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Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)
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Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness are the single most important activity that adults can do to stay active and reduce their chance of falling. The entire curriculum of activities in the SAIL Program can help improve strength and balance, if done regularly. SAIL is usually offered 2-3 times a week in a one hour

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Bea Rector has accepted the position of Acting Assistant Secretary for ALTSA
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Bea Rector is the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) in Washington state.  ALTSA administers long-term services and supports to low income seniors and individuals with disabilities; a system which is ranked in the AARP Scorecard as 2nd in the nation for its home and community-based service options. Prior to her appointment to Acting Assistant Secretary, Bea worked in the Home and Community Services

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There’s A Lot More To Aging Than A Number
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There’s a lot more to aging than a number BY ANNA SCHLECHT As the Baby Boomers rapidly morph into the Elder Boomers, they present some challenging demographics as the first generation of seniors to outnumber their children’s generation. For the first time in history, the number of people over 65 will soon outnumber the people under 5. How will that will that impact our community? This shift is significant by the sheer numbers. Every day, 10,000

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We’re Not Ready For Aging
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"We’re not ready for the aging" BY JERRY REILLY Whether we like it or not, it’s going to happen to all of us — and few are thinking about it or planning for it. We will all age. And at some point, 70 percent of us will need help with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and transportation. As Washington residents, we’re fortunate. We live in a state that’s created an effective and efficient long-term care system. The backbone

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Washington Healthplanfinder Enrollment Exceeds 200,000
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To access the data behind this report, please click below on "Health Coverage Enrollment Report". OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that as of this April, more than 204,000 Washington Healthplanfinder customers have enrolled in a 2017 Qualified Health Plan during the most recent open enrollment period – a 23 percent jump over the previous year. This announcement supplements the release of the Exchange’s

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Why an Open Market Won’t Repair American Health Care
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  AN AMERICAN SICKNESS How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back A few years back, the future of American health policy appeared to hinge on how similar medical care was to broccoli. It was March 2012, and the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) was before the Supreme Court. Justice Antonin Scalia zeroed in on its controversial requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance. Yes, everybody needs health care,

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State can save with long-term care insurance
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Thurston County, and the state of Washington as a whole, is getting older. The Baby Boom generation once represented the freedom of youth. But now, as this huge population cohort moves into retirement age, they represent something very different for the state: a fiscal nightmare. Nationally, there are 75 million Baby Boomers, and they began reaching the age of 65 in 2011. Across the country, over the next 20 years 10,000 Boomers a day will reach

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From The Governor: How the AHCA would impact folks in Washington State
Lobbyist Paul Miller is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Governor Inslee and Commissioner Kreidler created several charts demonstrating the Washington-specific impact. And as shown below:  

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How to start expanding dental care for all

The Legislature should expand dental care for more adults, and the place to start is with pregnant women and patients with diabetes. The payoff is improved health and saving taxpayer dollars by preventing expensive medical costs. http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/how-to-start-expanding-dental-care-for-all/

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New rules give nursing home residents more power

About 1.4 million people living in nursing homes across the country can now be more involved in their care under the most wide-ranging revision of federal rules for such facilities in 25 years. The changes reflect a shift toward more “person-centered care,” including requirements for speedy development of care plans, more flexibility and variety in meals and snacks, greater review of a resident’s drug regimen, better security, improved grievance

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2017 Senior Citizens’ Lobby Day
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A very successful 2017 Senior Lobby Day was held on Thursday, February 23,2017 at United Churches, 110 11th Ave Se, Olympia, WA from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm with 320 attendees. The Agenda for the 2017 Senior Lobby Day included several well-known speakers on issues such as Healthcare, Budget, Revenue, Long Term Care Support and Services, and Retirement and Pensions.  See a copy of the Agenda. Thank you to all who participated and supported us in making

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Put long-term care within reach
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WHEN it comes to Washington’s aging population, time is not on our side. It’s a fact of life that as we age, most of us are going to need long-term care at some point. These services are not covered by Medicare and cost between $50,000 and $100,000 a year on average.     http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/put-long-term-care-within-reach/

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SOCIAL JUSTICE WEDNESDAY 8, FEBRUARY 2017 Amid soaring rents, low-income residents win protection

On August 11, 2016, Toya Thomas came home to find a note pinned to her apartment door stating that her lease was being terminated. It was from Calibrate Property Management Company, which had recently taken ownership of the Renton Woods apartment complex. Thomas is a single mother with three children, including a 25-year-old son with special needs. She was given 60 days to vacate the apartment.   http://crosscut.com/2017/02/section-8-low-income-residents-fight-for-tenants-rights/

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REFORM BILL WOULD DRASTICALLY ALTER SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Although it was a largely overlooked issue during the 2016 elections, President-elect Donald Trump was pretty clear during his campaign that he planned to leave Social Security alone. Trump's belief is that America has a pledge to honor in paying retired workers, and it would continue to honor that pledge for years and generations to come. Rather than adjusting specific components of Social Security, Trump aims to grow the economy at a faster pace

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Who Will Care for the Caregivers?

There are some 40 million Americans like my patient’s daughter. Every day, they help a parent, grandparent, relative or neighbor with basic needs: dressing, bathing, cooking, medications or transportation. Often, they do some or all of this while working, parenting, or both. And we — as doctors, employers, friends and extended family — aren’t doing enough to help them. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/upshot/who-will-care-for-the-caregivers.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_up_20170120&nl=upshot&nl_art=2&nlid=71924083&ref=headline&te=1

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Without Obamacare, could the state pick up the slack?

If President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress make good on their promises to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act, there may be little recourse for some low-income Washingtonians, officials in Olympia said this week.   http://crosscut.com/2017/01/without-obamacare-could-the-state-pick-up-the-slack/

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Aetna’s $37 Billion Humana Takeover Blocked by Judge

Aetna Inc.’s $37 billion deal to buy rival insurer Humana Inc. was blocked by a federal judge, thwarting one of two large mergers that would reshape the U.S. health-care landscape. Aetna said it was considering an appeal. The transaction would violate antitrust laws by reducing competition among insurers, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington ruled on Monday. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Aetna owes Humana a $1 billion breakup

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Affordable water may soon dry up, especially if you live here

Remember this number: $120. It’s the average monthly water bill in America. Researchers at Michigan State University predict this figure will rise by $49 over the next five years. And if it does, water may become unaffordable for one-third of American households, according to a study, published recently in PLOS ONE, that maps the U.S. areas due to be hit hardest based on local incomes.   http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/affordable-water-may-soon-dry-especially-live/

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Inside Inslee’s carbon tax: A gift for king coal

 OLYMPIA — For years, protecting the climate has been Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature issue. And his 2017 legislative agenda is keyed heavily to passing a tax on the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. But one surprising new analysis suggests that adopting the tax as Inslee has proposed would at first actually increase the state’s production of greenhouse gases and favor the dirtiest fossil fuel: coal. Unlike the carbon tax rejected by voters on the

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Are we ready for oil spills in the Salish Sea?

"The risk of major spills in the Salish Sea could soon increase dramatically, by as much as 168 percent, thanks to the possible sevenfold rise in oil tanker traffic associated with Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the pipeline in late November. The B.C. government gave it the green light last week." http://crosscut.com/2017/01/trans-mountain-pipeline-oil-spills-salish-sea/

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