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Closed Ontario schools may be revived as new 'community hubs'

With nearly 20 percent of its school buildings at risk of closure, the Toronto District School Board is considering a plan that would transform underutilized buildings into publicly accessible community centers.

New Mexico sues nursing home chain over care and staff

Santa Fe - On Friday, New Mexico's outgoing Democratic Attorney General Gary King sued one of the nation's largest nursing home chains over inadequate resident care and poor staffing practices. If the suit succeeds, it could be applied to other states as well.

Concern over antipsychotic 'drug overuse' in nursing homes

A report has expressed concerns about the level of antipsychotic drug prescriptions throughout nursing homes in the U.S.

Expert: Dementia patients 'should be allowed to have sex'

Nursing home residents suffering with dementia should have the freedom and indeed the right to enjoy sexual expression, but often staff members discourage their sexual expression, a new report suggests.

U.S. prisons becoming ‘old age homes behind bars’

Washington - A dramatic increase of aging prisoners in the United States is leaving prison officials stretched in providing proper housing and medical care, and now find themselves operating “old age homes behind bars,” a new report reveals.

Nurses sacked after crude games with nursing home residents

Wyong - The Australian Federal Department of Health and Ageing is investigating reports that staff at a nursing home abused the nursing home residents through callous games, including photographing residents' genitals.

Report: 92 percent of nursing homes employ at least one convict

Washington - A new government report has revealed that 92 percent of nursing homes employ at least one worker with at least one criminal conviction and almost half of the nursing homes studied employ five or more workers with at least one conviction.

New IN law stops nursing homes from allowing race discrimination

Indianapolis - For more than two decades many nursing homes in various US states have allowed the patients to discriminate against caregivers based on the color of their skin.

Over-medication is a serious risk in nursing homes

Seniors living in nursing homes are at risk for abuses when it comes to medicine. When a patient has been over medicated the effects can be debilitating.

Racial Disparities in Senior Care Might Mean Separate and Unequal

Grandpa died, and Grandma's frail. The family prepares Grandma for assisted living, since after all the parents work. On another side of town a family of a different color is sorting out work schedules to take care of Grandma.

Obama Alarmed Over U.S. Nurse Shortage, Health Expansion Crimped

President Obama expresses alarm over potential usage of foreign-trained nurses, as the ongoing shortage in nursing threatens to curtail the Democrat's ambitious national healthcare roll-out.

Sex Assaults On Rise in Nursing Homes, Oregon Reports

Sexual abuse of elders, suspected or known about for years, is now being reported in The Oregonian. A recent case in a nursing home in Southeast Portland is being investigated while Portland’s lead newspaper is writing about the issue.

Long-Term Care Homes Not Up To Par In Many Ontario Nursing Homes

It appears that care for the elderly in many of Ontario's nursing homes is not up to par. Three-quarters of such residences are not meeting provincial standards for basic needs according to a study by The Canadian Press after reviews of violation records.

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