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How the Affordable Care Act Has Helped Seniors in Chinatown

August 17, 2017
How the Affordable Care Act Has Helped Seniors in Chinatown By Jessica Portner The Chinatown Service Center is the largest community-based Chinese-American health and human service organization in Southern California, serving immigrants, refugees and others in need of assistance. The center, which largely serves those who have nowhere else to go, would not be a robust social or medical refuge if it were not for the Affordable Care Act. 

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Returning from a Midlife MS Diagnosis — On a Bike

August 7, 2017
After her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis in 2007, Julie Williams decided to commute to work on a bike to improve her health. She quickly found it improved her physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

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Medi-Cal Discriminates Against Latinos, Harms Seniors Especially, Lawsuit Alleges

July 25, 2017
Medi-Cal Discriminates Against Latinos, Harms Seniors Especially, Lawsuit Alleges By Claudia Boyd-Barrett 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 difficult to meet their specialized medical needs, attorneys involved in the lawsuit said.

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Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care

July 13, 2017
Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care By Hannah Guzik Should patients in rural California have to drive four times as far to see a neurologist as someone who lives in Los Angeles? Should your access to health care depend on your zip code?

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Rising Temperatures Will Put Seniors at Risk, Experts Predict

July 11, 2017
Rising Temperatures Will Put Seniors at Risk, Experts Predict By Claudia Boyd-Barrett 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.

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Bullying is Prevalent in Senior Living Facilities, Contributing to Depression

July 10, 2017
Bullying is Prevalent in Senior Living Facilities, Contributing to Depression By Kellie Schmitt Research has found that about 20 percent of people in senior care facilities have experienced antagonistic behaviors nationwide. As older adults face aging—and the mental and physical losses it brings—bullies try to assert control, just like their middle-school counterparts.

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In Los Angeles’ Senior Communities, Promatoras Offer Health Guidance In Spanish

June 30, 2017
In Los Angeles’ Senior Communities, Promatoras Offer Health Guidance In Spanish As California’s Latino population ages, promatoras are increasingly seen as a way to boost senior health in a way that honors their culture. A promotora typically receives specialized training to provide information to residents in the Latino communities in which they live. Promotoras make house calls, go to PTA meetings and offer informal presentations in school classrooms.

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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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