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PHOTO: Kentucky is studying ways to improve services needed by the hundreds of thousands of family caregivers across the state. Photo courtesy AARP Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - By 2030, just 16 years from now, more than 106,000 Kentuckians will be 85 or older, and that projection has Kentucky's lawmakers calling for a study of services available to family caregivers. The state Senate and House unanimously passed a resolution (CR102) directing their researc ...Read More

PHOTO: It's not your typical teen angst. President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, Bill Stanczykiewicz, says a high number of Indiana teens have contemplated or attempted suicide. Photo Credit: IYI.

INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosier children are facing a health crisis, experts say, with almost 20 percent experiencing mental health challenges. Many are not getting the care necessary to help them deal with those issues, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and chief executive of the Indiana Youth Institute. ...Read More

PHOTO: Commonwealth consumers with questions about health care have at least one reliable place to turn: A Helpline staffed by qualified counselors at Health Care For All that handles about 30,000 questions a year. Courtesy: HCFA

BOSTON - Although things have calmed down a bit since the open-enrollment period just ended, the folks at the nonprofit Health Care for All still expect their phone to keep ringing - thousands of times a month. Hannah Frigand, who manages the Helpline, said the third-most-asked question is, "How do ...Read More

PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th ...Read More

PHOTO: Sexual violence is a growing problem in Indiana; the state leads the nation in numbers of sexual assaults against teens. Photo by: Anita Peppers.

INDIANAPOLIS - More than one woman in five in Indiana is a rape victim, and more than two in five have been sexually assaulted. Despite the alarming numbers, getting help in recovery can be difficult. According to Anita Carpenter, who heads the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, in nearly hal ...Read More

PHOTO: Richard Leider, keynote speaker at this week's OSU Gerontology Conference, says having a purpose in life is key to being healthier, happier and aging well. Photo courtesy AARP.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – This week, several hundred medical professionals and caregivers got up to speed on the latest research on aging at the OSU Gerontology Conference. Keynote speaker Richard Leider is a best-selling author who has spent three decades interviewing people age 65 and older. He say ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan has a long way to go to provide opportunities for children of all races to succeed, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo courtesy US Dept. of Education.

LANSING, Mich. - If Michigan can truly be a place where all kids have the chance to succeed, the state has a long way to go, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The study compares how children of different races and ethnic backgrounds are doing on such key indicators as ear ...Read More

PHOTO: Missouri homes and businesses will once again "Light It Up Blue" for autism awareness on Wednesday. Seen here, the St. Louis Central Library fountain in 2013. Photo courtesy of Autism Speaks St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS - One American child in 68 now has autism, a 30 percent increase from just two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those who are working to raise awareness of the disorder say now is the time for action on a national level. According to Angela Dettmers ...Read More

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