Taking a Look at Raimondo’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget

Just days ago, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has released a $9.9 billion state budget.  With the release of this budget proposal the Rhode Island General Assembly will begin work to hammer out its plan before the 2020 fiscal year begins on July 1.  Raimondo’s released budget plan is $357 million, or 3.7 percent higher…

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URI Researchers Gets Funding for Groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease Research

The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, gets funding approval of groundbreaking clinical trail targeting the blood vessels in Alzheimer’s Disease, to slow the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most pressing global health challenges. 5.2 million Americans are affected by the disease, with costs of care estimated…

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January Kicks Off National Glaucoma Awareness Month

This month, the National Glaucoma Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety nonprofit organization, and other leading eye health groups, across the country are putting the spotlight on Glaucoma, referred to as “the thief of night,” one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness. At first, glaucoma has no symptoms…

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Vincent Marzullo Takes the Helm of AARP Rhode Island

Today, West Warwick resident Vincent “Vin” Marzullo, takes the reins of AARP Rhode Island being appointed the nonprofit’s State President. “We are delighted that Vin has stepped into this key volunteer leadership position,” State Director Kathleen Connell said, in announcing the appointment. “His professional experience, his distinguished history as a community organizer and administrator, and…

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The Flu Comes to Rhode Island

With the flu becoming “widespread” in the Ocean State on January 2, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) calls on unvaccinated health care workers in hospitals and other types of healthcare, including nursing facilities, to wear masks when directly treating patients. Examples of direct patient contact include entering a patient’s room, serving food to…

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AARP Rhode Island to Host Legislative Reception on January 31

AARP Rhode Island gears up for the upcoming legislative session by hosting a legislative session with a State House reception where its members can meet with lawmakers and advocate for legislation that could improve the lives of older Rhode Islanders. According to AARP Rhode Island, staff and volunteers who are State House regulars will be…

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Reducing Medications Can Have Surprising Positive Benefits

Over four months ago, Elizabeth Carter and Leigh Purvis, researchers at AARP’s Pubic Policy Institute, released a study taking a look at the appropriate use and cost of the long-term prescribing dementia drugs.  They concluded by urging health care providers to “regularly assess patients and their drug regimens to ensure these regimens remain appropriate reflecting…

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The Samaritans of Rhode Are Here to Listen

With Christmas just days away, we gear up for the happy, festive, family-oriented holiday.  But, feelings of isolation and loneliness trigger depress and suicidal thoughts, says Executive Director, Denise Panichas, of the Rhode Island Samaritans.  “Research shows us that isolation has a huge impact on people’s overall health and well-being.”. “Radio stations across Rhode Island…

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AARP Rhode Island Honors James “Jeff” Carney

James “Jeff” Carney, a resident of Saunderstown, was honored by AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization for people age 50 and over, as its 2018 AARP Rhode Island Andrus Award for Community Service — the organization’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. Receiving AARP’s Most Prestigious Volunteer Award The award was…

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