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Older Adult’s Silence on Driving Difficulties Can Be Deadly

In 2016, more than 200,000 drivers ages 65 and older were injured in a traffic crash and more than 3,500 were killed. With seniors outliving their ability to drive safely by an average of seven to 10 years, families should not wait to talk about safety. The latest study released by the AAA Foundation for…

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AARP Report Shows Medicare Has Economic Impact in Rhode Island

Medicare contributes $2.5 billion to Rhode Island’s economy, equivalent to 21% of state and local government spending in the state, according to a new report from AARP. Medicare also covers 192,186 beneficiaries in Rhode Island. Older Americans have said Medicare is one of their top issues in the 2018 mid-term elections, and AARP Rhode Island…

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Governor Raimondo signs bills creating New Independent Provider Program 

  Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed legislation (S 2734 and  H 7803) at East Providence-based Goldsmith Manor establishing an Individual Provider model (IP) for home care in Rhode Island. The model will give seniors and people with disabilities another option to be cared for at home where they can continue to reside in their communities…

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RI’s Medicaid Policy Expands Access to Life-Saving HCV Treatments

This week Rhode Island Expands Access to Life-Saving Hepatitis C Treatment, announces the state’s Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) and advocates for patients with Hepatitis C (HCV).  With the publishing of the July 12 changes to the state’s Medicaid policy, there will now be access to lifesaving treatments for older Rhode Islanders…

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Heat-Related Illnesses Soar in Summer Months

Over the years, there have been higher-than-average temperatures, warmer summers, and more extreme-heat days. These changing conditions can cause more illnesses and deaths, especially for older Rhode Islanders and for those who have cardiac or breathing problems. According to States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card, the Ocean State has more than 26,000 people who…

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Bipartisan Push to Lower Skyrocketing Drug Costs

  In a July 3 op-ed published by The Hill, a website focusing on politics, policy, business international relations, Reps. David N. Cicilline (D.-RI) and Tom Marino (R-PA) called President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership to support the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act (CREATES) to bring lower priced prescription drugs…

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Rhode Island Gets Federal Funds to Support Aging-in-Place

Federal dollars from the Older Americans Act provides Rhode Island policy makers with funding to promote community-based services to keep older adults healthy and independent at home. The Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs (RIDEA) announced the distribution of 466,000 in Older American Act funding to multiple agencies. According to RIDEA, the additional federal dollars,…

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Ways to Plan and Pay For Long-Term Care Needs

This article was written exclusively for our West View Nursing readers, by our good friend Hazel Bridges of www.agingwellness.org! No one stays young forever. At some point in your life, you or a loved one may require long-term care. Long-term care is a group of services that helps you with basic needs such as bathing,…

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Grandparent Bill heads to President’s Desk for Signature

While Congressional gridlock continues to block the passage of legislation, one bipartisan bill gets thumbs up from both the GOP-controlled Congress and the Democrats.  Just days ago, the final Senate passages of the S,1091, Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act,   now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.   U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA)…

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