Month: May 2015

Seniors turn to Tai Chi to improve wellness

In this story we go to Oakland where we spoke with seniors experiencing the benefits of regular Tai Chi practice. Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that many now turn to for exercise. Research shows that Tai Chi reduces stress and benefits people with many age-related diseases.

His Aim is True

Garen Wintemute has dedicated his career to preventing firearm deaths—a problem that has held steady at epidemic proportions in the United States for more than a decade and accounts for an average of 30,000 deaths each year.

Happier at 100 than 10

When does old age begin? At 46. Or 87. Depending on whom you ask. That’s the latest from UnitedHealthcare’s annual survey of centenarians – those who have reached 100 — which offers some fascinating insights into the aging process with the help of this year’s additional survey group: 10 year-olds.

Hospital Networks Smaller in Covered California Plans, But Quality Comparable

Covered California health plans offer smaller hospital networks than commercial plans, a recent study reports. The research backs up the claims of many enrollees who say their Covered California plans have narrow networks. However, the researchers add, the state marketplace plans still offer about the same level of geographic access to hospitals and in some cases allow enrollees to get care at higher quality hospitals.

Aging with Dignity: live alone or in a community?

An overwhelming percentage of older adults insist on remaining in their homes as they age. Called “aging in place,” it’s considered the Holy Grail for families and governments alike. Older adults want the comfort and autonomy of home. Governments hope to keep seniors at home as long as possible, mortified of the financial burden low-income seniors become when they move into nursing homes.

Police and Moms of Cypress Park Walk the Beat To Safety

About 25 moms greet Captain Jeff Bert of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division, maybe grab a bite, and then start walking. About a dozen of these ladies—deputized as “mamma captains”—are Captain Bert’s entrée to neighboring businesses and homes where residents are eager to talk about the gangs and violent crime that are crushing their sense of peace.

More than 40% of California Adults Have a Chronic Health Condition, Report Finds

By Hannah Guzik   More than 40 percent of California adults have a chronic health condition, and rates are higher in some regions, according to a new report. High blood pressure is the most common chronic condition, affecting about one in four adults in California, or 7.6 million people, says the April 28 report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Adults living in

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