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KSBR News Briefs on  Friday, May 26, 2017

Report: More Americans with Alzheimer's are dying at home

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found one in 4 Alzheimer's deaths in the United States are now occurring at home — a startling increase that marks a shift away from hospitals and nursing homes.

Alzheimer's deaths in hospitals and nursing homes or other long-term care facilities shrank from more than 80 percent to 60 percent over 15 years. In the meantime, those dying at home rose from 14 percent to 25 percent.

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disorder that impairs memory, judgment and other mental abilities. It's most common in the elderly. In the final stages of the disease, people have trouble eating and carrying on a conversation, are vulnerable to pneumonia and infections, and often need around-the-clock care.

The Alzheimer's death rate has risen nearly 80 percent since 1999 and the disease is the nation's sixth leading cause of death.


Democrats advance single-payer California health care bill

A state bill to replace health insurance companies with universal government-funded care is advancing to a vote in the full Senate.

But Democrats who back the measure haven’t identified a way to pay for the estimated $400 billion annual cost.

The single-payer health care bill cleared a hurdle yesterday when it passed the Appropriations Committee in a 5-2 party-line vote.

SB562 has energized liberals at a time when President Trump and Republicans in Congress are looking to overhaul former President Obama's health care bill.

Supporters say a single-payer system would redirect insurance company profits and administrative costs to patient care.

Insurance companies and business groups say the bill would upend the health care system and its costs would cripple businesses.


Poll: Most Older Americans want Medicare for long-term care

An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows a growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults.

That option is unlikely to gain much traction as President Trump's administration and Republicans in Congress look to cut the federal budget and repeal President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.

The poll indicates older Americans mistakenly believe they can rely on Medicare already for such care, while a few have done much planning for their own long-term care.

Other poll findings show more than half of older Americans —56 percent — think the federal government should devote a great deal or a lot of effort to helping people with the costs of long-term care, and another 30 percent think it should make a moderate effort to do so.

Also the poll indicates 56 percent of Americans age 40 and over think Medicare should have a major role in paying for ongoing living assistance, up from 39 percent who said so in 2013. Majorities of both Democrats and Republicans now think Medicare should bear a large part of the burden.


Rancho Santa Margarita

The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council will re-examine recreational needs for the possible development of Chiquita Ridge.

Mayor Carol Gamble says the Council learned from consultant Hunden Strategic Partners, the city has an adequate supply of outdoor sports fields, but there is a need for an indoor sports park.

She says Hunden still has a report to complete regarding development opportunities and when it’s done, the Council will determine what may be constructed on the property.

She says the Council is committed to insuring that whatever is developed on Chiquita Ridge won’t put the city in debt and that the sale of some of the property will pay for the park as well as the park’s maintenance and operation. And that the cash flow from the sale helps to supplement the city’s declining revenues.

Chiquita Ridge is located along Antonio Parkway in the southern portion of the city.


Laguna Beach-Water Wise

Laguna Beach was named one of five national winners in the 6th Annual Wyland National Challenge for Water Conservation, by having its residents pledging to reduce their water use by nearly 33 million gallons of water.

Wyland Foundation spokesman Jonathan Abramson says seven thousand Laguna Beach residents had made the pledge.

He says the residents also pledged to help the environment by reducing the use of single-use plastic water bottles, and eliminating hazardous waste from entering watersheds.

The other cities with the highest percentage of residents making the pledge are Flagstaff, Arizona; Athens, Georgia; Aurora, Colorado and Dallas, Texas.


San Clemente Marine Safety Headquarters Open House

San Clemente City Lifeguards will be hosting a free Open House tomorrow at its headquarters near the Pier.

Marine Safety Officer Blake Anderson says between nine in the morning and noon, visitors will have the chance to tour the headquarters and talk with the lifeguards about how to be safe at the beach.

Anderson says due to the recent shark sightings at the beach, sometimes the beach is closed. He recommends checking the city’s website if beach plans include going in the water. Information is also available by calling 949-492-1011.

Additionally, San Clemente lifeguards will be offering to the public, free one-hour Ocean Safety Clinics on the second and fourth Saturdays in June and July at the headquarters at 11 in the morning.