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Carmel, CA Retired Teachers Association Will Hold Bi-Monthly Luncheon On Wednesday February 15 At Rancho Canada

by Richard Kuehn on 02/10/17

The Retired Teachers Association will hold their bi-monthly luncheon on Wednesday February 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rancho Canada.  The luncheon costs $20 and will feature author LaVern McLeod discussing her new novel, “Corn Hollow: A Journey of Sorrow And Triumph.”  Call 449-7031 for reservations for this event which will be held at 4860 Carmel Valley Road in Carmel.

King City, CA Caregiver Private Duty Home Care Aides (HCAs) Senior Companion Jobs Available (Also Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach & Salinas)

by Richard Kuehn on 02/09/17

King City, CA Caregiver Private Duty Home Care Aides (HCAs) Senior Companion Jobs Available (Also Aromas, Big Sur, Carmel, carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Valley, Carmel Highlands, Castroville, Corral-de-Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzalez, Greenfield, Hollister, Marina, Monterey, Moss Landing, Morgan Hill, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas, Seaside, San Juan Bautista, Sand City, Soledad and Tres Pinos)

I am happy to say that business is booming at Family inHome Caregiving!  We have had a greater than anticipated influx of new Clients over the past two weeks, many of which have been referrals from past and current Clients.  Our reputation for having the best caregivers (Home Care Aides or Senior Companions) in Monterey County is growing.   We are currently looking for a handyman as well as qualified caregivers.

Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey is seeking compassionate, mature and dependable caregivers who want to improve the lives of our elderly Clients by providing in-home, non-medical care.  Our services include:

        Caring companionship

        Meal preparation

        Incidental transportation

        Running errands

        Light housekeeping

        Medication reminders

        Monitoring of safety while bathing

        Information and referral services

        Other services that improve the safety, security and quality of life of seniors.

If you believe you would make an exceptional Home Care Aide, we would love to hear from you!  We prefer those with experience helping the elderly, disabled and others with mobility problems.  Having cared for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a plus.  To work for us, you must have excellent references, a clear criminal record, a good driving record, and an insured reliable vehicle.  To apply, please visit our web site, click on careers where you can fill out an application online.  We have immediate openings all over Monterey County.  Service areas include:

Aromas, Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-sea, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Corral de Tierra, Del Rey Oaks, Gilroy, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey,  Morgan Hill, Moss Landing, Paicines, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, Salinas,  San Juan Bautista, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad And Tres Pinos

Salinas, CA McShane’s Nursery and Landscape Supply To Hold Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Class This Saturday

by Richard Kuehn on 02/09/17

McShane’s Nursery will hold a winter fruit tree pruning class on Saturday February 11 at 1:30 p.m.  Join expert gardeners at 115 Highway 68 in Salinas as they teach you the ins and outs of pruning.  No RSVP is necessary.  For more information, call Claire at 455-1876.

Monterey, CA Terminally Ill And Hospice Patients Get Backing From Trump On Right To Try Legislation

by Richard Kuehn on 02/08/17

I wrote recently on my blog about the Trump Administration’s possibly installing a new FDA chief which would allow drugs to hit the market before going through clinical trials.  Although this could be dangerous in some cases, The Wall Street Journal reports that there could be some beneficiaries of this strategy, namely those that are terminally ill and are willing to try anything in order to survive.  The Trump Administration is reportedly supporting a “Right to Try” bill which would give terminally ill patients easier access to medicines that haven’t won approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Although the FDA data shows that almost all terminally ill patients receive access to drugs they seek under the FDA’s “compassionate use” program, this would cut out some of the red tape for them.

Monterey, CA Cancer Surgery Breakthrough

by Richard Kuehn on 02/07/17

A new medical device may eliminate the possibility that women undergoing surgery for breast cancer will have to go in later for more surgery to remove lingering cancer cells.  It could also have implications for other types of cancer surgery.  Freya Schnabel, director of breast surgery at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center says the device (called the MarginProbe) allows a surgeon to check for malignant cells and remove them immediately during the initial surgery.   Dr. Schnabel says they have had great success with the device.  It is a hand-held unit which is the size of a thick pen and allows surgeons to explore the areas around where the cancerous tissue has been removed.  When it spots them, it emits a red light and a loud beep, allowing the surgeon to go back in and clean around the margins of the tissue removal.  What a great breakthrough in medical technology.

Monterey, CA Fiduciary Rule Being Repealed

by Richard Kuehn on 02/07/17

Banks and investment institutions are getting a major break from President Trump, who is repealing the fiduciary rule via an executive action.  This rule, enacted by former President Barack Obama, would have given individuals more investment choices and protected them from excessive fees.  It held brokers and advisers who work with tax advantaged retirement savings to a fiduciary standard as opposed to the old weaker standard which we will now go back to.  White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn told the Wall Street Journal the rule “is like putting only healthy food on the menu, because unhealthy food tastes good buy you still shouldn’t eat it because you might die younger.”  Barbara Roper, director of investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America, told the WSJ, “Repealing the rule frees up brokers and insurance agents to go back to recommending what’s most profitable for them rather than what’s best for their customers.”

Monterey, CA New FDA Chief Could Loosen Drug Safety Standards Some Analysts Speculate

by Richard Kuehn on 02/06/17

The headline of the New York Times story “Trump’s FDA Pick Could Undo Decades of Drug Safeguards” was disturbing to many.  He has vowed to overhaul the Food and Drug Administration including steps to accelerate the process of approving new prescription drugs which has set up a battle with critics who say his push for deregulation could put consumers at risk.  Although Trump has not announced his choice for the FDA head, as with the FCC, he is likely to choose someone who will quickly move forward his agenda.  One candidate being considered is Jim O’Neill, a former official at the Health and Human Services Department, who has publicly argued that companies should not have to prove that their drugs work in clinical trials before selling them to consumers.  If this policy is adopted, it would reverse decades of policy and consumer protections which date back to the 1960’s when Congress toughened drug standards following a number of severe birth defects in mothers who had taken thalidomide during their pregnancy.  Since then, the F.D.A. has been widely viewed as the world’s leading watchdog for protecting the safety of food and drugs.  Their strategy has been considered the gold standard whose lead other countries often follow.

Monterey, CA Low Income Seniors To Lose Access To Discounted High Speed Internet Access Under New FCC Chairman

by Richard Kuehn on 02/06/17

President Donald Trump continues to unwind government regulations put in place during the Obama Administration.  The latest roadkill is discounted high-speed Internet access for low-income individuals.  Ajit Pai, the new F.C.C. chairman, who is supposed to be independent of the white house, blocked nine companies from delivering the discounted high-speed Internet service and also scrapped a rule which would keep prisoners from getting gouged on pay phone costs.  The first ruling will put the disadvantaged in the position of having to choose over food and other necessities and getting access to the Internet.  Consumer advocacy groups and telecom analysts told The New York Times that they were stunned.  “The message was, the F.C.C., an independent agency, will mirror the Trump Administration’s rollback of government regulations.”

Monterey, CA Elder Abuse Alert Related To Time Shares

by Richard Kuehn on 02/05/17

There are plenty of telephone scams which have hit the Monterey Peninsula.  The Monterey Herald reported today that the latest one targets those with a time-share property.  Somehow the con artists are getting records of who owns various time shares, then calling them up and telling them there is a required meeting at a certain local restaurant.  There the con artists attempt to extract more fees out of the attendees.  As it turns out however, the meeting has nothing to do with the time share organization itself.  Always make sure you verify who you are talking to.  In this case, the smart person called the time-share organization and they said that they knew nothing about this meeting.

Monterey, CA Affordable Housing Becoming A Crisis For Seniors

by Richard Kuehn on 02/04/17

There is a dearth of affordable housing on the Monterey Peninsula, something that seniors looking for retirement complexes are finding out very quickly.  An alarming report came out recently from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.  It found:

More than one in five Americans will be aged sixty five and older, and one in three households will be headed by someone in that age group by 2035;

This growth will amplify demand for accessible, affordable housing with universal design elements and senior friendly services that surpass what the current supply can provide;

By 2035, 11 million homeowners and 6.4 million low-income renters will pay more than 30% of their incomes for housing: 8.6 million will pay more than 50% of their income.

Clearly, something must be done so that these retiring baby boomers can rent an apartment and still have enough money for gas, food, utilities and other necessities.

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