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November 6, 2015 WA St Legislature Joint Comm On Veterans & Military Affairs

Joint Committee On Veterans' and Military Affairs agenda 11-6-15    WAStLeg-JCVMA 2015 Joint Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs 12-16-2015  agenda 3 Military Installations and Civilian Land Use Compatibility 12-16-2015

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After the Asylum: How America’s Trying to Fix Its Broken Mental Health System

Patients with mental illness are being detained in emergency rooms, often for weeks at a time. Now some states are rethinking the entire psychiatric care system. BY J.B. WOGAN | DECEMBER 2015 http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-mental-health-boarding.html

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More Than A Name Change At Stake In Group Health-Kaiser Deal

If Kaiser Permanente wins approval to acquire Group Health, it will mark more than the loss of another Seattle institution. Group Health was a model for how we might push back against money driven health care. http://www.seattletimes.com/business/more-than-a-name-change-at-stake-in-group-health-kaiser-deal/  

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Karma Bites Back: Hating on the elderly may put you at risk of Alzheimer’s

Next time you're stuck behind a slow-moving older person and find yourself entertaining negative stereotypes about aging, consider this: A new study finds that people who were inclined to believe that older people were slower, unhappier and less sharp than the rest of us are more likely -- when, decades later, they become older themselves -- to exhibit the brain changes seen in those with Alzheimer's disease. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-negative-aging-alzheimers-brain-20151207-story.html

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Senior Group Examines Statewide Progress, Challenges
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Senior Group Examines Statewide Progress, Challenges by Janine Gates (click to read article)

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Financial Abuse of the Elderly: Sometimes Unnoticed, Always Predatory
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Mariana Cooper, 86,with her granddaughter, Amy Lecoq, 39. Ms. Cooper was bilked out of much of her savings by someone she considered a friend. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times With 10,000 people turning 65 every day for the next decade, a growing pool of retirees are susceptible to such exploitation. As many as one in 20 older adults said they were financially mistreated in the recent past, according to a study financed by the Justice Department.

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What Banks Are Doing to Halt Elder Abuse

An increasing number of banks and credit unions are implementing fraud-prevention initiatives to prepare for the onslaught of aging Americans expected to developAlzheimer’s disease. They are training tellers “to flag potential suspicious behavior, such as coercion by family members, frequent withdrawals of large sums of money in a short period of time or transferring large sums of money,” said Ramsay Alwin, vice president of economic security

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Future tab for retiree health care balloons

Surgeons have operated on Wanda Riley’s hands and replaced both her knees, one of her hips and both her shoulders. “That’s it,” the 85-year-old retired state employee recalls saying after the latest surgery. “I’m not doing any more operations. Of course, there’s hardly anything left to operate on.” Yet, Riley considers herself lucky. Her health insurance covered the procedures and never sent her a bill. The state helps with her monthly

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Coming Full Circle to Help Her Elders

Older adults, primarily victimized by their adult children or grandchildren and often frail with some kind of cognitive impairment, can make terrible witnesses. It’s those same factors that make them such vulnerable prey. Elder abuse victims often enter the shelter in crisis, with just the clothes on their back, no money and no access to their financial information. Some become long-term residents, finding friendship, romance, love; some are reunited

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Are Good Doctors Bad for Your Health?

“Get me the best cardiologist” is our natural response to any heart problem. Unfortunately, it is probably wrong. Surprisingly, the right question is almost its exact opposite: At which hospital are all the famous, senior cardiologists away? One of the more surprising — and genuinely scary — research papers published recently appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine. It examined 10 years of data involving tens of thousands of hospital admissions.

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Aging Boomers Face Big Threat From Alzheimer’s

As the baby boomers age, the increasing number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease will take a serious toll on caregivers and families, and the costs associated with that care are expected to weigh heavily on the nation’s health care system. A new study projects that the disease will be responsible for 25 percent of all Medicare spending by 2040. http://www.nextavenue.org/aging-boomers-face-big-threat-from-alzheimers/

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Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course

This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging  project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging. Paul H. Irving was a member of the 2015 Influencers In Aging Advisory Panel. “Thousands of baby boomers each day surge into their 60s and 70s,” he wrote in a recent article for The Wall Street Journal. “It’s time to focus on enriching lives, not just lengthening them; on providing purpose and productivity,

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Medical Insurance Is Good for Financial Health, Too

People who have health insurance have less health-related financial stress. That’s a not-so surprising finding from a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/upshot/medical-insurance-is-good-for-financial-health-too.html?hpw&rref=upshot&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&abt=0002&abg=1

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National Family Caregivers Month
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"Day in and day out, selfless and loving Americans provide care and support to family members and friends in need.  They are parents, spouses, children, siblings, relatives, and neighbors who uphold their unwavering commitment to ensure the lives of their loved ones shine bright with health, safety, and dignity.  During National Family Caregivers Month, we rededicate ourselves to making sure our selfless caregivers have the support they need to

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It’s Never Too Soon To Plan Your ‘Driving Retirement’

Harriet Kelly has one word to describe the day she stopped driving four years ago: miserable. "It's no fun when you give up driving," she says. "I just have to say that." Kelly, who lives in Denver, says she was in her 80s when she noticed her eyesight declining. She got anxious driving on the highway, so decided to stop before her kids made the move for her. "I just told them I'd stop driving on my birthday — my 90th birthday — and I did. And

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Another Dad Joins Facebook — President Obama (and talks about global warming)

Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page. I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country – a place where you can hear directly from me, and share your own thoughts and stories. (You can expect some just-for-fun stuff, too.) I’m kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard – something I try to do at the end of the day before I head

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Coal Giant Peabody Accused Of Misleading Investors About Climate Change Risks

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says coal giant Peabody Energy made false and misleading statements to investors about the financial risks it faces because of climate change. As part of an agreement with Schneiderman's office, the company has agreed to revise the disclosures it makes to investors about the risks in its quarterly report released today, and has promised to include the disclosures in future filings. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/09/455314374/coal-giant-peabody-accused-of-misleading-investors-about-climate-change-risks

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Keystone pipeline rejection means oil tankers could multiply in Strait of Juan de Fuca

President Obama’s decision Friday to reject the Keystone XL pipeline puts a fresh spotlight on other efforts to bring Canadian crude oil to market, including a $5.4 billion project to boost oil flows to British Columbia http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/keystone-pipeline-rejection-could-pack-strait-of-juan-de-fuca-with-oil-tankers/

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Social Security: A Safety Net for Older Americans

More than 40 million people in the United States are 65 or older. By 2035, the U.S. Census Bureau projects this number will double, which makes improving the quality of life for older Americans even more important as we look to the future. It is Social Security's priority to provide a safety net for older Americans. You can learn more about Social Security at www.socialsecurity.gov. - See more at: http://www.agewisekingcounty.org/en/152/1/1095/Social-Security-A-Safety-Net-for-Older-Americans.htm#sthash.0UW9R8oD.dpuf

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The new Washington State Alzheimer’s Plan
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The new Washington State Alzheimer's Plan was presented at the 2015 Fall Conference by Bob Le Roy, President and CEO , Alzheimer's Association; Lynne Korte, Dementia Care Program Director, Aging & Long-Term Support Administration, DSHS; and Senator Jeannie Darneille, 27th LD. To see the presentation, go to: October 28 2015 Alzheimer's Plan Presentation for Senior Lobby nn

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