Georgia House Passes Bill to Add Protections in Senior Care

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The Georgia state House has passed a plan to bolster safety and oversight protections at senior care facilities in a nearly unanimous vote. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that HB 987 passed by a vote of 160-1 on Friday. The legislation addresses problems highlighted in an investigative series published by the paper. The proposal will go to the state Senate next for more debate.

Georgia's troubled nursing homes

Jun 14, 2019

Ten Georgia nursing homes have appeared on a federal watchlist for facilities that consistently fail to meet regulators’ safety and care standards.

This week on the Georgia Health Report, we discuss the troubles cited in a recent U.S. Senate report, including reports of neglect and sexual assault found in one central Georgia facility.

Cases of Legionnaire's have quadrupled in Georgia

Mar 22, 2019

Cases of Legionnaire’s disease have seen a dramatic increase in Georgia over the past decade. And experts aren’t sure what’s causing it. This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss what health officials are doing to address the issue. Read more.

Opioids becoming bigger threat to older adults

Sep 10, 2018

Though the majority of opioid overdose deaths affect younger people, older adults remain the heaviest users of opioid medications. And a steadily growing number of opioid-related deaths among older adults has experts concerned. Read more.

This week, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how the opioid crisis is affecting older Americans and what health providers are doing to help.

Cold Weather Companions for Senior Citizens

Jan 5, 2018
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The unusually frigid temperatures have most of us bracing against the cold, and one Georgia company is urging people to watch out for their older neighbors.