Whitehouse Pushes for Medicare to Pay for Person-Centered Care

By Herb Weiss At a June hearing of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse calls for improving care for over 90 million Americans with advanced illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and heart disease. On the day of this Aging panel hearing, the Rhode Island Senator unveiled his legislative proposal, “Removing Barriers to […]

Lt. Governor McKee Commends Aging in Community Subcommittee on Release of Aging in Rhode Island Report

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lt. Governor McKee joined members of the Aging in Community Subcommittee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council this afternoon for the release of their report on aging in Rhode Island. The event was also attended by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Representative Eileen Naughton, Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Director of Elderly […]

OT focuses on activities for self-sufficiency

Q: My 78-year old father recently suffered a stroke. He is about ready to leave the hospital and the discharge planner mentioned that he would need occupational therapy (OT) at home. What exactly is occupational therapy? ~ Carol P., North Providence A: Occupational therapy is an important part of recovery and rehabilitation for many diagnoses. Occupational therapists help […]

All adults urged to complete advance directives   

  Approximately 9,000 people are cared for daily in Rhode Island’s skilled nursing centers. For some, their stay is a short-term admission following a hospitalization. Others rely on the 24-hour, long-term care that they need to help manage a chronic illness or debilitating condition that precludes them from remaining at home. The caregivers in skilled […]

Want to help out your peers? Go ‘FISH-ing!’

A recently retired friend of mine is volunteering for the local chapter of Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH). She drives North Kingstown and Exeter residents of all ages to medical appointments and food pantries. She loves it. Describing herself as a bit of an introvert, she says she has always enjoyed meeting people and […]

Snapping lewd photographs is an invasion of privacy

  There have been a rising number of inappropriate social media postings over this past year that has started to come to light. It’s not the usual silly nonsense involving selfies or YouTube.  Sadly, it’s health care workers posting inappropriate pictures of residents in nursing homes. The photographs have included pictures of residents’ genitals, residents […]

Beware of home repair scams that arrive with spring

Spring is finally here and so are the fly-by-night, door-to-door salespeople offering low quotes on home repair services such as painting, asphalt paving and window replacement. It’s easy to be persuaded by contractors who go door-to-door. You need the work done, and they are offering to do the work inexpensively. Sounds like a great deal, right?  […]

Waves of gratitude

Brookdale Cumberland Senior Living resident Warren Allen, a World War II Navy veteran, was honored recently during a special pinning celebration. Warren was joined by his daughter, Leslie Houseman; his granddaughter, Lisa Houseman; and his great-grandchildren, Paige, Isabelle and Evan.

Fight continues to squash public transit fare increase

  I don’t usually feel good about being dead wrong about something, but recently I was pleased to have badly misjudged a situation. Since August 2015 working with other groups, we had helped coordinate many testimonies before the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) board of directors from those who would be harmed if RIPTA […]

Meals on Wheels seeking restaurants for café program

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island has been operating the Senior Restaurant Program for all seniors over the age of 60 for several years. A few well-known restaurants are part of the program to serve on-the-go seniors. The participating restaurants are Newport Creamery locations except for those in Barrington, Middletown and Newport: and IHOP restaurants […]