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Gov Inslee signs bill guaranteeing paid family leave in Washington

OLYMPIA — Washington state is now among a handful of states that guarantee paid family leave, after Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing Wednesday of a bipartisan plan approved by the Legislature.     http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-signs-plan-for-paid-family-leave/

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Variations In Life Expectancy and Mortality Rates by State LD, 2012-2014

This is a recent publication from the Health Care Research Center of WA Office of Financial Management.  (please click above)  This is a lengthy report and will take a minute or so to load.

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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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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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Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) Report

Linked below is the report given by Bill Moss, Assistant Secretary, ALTSA DSHS, to the Legislature on January 17, 2017. ALTSA report

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2016 Final Report of the Aging & Disability Joint Legislative Executive Committee

The purpose of the committee is to identify key strategic actions to prepare for the aging of the population in Washington, including state budget and policy options, by conducting at least, but not limited to, the following tasks: (i) Establish a profile of Washington's current population of older people and people with disabilities and a projection of population growth through 2030; (ii) Establish an inventory of services and supports currently

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Love and Burnout: Caregivers, Too, Need Care

Though caregiving can be a profound and moving journey, caregivers’ needs are often overlooked. The health care system is mainly focused on patients; caregivers who are slowly burning out can slip by unnoticed until it is too late. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/your-money/caregivers-alzheimers-burnout.html

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Private Equity Pursues Profits in Keeping the Elderly at Home

DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind. Dozens of elderly men and women — some in wheelchairs, others whose hands tremble involuntarily — gather excitedly around the game tables. After bingo, there is more entertainment and activities: Yahtzee,

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Disabled families get great tool to build a future

Tax-free savings should not be restricted to families with college-bound kids ABLE Act started as a federal initiative, now spreads to Washington Investment accounts will open by next year Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/editorials/article65057557.html#storylink=cpy

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New ‘purple card’ system would help people with dementia

Now state lawmakers are considering legislation that would create a “purple card alert system” modeled on Fraley’s idea. Madeleine and Larry Fraley.The legislation (HB 2835) directs the Department of Social and Health Services to develop a purple card asking recipients to be accommodating to the person with dementia. The department also would promote the card among first responders, businesses and the general public. An amended bill passed

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Education May Cut Dementia Risk, Study Finds

The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important new study that suggests that changes in lifestyle and improvements in physical health can help prevent or delay cognitive decline. The study, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, provides the strongest evidence to date that a more educated population and better cardiovascular health are contributing to a

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Is It Better to Die in America or in England?

WE frequently hear complaints about how people near the end of life are treated in America. Patients are attached to tubes and machines and subjected to too many invasive procedures. Death occurs too frequently in the hospital, rather than at home, where the dying can be surrounded by loved ones. And it is way too expensive. Each year, the care of dying seniors consumes over 25 percent of Medicare expenditures. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/20/opinion/is-it-better-to-die-in-america-or-in-england.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&moduleDetail=inside-nyt-region-1&module=inside-nyt-region®ion=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region

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Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging & Disability Issues – 2015 Addendum Report

This document comprises the first requirement of the Committee: an addendum report due to the legislature by December 10, 2015. The second requirement mandates that the Committee issue final recommendations by December 10, 2016. As required by ESSB 6052, the addendum report to the legislature must include the following: 1. A description of the oversight role for Residential Care Services, the Long-Term Care Ombuds, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

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State elected officials write in support of Skagit County nursing homes

State elected officials have voiced support for the skilled nursing homes in Skagit County, requesting that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adjust the county’s wage index. The wage index in part determines reimbursement rates for care provided by the nursing homes. The requested adjustment would mean the reimbursement rates would increase. http://www.goskagit.com/all_access/state-elected-officials-write-in-support-of-skagit-county-nursing/article_8647da13-e36f-5e37-8069-647016b9c97e.html

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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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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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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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National Family Caregivers Month

"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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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA

Thanks to the ADA, the places that comprise our shared American life -- schools, workplaces, movie theaters, courthouses, buses, baseball stadiums, national parks -- they truly belong to everyone."   https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/07/21/president-obama-celebrates-25-years-ada

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End-of-Life Planning Would Be Covered in Medicare Proposal

 Medicare may begin paying doctors to discuss end-of-life care with U.S. patients, under rules proposed Wednesday by the Obama administration. Doctors who see patients in Medicare, the insurance program for the elderly, would be reimbursed for having the complex and sensitive conversations needed to plan for the end of life. Talks may include outlining the sorts of medical treatments patients desire, or helping to fill out standard forms about how

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