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Pebble Beach, CA A Man On A Mission To Cure Heart Disease And Many Other Health Issues Using DNA Sequencing

by Richard Kuehn on 10/13/16

George Yancopoulos is the chief scientific officer at Regeneron pharmaceuticals, and he is using his billionaire status to find new drugs to treat everything from cardiovascular disease and vision loss.  His latest venture is sequencing the DNA of 250,000 volunteers so that he can identify and mimic mutations that protect against a wide range of disease, ranging from high cholesterol to depression.  ”There’s nothing better than science, nothing better than what we’re doing,” he told Forbes Magazine. What a great mission this man is on.

Pebble Beach, CA Hospice And Palliative Care Grant Given To Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP)

by Richard Kuehn on 10/07/16

Congratulations to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, which recently received a $250K grant from the Hospice Giving Foundation to provide hospice and palliative services. Hospice is such an important service, allowing people with terminal illnesses to remain in their own homes in comfort.  More than 300 people in Monterey and San Benito counties received the service last year.  I am personally a Certified Hospice Companion Aide and our company has been able to serve dozens of terminal clients over the years.  This has been very fulfilling for me.

Montage Health Board Votes In Favor Of Merger Between Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) And Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital

by Richard Kuehn on 10/07/16

It's official: CHOMP and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital are merging.  The Board of Directors of Montage Health which owns CHOMP, Aspire Health Plan, Community Health Innovations and Coastal Management Services agreed to merge with SVMH, whose Board had approved the transaction last week.  Under terms of the deal, Montage/CHOMP will receive $4.57 million in cash and CHOMP will own 51% of the new entity with SVMH owning the balance.  SVMH was interested in the combination because it wanted to own a piece of Aspire and Community Health Innovations, which coordinates care, disease management and access to electronic health records, with a focus on health and wellness.  The Boards of Aspire Health and Community Health Innovations still need to approve the merger but we think it’s a done deal as they are owned by Montage Health, which has already signed off on the deal.

Pebble Beach, CA How Long Can Humans Live And What Is The Key To Longevity?

by Richard Kuehn on 10/06/16

A study which was published in the Journal Nature found that the longest a human being will ever live is to the age of 115 years old.  Many other scientists disagree, and in fact on August 4, 1997 Jeanne Calment passed away at the age of 122, a record for longevity.  “It seems highly likely we have reached our ceiling,” Dr. Jan Viig, an expert on aging at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, told the New York Times.  “From now on, this is it.  Humans will never get older than 115,” he said.  James Vaupel, the director of the Max-Planck Odence Center on the Biodemography of Aging called the new study a travesty.  “It is disheartening how many times the same mistake can be made in science and published in respectable journals,” he said.  He cited historical data showing that there has been a steady increase in the natural life expectancy since 1900.  Only time will tell which one of these scientists is correct.

Pebble Beach, CA Pharmacy Benefit Managers Blamed For Prescription Drug Price Increases

by Richard Kuehn on 10/05/16

As the price of many drugs rises out of control, many drug makers are taking on a new strategy—pointing the finger at middlemen and blaming them for price increases.  Pharmacy-benefit managers or PBMS often argue over drug prices with the manufacturer, and then get rebates that aren’t passed onto consumers.  This practice is disgraceful and I hope Congress will investigate this.

Pebble Beach, CA Elder Abuse Alert

by Richard Kuehn on 10/05/16

The Monterey Peninsula has seen more than its share of financial elder abuse scams, unfortunately.  One of the most popular recent scams have been from callers posing to be with the IRS.  Don’t fall for this one.  Many seniors feel intimidated when someone calls claiming they are from the government or elsewhere and owe them money.  Another popular scam is when someone calls claiming to represent your Internet service and asks to “fix a problem on your computer.”  Allowing them into your computer can give them access to your banking information, passwords, Social Security number, date of birth and other items used to create identity fraud.  Still another one which is popular here is home repair scam artists, the type that take a deposit and disappear.  Don’t be vulnerable, you need to keep your guard up when it comes to money and personal information.

Community Hospital Of The Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, Set To Merge With Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital

by Richard Kuehn on 10/04/16

In a groundbreaking deal, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital may soon become one.  News broke that Montage Health, the non-profit parent company of CHOMP, is near a deal with Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System to combine forces.  The Board of Directors of SVMH has already approved a transaction which would split the equity 51% in favor of Montage and 49% to SVMH, with both parties having equal representation on the new Board of Directors.  SVMH will pay $4.57 million, which will give it 49% of the new entitiy including CHOMP, Aspire Health Plan, Coastal Management Services and Community Health Innovations.  The talks began after SVMH wanted to become part of Aspire and Community Health Innovations, which works with doctors and other health care providers to coordinate care, manage chronic disease and promote wellness through the health care continuum. The move is a boon for CHOMP on two fronts.  First, it and SVMH will likely get better deals with insurance companies because of their size and scale.  Second, it gives the Aspire Medicare Advantage Plan a much broader base to market its insurance plan to.

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

by Richard Kuehn on 10/04/16

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

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


Carmel, CA Hidden Hearing Loss Is A Real Condition And Can’t Be Measured With Standard Tests

by Richard Kuehn on 10/04/16

Many people have hearing problems in noisy rooms.  Is this a permanent problem with your ears, or just a function of the atmosphere being too noisy?  Researchers have some answers.  Hearing loss in adults is typically associated with damage to the tiny hair cells that line the inner ear and transfer sound signals to nerve fibers that lead to the brain.  Aging, trauma and noise exposure can all contribute to this condition.  Scientists published a study in the journal Nature found that the synapses connecting the hair cells to nerve fibers are more vulnerable and suffer permanent damage long before the hair cells deteriorate, which can cause difficulties in selective listening.  The problem is called “hidden hearing loss” and can’t be measured by standard tests.

Carmel, CA Nursing Homes Can No Longer Require Binding Arbitration Agreements

by Richard Kuehn on 09/29/16

In a boon to senior citizens, the U.S. government has prohibited nursing homes from requiring those moving in to forfeit their legal rights to sue if something goes wrong.  Prior to this, consumers had to sign contracts requiring them to go through arbitration, rather than the courts.  I wrote a story on my blog about a horrible case in which a 100 year-old woman was strangled to death in a nursing home by a 97-year old roommate and a judge threw out the binding arbitration clause and allowed the family to sue.  The AARP has been against them as well.  “We don’t think these pre-dispute binding arbitration clauses should exist in long-term care agreements because they are fundamentally unfair,” said Iris Gonzalez, senior attorney for AARP Foundation Litigation.  I agree.

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