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“Aging is Living.” The Couple Working on Several Fronts to Confront a Graying America

BY CAITLIN REILLY The over-65 population is the fastest-growing demographic in America, according to the United States Census Bureau, yet few foundations dedicate themselves to working on behalf of this group. Frustrated with this dynamic, Gary and Mary West are pursuing community-, state- and national-level change through their foundation, research institute and policy center. The… Read more »

NBC San Diego: Price Checking Prescription Drug Costs

NBC 7 Responds looks for savings at local popular pharmacies By Dorian Hargrove, Consumer Bob, and Tom Jones Published Feb 20, 2019 WATCH VIDEO Americans are paying more than ever for prescription drugs. According to a new report, in 2017, the average retail cost for a prescription drug in America increased by 8.4 percent that year alone. With more… Read more »

The Sacramento Bee: A governor ‘who’s leaning in:’ What they’re saying about Newsom’s State of the State

February 12, 2019 by Maddy Ashmun mashmun@sacbee.com Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego: “The governor spoke some hard truths. He set audacious goals, and he’s assembling a formidable team to achieve them. We will need new ways of looking at old problems, and unprecedented collaboration to meet the challenges ahead. I’m eager to… Read more »

KUSI: California’s first accredited emergency room created for seniors

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at UC San Diego Health is California’s first accredited emergency room created specifically for seniors. The 11 new SECU patient rooms are equipped with sound-absorbing walls and ceilings to reduce ambient noise; a variable lighting system that orients patients to the actual time of… Read more »

Next Avenue: Geriatric ERs Provide Better Care for Older Patients

January 25, 2019 By Lola Butcher A more suitable environment and risk assessments make the difference Part of the AGE-FRIENDLY HEALTH CARE SPECIAL REPORT Suffering from frail health in her 70s, Dr. Mark Rosenberg’s mother had to make repeated trips to the emergency room of a South Florida hospital. It was loud and chaotic, and seeing trauma… Read more »