In the narrow Illinois Senate contest, Republican Mark Kirk won older voters by 22 points....
  • "World's Bravest Kitty"

    09/21/2010 11:58:40 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | 08/27/2010 | n/a
    A 97 year old woman's pet cat saves her from attacking pit bulls.
  • Despite struggles of age, elderly are a ‘blessing for society,’ Pope declares

    09/18/2010 1:38:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | September 18, 2010
    London, England, Sep 18, 2010 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Father visited a home for the elderly in London's Vauxhall area on Saturday afternoon. In his remarks, Pope Benedict referred to the growing population of elderly in the world as "a blessing for society." He said that their care should be more a "repayment of a debt of gratitude" than a mere "act of generosity."He met with individuals both in the institution's chapel and the theater. Lauding the Church's work in respecting and caring for the elderly, he told his audience of residents and caretakers that blessings...
  • Soon To Be Gone - Written by MD who treats old veterans

    09/13/2010 8:27:23 AM PDT · by bareford101 · 6 replies
    Hope To Healing ^ | anytime | CPT. Stephen R. Ellison, M.D.
    I am a doctor specializing in the Emergency Departments of the only two military Level One-Trauma Centers, both in San Antonio, TX and they care for civilian Emergencies as well as military personnel. San Antonio has the largest military retiree population in the world living here. (snip)
  • Japan missing more than 230K listed centenarians

    09/10/2010 7:34:00 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 10 SEP 2010 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    In August, the Justice Ministry ordered a review of records that found about 77,000 people who would be at least 120, and 884 people who would be 150 or older. The head count followed a flurry of reports about how elderly people are falling through the cracks in Japan as its population ages rapidly and family ties weaken. In all, the survey of family registration records nationwide found that 234,354 centenarians were still listed as alive, but their whereabouts were unknown, the ministry said.
  • Some Hospice Care Providers Enforcing State-Sanctioned Euthanasia Through IL Probate Courts

    08/13/2010 7:39:52 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 38 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 13, 2010 | Anonymous
    Letter to the Editor by "G" EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2008, ran a series of columns dealing with end of life issues, including the dangers presented by living wills and information regarding how some hospice care providers are hastening deaths of the elderly. has received numerous firsthand accounts which confirm the information offered in the series and the following letter to illustrates how the state may be complicit in the euthanasia of the aged with the assistance of Illinois courts. This situation may also be occurring outside of Illinois as well. It is a must read for senior...
  • GROWING OLD ALONE Cleanup after unnoticed death now a growing industry

    07/20/2010 7:31:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Japan Times ^ | 7/21/10 | Mizuho Aoki
    Yoshinori Ishimi could hear a high-pitched whine coming from the apartment in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, he was about to enter. When he went inside, he saw black "mini-twister" clouds of flies. The last tenant had been a 60-year-old divorced man whose body was not found until a month after he had died. "Every time I encounter such scenes, I hesitate to step inside. But someone has to clean up these flats . . . and be professional about it," said Ishimi of Anshin Net, a cleaning service that is part of R-Cube Co. in Ota Ward, Tokyo. The Nerima man's...
  • Obama recess appointment 'dangerous' for the elderly, SBC ethicist Land says ('Death panel' Don)

    07/10/2010 3:29:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    SBC Baptist Press ^ | 7/08/10 | Tom Strode
    Obama recess appointment 'dangerous' for the elderly, SBC ethicist Land saysPosted on Jul 8, 2010 | by Tom Strode WASHINGTON (BP)--President Obama's recess appointment of a controversial advocate for health-care rationing demonstrates how committed he is to socialized medicine and makes life "more dangerous" for elderly Americans, Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land said. Obama announced Donald Berwick's appointment as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) July 7 while Congress was in recess. The president's designation of Berwick as a recess appointment means the nominee will not face a Senate hearing or confirmation vote. Obama had announced...
  • Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving U.S. Senator, Dies at 92

    06/28/2010 2:35:45 AM PDT · by careyb · 268 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/28/10 | Staff
  • Byrd 'seriously ill'

    06/27/2010 12:57:47 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 136 replies · 5+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/27/2010 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest serving senator in U.S. history, is in serious condition in a Washington area hospital, according to aides to the West Virginia Democrat. According to a statement from Byrd’s staff released Sunday afternoon, the senator “was admitted to the hospital late last week suffering from what was believed to be heat exhaustion and severe dehydration as a result of the extreme temperatures. He was expected to remain in the hospital not more than a few days.” The statement added: “However, upon further examination by his doctors, other conditions have developed which has resulted in his condition...
  • Cross Used To Beat Elderly Woman To Death In Church

    The search for the people who killed an 80-year-old woman found beaten under a church pew has gone nationwide. Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith said possibly two "people of interest" fled the area after the church pastor discovered Lillian Wilson's lifeless body Sunday. Sheriff Smith said investigators know who they're looking for and where they are from, but would not confirm details of the ongoing investigation. The Central United Methodist Church sits along Highway 64 in the small community of Hamlin, west of Wynne, Arkansas. It's where Wilson grew up and where she held her 50th wedding anniversary. The church...
  • Cellphone inventor Marty Cooper uses a Droid.... and a Jitterbug

    05/23/2010 5:50:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 985+ views
    Engadget ^ | March 11, 2010 | Donald Melanson
    Sure, you read reviews and take recommendations from friends before you buy a new cellphone, but have you ever stopped to consider what the inventor of the cellphone uses on a daily basis? C-SPAN has, and recently took the opportunity to ask the man himself, Marty Cooper, that very question during a wide-ranging interview. While Cooper said that he has used an iPhone previously, he recently passed it on to his grandson in favor of a Motorola Droid, which he says he chose because he wanted to get more experience with Android. But that's not all, Cooper also revealed that...
  • Billy Graham considering delivering another sermon

    05/21/2010 5:17:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 272+ views
    The famed evangelist is dealing with a number of health woes but his spokesman said he wants to preach again. "At 91 years of age, he realizes that he's quite possibly in the sunset years of his life," A. Larry Ross told Asheville Citizen-Times. "He's trying to make every day count, knowing that one day he will join his wife, Ruth, in Heaven." "It is encouraging that he remains healthy, alert and committed to his lifelong calling," he added. Though Graham has expressed his desire to deliver a sermon, Ross said the time, location and format have not been...
  • The despicable 'duty to die'

    05/15/2010 3:15:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies · 660+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 15, 2010 | Thomas Sowell
    One fashionable notion among some of the intel ligentsia is that old peo ple have "a duty to die," rather than become a burden to others. This is more than just an idea discussed around a seminar table. Already Britain's government-run medical system is restricting what medications or treatments it will authorize for the elderly. It seems almost certain that similar attempts to contain runaway costs will lead to similar policies when US medical care is taken over by the government. Make no mistake: Letting old people die is a lot cheaper than spending the kind of money required to...
  • A ‘Duty to Die’? (Will the cost of medical care force us to sacrifice the elderly?)

    05/11/2010 7:32:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 139 replies · 2,904+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/11/2010 | Thomas Sowell
    There was a time when some desperately poor societies had to abandon the elderly to their fate, but is that where we are today? One of the many fashionable notions that have caught on among some of the intelligentsia is that old people have “a duty to die” rather than become a burden to others. This is more than just an idea discussed around a seminar table. Already the government-run medical system in Britain is restricting what medications or treatments it will authorize for the elderly. Moreover, it seems almost certain that similar attempts to contain runaway costs will lead...
  • Money Management and Your Aging Parent

    04/22/2010 6:45:07 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies · 280+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 4/22/2010 | Candy Arrington
    Many of our depression-era parents are extremely frugal. They use duct tape to repair items or discontinue use of appliances rather than replacing them. On the other hand, some loosen their guarded nature regarding finances and spend without thinking of the consequences. Lonely widows and widowers and the hard-of-hearing are likely prey for telemarketers. And mail order catalogues, TV shopping networks, and mail or telephone solicitations for charities can also spell budget-busting problems for our aging parents. To protect your loved one, it is important to communicate concern without belittling their intelligence.
  • Police: 89-Year-Old Fires Gun At Intruder

    04/21/2010 6:41:23 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 16 replies · 606+ views
    KCCI-TV ^ | 4.20.10 | Staff
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines police said Tuesday that a woman scared off a burglar after he broke into her home. Police said they were called to 1300 block of Idaho Street on a burglary in progress around 5:30 a.m. Officers said they found Nelson McAlpine, 36, standing in the front yard of the home. They said he matched the description of the burglar and was detained. Officers went inside the home and met with the homeowner, Beatrice Turner, 89, who said that she heard and saw McAlpine punching her front door and putting a hole in it. "He...
  • Supreme Court Justice Stevens to Retire in Summer

    04/09/2010 8:38:09 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 28 replies · 967+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04-09-10 | BRENT KENDALL
    WASHINGTON—Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced Friday he will retire from the court this summer. Justice Stevens, 89 years old, said in a letter to the White House that he will step down when the high court takes its summer break. "Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term, I shall retire from regular active service as an associate justice...effective the next day after the court rises for the summer recess this year," Justice Stevens wrote.
  • Dealing with Dementia - - Asking for FR experience, advice

    04/05/2010 11:59:18 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 115 replies · 2,050+ views
    free republic ^ | 4/5/2010 | loud mime
    I am taking care of elderly parents; Mom does OK, but Dad has dementia and it is starting to cause other problems. This thread is posted in order to ask for advice and tips from other freepers. There's a wealth of knowledge on this forum. From what I have read, the medical community seems split on the question of dementia causing excessive sleep, or that excessive sleep causes dementia. I have noted that after Dad is up for some time and active, his mind is sharper....he remembers things that happened. Therefore, I'm inclined to believe the latter theory. If I...
  • The Safety Net Shreds

    03/29/2010 4:15:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 1,250+ views ^ | March 29, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Entitlements: Social Security's chief actuary reports that the social safety net will run a deficit for 2010, nine years earlier than predicted. Put down that big gavel, Madam Speaker, we're about to hit the iceberg. No sooner had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, carrying the gavel used when Medicare was enacted, taken a victory lap around the Capitol Building after passage of the health care bill than did the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration report that his part of the social safety net had a big hole in it and would run a deficit for all of 2010. Stephen...
  • Now They Are Coming for Us

    03/28/2010 9:09:33 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 7 replies · 468+ views ^ | 03-19-10 | stolinsky
    Sarah Palin was ridiculed for using the term “death panels.” But what would you call unelected, unaccountable, faceless bureaucrats who will decide which treatments you or your loved ones can receive − and which you cannot receive − on the basis of their notion of “cost-effectiveness”? You can call them aarkvarks, for all I care.
  • Face of Defense: Corpsman Helps Marja’s Elderly

    03/15/2010 4:51:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 235+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Lance Cpl. Walter Marino, USMC
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2010 – After an eight-hour post, Navy Seaman Vince Edward Chu Lo, a corpsman for 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, finally reached his long-awaited sleeping bag. Navy Seaman Vince Edward Chu Lo, a corpsman with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, gives medical treatment to a resident of Marja, Afghanistan, March 7, 2010. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Walter Marino  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But moments after he sat down, someone shouted, “Doc Lo!” and the corpsman knew it was back to business. When he answered the call, Lo was relieved to find that no Marines...
  • 2 of oldest people in US die: in NH 114, Mich. 113

    03/08/2010 6:32:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 57+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 8, 2010
    WESTMORELAND, N.H. (AP) -- Two of the oldest people in the world have died on the same day, one in New Hampshire and one in Michigan. Mary Josephine Ray was certified as the oldest person living in the United States. Her granddaughter Katherine Ray says she died in a Westmoreland, N.H., nursing home Sunday at 114 years, 294 days. The Gerontology Research Group says Daisey Bailey died in Detroit hours later at 113 years, 342 days. The group tracks and studies old people and certifies those 110 or older, called supercentenarians.