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Once Isolated in the Tenderloin, Seniors Find Friendship

June 19, 2017
By Claudia Boyd-Barrett A San Francisco program connects low-income seniors who have become socially isolated, have trouble connecting with others (or even leaving their homes) with companionship.

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Cuts to Federal Nutrition Assistance Could Derail Efforts to Feed Hungry Seniors

June 16, 2017
Cuts to Federal Nutrition Assistance Could Derail Efforts to Feed Hungry Seniors Claudia Boyd-Barrett Food banks and advocates for seniors are nervously eyeing a looming threat to the nutritional wellbeing of the poor, elderly and disabled: a proposed $193 billion cut to federal funding for SNAP over the next 10 years. The cuts to the program, which was once called food stamps and goes by the name CalFresh in California, were proposed as part of President Trump’s 2018 budget.  

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Aging Veterans Reluctant to Apply for Aid to Help them Stay in Their Homes

June 15, 2017
Aging Veterans Reluctant to Apply for Aid to Help them Stay in Their Homes By Lisa Renner Aid and Assistance, a benefit for low-income veterans and their survivors, is underused, according to veteran service officers. Though there are 21 million vets nationwide, only 116,000 veterans and 126,500 survivors participate in Aid and Assistance.

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In a City with Soaring Housing Costs, a Senior Center Keeps Elders in the Neighborhood

June 14, 2017
By Veronica Moscoso Realizing a one doctor's dream, a combined housing and senior services center serves one of San Francisco's historically African American neighborhoods. 

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Health Care Overhaul, Federal Budget Could Disproportionately Harm Seniors

June 7, 2017
Health Care Overhaul, Federal Budget Could Disproportionately Harm Seniors By Claudia Boyd-Barrett Older Californians could face increasing financial hardship and difficulty finding health care if Republican-led efforts to overhaul the nation’s health care system move forward, state officials and advocates agreed.  The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would drastically cut federal funds used by states to provide health services to poor and disabled seniors. The budget slashes funding to Medicaid, the federal insurance program for low-income people, known in California as Medi-Cal.

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Federal Law Complicates Medical Marijuana Use in Nursing Homes

June 2, 2017
Federal Law Complicates Medical Marijuana Use in Nursing Homes By Jessica Portner Adults are now allowed to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana in California. But a remaining barrier to elders’ ability to use medical marijuana could be their living situation, particularly if they live in facilities, such as nursing homes that receive federal funding, as all marijuana use is illegal under federal law.

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Spurred by Lack of Mental Health Therapists in Rural Central California, Researchers Make House Calls to Seniors

May 30, 2017
Spurred by Lack of Mental Health Therapists in Rural Central California, Researchers Make House Calls to Seniors By Lisa Renner People who live in rural areas suffer from higher than average rates of depression, an illness that can have a devastating effect on older adults. Yet California's rural areas suffer from a shortage of mental health professionals, leaving seniors with few options for treatment.

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Those Who Fought for LGBT Rights Often Can’t Find Fair Housing

May 25, 2017
Those Who Fought for LGBT Rights Often Can’t Find Fair Housing By Linda Childers Though they rocked cultural norms by being open about their sexuality in their youth, these lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders, often find that moving into an assisted living or skilled nursing facility means going back into the closet. 

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Mapping Effort Spotlights Extent of Hepatitis C Pandemic in California

May 19, 2017
Mapping Effort Spotlights Extent of Hepatitis C Pandemic in California Hepatitis C kills more people in the United States each year than any other infectious disease, yet few people realize how widespread the virus is or know what areas of the country are most impacted.

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Counties to Try Out an Electronic Registry for End-of-Life Wishes

May 15, 2017
Counties to Try Out an Electronic Registry for End-of-Life Wishes By Jessica Portner “It’s a beautiful thing when you’ve resuscitated someone and you get them back,” says paramedic Henry Ledo, “but if you can do anything for anyone in their life, it’s at least to respect their wishes.”

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