July 24, 2017
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.
July 12, 2017
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.
June 20, 2017
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.
June 1, 2017
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.
May 15, 2017
By Lello Tesema
Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die while incarcerated in local jails, and a majority are being held pre-trial.
April 2, 2017
Over the past 40 years, the contract between a technology company and its workers has changed dramatically, with ageism a clear consequence.
March 7, 2017
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.
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.
February 7, 2017
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.
January 22, 2017
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.