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State legislature tries to protect domestic victims from cyber abuse

July 30, 2013

State legislature tries to protect domestic victims from cyber abuse

By Lily Dayton

In cases of domestic violence, the use of technology as a means for batterers to track, control and harass their victims is becoming more common.

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Solutions Target Caregiver Stress

July 30, 2013

Solutions Target Caregiver Stress

By Matt Perry

A typical American family caregiver is exhausted, stressed out and depressed.

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The Color of Care

July 29, 2013

The Color of Care

By Matt Perry

The country’s melting pot is becoming a complex racial stew at both ends of the nation’s caregiving spectrum: for those needing care and the hired workers providing it.

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A Growing Crisis That Spans Generations

July 28, 2013

A Growing Crisis That Spans Generations

By Matt Perry

With more than 8,000 Americans turning 65 every day and chronic disease gobbling up nearly one-third of the American health-care dollar, the need for caregivers – both family and hired – is staggering.

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Nine bills aim to provide clean drinking across the state

July 27, 2013

Nine bills aim to provide clean drinking across the state

By Lynn Graebner

Despite the fact that there is some money available for interim fixes and emergency drinking water, many residents of disadvantaged communities throughout California have gone for years, sometimes decades, paying for both contaminated tap water and bottled water for drinking and cooking.

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Curfew sweeps alarm community

July 26, 2013

Curfew sweeps alarm community

Community activists in San Diego are alarmed by curfew sweeps that they say unfairly target minority youth. Police say they are even-handed and the sweeps expose kids and their families to social services that can help them avoid delinquency.

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Brave new age: living to 100 and beyond

July 25, 2013

By Matt Perry

When I started covering Aging issues for the California Health Report almost two years ago, one man’s name kept popping up who consistently impressed me with his intelligence, and gleefully shocked me with his iconoclasm: Dr. Walter Bortz.

As the former president of the American Geriatrics Society, a current Stanford instructor, and author of “We Live Too Short and Die Too Long,” Bortz brought a no-nonsense approach to aging that soared above the sea of maddening corporate healthcare mumbo-jumbo and rampant patient irresponsibility.

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Thriving Community Farms Bear Benefits for California

July 24, 2013

Thriving Community Farms Bear Benefits for California

Small organic farms cropping up all over California are helping residents get back to their roots — and also their leafy greens and vitamins. The first two community-supported agriculture ventures began on the East Coast in 1986, and since then, the number of community-supported farms across the country has grown exponentially as word of mouth travels.

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New report maps environmental issue in Eastern Coachella Valley

July 24, 2013

New report maps environmental issue in Eastern Coachella Valley

By Suzanne Potter

A new report spotlights a harsh reality in the Eastern Coachella Valley: the water, air and soil there are polluted – significantly more so than the West Valley and Riverside County as a whole.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

July 21, 2013

By Matt Perry

Laguna Honda serves as the city’s primary “hospital-based nursing facility” for San Francisco’s old, poor and sick, offering an astounding array of rehabilitation services amidst a welcoming atmosphere that’s a far cry from typically sterile healthcare interiors.

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