Rhode Island State Capitol

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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Scott Fraser Becomes RIHCA’s New President and CEO

In early December, the Warwick-based Rhode Island Health lobbies for Care Association (RIHCA), a state-affiliate of the American Health Care providing legislative strategy for the state’s skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation facilities, announced the hiring of Scott Fraser to be the next President and CEO of the organization.   Fraser will replace Virginia Burke who is…

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LCAO Calls for Reestablishment of House Select Committee on Aging

As first reported by West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s blog article posted on Nov. 20, Rhode Island Congressman David  Cicilline is poised to begin his legislative push to reestablish the House Permanent Select Committee on Aging eliminated 26 years ago to reduce House operating costs.  While operating, from October 1974 to October 1992, the…

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AAA Northeast Study

AAA Study Says Older Drivers at Risk of Crashing When Taking Multiple Meds

A study found that nearly 20 percent of older drivers are using medications that the American Geriatrics Society says should be avoided because they have very limited therapeutic benefit, pose excess harm, or both. Nearly 50 percent of older respondent’s report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers, according to research findings released…

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