| Sep 1, 2013
Both Gov. Jerry Brown's ill-considered plan for complying with a court-ordered prison population cap by contracting out for inmate beds, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's much smarter plan to control the flow of new inmates into prison, are...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Lucille O’Brien’s life was all about family and caring for others.
The second oldest of 12 children born and raised on a farm in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Lucille had a work ethic to match her strong will.
“She was determined. She had a...
| Sep 1, 2013
This weekend marks the eighth anniversary of this column.
For those keeping track, that represents about 1,200 columns, culled from an estimated 80,000 emails and letters.
You might think the Problem Solver has seen almost every consumer complaint...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 8:07 AM
What demographers call the "silver tsunami" began in 2011, when 10,000 members a day of the huge baby boom generation began to retire. That will continue until 2030, and will shape our state, since nearly one-third of Connecticut's population is made up...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:00 AM
A few years after Stephen Sonnone took on the daily task of caring for his mother, whose mind was steeply declining due to Alzheimer's disease, he suffered from pancreatitis.
He attributes it to his role as his mother's primary caregiver.
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Legally married same-sex couples will be recognized for federal tax purposes no matter what state they live in, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced Thursday.
The policy change follows the Supreme Court decision in June...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 9:46 AM
Twenty-six rural hospitals in South Dakota, including those in Eureka and Bowdle, are threatened by a federal agency’s proposal that could take away the extra payments they get for service to Medicare patients, a move that might even force some...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:15 PM
The troubled personal care home I wrote about Sunday, Emeritus at Allentown, isn't the only one in the Lehigh Valley that's under scrutiny from the state.
Moravian King's Daughters' Home in Bethlehem also isn't qualified for a regular operating license,...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 1:45 PM
You'd think a personal care home would get its act together, knowing it already was under scrutiny for not discovering the body of a deceased resident for two days.
Emeritus at Allentown hasn't.
The home on Greenleaf Street continues to violate...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 6:44 AM
Family and friends gathered recently at Coffman Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Hagerstown to celebrate the 65th wedding anniversary of Preston and Dorothy Buck of Hagerstown. Mrs. Buck is a resident of the nursing home.
The reception was hosted...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 4:20 PM
A year ago, Bernard Belisle was in a bad way. Pain throbbed in his legs all day, every day, and he was angry and irritable much of the time.
Then, he enrolled in a novel study on preventing depression in older adults at the University of Pittsburgh...