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Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

Why Harris v. Quinn Is No Sweeping Victory for Conservatives

Capital & Main | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Capital & Main

To understand what the Supreme Court did and didn't hold, you have to go back to a 1977 case called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

States Must Find Way to Do Right by Home Care Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When does justice delayed become justice denied? For the nation's 2 million home care workers, that time may be here. But states have the power to rectify the situation, and they should.

Harris v. Quinn: A Personal View

Keith Kelleher | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Keith Kelleher

Following the progress of the latest anti-labor lawsuit, Harris v. Quinn, I'm reminded of the story of a homecare worker named Evelyn. She had recentl...

The Sexist Agenda Hidden in Harris v. Quinn

Laura Reyes | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

On its surface, the case known as Harris v. Quinn now before the Supreme Court is yet another attempt to kill off public employee unions. And while that's certainly troubling enough, this case is about more than workers' rights. It potentially opens up yet another front in the war on women.

New Year, New Jobs

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Thanks to several key trends in aging and health care, one of the fastest-growing jobs in 2014 is expected to be that of the home health aide. Each ye...

How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons

Amy B. Dean | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
Amy B. Dean

Domestic workers have had some breakthrough wins over the past two weeks. Up until then, these workers were excluded from protections such as a guaranteed minimum wage, paid breaks, and overtime pay.

Vermont Home Care Providers Come Together With AFSCME

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

I was honored to be in Vermont today and to stand with all the members of AFSCME Vermont Homecare United. Together, we will work to improve conditions for home care providers and enhance the lives of all the people we serve.

Thinking of Home Care Workers on Mother's Day

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The need for home care workers is dramatically increasing with each passing year. Yet, low wages, long hours and no benefits will continue to drive more workers out of these important jobs. The tragic result will be more Americans with disabilities denied the services they need.

National Nurses Week: Transforming Everyday Life -- Every Day

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

National Nurses Week is welcome reminder to acknowledge the highly-skilled, attentive and compassionate nurses and other health professionals who keep our homebound elders living and aging at their best.

Considering Caregiving

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

When Grandma Mollie finally decided to get home-care, she found a caregiver in her community to assist her with certain tasks. In a few weeks, she fired the caregiver, after accusing her of misplacing and then stealing her eyeglasses. She found someone new.

How to Avoid the Home Care Nightmare

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

Providing therapy in the home can be a rewarding and valuable experience, building wonderful relationships between families and therapists that can last for years. Just remember to establish rules from the start and get everyone involved.

Yes on 30 & No on 32: Moving California Forward

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.

Eldercare: The Healing Power of a Rubber Chicken

Ilaina Edison | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

Physical therapist Joe Gallagher's patient, a former New York Giants football player now in his 80s, was lying on the floor, stretching to regain flexibility after two total knee replacements. Progress was slow and painful, so Joe went to a reliable resource in his PT toolbox: humor.

Just Keep on Living: Quality Care for You, and Your Loved Ones Will be a Priority

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 10.01.2012 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Proposal 4 will allow seniors and people with disabilities the choice to direct their own care and remain healthy and independent in their own homes, instead of being forced into expensive nursing homes and other institutions.

Caring For An Elderly Parent: Stress And Reward

Dr. Bruce Margolis | Posted 09.25.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce Margolis

This past March marked 29 years that my mother-in-law has lived with my wife and me. That's correct. I have lived with my mother-in-law for almost three decades! I have been called both crazy and a saint.

Aging Parents? Check Out These Affordable Alternatives To Assisted Living

Mary Turner | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty

Although "aging in place" may be the preferred option for seniors, declining health and physical limitations often preclude this option. But an assist...

Spousal Refusal: I Take Thee In Sickness And In Health, Except...

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 07.12.2012 | Fifty
Ann Margaret Carrozza

The reality of spousal refusal is very different from the politically motivated sound bites decrying multi-millionaires on Medicaid. If, for example, my husband has a stroke and we apply for Medicaid for him, I may decide to declare spousal refusal in order to protect my nest egg of $300,000.

Why More Boomers Are Living Alone

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 06.21.2012 | Fifty

When mom or dad has a harder time getting around their homes, one begins to make plans: “Should she move in with us? Maybe we should look into nursi...

When the See Saw Tips: Parenting Our Parents

Lee Woodruff | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

We are all very much still on this journey. We are the parents now in so many ways, the executors and the advocates, the decision makers, accountants and the schedulers. We no longer act like children with our parents. The see saw has tipped.

Long-Term Caring Means Insurance

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.18.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

By 2030, one in five Americans will be a senior citizen and estimates are that those needing long-term care insurance will skyrocket to more than 23 million Americans. And each one of them is looking at a projected long-term care costs of about $300,000 a year.

Sandwich Generation Stress: A Survival Guide

Michelle Seitzer | Posted 05.17.2012 | Fifty
Michelle Seitzer

A peek into a sandwich generation boomer's fridge says it all: Ensure milkshakes, a pack of juice boxes, a bottle of wine and food for an army -- certainly not the signs of an empty-nest household.

Open Letter: Saving Medicare Is About Being Super

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

What is the human cost to what you may be proposing? How does your decision help to promote job creation; hold true to valuing our seniors and disabled; move us closer to our goal of a healthier society?

California's War on the Elderly and Disabled: A Dispatch from the Front Lines

Steve Mehlman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steve Mehlman

A flawed and mean-spirited attack by right-wing ideologues on some of California's most vulnerable citizens has begun to sprout poisoned fruit in California's Central Valley.

What's Next: Blackwater Homecare Visits?

Steve Mehlman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steve Mehlman

The Schwarzenegger Administration wants to purchase up to $5 million worth of military/security camera systems to photograph elderly, blind and disabled homecare recipients.