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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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Connecting the young and old in geriatric psychiatry

September 10, 2014

Connecting the young and old in geriatric psychiatry

By Pamela K. Johnson
Bella Schwartzbord, who turned 100 in August, recently added jewelry making to her busy schedule of playing Bingo, practicing yoga and taking walks. While she’s aging successfully, her daughter, Sarah Gelberd, M.D., knows that many older adults across California aren’t faring as well.

Gelberd sees the problem up close as medical director of Older Adult Services at the Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health, which is dealing with the leading edge of a massive wave of Baby Boomers with psychiatric disorders.

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Jenesse Center Offers Shelter from the Storm

September 8, 2014

Jenesse Center Offers Shelter from the Storm

By Pamela K. Johnson

Chanel, a petite African American woman with sleek hair and hazel eyes, trembles as she remembers the last time her husband beat her. He struck her with one chair and then another. “They broke on my body as I tried to hide my face…. When I went to the hospital, I thought, Now’s my chance.

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Sexual Violence Prevention Team Trains Agricultural Workers

September 5, 2014

Sexual Violence Prevention Team Trains Agricultural Workers

By Lily Dayton

In the foothills of the Pajaro Valley, dozens of nursery workers dressed in jeans and work boots file into a warehouse. It’s just past lunchtime on a weekday. Normally the workers would be heading back to the white-tented greenhouses to tend to the broccoli, chard and kale shoots that grow from nursery flats, but today they are attending the final presentation of Speedling Incorporated’s Safety Week, a workshop on sexual harassment and assault.

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Reading Your Doctor’s Notes

September 4, 2014

Reading Your Doctor’s Notes

By Kellie Schmitt

Patients across California now have easier access to their medication lists, lab results, upcoming appointments and messaging through secure online systems. But one key aspect of the medical record is not typically available online: the candid notes a physician writes about you during and after an appointment.

Those notes are part of a patient’s medical record and include anything from descriptions of a patient’s demeanor to diagnosis and treatment plans. 

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Online Access to Doctors Encourages Patients to Seek Care

September 3, 2014

Online Access to Doctors Encourages Patients to Seek Care

By Kellie Schmitt

Bay Area resident Mark Bloomquist, 33, hadn’t had a relationship with a primary care physician in more than a decade.

Waiting on hold to make appointments and juggling callbacks for physician advice or lab results seemed like too much hassle. When Bloomquist needed medical care – which he often did as an avid lacrosse player – he went to urgent care.

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Some California Schools Make Breakfast the First Lesson of the Day

September 2, 2014

Some California Schools Make Breakfast the First Lesson of the Day

By Linda Childers

When Ross McGowan and his team of volunteers enter one of the classrooms at Healdsburg Elementary School, the students cheer excitedly. Their enthusiastic response isn’t because they remember McGowan from his thirty-plus years in Bay Area television, but rather because he comes bearing food.

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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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Easy Online Access Changes Doctor-Patient Relationships

September 2, 2014

Easy Online Access Changes Doctor-Patient Relationships

By Kellie Schmitt

The days of waiting on hold and playing phone tag with the doctor’s office are diminishing for patients across the state and nation as more and more health providers implement patient portals.

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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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