Author Archive of Waseniorlobby

How People With Type 2 Diabetes Can Lower Their Risk of Health Problems

A growing number of studies suggest that getting a handle on a few key risk factors can bring type 2 diabetes under control. Lowering blood sugar, for instance, reduces the risk of additional health problems, such as heart disease and stroke related to the disease. But most of these studies have focused on studying one risk factor — like blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure — at a time. In a new study published in the New England Journal

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Eating This Many Carbs Is Linked to a Longer Life

When it comes to carbs, your best nutrition strategy might be the oldest one in the book: moderation. That’s according to a new study published in The Lancet Public Health, which finds that people who get about half of their total calories from carbohydrates may be at a lower risk of early death than those who follow either very high- or very low-carb diets. The researchers estimated that people who ate a moderate amount of carbohydrates at

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Senior ranks rise 
at local food banks

Last year, 210,925 seniors sought help from food banks statewide; that was a nearly 7 percent increase over 2016 and accounted for more than 18 percent of the nearly 1.2 million food-bank recipients statewide, according to the state Department of Agricultural’s year-end report. The increases are even larger in Yakima County, where recent data shows the number of seniors seeking food assistance steadily climbing.   http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/senior-ranks-rise-at-local-food-banks/article_519e5604-a1d9-11e8-bef8-57ff5ee431b6.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

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After Son Dies, Mom Hopes New Law Lets Her See Granddaughter

http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/after-son-dies-mom-hopes-new-law-lets-her-see-granddaughter

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Washington State Launches Online Tool To Compare Prices for Medical Procedures

Washington joins five other states in providing consumer-friendly data about health care cost, quality in their communities. If you or a loved one needed knee replacement surgery, would you want to know which surgeon in your community has the highest rating for quality of care? Would you like to know how much a knee replacement costs, on average, at all of the medical offices close to your home? Go to:   https://medium.com/wagovernor/washington-launches-new-online-tool-that-lets-patients-easily-compare-prices-for-medical-procedures-a54e78b74be9

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America’s elderly losing $37B a year to fraud schemes

  Elder financial abuse is a type of elder abuse in which misappropriation of financial resources or abusive use of financial control, in the context of a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, causes harm to an older person. See below:             https://www.vbjusa.com/focus-sections/accounting-and-finance/americas-elderly-losing-37b-a-year-to-fraud-schemes/    

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2018 DSHS Town Hall Meetings With Sec Cheryl Strange

Secretary Cheryl Strange is hosting Town Hall Meetings for our service providers. Vendors, partners and stakeholders are being invited statewide. She wants to know what DSHS is doing well, what the agency can do better, and what is important to our partners as we work together to transform lives.   Go to the link below for dates, times and locations: http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/18-0532-town-hall-flyer-orange-top-youre-invited.pdf

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Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.

It’s not just you. Those pesky robocalls — at best annoying disturbances and at worst costly financial scams — are getting worse. In an age when cellphones have become extensions of our bodies, robocallers now follow people wherever they go, disrupting business meetings, church services and bedtime stories with their children.     https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/your-money/robocalls-rise-illegal.html

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May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

It's Skin Cancer Awareness Month, when all of us are urged to self-examine our skin and go to a doctor if we find any sign of the most malignant form of skin cancer. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. One in five people will develop skin cancer by age 70. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/melanoma-monday-protecting-your-family-from-skin-cancer/

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Making Retirement Security Real for Everyone

  "We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age."-- President Roosevelt upon signing Social Security Act http://www.waseniorlobby.org/wp-content/uploads/retirement-security-social-security-PSARA.pdf

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Social security Is Looking Like A Pretty Good Investment These Days

In 2005, President George W. Bush attempted to partially privatize Social Security. He centered his argument for this change on the claim that people would fare better investing in asset markets than contributing to Social Security. The privatization push proved highly unpopular, as research from EPI and others highlighted the high transition costs and investment risks. Nevertheless, the belief that Social Security amounts to a low-risk but low-return

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Medicare’s great by U.S. standards. Compared to others, not so much.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/medicare-s-great-u-s-standards-compared-others-not-so-n821226

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Weak federal oversight endangers health and safety of assisted living residents

GAO report shines a long-overdue light on Medicaid-funded assisted living. Federal funding of assisted living is large and growing, but to this point the federal government has not adequately ensured the quality of assisted living care. This lack of oversight has had tragic consequences for an unfortunately large number of older Americans. The GAO report was requested by a bipartisan group of senators, and its publication should prompt Congress

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ALTSA – MILLIMAN- LTSS FEASIBILITY STUDY OF POLICY OPTIONS FOR LONG TERM SERVICES AND CARE

Why support the Long-Term Care Trust Act? At some point, most of us will need some extra assistance as we age. Unfortunately, almost no one is saving enough to pay for the long-term care we need. With a rapidly expanding senior population, we need to address this growing financial crisis facing Washington’s families. The Long-Term Care Trust Act, can fix this problem. This bill creates a funding system that would help workers and retirees pay for

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Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8

As consumers face rapidly rising drug costs, states across the country are moving to block “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacists from telling customers that they could save money by paying cash for prescription drugs rather than using their health insurance. Many pharmacists have expressed frustration about such provisions in their contracts with the powerful companies that manage drug benefits for insurers and employers. The clauses force

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Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water

To ensure that tap water in the United States is safe to drink, the federal government has been steadily tightening the health standards for the nation’s water supplies for decades. But over and over again, local water systems around the country have failed to meet these requirements. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that, since 1982, between 3 and 10 percent of the country’s

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A new milestone: 1 million senior drivers on Washington state roads

  The number of Washington state drivers age 65 or older has surged since 2010 by 41 percent — and at nearly three times the overall rate of increase among licensed drivers here.   https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/data/a-new-milestone-1-million-senior-drivers-on-washington-state-roads/

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‘Long overdue’ Alzheimer’s planner helps anyone figure out next steps

Advanced directives generally aren’t given much attention until a medical crisis descends on an individual or family. A University of Washington doctor decided to change things up. Barak Gaster, a primary-care physician at the UW School of Medicine, came up with a five-page summary of options for those who want to get ahead of an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis. His Health Directive for Dementia, available for download free online, http://bit.ly/2naq3Hi,

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Care Suffers as More Nursing Homes Feed Money Into Corporate Webs

Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Memphis is part of a chain of businesses that produced $145 million in revenue over eight years, from which the owners and their families’ trusts took 28 percent in distributions. In what has become an increasingly common business arrangement, owners of nursing homes outsource a wide variety of goods and services to companies in which they have a financial interest or that they control. Nearly three-quarters

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Population of Americans with Alzheimer’s will more than double by 2060, UCLA study shows

About 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from approximately 6.08 million this year, according to a new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The findings highlight the need to develop measures that could slow the progression of the disease in people who have indications of neuropathological changes that could eventually lead to Alzheimer’s dementia,

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