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Voters To Decide On Washington State’s Public Long-Term Care Insurance Program

Washington voters will decide the fate of the state’s path-breaking public long-term care insurance program in a referendum this Fall. If adopted, Initiative 2124 would make participation in the Washington Cares program voluntary, effectively killing it. The effort, largely bankrolled by hedge fund manager Brian Heywood and backed by prominent state Republicans, is the latest attempt by conservatives to dismantle [...]

By |2024-02-21T10:08:40-05:00February 21st, 2024|long-term care insurance|0 Comments

Changing The Way Doctors Talk To Patients About Dementia

Too often, physicians are reluctant to give patients a diagnosis of dementia, even when cognitive testing shows memory loss or other symptoms. And when doctors do provide a candid diagnosis, they may send their patients and their families home without any guidance for what to do next. No practical advice. No sense of hope. And too often, not even any [...]

By |2024-02-13T16:04:34-05:00February 12th, 2024|dementia, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Family Caregiving Is Tough On Workers. What Are Employers Doing About It?

Caring for a chronically ill parent, spouse, or other relative is hard. And, without support, it can seriously interfere with paid jobs, disrupting not only employees’ lives but their workplaces as well. There are lots of good reasons for firms to assist workers who are caring for loved ones. Unfortunately, many don’t make the effort, perhaps because they are worried [...]

By |2024-01-26T10:26:31-05:00January 26th, 2024|family caregivers|0 Comments

Medicare Will Pay For A Common Alzheimer’s Test But It May Not Be Reliable

Last year, Medicare decided it would routinely pay for sophisticated imaging tests for Alzheimer’s disease called amyloid-PET (positron emission tomography) scans. The move will make it easier for people with early-stage memory loss to get tested and potentially become eligible for a class of new drugs that aim to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. However, many neuroscientists and imaging experts [...]

By |2024-01-09T15:09:53-05:00January 9th, 2024|dementia|0 Comments

Barring Immigrant Care Workers Punishes Frail Seniors And Their Families

Congress is debating whether to impose new restrictions on immigration as the price of a deal to provide new aid to Ukraine and Israel. But some of the biggest victims of this misguided policy will be frail older adults, younger people living with disabilities, and their families. For their sakes, Congress should make immigration easier, not harder, for the nurses [...]

By |2024-01-03T09:42:20-05:00January 3rd, 2024|long-term care workers|0 Comments

Retirement Savings Are Growing, But Not For Everyone

There is a seemingly endless debate about whether Americans have sufficient savings for retirement (see here and here). The answer is that many do. But tens of millions do not. Overall retirement assets have grown enormously in recent years-- to $36 trillion, despite a terrible stock market in 2022. But looking at total retirement plan savings, or even average 401(k) [...]

By |2023-12-14T10:20:19-05:00December 14th, 2023|Aging|0 Comments

Who Really Owns Nursing Homes, And How The Feds Are About To Learn More

The federal government wants to know more, and wants consumers to know more, about who owns  nursing homes. It is about time. And it may help identify some of the worst actors who pollute the nursing home industry. However, without easier access to this new information, I’m not sure how helpful it will be for prospective residents and their families. [...]

By |2023-11-27T11:22:48-05:00November 27th, 2023|nursing homes|0 Comments

Three Experiments To Help Reduce The Shortages Of Senior Care Workers

The US is desperately short of nurses, personal care aides, and other direct care workers who help frail older adults and younger people with disabilities manage their days. Instead of dealing with the problem, policymakers have, predictably, devolved into their usual partisan blame-mongering. Watch, if you can, this recent hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the worker [...]

By |2023-11-16T09:54:05-05:00November 16th, 2023|nursing homes, Senior housing|0 Comments

Forget National Caregivers Month. Think About What Family Caregivers Need

Welcome to November, National Family Caregivers Month, one of those Hallmark Card-like designations that politicians grant when they can’t, or won’t, actually act to help people. But instead of getting frustrated over what Congress isn’t doing, it seems like a good opportunity to think about what support those family members need. Many groups have surveyed family caregivers over the years [...]

By |2023-11-07T13:21:28-05:00November 7th, 2023|family caregivers|0 Comments

NIH Steps Back From Project Developing Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Standards

The National Institutes of Health’s Institute of Aging has dropped its name from a controversial joint project with Alzheimer’s Association to revise clinical research standards, which it calls criteria, for determining who has Alzheimer’s disease. The relationship was unusual. NIH rarely sponsors projects to develop such standards, and almost never partners with advocacy groups. Typically, such guidance is written by expert panels organized [...]

By |2023-10-31T17:27:50-04:00October 31st, 2023|dementia|0 Comments