Alzheimer’s deaths in Georgia show major increase
Georgia’s death toll from Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 201 percent since the year 2000, and now exceeds 3,700 people annually. That jump was included in new statistics on the disease released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association at a state Capitol news conference. An estimated 140,000 Georgians are living with Alzheimer’s,... Read more
Bigger allowance urged for nursing home residents in Georgia
“Fifty dollars just doesn’t go far,’’ Bryant Kimbrell says. Kimbrell, 67, is referring to the amount of money that a nursing home resident on Medicaid now gets every month as a personal needs allowance. A resident of a nursing home in Sylvester, in South Georgia, Kimbrell says he supports... Read more
‘Horrific’ elder abuse case highlights crackdown on unlicensed facilities
The case started with a tip from concerned Dougherty County citizens. They told authorities that residents of some Albany apartments were approaching people and “begging for food.’’ Those July complaints have culminated in the arrest of three people in what was described Tuesday by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr as a... Read more
Health care largely missing from Deal annual address
Gov. Nathan Deal, in his final State of the State address, announced Thursday that he is recommending $22.9 million in additional funding for children’s mental health services. He based the funding on the work of a state commission on children’s mental health, which recently issued recommendation for improving kids’ Deal, a... Read more
Nursing home infections: Many facilities have problems, report says
An analysis of federal inspection records has found that 43 percent of Georgia nursing homes have been cited for infection-related problems in recent years. That percentage, though, is one of the lowest among the states, the Kaiser Health News study found. The KHN analysis of four years of federal... Read more

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