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DEPRESSION AND PARKINSON’S DISEASE – Friday, May 22
A new study suggests that depression may be the first manifestation of Parkinson’s disease, before tremors or other physical issues appear. The Washington Post

CALMING DEMENTIA PATIENTS WITHOUT DRUGS – Thursday, May 21
As part of a nationwide campaign, CAHF member nursing homes such as Chaparral House in Berkeley and Hayward Healthcare & Wellness Center are finding creative ways to help reduce the number of elderly dementia patients who depend on antipsychotic medications. KQED Radio (San Francisco)

MORE ELDERLY FACE MEDI-CAL DEATH FEE – Wednesday, May 20
Medi-Cal’s Estate Recovery Program seeks repayment of many medical costs – primarily those incurred after age 55. The program is now bigger and its reach broader, but a proposed state bill could limit that recovery.
The Sacramento Bee

'ELDER ORPHANS' – Tuesday, May 19
About 22 percent of Americans 65 years and older are in danger of becoming "elder orphans" – single or widowed, without children in the area and lacking a support system. CNN

ORDINARY MEMORY LOSS OR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE? – Tuesday, May 19
Fears about loss of memory are commonplace among elderly people, but quick, simple tests in a doctor’s office can determine whether memory issues are normal or problematic. The New York Times
 
HIDING HEALTH CONDITIONS – Monday, May 18
In senior housing facilities where residents are required to relocate from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing as health issues worsen, seniors tend to isolate themselves and may hide health conditions out of fear of relocation, according to a new study. Reuters 

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