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Seniors, disabled enjoy fair in full stride ( November 6, 2003)
The cars, buses, SUVs and vans lined up to get in before the gate opens. Old and young pile out and are helped into the wheelchairs. The Coastal Carolina Fair is a welcome destination for people with disabilities, in no small part because it's built for kids. On "Senior Citizens Day" the gates opened four hours early, and for free, to host a throng not only of retirees but of younger people with special needs. It's one of those community-minded gestures by the Exchange Club that drew raves from its patrons. 

As Population Grows Older, Towns Face Crisis ( November 4, 2003)
Like much of rural America , upstate New York is aging rapidly, and that aging comes with its own economic and social problems. But the consequences have been particularly tough for upstate New York , because of the state's extensive programs under Medicaid and its unusual requirement that local governments pay a quarter of the cost of most of them. Medicaid, a federal and state program, helps pay for health care for poor, elderly, blind and disabled patients and for poor families with children. The bill for caring for the poorest of the state's elderly is strangling upstate communities, according to county officials statewide. County governments, the primary conduit for social services, must meet this expense despite an ever-shrinking tax base.

Old fire in San Bernardino mirrors 1980 blaze (November 4, 2003)
Four people died in the fires in North San Bernadino, California, an area heavily populated by retirees. One man, age 90, died of heart failure when he stepped onto the street to watch his burning home. This year's fire, called the Old Fire, bears striking resemblance to the Panorama Fire of 1980 that killed four elderly people in San Bernadino.

Pact on PPOs Aimed at Rural Elderly ( October 31, 2003)
Congressional negotiators struggling to reconcile House and Senate bills to redesign Medicare have tentatively agreed to create a $12 billion fund, not envisioned in either measure, that would allow the government to pay private health plans extra money to enroll elderly patients in regions where managed care is scarce.

Family caregiving involves help from others (October 30, 2003)
Eighty-five percent of caregiving for the elderly is family care. Only five percent of those over 65 need nursing home care. When is comes to caregiving, families are the heroes.
The author of the article visited with Richard Miller, an associate in the school of family life at Brigham Young University about the needs of caregivers. He shared some important information on how families can cope with their challenges in providing home care for their elderly family members.

Elderly couple survives California fires by jumping in pool (October 29, 2003)
The tally of devastation in
California is astounding. The fires have destroyed Over 2,000 homes and 600,000 acres of land. The damage is estimated at $2 billion so far. The stories of survival and heroism sometimes get lost in all the numbers. Stories of these survivors however, give us hope and some bright light through the hazy images of southern California . Bob Daly, a California resident and one of the survivors tells us his story. Mr. Daly and his wife escaped death by jumping in their swimming pool and waiting it out under water. 

Hill Supports Medicare Boost To Rural Areas (October 20, 2003)
Congress's drive to expand Medicare by helping older Americans pay for prescription drugs also calls for the largest boost in rural health care spending in the program's recent history: at least $25 billion more for doctors, hospitals and other medical services. Despite long-standing claims that Medicare has shortchanged rural areas, however, there is scant evidence that elderly patients in remote areas and small towns have trouble getting adequate care, according to health care analysts, organizations and providers. These sources have found that Medicare often pays comparatively low rates in rural states and that older patients are more common there. But there are few signs that rural residents -- who make up nearly one-fourth of the 40 million people on Medicare -- are sicker, less satisfied with their care or less prone to get the treatment they need. 

Retiree recruitment. Good investment for the Shoals? (October 15, 2003)
Retirees who relocate.are considered a boon to the economy because of the new money they bring to the area. Study after study confirms retirees can positively impact local economies. Even a recent study in
Florida , where retirees flocked in recent decades, showed that retirees contribute $2 billion more than they cost in the state. Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and the Carolinas have all tried to attract this retiree relocation economic development.

Vermont: Home health receives grant: $314,000 will fund rural telemedicine improvements (October 14, 2003)
Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice has received a $314,000 grant to improve "rural telemedicine" from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. The grant will allow the home health program to go hi-tech with the purchase of 25 telemedicine monitoring units. It will also provide automated laptop technology for CVHHH's 55 professional clinicians who make home visits. Telemedicine home monitoring units are used primarily by high-risk cardiac and diabetes patients. Patients are prompted by the home monitoring unit to take their own vital signs, and the results are sent to a CVHHH nurse daily.

Ohio: Food pantries serving more seniors ( October 6, 2003)
 In the last few years, a growing number of older people need help from food pantries to make ends meet. While many older persons live with a fixed income, the cost of health care, prescription drugs and housing is rising and leaving many people without enough money for food.

Money woes has Meals on Wheels program reeling (October 5, 2003)
The 'Meals on Wheels' program in Napa County, California to deliver meals to homebound seniors faces severe financial problems, causing the program to consider closing down. A slow economy, state and federal budget crises, and a decrease in private donations have put pressure on many organizations that help the elderly.

Doctor shortage takes toll in rural areas (October 3, 2003)
Buffeted by rising costs and declining Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates, rural physicians say that practicing medicine in the countryside is increasingly a money-losing proposition. Many doctors are avoiding rural areas and working in cities, where their hours typically are shorter and their costs lower.

Congress extends rural Medicare fix (October 1, 2003)
Rural hospitals will receive higher Medicare payments for six months under legislation that extends a temporary fix approved earlier this year. The measure includes a total of about $617,000 for almost all Wyoming hospitals, Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., announced Wednesday.

Rural Solutions keeps disabled farmers om the farm (October 1, 2003)
The Iowa AgrAbility Program led the Rodemeyers to a network of professionals who have since become friends. Tracy Keninger, senior director of program services at Easter Seals of Iowa, was one of the Rodemeyers' first contacts and chatted with Max at the August gathering. Easter Seals offers a program called Rural Solutions, formerly known as FaRM, to help
Iowa farmers keep doing what they live to do-farm. The Iowa program served as a pilot for the National AgrAbility Project. The Farm Bureau Federation's state women's committee has been a longtime financial supporter of the program.

Poor counties see more elderly (September 19, 2003)
Some of the state's poorest counties have the fastest-growing over-85 populations, a group more likely to need expensive care that's getting harder to provide in cash-strapped rural counties. The state's growth in the senior population comes from a variety of sources. Some people are growing old in the state where they were born; others were born here but moved away to work and have returned to retire; still others are newcomers drawn by relatively inexpensive living costs and mild winters. State funds are short and counties and local governments struggle to meet match requirements for federal funds.


Web-based program optimizes stroke care in rural areas (September 18, 2003)
Stroke patients in rural communities can be assessed and treated essentially as well by a neurologist via a wireless Internet program as they can in person, according to a new study. Treatment includes giving the clot-dissolving drug, tPA, when appropriate to help rapidly dissolve stroke-producing clots and minimize brain damage, said Dr. David Hess, chair of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Neurology and a co-author on the study published in the October rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.


Texas: USDA Issues Grants (September 18, 2003)
Major home repairs can be expensive and now some rural areas are getting help. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development is giving Panhandle Community Services more than $150,000 to help out low income and elderly people in rural areas. PCS director of weatherization Margaret Wolfe said, "Primarily what we use it for is to put roofs on and sewer systems, and septic systems and do major repairs that weatherization can't." Wolfe expects about 35 houses should be repaired through this year's money.


Oklahoma: Assisted living centers make aging easier for seniors (September 12, 2003)
When elderly people are no longer able to stay by themselves at home, they are often forced into considering a new way of life. Since the advent of assisted living centers, that decision has become a little easier. This is National Assisted Living Week, a time to focus on those places that provide the elderly a home and a helping hand. "Our main goal is to provide our residents with quality of life," said Janice Ramsey, residence director at Alterra Sterling House. "We strive to make sure that they keep as much of their independence as they possibly can. When they come to assisted living, that means they can't stay by themselves any longer."            

Olympia a haven for retirees, survey says (September 9, 2003)

With its gray weather, South Sound might defy the stock image of a Sun Belt retirement hub, but Internet service provider MSN has ranked the area as the No. 1 place in the country to, well, gray.
Scenic beauty, reasonably priced homes, a relaxed pace and easy driving distance to Seattle and Portland make Olympia a retirement Mecca, MSN states. And there's the climate, which some might deem a drawback. Still, the mild weather -- meaning not too hot and sunny -- actually makes Olympia more appealing because older people can engage in outdoor recreation year-round -- unlike Florida and Arizona, where many retirees must take refuge in air-conditioned hangouts much of the year.

Health-care trends shifting; new provider model needed (September 08, 2003)
These are two of a series of articles, "Which way to the future?" The stories are meant to give a look at the changing face of Texas and the Panhandle and what may happen down the road. The demographic changes clearly coming to the Panhandle - a growth in the proportion of elderly and a younger Hispanic population - may provide new business and investment opportunities if money can be found to pay for health-care services.

Lafayette County plans resource center for aging (September 5, 2003)
Now is the time to change the Lafayette County Commission on Aging into an aging resource center, COA director Carol Benson told the commissioners and county board chairman Thursday. Benson said the veterans service officer and human services department's economic assistance department will be across the hall in the new location and long-term assistance will be next door. "We will be in the center of all the other services," she said. The state Department of Health and Family Services defines an aging resource center as a centralized location for information, assistance and access to community resources for older people, their families and caregivers.

Report to address needs of area seniors (September 05, 2003)
A local group plans to release a report on ways to meet transportation, housing and other needs of retirees living in Windham County's West River Valley area, following an exhaustive year-long study. "Basically, what the data suggests is there will be an increased need here for elderly housing along with support services," said Otis Health Care Center program developer Bob Crego. "We have no independent elderly housing at all (in the area) and there's a need for transportation, too, in terms of helping people access elderly programs."

Reviled estate tax actually has some supporters (September 3, 2003)
The estate tax is either a big-government plot to destroy the family farm or a law that encourages meritocracy over aristocracy. And it's a Senate vote away from being completely repealed. That wouldn't hurt David Langford's feelings at all. After his mother died and he inherited her South Texas ranch, he struggled for nine years to pay the $700,000 estate tax bill, finally giving up and selling the property to pay for the loan, the accountants and all the lawyers. Besides the financial beating he was taking by making the annual loan payment on the tax bill, Langford said, he feared that if he and his wife were to die too soon, his children would be stuck with that debt - plus their own estate tax on the same property.

Why fewer seniors are leaving inheritances (September 2, 2003)
Retirees are increasingly less inclined or able to leave bequests, as living expenses increase.
Many older Americans today have a different ethos about passing on money than their ancestors had. Some believe it's better for their children to make it on their own, and others want to use whatever little funds they have left to enjoy their twilight years. The result is a potentially dramatic drop-off in the transference of wealth in many families that may affect successive generations' planning about everything from paying off longstanding debts to how long they will stay in the workforce.

Rural Areas Need Drug Benefit (September 1, 2003)
A Medicare drug benefit is most needed in rural areas, where recipients are twice as likely as those in the city to lack any such coverage, according to a report prepared for a think-tank run by President Clinton's former chief of staff. The report by the Center for American Progress was released as Congress prepares to hammer out differences in House and Senate bills on new Medicare legislation. Center president and founder John Podesta said the report "tried to point out where improvements are really needed in both bills to make the legislation fair and equitable in rural America."

Phone program helps elderly who live alone (September 1, 2003)
Plano resident Jim Spradley enjoys working on crossword puzzles and spending time with his dog. The 79-year-old also logs plenty of time on his computer talking to friends via e-mail.
An automated call arrives daily from the city of Plano, through its "Are You OK?" program, to check on Spradley's welfare. If the call goes unanswered twice, relatives and the police are notified.The city has operated its "Are You OK?" call program for at least six years in an effort to verify the well-being of the city's senior citizen and disabled population who sign up to receive it.

Living work, Seniors are not ready to stop contributing (August 31, 2003)
In 2001, about 557,000 North Carolinians 55 and older were in the paid work force, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
They either continue to work past Social Security retirement age, or return to new jobs to supplement pensions and health care costs, or just to earn extra money.
It is a generation that considers work part of living.

Senior Centers Anticipating Arrival Of Hip Boomers (August 26, 2003)
Senior centers turn 60 this year, but the occasion will be celebrated with more than just rousing games of bingo or extra servings of Jell-O. To attract aging baby boomers, the first of whom hit 60 in a few years, these centers are replacing their stodgy image with a hipper attitude. Tai chi, reiki and Pilates classes, massage, health and wellness workshops, fitness centers with personal trainers, seminars on financial and retirement planning, cultural activities and travel are just a few examples that, in the words of Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changin'.

Baby boom meets property boom (August 26, 2003)
Randy Hecht's favourite hunting ground for fresh investment ideas may be Silicon Valley, but one of his biggest new themes has more to do with bricks and mortar than gigabytes and pixels. Mr Hecht, chairman and chief executive of RS Investments, a San Francisco money management firm, is betting that, as more baby boomers approach retirement age, their purchases of retirement homes will send property prices sharply higher in communities from Florida and New Mexico to Baja California and New Zealand.

Florida Slips As Retirement Destination (August 12, 2003)
Frank Falsetti doesn't want to retire to Florida like his parents did, so the former New York stock broker is trading his Long Island home for a gated community in northern Virginia, 35 minutes from his kids. He's not alone. Census Bureau figures show Florida is slipping as the destination of choice for retirees, while states such as Georgia, Virginia, Arizona and Nevada are growing more popular. "We do not like Florida. It's just too hot," said Falsetti, 62. "I prefer mountains." Florida still is the top destination for people 60 and older. It attracted 19 percent, or about 394,000, of the nearly 2.1 million U.S. residents in that age group who made interstate moves between 1995 and 2000, according to an analysis of 2000 census data by Wake Forest University sociology professor Charles Longino.

Seniors seeing they can surf (August 10, 2003)
After Patricia Thielen's husband was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, the 70-year-old turned to the Internet. The Web usually is marketed to senior citizens as a tool to keep in touch with family - you can send e-mail to the kids or see pictures of the grandchildren. But Thielen needed to decipher what the doctor was telling her about how long her husband would live. "When you go to the doctor and they talk about this treatment and that treatment, you have no idea what they're talking about," Thielen said. "Looking at the Internet at least gave us an understanding of what it was, so we felt more confident."

Agency on Aging celebrates 30 years (August 13, 2003)
To recognize 30 years of serving Central Nebraska, those at the Midland Area Agency on Aging wanted to celebrate proudly and publicly. The Agency on Aging is responsible for developing and executing programs for senior citizens, not only in larger urban areas but in villages and rural areas as well. Adams and Hall were the first counties to become a part of the agency, with other counties following over 30 years. Currently the group provides services such as home-delivered meals, help with household chores, legal services, transportation, legal advice, phone reassurance and respite/attendant care, among others.

Bush praises state's elderly (August 12, 2003)

Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday credited the economic impact of Florida's elder population for keeping the state fiscally afloat while other states are experiencing huge budget deficits. Florida residents older than 60 spend $150 billion a year and contribute $2.5 billion more in revenue than they consume in state services, Bush told elder-care professionals at the 2003 Florida Conference on Aging in south Orange County.

Oldest retirees bucking a trend (August 6, 2003)
As many older Americans flock south, some elders move home or near kids; 'A real phenomenon'; Census report suggests increasing frailty a factor. It's a time-worn story: Mom and Pop finally reach retirement age, sell the old family home and head south to a blissful retirement under Florida palms. But new reports on domestic migration from the 2000 census suggest that many of the oldest snowbirds are returning north near the end of their lives, perhaps to go "home" again, or to be closer, as they grow frailer, to their adult children.

Where have all the children gone? (August 3, 2003)
What's happening in Santa Cruz County is happening across the state. The population is aging, and fewer babies are being born. "downsizing" is the latest buzz word in local school districts as officials scramble to deal with declining enrollment - and the resulting loss of per-pupil funding from the state. To add to that, who will take care of growing elderly population?

Senior population going up (July 22, 2003)
The number of Northeast Georgians 65 and older will nearly double between 2000 and 2010, according to projections by the state Office of Planning and Budget - and then the numbers will start to climb even faster as the first wave of baby boomers turns 65.  Part of the trend is because people are living longer and part is the aging of the so-called baby boom generation, people born after World War II when birth rates climbed sharply in the United States. The aging trend has some planners wondering if government and private agencies, already financially pinched, will be able to meet the growing need for such services as home-delivered meals, transportation and nursing care.

Aging, centralized population the future for Indiana (July 21, 2003)
Monroe County is projected to be one of the fastest-growing counties in the state of Indiana over the next five years, and the population for the state of Indiana also is expected to increase steadily. There is a disturbing trend evident in the projections concerning the future population of Indiana. Over the next 20 years, Indiana's population -- in the age range of 25-54 years that is most active in the work force -- is expected to decrease dramatically. With a possible shortage of younger workers in the future, it might be necessary for the older population -- age 50-64 -- to stay longer in the workplace.

University Studies Rural Health Care (July 15, 2003)

Although half of rural residents in the United States suffer from at least one major chronic illness, they average fewer physician contacts per year than urban residents. Researchers hope to find more efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering disease management services in rural areas by examining select rural health systems. Preliminary results suggest even with fewer physician visits, the taxpayer burden of caring for rural residents with chronic diseases can be reduced through nurses' monitoring patients while providing the patients with better care.


Internet access a key to rural towns' survival (July 10, 2003)

Dunning, a small town in Nebraska, needs doctors "to improve the ability for the elderly to get health care and the general well-being of the people". However, they are only able to get two doctors at a clinic 45 miles away in Broken Bow  who agreed to see patients in Dunning on Mondays and Thursdays.  High-speed Internet access becomes the key to the rural town.


Health Care Agency May Close Rural Clinic (July 7, 2003)

A rural clinic in Trenton, Alabama may be closed soon. Many residents put up signs and circulated petitions as this is the only clinic in the area and very important to them, especially to the elderly.  However, Northeast Alabama Health Services that runs the clinic says the clinic is not used enough.


Visiting nurse care ends (June 30, 2003)

Northwest Community Nursing and Health Service in Pascoag, New Jersey, a non-profit rural health organization, has eliminated home care and visiting nurse services effective June 30, 2003. Northwest Health Center is a non-profit organization and federally certified rural health clinic, which provides primary medical care to the elderly and needy. Changes in Medicare and poor reimbursement from managed care prompted the decision to eliminate its Northwest Home Care department after nearly a century in existence.


Aging behind the wheel (June 30, 2003)

Driving means independence for the elderly, especially in rural southern New Jersey where public transportation options are few. To help senior drivers stay safe, the Cumberland County Office on Aging is at the forefront of a national trend to offer training for drivers 55 and older. Its course gives graduates an auto-insurance discount and frequently shaves points off a less-than-perfect driving record, instructor Matt Cyrelson said.


Arkansas Senators Fail To Alter Medicare Bill (June 25, 2003)

Proposals of amendments to a major Medicare overhaul bill by Arkansas senators failed to pass the Senate on June 24. The Senate voted 51-45 against the proposal by Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., that would allow rural senior citizens to remain enrolled in a federally run prescription drug plan for two years instead of one in areas where private insurers have not stepped in to offer coverage. Another amendment by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. failed to pass as well. The proposal was designed to eliminate prescription drug price disparities between the United States and Canada, where medication costs less.


Congress dips into rural housing (June 19, 2003)

The House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee, held a hearing on June 19, 2003 to discuss the state of rural housing in the States. Lawmakers assessed efficiency, cost-effectiveness of loan, grant programs for low-income buyers, including older persons.


Retirees reviving Crossville (June 17, 2003)

Retirees have brought "gray gold" to Crossville, Tennessee. Ahead of their time, Crossville leaders realized that retirees could be a ticket to reviving their sagging town 25 years ago. Now this town registered a national reputation for growth, anchored by retirees. Aging baby boomers want slower-paced, inexpensive places to retire, where the rural South is a friendly fit.


Elderly housing plan fades with defeat (June 12, 2003)

The Planning and Zoning Commission of Voluntown, Connecticut, denied a request for amendments to the town's zoning regulations to allow a housing development for people 55 and older. The Commission believed that such a development did not fit with the town's rural character and its development plan. But the applicant disagreed, and said he would still fight for the project.


Lawmakers urge more Medicare spending in rural U.S. (June 10, 2003)

A group of U.S. House members from rural areas are urging House leaders to include $32 billion in spending increases for rural hospitals, physicians, home health agencies and ambulance services in the $400 billion Medicare measure expected on the House floor later this month. They threatened to vote against the Medicare-reform bill that would add a drug benefit unless it also includes major increases for health care in rural America.


Hospitals look to legislation to keep outpatient centers open (June 10, 2003)

A rural hospital in Ray County, Mo., has to close its outpatient cancer treatment center due to cuts in federal Medicare payments. The center treats about 250 cancer patients, 80 to 100 of whom are too sick or can't afford to make the trip to the nearest oncology center 45 miles away in Kansas City, Mo. The closure is now on hold, as Senator Kit Bond, R-Mo., tries to get Congress to restore some of the money.


Foster Grandparent program diversifies throughout S. Florida (June 9, 2003)

Foster Grandparents program, the nation's first volunteer program exclusively for seniors, sent thousands of senior volunteers to Williams and Roberts are Foster Grandparents, members of what's thought to have public schools, Head Start programs, hospitals and juvenile offender centers to help kids there. The program now is even expanding to the rural areas in South Florida.


Reshaping Medicare, Rural Roots in Mind (June 2, 2003)

Since Senator Charles E. Grassley from Iowa is the chairman of the committee responsible for the overhaul of Medicare, the interests of rural America will loom large in the push to enact a Medicare law. Mr. Grassley wants to raise the reimbursements for doctors and hospitals in rural areas and look after the interests of elderly beneficiaries in places like Iowa. To achieve this, he needs to get enough Democratic support for a bill to prevent a filibuster, while holding onto the more conservative Republicans.


Convincing urban states key in Medicare reimbursement fix (May 29, 2003)

As a rural state based on population, Iowa has much more Medicare-elegible patients than urban areas like New York City, and faces financial struggles with Medicare reimbursement. U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said that June will be important in the progress of improving Iowa's Medicare reimbursement status. He hopes any bill involving adding prescription drugs will also include revising the Medicare reimbursement.


Hospitals wary of Dirigo plan (May 21, 2003)
Portions of Gov. John E. Baldacci's proposed health care reform aimed at insuring the uninsured could spell serious trouble for rural hospitals, the services they offer and the employees who deliver them, according to administrators in Somerset, Franklin and Kennebec counties. It is believed that smaller community hospitals would suffer under the financial regulations in the bill currently before the Legislature.

Fight ahead to keep rural Medicare provision (May 21, 2003)

Provisions to keep Medicare payments to rural hospitals on par with those paid to urban hospitals have made it into the Senate tax cut provisions but not the House version and it may take a fight to keep them in the final bill. Wyoming Republican Sen. Craig Thomas has introduced a backstop bill in the event the provision should be cut. He and a handful of other senators will be keeping a careful eye on the Medicare guarantee, which senators voted 86 to 12 to include in the bill.


Rural Doctors May Get More Medicare Pay (May 15, 2003)

The Senate voted Thursday to increase Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals in rural areas by $25 billion over the next decade. To pay for the increase, the Senate would reduce fees paid for prosthetics and other medical devices, chemotherapy drugs and make beneficiaries start paying deductibles and co-payments for laboratory services.


Senators approve higher Medicare rates for rural hospitals (May 15, 2003)

Senators approved a measure Thursday that would provide rural and urban hospitals with similar payments from Medicare, the federal health care program for seniors. The payments have been based on the belief that it is cheaper to treat people in small towns. Many lawmakers and hospital administrators say that premise is no longer true. Hospitals everywhere, they argue, vie for the same doctors and nurses when hiring and pay the same for supplies and equipment - even though rural hospitals have fewer patients and less income.


Seniors can STOP (May 12, 2003)

As many senior citizens migrate from the city to the rural area where they can fish, go boating and watch wildlife, leaving behind friends and their familiar environment also can pose problems. Senior Time Outreach Program (STOP), a new volunteer organization in Cookson County, Oklahoma, provides the elderly an opportunity for socialization and fun. It is also designed to provide support services for people dealing with Alzheimer's disease, or widows and widowers.


Lincoln : Rural doctors' stories examined (May 05, 2003)
Medicine bottles with yellowed labels, an aged birthing table and a working iron lung sit within the white, onestory building where three doctors worked and lived over the span of 40 years. Dr. Joe B. Hall, a retired Fayetteville physician, is spending his retirement making sure that the doctors who practiced in The Lincoln Clinic - and their colleagues throughout the state - are not forgotten. The building now houses the Arkansas Country Doctor Museum and, besides aging medical implements, holds 72 video tapes of interviews with those who remember the state's early rural physicians.


Rural care providers struggle in face of financial difficulties (May 05, 2003)
Home health care providers are facing a financial crisis as they contend with decreased Medicare reimbursements and their clients are turning to more expensive hospitals or nursing homes for care or going without, according to two studies. Though the studies focused on Pennsylvania, U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., said the situation affects rural health care nationwide.


Cheyenne readies for rural health conference (April 30, 2003)
"One piece at a time," health care workers from across the state will study various aspects of rural health care this week at the 3rd Annual Wyoming Rural Health Conference at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne.


NFU Board Seeks Improved Health Care for Rural Areas (April 30, 2003)
The National Farmers Union board of directors is suggesting a number of legislative remedies for ailing health care systems in rural America. "Long distances between health care facilities and a shortage of medical professionals are unfortunate realities in many rural communities," said NFU President Dave Frederickson. "Rural America requires legislative attention focused specifically on providing affordable and accessible health care."

Senators work to aid rural hospitals (April 29, 2003)
Senator Sam Brownback introduced legislation Tuesday intended to boost payments to hospitals from Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled. Congress paid for the 1997 Balanced Budget Act by slashing billions of dollars from Medicare. "We're beginning to now really feel the impact, the multiplier effect, of those billions and billions of dollars taken out of the system," said Maynard Oliverius, CEO of Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, Kanzas.


Council exploring subsidies for elderly housing plan (April 16, 2003)
Broomfiled, CO. - The city plans to work with developers of a proposed Highland Park elderly living project to keep building costs down and rents affordable. "I frequently get calls from people in Broomfield who would like to have something like this for their parents instead of having to have them live outside Broomfield," Mayor Karen Stuart said.

As young people leave suburbs, aging population taxes resources (January 15, 2003)

Youngstown has one of the highest percentages of elderly residents in the country, and helping out older residents has become more difficult over past decade.


Rural churches face clergy shortages, aging members (January 11, 2003)
Because of population aging, attendance and membership is declining at the rural churches in Kansas, and, because of the same reason, churches face a clergy shortage.

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