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First baby boomer receives SS retirement benefit

Kathleen Casey-Kirschling made history as the first of her generation to receive a Social Security retirement benefit. Born at one second after midnight on January 1, 1946, Casey-Kirschling is leading what is often referred to as America’s silver tsunami. Over the next two decades, nearly 80 million Americans will become eligible for Social Security retirement benefits, more than 10,000 per day on average.

Robo-fido eases loneliness in nursing home

Saint Louis University researchers compared how residents interacted with Sparky, a living, medium-sized gentle mutt, and Aibo, a doggie robot once manufactured by Sony. During visits, both pets interacted with residents—wagging their tails and responding to the people they visited.

“The most surprising thing is they worked almost equally well in terms of alleviating loneliness and causing residents to form attachments,” says William A. Banks, MD, professor of geriatric medicine.

CMS releases more SFF names

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released more names of underperforming nursing homes across the country. On November 29, 2007, the agency began publishing the names of Special Focus Facility (SFF) nursing homes that had failed to improve significantly after being given the opportunity to do so.

Comprised of about 131 active facilities, the latest release includes a broader list of all nursing homes identified in the SFF initiative categorized by improvement level and graduation and termination status.

Which Presidential candidate do you think will do most for long-term care?

Reader comments:

Ron Paul will. By bringing home the troops we will decrease spending making the value of the dollar higher and will allow us to have more money to spend on retirement and healthcare facilities.

Any one of them would probably just give NH’s more regulations and then cut budgets!

Not sure if any of them have a clear picture of life in a nursing home.

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