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Why reducing poverty — and stress — might be the key to better health

By Daniel Weintraub Look at the health data for just about any collection of neighborhoods in California and one thing will soon become clear: Poor people are sicker and, on average, die younger than people with higher incomes. The medical profession, social workers and health researchers have known this for a long time. But exactly why it is so remains, surprisingly, a mystery. Answering that

A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

By Matt Perry When Bea Arthur and her merry band of aging pranksters graced the airwaves with their “Golden Girls” sitcom a quarter century ago, they paved the way for shared senior housing that’s both fun and affordable. And like the world-famous Red Hat Society which celebrates aging gracefully and vibrantly, expect the Golden Girls Network shared housing movement to grow rapidly in California. The

Despite progress, 250,000 Medi-Cal applicants still wait for coverage

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett Carlos Gutierrez of Berkeley thought his health care troubles were over when he received a letter from his county’s social service agency in May telling him he qualified for Medi-Cal. The 34-year-old single father of two had been without health insurance for months after losing his job as a trainer in car rental sales. He’d applied for health coverage through Covered California

Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

By Matt Perry March marked a turning point in California’s ethnic breakdown: Latinos officially outnumbered the state’s white population. Meanwhile, the aging Latino population is one of the fastest-growing demographics nationally, thanks to “a very high life expectancy among Hispanics,” according to noted aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The challenges of aging are often multiplied in the Latino

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