elderly http://ripr.org en New Program Helps Elderly Deal With Climate Change http://ripr.org/post/new-program-helps-elderly-deal-climate-change <p>A program designed to help Rhode Island's older adult population prepare for climate change threats is one of several projects that will receive federal money as part of the state's disaster recovery action plan.&nbsp; This program will receive $150,000 over the next two years.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:53:22 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 37036 at http://ripr.org Latino Elderly Increasingly Isolated In RI http://ripr.org/post/latino-elderly-increasingly-isolated-ri <p>I recently attended a conference at Rhode Island College about the health and social welfare needs of the Latino elderly in Rhode Island. And what struck me is something a couple of presenters focused on: the growing isolation of older Latinos here.</p><p>It's not something that was on my radar before, but it seems their numbers and needs are growing (there are nearly 9,000 Latinos in Rhode Island aged 60 and up). And really, their struggles are similar to those of other ethnic communities, even if language, education, and immigration issues compound them.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 19:30:10 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32929 at http://ripr.org RI's Eldery Latino Population Increasingly Isolated http://ripr.org/post/ris-eldery-latino-population-increasingly-isolated <p>Elderly Latinos in Rhode Island and their families may not be aware of the programs available to help them.&nbsp; That’s the premise of a conference planned for Wednesday at Rhode Island College.</p><p>RIC’s gerontology program is hosting the conference, called “Meeting the Needs of Latino Elderly.” The idea is to draw attention to state programs Latinos and their families might not know about because of language barriers or immigration status. But Latino community advocate and conference moderator Delia Rodriquez Masjoan said those aren’t the only reasons.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:08:57 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32490 at http://ripr.org Kilmartin, Fine Urge United Healthcare To Reinstate Doctors http://ripr.org/post/kilmartin-fine-urge-united-healthcare-reinstate-doctors <p>Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Health Department director Michael Fine have sent a letter to the CEO of United Healthcare New England expressing their concern over the insurer’s dropping of dozens of doctors from its managed Medicare plan in the state. They want United to reinstate doctors until they submit a plan to handle the transition.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:13:47 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24901 at http://ripr.org Putting The State Alzheimers Plan To Work http://ripr.org/post/putting-state-alzheimers-plan-work <p>I spoke with Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts this afternoon about her work on the state Alzheimers plan, what she calls a "living document" meant to guide&nbsp; and coordinate Rhode Island's efforts to care for those with Alzheimers and those who care for them.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:39:33 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24090 at http://ripr.org Putting The State Alzheimers Plan To Work RI Rolls Out Integrated Care Initiative For Elderly, Disabled http://ripr.org/post/ri-rolls-out-integrated-care-initiative-elderly-disabled <p>Rhode Islanders who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid - the so-called "dual eligibles" - take note: you're being enrolled in a new health plan designed to coordinate your primary care and long term care needs a bit better. It's called the Integrated Care Initiative, it could affect nearly 28,000 Rhode Islanders, and it's not without controversy.</p><p>But first, <strong>what's it about</strong>?</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:37:57 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23032 at http://ripr.org Centenarians Honored at Annual Brunch http://ripr.org/post/centenarians-honored-annual-brunch <p>Rhode Island has the nation’s highest concentration of individuals over the age of 85.&nbsp; So, it should come as no surprise that we also have a lot of centenarians.&nbsp; Some of them were honored today at the Governor’s Annual Centenarian Brunch. Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic was there.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 17:31:09 +0000 Flo Jonic 14565 at http://ripr.org Centenarians Honored at Annual Brunch Without Unpaid Care, Alzheimer's Cost Would Soar Even Higher http://ripr.org/post/without-unpaid-care-alzheimers-cost-would-soar-even-higher <p><a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1204629#t=articleResults">News </a>from the New England Journal of Medicine today finds that the cost of caring for people with dementia (including Alzheimer's) will more than double in the next couple of decades. That's because the nation's population is aging, and because the care can be expensive. Most of the estimated $215 billion dollars these diseases cost the economy can be chalked up to long term care.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:44:52 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13064 at http://ripr.org Without Unpaid Care, Alzheimer's Cost Would Soar Even Higher Roger Williams, Fatima Open Senior-Friendly ERs http://ripr.org/post/roger-williams-fatima-open-senior-friendly-ers <p>Roger Williams Medical Center and Fatima Hospital have opened what they say are the state’s first emergency rooms designed to take better care of the elderly.</p><p>Hospital officials say it’s taken a year to renovate and retrofit both emergency rooms so that the physical environments are safer and more welcoming for seniors. Think non-skid floors, large print hospital forms, and portable devices to help the hard of hearing.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 12531 at http://ripr.org Roger Williams, Fatima Open Senior-Friendly ERs Monday, March18, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/monday-march18-2013 <p>Senator Jack Reed wants to see Liberian refugees put on the path to US citizenship.&nbsp; State officials will consider reinstating bus service in Tiverton.&nbsp;&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:09:17 +0000 Lydia Rogers 12096 at http://ripr.org