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Amid For-Profit Surge, Rural Hospice Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Rose Crumb can’t even count the number of people she’s helped die.

The former nurse, 91, who retired in her mid-80s, considers the question and then shakes her head, her blue eyes sharp above oval spectacles. 1,362 more words

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A Few Pointers To Help Save Money And Avoid The Strain Of Medicare Enrollment

Older or disabled Americans with Medicare coverage have probably noticed an uptick in mail solicitations from health insurance companies, which can mean only one thing: It’s time for the annual Medicare open enrollment. 975 more words

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Social Security Giveth, Medical Costs Taketh Away

Retirees spent on average more than a third of their Social Security benefits on out-of-pocket medical costs in 2014, according to a recent study. Even after factoring in other sources of income, medical spending still took a substantial 18 percent bite out of seniors’ total retirement income, the study found. 505 more words

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Fires Prey On Frail Residents Living On Their Own

They were asleep when the fire reached their home. Charles Rippey, 100, and his wife, Sara, 98, had been married 75 years. They died together, after a caregiver struggled to save them but… 917 more words

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Dementia Patient At Center of Spoon-Feeding Controversy Dies

An Oregon woman with Alzheimer’s disease, whose husband claimed she was kept alive with spoon-feeding against her written wishes, has died.

Nora Harris, 64, died early Wednesday at the Fern Gardens senior care center in Medford, Ore. 991 more words

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In Oregon, End-of-Life Wishes Are Just A Click Away

Just four hours earlier, Sallie Cutler had been sharing Mother’s Day lunch with her mom, Alyce Cheatham.

Then, that same evening, Cheatham, 96, landed in a Portland, Ore., emergency room, lethargic, unable to speak and paralyzed on her right side by a massive stroke. 1,049 more words

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On Medi-Cal And Feel Shut Out Of Nursing Homes? Here Are Tips To Claim Your Bed.

Most everyone agrees it can be very difficult — next to impossible, really — for Medi-Cal enrollees to snag a spot in a nursing home, especially if they’re transferring from their homes or assisted living facilities rather than going straight from the hospital. 1,162 more words

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