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One of the nice elements of the ProAging Info Network is the ability to comment on a specific posting – here is a sampling of recent comments.

  1. Name: Keith Kessler | E-mail: [email protected] | URI: | IP:

    The number of elderly admissions will continue to increase not only because of the “baby boomers” but because of the ill conceived Medicare Part D drug benefits which hinder those least likely to afford preventative medication from taking it. When the government wises up (if ever) they will scrap Part D and come up with a real plan. In the mean time drug companies and other interests will benefit from a financial windfall.

    Posted May 31, 11:39 AM | Edit Comment | Delete Comment “” Edit Post “Health care for the elderly is ailing” | View Post

  2. Name: Emily Ruebsamen | E-mail: [email protected] | IP:

    How wonderful that yet another research program is going on, while Seniors suffer the POOR and BAD and TERRIBLE care from untrained staff while facilities refuse to do proper training, and/or maintain good supervision.

    My feeling is that part of the reason good care is not given is that the folks who are hired are paid the lowest salary possible, working Part time, without benefits. I am a retiered Adult Day Care Director, who thank God was able to pay decent salaries, but as a volunteer Long Term Ombudsman in a nursing home see the other side of care. Most of the staff would like to give better care, but are so very limited by the high number of residents they are responsible for. Unfortuantely the staff that will accept the low salaries usually do not have good, if any, command of the English Language, and the facilities will not hire staff who can speak other languages for the folks who do not know English and I am not talking about just Spanish.

    Holding a summit meeting for caregive leaders is not the answer, get the people down in the trenches and let them know that this is to help them.

    Three years is a long time to complete a study that will probably not have any ACTION on the problem for another 5 – 10 years.

    BUT, maybe it will help ME when I am admitted to a facility or need home health care.

    Posted May 31, 11:24 AM | Edit Comment | Delete Comment “” Edit Post “National Caregiving Project Launched with Million Dollar Challenge Grant” | View Post

  3. Name: Keith Kessler | E-mail: [email protected] | URI: | IP:

    Do we really need another study telling of the caregiver shortage? I’d rather see the million dollars go towards a health care package and higher pay incentive which would give a reason to get caregivers to want to join this profession and not chase them away. This entire subject has been studied to death. Any extra studies are simply a waste of money making someone rich while caregivers keep getting nothing.

    Posted May 31, 11:16 AM | Edit Comment | Delete Comment “” Edit Post “National Caregiving Project Launched with Million Dollar Challenge Grant” | View Post

  4. Name: Pea McKellar | E-mail: [email protected] | IP:

    It is just amazing where reading one of these postings can lead one. I read the article, sent it to a few friends, the clicked on the experts and found a whole new resource link. I sent that to our person in charge of training with the suggestion that maybe it is a person we could have as a guest trainer. Thanks for sharing these articles that I would not encounter otherwise. Pea

    Posted May 26, 8:12 AM | Edit Comment | Delete Comment “” Edit Post “Caregiver Guilt is Good “ | View Post

  5. Name: Debra Levy | E-mail: [email protected] | URI: | IP:

    It was great to read that Canada has a nursing home unit for younger disabled patients (though the article says they need more). I wish that we had a similar facility in the DC area, as well as an Assisted Living for the under 65 population. It’s so sad that these younger folks with disability have to live in an “old-age” home.

    Posted May 10, 9:59 PM | Edit Comment | Delete Comment “” Edit Post “Being young in nursing home gets old fast” | View Post

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