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Tri-Lakes Nursing Homes to be Purchased by Local Hospital

The Adirondack Medical Center has decided to buy the only two nursing homes in the Tri-Lakes area. Mercy Healthcare Center in Tupper Lake and Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid have been losing money for years, due in part to declining Medicaid reimbursement rates for their patients. The buyout means both will stay open. As Chris Knight reports, the deal has seen strong support from the community.  Go to full article
Mayor Ruth Garner
Mayor Ruth Garner

Potsdam Mayor Garner to Step Down

One of the nation's oldest office-holders will step down this fall. Potsdam village mayor Ruth Garner says she won't run for re-election. Instead, she'll seek a seat on the village board. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Groundbreaking for New Hospice Headquarters

Hospice and Palliative Care of St Lawrence Valley is building new offices for their staff.  Go to full article

Growing Older: Disability or Inability?

It's something we all face - growing older. For many of us old age will mean diminished eyesight, hearing, memory and mobility. The U.S. is aging - fast. There are more people over 65 now than ever before, and the segment of population 85 and older is growing the fastest. A Georgia Tech study a few years ago found that the percentages of people with disabilities increases significantly with age - 14 percent by age 40, 30 percent at 60 and 46 percent at age 70. Maintaining independence is a tricky part of growing older. Independence is important to people, but it's not always easy with diminished abilities. And as Todd Moe reports, it's not always easy to talk about, either.  Go to full article

Commentary: Disabled, or "Just Older"?

Jeff Reifensnyder, of the Massena Independent Living Center, thinks dropping the distinction could benefit senior citizens,and the disabled community.  Go to full article

Commentary: How to Fix Social Security

For some time President Bush has been sounding an alarm that funds to support the Social Security system will begin to run short before many people now in the work force reach retirement. Various solutions for this problem are under consideration. Commentator Paul Willcott offers one that is rarely mentioned.  Go to full article

Shifting Career Gears in Mid-Life

Many former Ethan Allen employees worked most or all of their careers at the facility. For people in mid-career, transitioning to a new job, perhaps to a completely different line of work, can be very difficult. Frank Kirkey specializes in helping people 55 and older find employment. He's a field operations assistant with Experience Works Incorporated, based in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. He spoke with David Sommerstein. Kirkey says the hardest part of shifting careers is changing a person's mindset.  Go to full article

Sorting Out the Medicare Drug Plan

Martha Foley talks with Carlton Doane, president of the St. Lawrence County chapter of the AARP, about confusion over the new Medicare cards for seniors. The group is holding an informational forum at SUNY-Canton on Friday.  Go to full article

Commentary: The Big Four-Oh

It's the season for class reunions...brace yourself. It's shocking, how classmates age. Commentator Tom French got a real eye-opener while leafing through his college alumni magazine recently.  Go to full article

Quality of Life at the End of Life

Martha Foley talks with Sue Cappione, Coordinator of Patient Care for Hospice of the St. Lawrence Valley, about how hospice helps patients and their families.  Go to full article

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