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AARP Pushes Back PhRMA’s Attempts to Raise Senior’s Drug Costs

  Today, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond announced that AARP members successfully lobbied against Congressional attempts to weaken recent Medicare Part D donut hole improvements with the Senate passing of the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: “We hear all the time from older Americans who are struggling…

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Preventing Falls Through Raising Awareness

  National falls prevention observances are held throughout September, revolving around the first day of fall.   During this month, health care providers and senior service agencies work to raise the awareness of older adults and their families, caregivers, that falls are preventable and detail the ways one can reduce fall risk. Falling and fear of…

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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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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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The Month of August Puts Spotlight on Vaccines

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held every August to spotlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Communities across the nation country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan.  The annul NIAM is sponsored by…

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Lt. Governor McKee Renews State Efforts to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease

As part of his effort to update Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s, Lt. Governor Dan McKee is launching a series of Town Hall meetings across the state to collect input from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island Chapter, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease…

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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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West View Maintains Silver Achievement in Quality Award Status

A few days ago, the Washington, DC-based American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced that Westview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has maintained its Silver Achievement in Quality Award status that it earned in 2013.  The Warwick-based facility is among nine skilled nursing facilities in the Ocean State that has achieved…

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