Month: November 2015

New rainy day fund will cushion blow next time the economy slows

By Daniel Weintraub California’s economy may not be booming, but it is definitely on the mend. The Bay Area is churning out high-tech profits and high-wage jobs. In other parts of the state, unemployment is inching down toward full-employment levels. And as always when California’s economy improves, tax revenues are soaring. With an income tax system highly dependent on the wealthy and their investment income,

Service animals help seniors stay independent

By Sara Washington Marv Tuttle Volunteer with Canine Companions for Independence I’ve been injured for 17 years. And I found out about service dogs when I was in the hospital. But being a fairly low level injury, paraplegic, I didn’t think I needed one. You know, because I knew the demand for them was so great that I actually waited for about ten years. And

Aging: “Unlivable Without Art.”

By Matt Perry   When Steven Soderbergh in 2001 accepted his Academy Award for directing the movie Traffic, he issued an emotional plea for the critical importance of art in human survival. “I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating,” said Soderbergh. “I don’t care if it’s a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theater, a piece

Looking to technology to solve future caregiver shortage

By Sara Washington Marcus Rosenthal Co-Founder, Revolve Robotics Here we have the Kubi and my co-founder and CTO is logged into it, Ilyah. And he’s able to control the Kubi so he can look around and interact. And he chooses where he looks. Kathy Kelly Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance There’s two trends that are intersecting at this point. One is that we have a

Need to Know

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Older adults in California are trying out precision medicine. An Alzheimer’s clinical trial just for caregivers. Is shopping for health insurance a now seasonal stress each year? More than 33,000 adults have signed up for dental insurance through the state exchange. Cancer patients who need surgery in California

Cancer Patients Who Need Surgery in California Should Compare Hospitals

By Hannah Guzik  Cancer patients who need certain surgeries have better outcomes when the procedure is done at a hospital that sees a high volume of similar cases, according to a new study. Hospitals that only do a few surgeries a year for certain types of cancer have higher mortality rates for those procedures, according to a California HealthCare Foundation November report. Many California hospitals

Need to Know

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Glimpses of the next revolution in the U.S. health care system. Could psychedelics help seniors navigate the aging and dying process? California will begin paying home-care aids for overtime in February. Cancer patients with Medi-Cal fare worse than others. Two million of those with Medi-Cal must go through

Family caregivers help elders stay independent

By Veronica Moscoso Silvia Jones Daughter/Caregiver My parents do need care. They are getting older. They are past 70-years-old. They are both retired. Mom specially needs care she has osteoarthritis, she is also a breast cancer survivor. Dad has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and he also has other ailments give or take. So both of them definitely need help in their daily activities. Right now they live

California Health Report TV – Episode 8

In this episode we bring you stories from throughout San Joaquin Valley about people improving their lives and the conditions of their communities. First we go to the Central Valley where public health workers tackle high asthma rates. Then we take to you Sacramento where bike advocates try to make the city more bike friendly. Then we go to Stockton where Cambodian elders find healing

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