Children who have been homeless frequently have trouble falling asleep because they’ve moved around a lot, often sleeping in different beds each night and in environments they don’t feel safe in. This unpredictability affects them in other ways too: they may find it hard to trust adults, feel secure at school and manage emotions, and they are often developmentally behind other children of the same age.
Author: Claudia Boyd-Barrett
“If you have someone that is willing to harm a spouse, a partner or their own children, to assume that they would isolate that violence only to their family is really naïve.”
New findings paint a startling picture of ill health among small and historically neglected populations, including native Hawaiians, American Indians and native Alaskans. Not only do their rates of diabetes and obesity surpass those of non-Hispanic white people, but many are just as or even more likely to suffer from these diseases than African Americans and Latinos.
A new report from Artemis Medical Society and the Greenlining Institute concludes that discrimination and lack of support plague minority women entering the medical field.
A federal effort to clamp down on Medicare fraud has inadvertently opened up new possibilities for fraudsters who prey on the elderly, prompting a California-wide education campaign. While federal officials hope the change will make it harder for criminals to steal Social Security numbers and benefit fraudulently from the Medicare system, criminals are apparently seizing on news about the change to take advantage of unsuspecting seniors.
Drug labels can pose a huge challenge for non English-speakers. Inability to read labels can put them at risk of taking the wrong medicine or dosage, of failing to adhere to instructions that minimize side effects, and may even lead them to give up taking needed medications altogether.
For dozens of local Spanish speakers caring for elderly and disabled relatives, this tiny center is a lifeline. The Family Caregiver Resource Center in Santa Paula, which focuses exclusively on assisting the Spanish-speaking caregiver population, is unique to Ventura County and possibly the state.
People who rely on Medi-Cal for their health insurance are finding it difficult to get critical care because the state’s reimbursement rates to doctors are unreasonably low, a new lawsuit alleges. While the problem affects all age groups, older Californians find it especially
Samuel Raymond Curtis is very familiar with hospital stays. For the past two years, the 58-year-old homeless man who suffers from problems related to a hernia has been in and out of hospitals in Ventura County more times than he can count. Each time he got treated and released back onto the streets, he said. It wasn’t long before his health started deteriorating again. “I’d
The future is hot, and seniors, who are more prone to heat stress than younger adults, will be among those most affected by rising temperatures. With the over-65 population projected to expand rapidly in the coming decades, the accompanying hotter weather could place an enormous burden on emergency and health care infrastructure.