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New Alzheimer’s guidelines tap precursors to the disease

By Laura Calderon

By Julie Steenhuysen Reuters updated 4/19/2011 4:00:57 AM ET 2011-04-19T08:00:57 Share Print Font: + – CHICAGO — The first new U.S. diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease released in 27 years paint the disorder as a disease that occurs gradually over many years, starting with changes in the brain, then mild memory problems and finally progressing… Continue Reading

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5.4 million American’s have Alzheimer’s disease

By Laura Calderon

2011 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures Released Yesterday, the Alzheimer’s Association released the 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. The report provides a statistical resource for all U.S. information related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This year, it also includes a special report on early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. The new 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts… Continue Reading

Attorney Edwin M. Boyer Honored

Attorney Edwin M. Boyer Honored

By Laura Calderon

Attorney Edwin M. Boyer has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the William Reece Smith award for public service given by Stetson University College of Law. William Reece Smith is a former president of the American Bar Association and has long been associated with Stetson in many ways. He gave a tremendous amount to… Continue Reading

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ITNSarasota, Providing Dignified Transportation for Seniors

By Laura Calderon

Life is a journey. The irony is that much of it actually is spent driving a car. Few of us think, and even fewer plan for, the day when we’ll have to turn in our keys. But each year, more than one million Americans aged 70 and older stop driving and become dependent on others… Continue Reading

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Dear Family and Friends

By Laura Calderon

This was written for the purpose of it being sent to relatives, friends, and hosts of holiday gatherings that might need a crash course in what to expect from their guest on the autism spectrum. This letter is written as if the individual on the autism spectrum is writing it personally. Dear Family and Friends:… Continue Reading

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Health Care Reform and Understanding “Age-Rating”

By Laura Calderon

This AARP Insight on the Issues, written by Lynn Nonnemaker of AARP’s Public Policy Institute, discusses the ways that age-rated premiums, risk adjustment, and risk sharing can be used to ensure that individuals have open access to health insurance and that plans are compensated fairly for the costs of insuring both sick and healthy individuals,… Continue Reading

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A Letter Regarding Advocacy and Life Balance

By Laura Calderon

This is an excerpt of a letter written by our Special Needs Alliance colleague, Stephen Dale of California. Although the parents being addressed in this letter live in California, the basic message of advocacy and life balance are useful for all. I have been involved in advocacy at some level for the disabled community my… Continue Reading

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2013 Long Term Care Information Sheet

By Laura Calderon

(prepared for informational purposes only and not intended as a substitute for legal advice) Note: The information provided below is based upon current laws and regulations, both state and federal. Because Medicaid laws and regulations are subject to change, it should be understood that any planning entails risks that cannot always be anticipated. What does “long… Continue Reading

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Residents Rights in Assisted Living Facilities

By Laura Calderon

Please Note: Most ALFs are private businesses with whom residents sign a contract. Private companies are not subject to the stricter rules for nursing homes who participate in Medicaid or Medicare funding streams. The protections listed below and found in Section 429.28 , Florida Statutes, are provided by the state of Florida: (1) No resident… Continue Reading

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