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May 27, 1990
Well, well, well. I see newspaper reporters are writing all kinds of stories about the elderly ("Elderly Being Abused in O.C.," May 21). What I want to know is, what is anyone doing about it? What about the elderly living in mobile home parks? These people are 70, 80 and a few 90 years old. Some are alone with hardly any income and few people looking out for them. I have been doing what little I can, but all I've run into is lip service from our elected politicians. JOHN VALENTINO Mobile Home Owners Assn.
April 25, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A 14-year-old boy wanted on suspicion of torturing and attempting to kill an 87-year-old woman as she slept in a retirement home in Hemet has been arrested, police said. Raymond Michael Miranda was tracked to Temecula on Thursday evening and brought back to Hemet, where he was booked into the city jail, Hemet police said in a statement. Officials said took the unusual step of releasing the boy's photo and identity Thursday "due to the serious nature of the case" and the need for the public's help in tracking the homeless teen down.
March 21, 1993
The Times Poll, which found a good majority of Orange County seniors enjoying a rewarding and fulfilling life ("Good Times in O.C. Made Secure Retirement Easier," March 9), admittedly did not include the thousands of "institutionalized" seniors--and for obvious reason. These are too often the elderly we don't like to think about--the remnants of human life in nursing homes in various stages of decay and suffering, forcefully kept living by our guilt, fear, nationwide denial and the best high-tech medicine that money can buy. JUNE MAGUIRE Mission Viejo
April 24, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The Hemet Police Department is asking for the public's help to find a 14-year-old boy wanted in connection with the attempted murder and torture of an elderly woman at a retirement home.   When officers responded to a reported burglary and assault at   The Camelot,  a senior living community at 800 W. Oakland Ave., about 3:11 a.m. April 17, they found an 87-year-old woman who had been brutally beaten, police said in a statement . Physical evidence linked two teenagers to the crime.
February 12, 1994
I want to applaud Bill Boyarsky for drawing attention, in his Jan. 26 column, to the crisis needs of the frail elderly. The good news is that we are living longer and that in-home services are now helping thousands of elderly people in their 80s and 90s to remain in their own homes and apartments. The bad news is that disaster relief services were not designed to make special allowances for the limitations of this frail elderly population in the immediate aftermath of a crisis.
October 11, 1998
By attempting to label my neighbors and me as monsters, The Times ("The Elderly Belong Too," Sept. 27) is completely missing the point of our opposition to construction of a 60-bed Alzheimer's facility in our neighborhood. Our opposition to this completely inappropriate project on a residential lot in the middle of our quiet neighborhood is not some insidious breach of the "social contract." Instead, we are simply middle-class homeowners attempting to avoid being steamrolled by a $5-billion Maryland corporation.
October 17, 2009 | Sam Watters
Growing old without money, not good. Growing old without money and in poor health, very bad. This is the future some of us face as 401(k)s dwindle and insurance doesn't cover all the medical bills. In the 1880s and '90s, another era of great prosperity for the few, similar conditions prevailed. Without government programs, Americans looked after themselves as best they could. When children left home, parents moved to small apartments and boarding houses where they depended on neighbors for help.
March 21, 1999
Re "Our Elderly Deserve Better," editorial, March 11. One of the most effective programs that advocates for the frail elderly in long-term residential care is the Ombudsman Program. Trained volunteers visit such facilities regularly to assure that all residents are receiving proper care. The ombudsman program is woefully underfunded. Gov. Gray Davis is dragging his feet; we do not yet have a new director for the Department of Aging, let alone a new state ombudsman. At the very least, the program should be funded to let us fulfill our mandate.
February 19, 1989
Dick Turpin's column "As America Ages, Elderly Seen as Healthier, Wealthier" (Feb. 12) was right on target. Articles such as this go far to dispel some of the myths about older Americans. Actually, what is required is an attitudinal change about the aging when the facts demonstrate that there is health, wealth and wisdom in force. SHERRY TERZIAN Los Angeles
September 28, 1997
Re "Audit: Funds for Senior Meals Not in Equal Portions," Sept. 16: In 1975, my friends and I organized the Orange County Gray Panthers to address issues that included some poor elderly who had no choice but to eat cat food. We have come a long way since, due to Older Americans Act funding for meals programs for the elderly and the excellent work of Orange County's Area Agency on Aging and the nonprofit agencies in implementing this program. This "senior network" has enjoyed a strong reputation for cost effectiveness in terms of both quality of services they provide to our elderly and the cost of these services relative to other programs throughout the state and nation.
March 29, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
As thoroughbreds were groomed and prepped for the day's races, a group of elderly Japanese Americans circled the stables of Santa Anita in a tram. For six months in 1942, they lived here, in the same stalls where horses had slept, before being shipped to internment camps in isolated areas of the country. Back then, arriving adults mourned the loss of homes and businesses, while children explored the grounds, making new friends. In the barns, a thin layer of asphalt was all that separated families from layers of manure.
March 12, 2014 | By Martin Miller
If there is such a thing as a comic antihero, Elder Cunningham in the highly acclaimed and wildly irreverent "The Book of Mormon" is it. Cody Jamison Strand portrays the character who is the kind of person - very clingy, prototypically schlubby and frequently less than truthful - that would have folks of all religious denominations unified in their haste to un-friend him on Facebook. And yet, Strand's character is able to harness those repellent qualities and humorously bring together Mormon missionaries and a small village in Northern Uganda - not only in their appreciation of each other, but for the universal role that storytelling and religion play as well.  PHOTOS: Best in theater 2013 | Charles McNulty The Tony-award winning musical is now on national tour at the Pantages Theatre through May 11. Below is an edited transcript of a conversation with Strand, 24, who also performed the role on Broadway.
March 4, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Consuming high levels of protein - particularly animal protein - is a bad strategy if you're at midlife and aiming to live into old age, new research finds. But a study out Tuesday reveals that in older age, fortifying one's diet with more protein-rich foods appears to be a formula for extending life. An article published in the journal Cell Metabolism says that, over an 18-year study period, middle-aged Americans who had the highest consumption of protein were more than four times as likely to die of cancer or diabetes, and twice as likely to die of any cause, than those whose diets were lowest in protein.
January 31, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of the founder of Motown Records and ex-wife of musical great Marvin Gaye, with whom she wrote a number of hit songs, died of natural causes Friday at her Los Angeles home, her family said. She was 92. Gordy Gaye was an older sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, who named a label subsidiary after her. It was for the subsidiary, Anna Records, that Marvin Gaye recorded his early work. She co-wrote a number of popular songs with Gaye, including "Baby I'm For Real," which was No. 1 for five weeks in 1969, and "The Bells," which reached No. 4, both for the R&B group the Originals.
January 20, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - A union effort to increase salaries for workers caring for the country's elderly and disabled threatens to backfire in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown wants to limit their hours. A change in federal rules set for next year entitles nearly 2 million home aides nationwide to overtime pay. But Brown, in an effort to keep a lid on costs, has proposed a cap on the time they work in the state's taxpayer-funded home care program for low-income Californians. The proposal, part of the governor's latest budget plan, could particularly affect disabled people who receive more than 40 hours of assistance a week.
January 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
In what appears to be a tragic accident for a San Bernardino family, a 46-year-old man ran over and killed his elderly father Wednesday as he arrived to pick him up for a dialysis appointment. Alvis Prince Jr. was driving to pick up his 86-year-old father in the rear parking lot of the Arbor Apartment complex in the 300 block of East Rialto Avenue about 9 a.m. Wednesday, San Bernardino police said. The elder Prince saw his son approaching and began walking to the car when he tripped and fell.
January 9, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to at least partly comply with a federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding could make several thousand felons eligible for release, and free hundreds of them in the first six months. The governor's budget proposal, released Thursday, announces plans to immediately expand parole eligibility for inmates who are sick or mentally impaired, and creates a new parole program for the elderly. The governor also is, on his own, increasing the time some repeat offenders can reduce their sentences with good behavior.
December 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A white Texas man faces federal hate-crime charges in an assault on a 79-year-old black man during a form of the "knockout game," prosecutors said Thursday. Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, is charged with violating the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Justice Department said. The complaint alleges that Barrett, of Katy, near Houston, attacked the man Nov. 24, recorded the assault on his cellphone and showed the video to others. The complaint says Barrett made several videos, including one in which he identifies himself and another in which he makes a racial slur.
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