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

October 13, 2014

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.

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A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

September 28, 2014

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.

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

September 23, 2014

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.

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Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

September 15, 2014

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.

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The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

September 2, 2014

The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

By Matt Perry

These days, everything seems to be outsourced abroad. Jobs. Customer service. Even executive assistants. And today, so is aging – which is fast becoming very big business.

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Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

August 28, 2014

Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

By Lorena Anderson

More infants are exclusively consuming breast milk immediately after being born in California hospitals than before, according to a new report from the California Women, Infants, Children Association and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center.

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Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

August 27, 2014

Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

By Alisha Wyman

A proposed ballot measure facing voters this fall would give the state the authority to deny health insurance rate increases, a change some consumer groups say is long overdue but that opponents warn could impede Californians’ access to insurance coverage.

Proposition 45, slated for the Nov. 4 ballot, appears simple.

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Straightening Out the Knot: The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

August 22, 2014

Straightening Out the Knot: The Cancer Resource Center of the Desert

By Robert Fulton

Adrian Tapia and his wife Ana faced more than fear after Adrian was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. Between the doctor visits, the scans, surgery and rehabilitation, paperwork had to be filled out. Treatments required a two-hour-plus drive each way back and forth from the Imperial Valley to San Diego.

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Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

August 18, 2014

Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

By Matt Perry

With rates of dementia expected to reach epidemic proportions as an aging American populous lives longer, a Southern California city has formed an impressive coalition of business leaders, educators, foundations and long-term care settings to help train the next generation of caregivers.

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When the Spirit Moves You… in Later Life

June 22, 2014

When the Spirit Moves You… in Later Life

By Matt Perry

Sex scandals in the Catholic Church. Nativity scenes nixed during Christmas holidays. God kicked out of schools.

In American culture, God is taking one hell of a beating.

At the same time, the nation’s hunger for divine connection – especially among older adults – has never been higher.

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