The state’s powerful nursing home association has named a Florida industry leader as its new president and CEO. Tony Marshall will take over the Georgia Health Care Association positions that have been vacant since Jon Howell resigned May 1. At the time of Howell’s resignation, the trade group said... Read more
Why seniors love Meals on Wheels, a program itself in need
Just as they do every Monday morning, the two older women meet up at a Decatur church, ready to roll. Billie Jo Corell and Charlotte Patton have shared a Meals on Wheels route for a few years now. They come from different backgrounds. Billie Jo hails from the northeastern part of the country,... Read more
Georgia ranks 39th among the states on seniors’ health, one place better than last year, according to a new report on people 65 and older. America’s Health Rankings Senior Report listed several Southern states at the bottom, including Arkansas at 47th, Kentucky 48th, Mississippi 49th and Louisiana 50th. Georgia’s strengths, the... Read more
Falling: One of the biggest, and most preventable, threats to our lives
From flashlights to tai chi to rewards programs, health care providers are using various strategies to prevent falls by patients. Falling is a dangerous — and very expensive — problem. Its direct medical costs are in the billions nationwide, more than $34 billion, according to recent reports. The total national cost of fall injuries... Read more
Nearly half of Georgia nursing homes have relatively low ratings  — either 1 or 2 stars out of a possible 5, according to a report analyzing quality scores for these facilities nationally. The Kaiser Family Foundation, using the quality scores from the “Nursing Home Compare’’ website of the federal Centers for Medicare and... Read more

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