Social Security

New Congressional Democratic Caucus Calls for Social Security Expansion  

Following President Donald Trump’s claims that the Democrats are trying to cut Social Security at a recent campaign rally in Montana, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Reps.  John Larson (D-CT), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI), joined seniors and aging advocates at a press conference to announce the creation of the Expand…

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Covering the Costs of Alzheimer’s: Financial Planning Advice for Families

Special thanks to our good friend, Karen Weeks, of ElderWellness, for preparing this article just for our West View family and readers! What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that largely affects seniors. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s; the disease becomes progressively worse leading up to the patient’s death. Symptoms…

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Prescribing Dementia Drugs

AARP Puts the Spotlight on Prescribing of Dementia Drugs

  Seventy percent of elderly dementia patients prescribed dementia drugs are on them long-term despite the lack of evidence that they provide any benefit beyond one year, says a new report released by the AARP Public Policy Institute.  Reducing overuse of dementia drugs could result in substantial savings, estimating $20,000 per patient, for patients insurers.…

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caregiver resources

National Aging Groups Join Forces to Bring Better Resources to Caregivers

Two national aging organizations join together to bring information to families caring for loved ones with dementia.  The Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association and the Washington DC-based AARP announced today they are collaborating together to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting family caregivers with local community resources to help address concerns…

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RI Division of Elderly Affairs Hosting Senior Focus Groups

Look for consumer opinions to shape goals and objectives for 2019-2023 State Plan on Aging.  Just one day ago, the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs (RIDEA) hosted the first of seven consumer focus groups dedicated to discussing the needs of older adults living in the community at the Westerly Senior Center.  RIDEA is convening…

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Rhode Island-specific data “at your fingertips”

The Washington-based AARP releases a resource report jampacked with data that will give state and federal policy makers data to make informed policy decisions.  On August 27, 2018, Across the States 2018: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports, the 10th edition of Across the States, uthored by AARP’s Public Policy Institute’s Ari Houser, Wendy Fox-Grage, Kathleen…

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Breast Cancer Surgery in Frail Elderly Women Linked to Poor Medical Results, Hospital Readmission

A ten-year analysis of U.S. nursing facility data finds that breast cancer surgery is associated with high rates of death and hospital readmission, along with loss of functional independence, for frail nursing home residents. According to the Aug. 29, 2018 article appearing, in JAMA Surgery, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers found that 58 percent of…

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