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“Look Away, Look Away”: Training a Geriatric Workforce

February 29, 2016
“Look Away, Look Away”: Training a Geriatric Workforce

By Matt Perry

With California on the precipice of an older adult population explosion – part of the greatest demographic shift in the history of planet Earth — there must be a comprehensive state plan to train workers to support all of these aging people. Right?

Wrong.

“There’s a huge demand for a prepared workforce and there’s no traction from any of the systems in any of the national or local models,” says Janet Frank, a national expert on workforce development and past president of the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics.

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Trauma Should Be Recognized as Disability by Schools, Lawsuit Says

February 22, 2016
Trauma Should Be Recognized as Disability by Schools, Lawsuit Says By Robin Urevich A group of middle and high school students in Compton have filed a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit saying violence at home and in their neighborhoods has impaired their ability to learn at school. The students, along with three teachers who are also plaintiffs, allege the Compton Unified School District has failed to recognize and address their trauma-induced disabilities, and therefore has denied their legal right to an equal education.

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Nursing Home Culture Change

February 17, 2016

 

by Matt Perry

Dr. Michael Wasserman, a geriatrician for 30 years, tells this story about a call he once received from a nursing home: a resident had just lashed out and struck a staff member, so the nurse wanted to know if she could prescribe the anti-psychotic drug Haldol.

“You know what I told the nurse?” Wasserman told an audience of nursing home managers last week in Oakland.

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Trump, Sanders and health care

February 16, 2016

By Daniel Weintraub

In the days before last month’s Iowa caucuses, the Washington Times quoted a stay-at-home mom from Dubuque who wasn’t yet sure how she was going to vote. But the woman had narrowed her choice to a final two: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders.

How could she be torn between the only billionaire in the race and the man who says, over and over, that billionaires are the root of all our country’s problems?

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As vaccination mandate rolls out, some parents fret

February 16, 2016
As vaccination mandate rolls out, some parents fret

Photo: Thinkstock/Dmitry Naumov

By Lisa Renner

State law or no state law, Grass Valley mother Kay Pisarek is adamant that she won’t vaccinate her 8-year-old son – because she believes vaccines are unsafe.

Senate Bill 277, which goes into effect July 1, eliminates personal belief exemptions and requires children to be vaccinated in order to attend public or private school or day care.

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The Greying of California Farming: Success and Succession

February 16, 2016
The Greying of California Farming: Success and Succession

By Matt Perry

As farmer’s markets explode all over California and people start to view food as a form of medicine, family farms are emerging as the backbone of a blossoming “shop local” movement and the desire to reconnect with both neighbors and nature.

Yet an aging California population also means that older adult farmers – “agrarian elders” – are retiring at a record rate and taking decades of irreplaceable wisdom with them.

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Fighting diabetes with hip-hop, poetry

February 8, 2016

By Daniel Weintraub

Dr. Dean Schillinger spent much of his life fighting a losing battle against a preventable epidemic that has taken millions of American lives. Now, for the first time, he has hope.

The disease is Type 2 Diabetes, an illness driven largely by bad diets and sedentary lifestyles and which has ravaged people in poverty and ethnic minorities in numbers far greater than the rest of the population.

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Beauty Shop Hazards: Potential Toxins in African-American Hair Products

February 8, 2016
Beauty Shop Hazards: Potential Toxins in African-American Hair Products By Linda Childers In the 20 years she’s worked as a hair stylist, Safiyyah Edley has seen many colleagues diagnosed with uterine fibroids and cancer. Yet it wasn’t until she began working at a salon next door to the Los Angeles-based health and wellness advocacy organization, Black Women for Wellness (BWW), that she learned the hair products she works with on a daily basis could pose serious health risks.  

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UC Campuses Step Up Sex Assault Prevention

February 8, 2016
UC Campuses Step Up Sex Assault Prevention

 

UC Berkeley, pictured here, along with other campuses in the statewide system, now mandate sexual assault prevention programs for students. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).

By Jessica Portner

Chrissy Keenan was sexually assaulted when she was 17. Now 22, and in her fourth year at UCLA, Keenan has devoted her college years to doing everything she can to stop that from happening to someone else.

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Activating Young Artists Against Diabetes

February 1, 2016
Activating Young Artists Against Diabetes By Lynn Graebner A Bay Area-based campaign is recruiting young poets and youth to raise their voices and start a culture shift to end the type 2 diabetes epidemic.

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