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California Needs Equality When it Comes to Mental Health Care

July 24, 2017
California Needs Equality When it Comes to Mental Health Care By Kimberly Chen Too few Californians have access to mental health care, and the problem exasperates inequities in the state. This is why a health equity focus is so important.

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Following a Stroke, She Woke Up in Men’s Clothes: Why LGBTQ Seniors Deserve Equal Rights

July 12, 2017
Following a Stroke, She Woke Up in Men’s Clothes: Why LGBTQ Seniors Deserve Equal Rights By Rick Zbur After a lifetime of bullying by schoolmates, co-workers and society at large, some LGBTQ seniors are forced to share a room with homophobic or transphobic companions. Same-sex couples are sometimes separated. A bill currently making its way through the California legislature would do much to combat the lack of understanding or hostility confronting so many LGBTQ seniors in residential care. 

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California Needs Palliative Care Standards, and This is a Start

June 20, 2017
California Needs Palliative Care Standards, and This is a Start In California, we need to begin creating and implementing standards for palliative care sooner rather than later, due in part to a new state law. SB 1004, approved by the California legislature in 2014, requires the state’s low-income health plan, Medi-Cal, to provide access to palliative care services.

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Pull All Your Teeth or Go Into Debt: The Dismal Dental Choices Older Adults Are Faced With

June 1, 2017
Pull All Your Teeth or Go Into Debt: The Dismal Dental Choices Older Adults Are Faced With By Amber Christ Low-income older Californians often must choose between going into debt or having all their teeth pulled so that Denti-Cal will cover the cost of their dentures. The state health program doesn't cover partial dentures. Whether benefits are improved will depend on whether the governor and legislature come to an agreement to do so before the budget is signed in mid-June.

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Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician

May 15, 2017
Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician By Lello Tesema Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die while incarcerated in local jails, and a majority are being held pre-trial. 

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Ageism in Silicon Valley

April 2, 2017
Ageism in Silicon Valley Over the past 40 years, the contract between a technology company and its workers has changed dramatically, with ageism a clear consequence.

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Slow Down: A Lesson From Caregivers and Millennials

March 7, 2017
Slow Down: A Lesson From Caregivers and Millennials At some point in our lives, if we don’t slow down on our own, we are forced to slow down. Early Baby Boomers are now in their 60’s. Many of them are still working, but they may eventually need caregivers.

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Who Will Be Our Aging Champion?

February 21, 2017
By Suzanne Reed “Is California prepared to meet the needs of the aging baby boomer generation?” That was the question posed three years ago by the California State Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada), where I served as Chief of Staff.

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The Struggle For Palliative Care Standards

February 7, 2017
The Struggle For Palliative Care Standards Sometimes seen as the step before hospice, palliative care is actually appropriate at any stage of a serious illness. Unlike hospice — which requires that treatment stop – palliative care can be offered while a cure is pursued.

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Creating Age-Friendly California

January 22, 2017
Creating Age-Friendly California By Bob Prath At the front lines of California’s rapidly aging demographic, California mayors and local leaders are taking a fresh course of action to make their communities age-friendly, and more livable for everyone, as part of a growing international movement.

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