By ELIZABETH KELLAR BONITA SPRINGS — Imagine going months, weeks, or maybe even years without a single friendly touch. For the elderly, that's not uncommon, said Fern Ritacca, president and founder of Healing Through Touch, a service that specializes in holistic and alternative services for the senior...

Local members of the Sandwich Generation recently learned ways on how to approach difficult subjects with aging parents. Jewish Community Services of South Florida recently presented the discussion, "Role Reversal: How to Care for Aging Parents As Their Needs Change Over Time," at two synagogues, Temple...

TALLAHASSEE - Advocates for the elderly were crushed earlier this year when – after Gov. Rick Scott and top lawmakers vowed to better protect the 80,000 residents of assisted living facilities – no legislation was passed. Months of reports in the Miami Herald of people dying...

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and 15.2 million family and friends provide 17.4 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's and dementia – care valued at $210.5 billion, according to the Alzheimer's Association. It is these hours of caregiving that add...

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Rural health providers across the nation will receive more than $10.4 million to provide direct health care services to their communities. The funding announced today by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be used to meet a broad...

Pain is at best unpleasant. At its worst, it can wreak havoc on a life and diminish not just a physical presence, but the emotional and spiritual core of what defines a person. In an attempt to gain a foothold in the catastrophic effects of prescription-drug...

TAMPA — Jacklynn Hurst's questions about her future grow. The 70-year-old wonders: What's going to happen to me tomorrow? Will Medicare be around? How good will my quality of care be? "Will my children be able to afford to take care of me?" she asked. U.S. Sen. Bill...

Velma Soliz appeared on a screen for her appointment with Dr. Eddy Benoit at David Lawrence Center in Naples. The 38-year-old mother was a 40-mile drive away, at the Lawrence Center’s Immokalee outpost, minutes from her mobile home. “How are you doing?” said Benoit, her psychiatrist,...

WASHINGTON — Contractors building a new veterans hospital in Orlando told a congressional panel Tuesday that the complex — already months behind schedule — will be delayed longer and could cost more than $100 million extra to finish. Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs have...