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After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless

July 24, 2017
After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless Claudia Boyd-Barrett “You and I, when we leave the hospital if we were to be there for surgery or an ailment, we would go home and one of our loved ones would take care of us and we’d be able to recuperate and watch television,” said Kelly Bruno, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Foundation. The homeless go back to the street.

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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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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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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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How a Last-Resort Academy for Foster Children in San Diego Has Succeeded

June 13, 2017
How a Last-Resort Academy for Foster Children in San Diego Has Succeeded By Marty Graham A lauded academy for foster teens in San Diego County is only about 60 percent full, and officials say that’s a good thing, because it suggests shifts in local policy meant to keep kids out of the system may be working.

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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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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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Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality

March 23, 2017
Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality By Linda Childers Launched in 2013, the Asthma Impact Model, focuses on helping low-income families in the Central Valley better manage their children’s asthma, thus avoiding ER visits. The program was designed by the Central California Asthma Collaborative and Clinica Sierra Vista, a Fresno health clinic.

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New Report Finds Children at a Higher Risk of Lead Exposure in Several California Cities

February 18, 2017
New Report Finds Children at a Higher Risk of Lead Exposure in Several California Cities In several neighborhoods across California, many children face an invisible health threat: lead poisoning. Found in paint dust from homes and apartments built before 1978, long-term exposure to lead has been shown by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cause health problems ranging from anemia to learning disabilities.

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Ventura Program Aims to Break the Cycle of Homelessness by Intervening Early

January 31, 2017
Ventura Program Aims to Break the Cycle of Homelessness by Intervening Early At Step Up Ventura, outreach workers are trying to address homelessness’ impact on children by intervening as early as possible. Each week, a two-person team visits with homeless families living in shelters or transitional living facilities and who have children ages 0 to 5.

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