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Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 11/23/2009 | 1 Comment

Faithful Great Places visitors may remember the tragic story of the elderly farm couple who last August inadvertently got caught up in the jaws of the Minnesota social services and criminal law systems. 
 
 
The husband, Jennings Sunderland, was jailed for chaining his Alzheimer’s-addled wife, Clarice, to her chair as a way to wake him if she attempted to wander away as she had done several times during the summer. Jennings, you’ll recall, was jailed on a charge of false imprisonment, and Clarice was hauled off, first to a local hospital, then to a nursing home, and finally to a locked memory-care unit. 
 
During the nearly three months she was away from home, Clarice suffered a fractured wrist brought about by frequent falls, got an unexplained baseball-size bruise on her left breast, became incontinent and largely unable to feed or dress herself, and accumulated $20,000 in nursing home bills. 
 
The Sunderlands’ home is now outfitted with a smoke- and door-alarm system graciously donated by a local vendor.  Clarice wears a GPC tracking device, and the couple is enjoying some in-home care.  
 
Stay tuned: a Minneapolis attorney who specializes in nursing home cases has recently threatened the county with litigation. 
 
 
 
 
Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 11/19/2009 | 0 Comments

A recent study (http://tinyurl.comyycs74my) found that drinking alcohol every day cuts the risk of heart disease in men by more than a third.  Even better, the research, which involved more than 15,000 men and 26,000 women, concluded that large quantities of alcohol are actually MORE beneficial for men.  TO YOUR HEALTH!

 

 

Posted by: Jeremy McKenna on 11/17/2009 | 0 Comments

 

The MetLife Foundation and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., honor exemplary models in affordable housing.  The 2009 awards focused on best practices in senior housing, with a particular emphasis upon projects that incorporate "green" components. 

Among the winners, each of which received a $50,000 unrestricted award intended to further its mission, was LYTTON GARDENS, a continuum of care retirement community in Palo Alto, California.  The award recognized the 35-year-old property's "extremely creative approach" to green rehab, which includes extensive improvements for water conservation and energy efficiency.  

Lytton Gardens, a U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-recognized project, provides a variety of services to support aging in place, as well as on-site experience for physicians enrolled in the Stanford University Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics.  

Here's the link to Lytton Gardens:  http://www.lyttongardens.org/index.html.

Here's the link to the MetLife story:  http://tinyurl.com/ygssfum

 

 

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