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Why unemployment is harder for older adults

November 18, 2014

Why unemployment is harder for older adults

By Marty Graham

San Diego area resident Teresa McConnell remembers the seven months of her unemployment clearly.
“I didn’t want to talk to anyone any more, I didn’t want to hear myself say I didn’t have a job and watch people pull away,” she said. “I felt sick and ashamed just saying it.”
Instead, the 54-year-old San Diego resident – who agreed to be interviewed as long as her maiden name was used so she wouldn’t be recognized – became isolated.

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Long-Term Care Reform: America Stands Alone

November 10, 2014

Long-Term Care Reform: America Stands Alone

By Matt Perry

With the average American life expectancy now reaching 78, a solution to the long-term care crisis is vital, yet faces the brutal headwinds of economic reality and political stridency.

 

Since the United Kingdom passed reforms that take effect in 2016, the United States remains the one major developed country that has not tackled long-term care financing head on.

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Study: Millions of Californians have Higher Risk of Disease Following Childhood Adversity

November 7, 2014

Study: Millions of Californians have Higher Risk of Disease Following Childhood Adversity

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

One in six Californians has experienced significant trauma in childhood – and enough stress to put their long-term health at risk, according to a study released yesterday.

The study, “A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California,” was issued by the Center for Youth Wellness in partnership with the non-profit Public Health Institute.

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Mixed-Status Families Fear Sign-Up Process for Health Coverage

November 3, 2014

Mixed-Status Families Fear Sign-Up Process for Health Coverage

Families in which some members lack legal residency have been hesitant to enroll eligible members in the health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, according to enrollment specialists and civil rights organizations.

 

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Naturopathic Doctors Fighting for Inclusion Under Health Reform Insurance Policies

November 3, 2014

Naturopathic Doctors Fighting for Inclusion Under Health Reform Insurance Policies

As more people gained access to insurance and primary care under the Affordable Care Act this year, naturopathic doctors hoped that their role in medicine might become more mainstream as well.

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Changing the message of aging…subliminally

October 27, 2014

Changing the message of aging…subliminally

By Matt Perry

As a reporter who covers Aging issues, discussing the topic in public typically evokes this response through clenched teeth:   “Getting old sucks.”

There are variations on this reply – some involve profanity – but today’s accepted cultural message is that aging is terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad.

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Native American Tribes Have the Right, but Not the Resources, to Prosecute Abusers

October 22, 2014

Native American Tribes Have the Right, but Not the Resources, to Prosecute Abusers

By Leah Bartos

Native American women face a 2 in 5 chance of experiencing some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In most of these cases – 86 percent – the perpetrator of the violence will be non-Native.

These statistics, based on federal data, reflect a rate of violence against Native American women far greater than that experienced by any other ethnic group in the U.S.

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State Refuses to Identify Hospitals it Says Have Harmed Patients

October 15, 2014

State Refuses to Identify Hospitals it Says Have Harmed Patients

By Chris Richard

California has been withholding money from 66 hospitals it holds culpable for medical errors, but state officials refuse to describe the mistakes or publicly identify the hospitals, all of which have allegedly harmed patients.

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Santa Cruz pilot project equips foster youth with education champions

October 15, 2014

Santa Cruz pilot project equips foster youth with education champions

By Lynn Graebner

An Oakland-based nonprofit group is building a national model to help foster youth overcome one of their biggest challenges: staying in school.

 

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Tulare County Fights Domestic Violence on a New Front

October 15, 2014

Tulare County Fights Domestic Violence on a New Front

By Leah Bartos

Nestled in central California and flanked by the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Tulare County is sometimes called the Appalachia of the West. It is home to the giant Sequoia trees; Mount Whitney towers over the county’s eastern edge. It’s also one of the most poverty-stricken regions of the state.

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