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West View rehabilitation, West Warwick

Come to West View to Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day

Some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14 as it was the day former U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt signed the landmark Social Security Act into law in 1935.  But with President Ronald Reagan signing of Presidential Proclamation 5847 on August 19, 1988, and the date of celebrating Senior Citizens Day (changed to National Senior…

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Cicilline Celebrates Medicare’s Anniversary by Calling for Cutting Drug Costs

It was a celebration to recognize the 53rd Anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the landmark Medicare legislation into law on July 30, 1965.  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined Seniors Task Force co-chairs Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), Democratic Policy and Communications Committee co-chair Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and dozens…

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Michael Splaine

Splaine Consulting Begins Work to Update State’s Alzheimer’s Plan

The Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island, as fiscal agent, recently hired Michael Splaine and Kate Gordon, of Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Splaine Consulting, a small advocacy and government affairs consulting firm.  The company’s clients include the Alzheimer’s Association in their public health work with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s Disease International, the umbrella organization for…

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AARP Vote

Caregivers and Election Day Voting

Every vote counts and caregivers can make a difference in the upcoming primary elections by voting.  AARP Rhode Island State Director Kathleen Connell urges all registered voters to review candidates’ positions on the issues and to cast ballots in the September 12 Rhode Island primary elections. “The 2018 midterms will be among the most historic…

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Community Conversation at the South Kingstown Senior Services Center

Community Conversation Kicks Off at South Kingstown Senior Services Center

Health and Human Services Secretary Eric J. Beane and Division of Elderly Affairs Director Fogarty came to South Kingston Senior Center to host the first in a series of community conversations on caring for seniors and Rhode Islanders with disabilities.  More than 50 people attended and had the opportunity to share their thoughts on the…

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“Livable Home Modifications” Make Life Easier and Safer

At press time, as the Rhode Island General Assembly finishes up its legislative work, the recently released state budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins on July 1, contains double the amount of funds for the Rhode Island Livable Home Modification Grant Program. The current budget funds the program at $250,000, and the budget approved…

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Social Security Annual Trustees Report

Social Security Reforms Needed to Keep Program Fiscally Afloat

The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its anticipated annual report on the long-term financial stability of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as projected last year, with 79 percent…

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New AOA Report Gives Snapshot of America’s Seniors

    Every year, the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) compiles the latest facts on the nation’s population compiled primarily from U.S. Census data into a Profile of Older Americans.  These updates give us an updated demographic snapshot of the graying of America.  A Profile of Older Americans: 2017, an annual summary of the latest statistics on older…

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Jumping Jack Challenge Offers New Info About Bone Health

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is celebrating May’s National Osteoporosis Month to put the spotlight on the importance of maintaining good bone health.  NOF’s call to action to Break Free from Osteoporosis is an awareness and educational initiative to help the public learn more about building bone strength and preventing fractures. Osteoporosis is referred to as a…

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AARP Launches Intergenerational Health Fitness Program

Just ask, AARP Wellness Ambassador Denise Austin and her daughter, fitness trainer and health coach, Katie Austin, and they’ll tell you that two walking companions are better than one. The mother and daughter, now walking buddies, have teamed up to participate in AARP’s Fit & Fund Health Challenge, a program created to motivate people 50…

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