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By STEPHANIE BEASLEY and STEPHANIE BEASLEY,SUN REPORTER | August 18, 2006
Elderly drivers may be the butt of jokes and a source of anxiety to their children, but new research shows that the very act of driving on that short trip to the grocery store may help keep them out of a nursing home. A study by scientists at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine suggests that senior citizens who continue driving are less likely to enter nursing homes or assisted-living centers than others their age who have stopped driving -- or who never drove at all. On the other hand, a study by a University of Virginia researcher indicates that as they get older, seniors are more at risk for fatalities in accidents than all but the very youngest drivers -- which poses a safety challenge as baby boomers age. The Hopkins study showed that nondrivers were four times as likely to enter long-term care as drivers; and those without drivers in the house were twice as likely to wind up in long-term care as those in households with drivers.
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By ANNIE LINSKEY and ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER | May 10, 2006
The owner of a former Millersville assisted-living facility has been sentenced to 18 months of house arrest after an investigation into what a state regulator called "one of the worst" cases of patient neglect she had ever seen. Erlinda Sarabia, 69, of Pasadena pleaded guilty Friday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to felony neglect and Medicaid fraud, making her the first assisted-living home operator in Maryland to be convicted of neglect, prosecutors said. Millersville Home Care came under scrutiny after Ava Harrison, 84, was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center with severe bedsores on 40 percent of her body, gangrene in one foot and maggots in the other.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | March 20, 2006
The Rev. J.L. Carter of Baltimore says he's never gone to jail and has never been arrested, but he would do so if that's what it takes to help illegal immigrants. Carter, the leader of the Ark Church in Baltimore, was joined by 500 men and women of various faiths yesterday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fells Point as members of BUILD - Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development - a faith-based nonprofit organization, spoke out against pending immigration reform legislation that would make it a crime for others - including religious workers - to assist illegal immigrants.
BUSINESS
By HANAH CHO and HANAH CHO,SUN REPORTER | February 7, 2006
Self Pride Inc., a Baltimore-based operator of assisted-living facilities, has been ordered to pay nearly $528,000 in back wages for overtime and related costs to almost 400 current and former employees, the U.S. Department of Labor announced yesterday. A U.S. District Court judge ruled last month that nonprofit Self Pride violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees complained that they were forced to work eight extra hours a week without pay. Company executives denied their workers' claims and said they did not violate federal labor laws.
FEATURES
By SUSAN REIMER | January 31, 2006
Baby boomers begin turning 60 this year, but our cheerful spin on this ominous development is that 60 is the new 40. We are doing what we have always done best: determinedly creating a new world order. In this one, we are not old. Something like 78 million of us were born between 1946 and 1965, and the leading edge includes former President Bill Clinton, President Bush, Sally Field and Sylvester Stallone. This watershed year is the opportunity for yet another broad-brush portrait of our generation.
NEWS
January 22, 2006
Misty Ridge Assisted Living Facility Location: Terrapin Drive, east of Klees Mill Road in Sykesville Owner: Abar Partnership, Sykesville Developer: Same Engineer: Maryland Land Design, Hanover, Pa. Zoning: Agricultural Acreage: 4.3 acres Description: A proposed 16-bed assisted living home for residents 55 years and older. Living units will each have a single bedroom and bath and will be located in an addition to an existing brick home on the property. The house will be renovated to serve as the kitchen, dining and living rooms and library.
NEWS
BY JULIE BELL and BY JULIE BELL,SUN REPORTER | October 23, 2005
Patient safety and health care quality are still largely overseen by doctors and hospitals. Physicians are disciplined or exonerated, mostly in private, by panels made up of their peers. The government still cedes oversight of certain health care organizations to accrediting agencies that have ties to those they are charged with policing. But the government in recent years has responded in some ways to the public's demand for more diligent oversight of nursing homes, hospitals and other health care organizations, and to demands for more information about their quality.
NEWS
August 6, 2005
On Thursday, August 4, 2005 SYLVIA RUBENSTEIN (nee Simon); beloved wife of Jerome Rubenstein; devoted sister of Miriam Weiss and the late Jack Simon. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends. Services at SOL LEVINOSN & BROS INC., 8900 Reisterstown Rd. at Mt. Wilson Ln. on Friday, August 5 at 3 P.M. Interment Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Congregation Cemetery, Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. In mourning at (Sunrise Assisted Living) 3800 Old Court Rd. (21208)
NEWS
By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | December 22, 2004
A Baltimore fair housing watchdog group has settled a dispute with a Carroll County assisted-living center over allegations that the facility discriminated against a potential black applicant by using mostly white models in its advertising. Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., a statewide fair housing advocate, and William Ray, 79, of Odenton agreed last week to a $22,000 settlement with Golden Crest Assisted Living of the 800 block of Fairfield Ave. in Westminster. "It's a success on everybody's part and good for Golden Crest, too," said Baltimore attorney C. Christopher Brown, representing BNI and Ray. "We think that diverse advertising is good for business.
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