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    PNS Daily News - July 2, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the U.S. Supreme Court delays a Texas law that would have closed many of the state’s clinics that perform abortions, and the EPA says it will ban a pesticide which has been linked to ADHD, reduced IQ and other health conditions; and a report on the climate-driven rise in ticks and mosquitoes, which also raises the threat of potentially deadly insect-borne illnesses like Lyme Disease and the West Nile virus.

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PHOTO: North Dakota has a new website and phone hotline (1-855-462-5465) for people to anonymously report suspected cases of abuse, exploitation and neglect of elderly and vulnerable adults. Photo credit: Xavi Talleda/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the population of North Dakota growing older, the state is taking more action to help better protect the also-growing number of elderly and vulnerable adults subject to possible abuse, neglect and exploitation. The North Dakota Department of Human Services today launches a ne ...Read More

PHOTO: A new law in Washington state will require nursing homes to have enough staff on duty to give each resident 3.2 hours of direct care daily, starting in July 2016. Photo courtesy University of South Florida.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed what is known as "safe staffing" legislation for nursing homes. The bill was proposed after persistent concerns that at too many facilities, too few caregivers are on hand to meet the needs of residents, and that both groups' safety is at risk as a result ...Read More

PHOTO: Cooling assistance is available during the hot summer months for some of Ohio's most vulnerable residents. The Summer Crisis Program begins July 1 and runs through August 31. Photo credit: Mr. TinDC/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Ohioans try to beat the heat this summer, help is available for some vulnerable residents who struggle to stay cool. The state’s Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program begins Wednesday. It provides a one-time benefit to help offset the costs of higher electric ...Read More

PHOTO: As the White House Conference on Aging approaches, New Hampshire advocates say the nation needs to switch from a medical focus, to listening to what elders say the need to live independently. Photo credit:  Mike Clifford

CONCORD, N.H. – It's time to re-evaluate the so-called silver tsunami and how to approach it, according to Barbara Salvatore, co-chair of Engaging New Hampshire. She's referring to the idea that aging baby boomers will come with an increase demand for senior services. Salvatore says the cu ...Read More

PHOTO: The nearly 160,000 Tennesseans who receive tax credits to subsidize their health-care plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace can continue to receive them. This after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the subsidies in a 6-3 decision in the case of King vs. Burwell. Photo credit: Mark Fisher/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Tennesseans who get subsidized health insurance through the federal online marketplace can continue to receive the associated tax credits, handing a victory to thousands of people statewide. While the decision is great news for the 156,0 ...Read More

PHOTO: From left, Julie Weikel, Helen Harbin and Alice Elshoff toast the five days they spent hiking and camping in the southern Oregon and northern Nevada high desert. Photo credit: Jim Davis for Oregon Natural Desert Assn.

BURNS, Ore. – Few hikers are seen in the stark, high desert of southern Oregon – and even fewer in their 60s or 80s. But three retired Oregon women made the trek this month. They want to call attention to a swath of land between Nevada's Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and Oregon's Ha ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota is taking action to help try to determine causes of, and cures for, Alzheimer's disease, the fastest-growing medical condition in the nation. Photo credit: michael_swan/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With the number of Minnesotans with Alzheimer's and related forms of dementia on the rise, the state is stepping up to support efforts around research and public awareness. The final budget agreed upon by lawmakers and the governor sets aside $1 million for research into the ...Read More

PHOTO: Preparations are under way for the White House Conference on Aging. New Hampshire advocates hope that retirement security will be top-of-mind, especially when about half of Americans approaching retirement age have no savings. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

CONCORD, N. H. – It's a ten-year look ahead on aging issues, and New Hampshire advocates expect retirement security to be key at next month's White House Conference on Aging. Stephen Gorin, executive director, New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, took part in a ...Read More

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