Monday, June 28, 2010

Becoming an Explorer of Your Family History

Great-grandfather, Reynaldo Venegas,
with his grand-daughter and precious great-grand-daughter

VOANews: Becoming an Explorer of Your Family History

Genealogy gives people a better understanding of their family’s place in history. download MP3

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Reused Pacemakers May Aid Heart Care in Developing World

Reused Pacemakers May Aid Heart Care in Developing World

This is the VOA Special English Health Report, from A pacemaker is a small device that doctors place in people with an abnormal heartbeat...Buying and implanting a pacemaker costs from five thousand to fifteen thousand dollars. But doctors at the University of Michigan think they know a way to lower that cost. The idea is to reuse pacemakers. (more)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Study Finds Improved Way to Treat COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

VOANews: Study Finds Improved Way to Treat COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a life-threatening condition commonly caused by years of smoking. COPD is not curable but treatment can extend a patient's life. Doctors often treat it with steroids. Now, a study shows that low doses of the medicine given by mouth are equal to, or better than, a heavy dose administered into the blood. download MP3

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Device, New Studies Hold Out Hope for Heart Patients

VOAVideo: New Device, New Studies Hold Out Hope for Heart Patients

VOAvideo — June 07, 2010 — Heart disease and stroke together are the world's greatest killer. The World Health Organization shows that cardiovascular disease alone claims more than 17 million lives a year. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on two studies and one clinical trial that promise to reduce that number.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Elder Abuse Resources in Vietnamese

Consumer Action: Hãy Nói “Không!” Về Các Lưòng Gạt Người Cao Niên
Just Say NO! To Senior Scams (2009) (Vietnamese)

Tất cả mọi người đều cần cẩn thận để tránh bị lường gạt, nhưng quý vị cao niên càng dễ bị lường gạt hơn. Cẩm nang này phát thảo nhiều phương sách lường gạt, với sự chú tâm đặc biệt đến những lường gạt nhắm vào người cao niên. Những dấu hiệu bị lường gạt và mưu sách tránh bị gạt cũng được đề cập.

Everyone must be on guard against scams, but seniors can sometimes be more vulnerable to fraud. This brochure outlines the many guises of fraud, with special attention to scams that target seniors. Signs of fraud and tips for avoiding scams are included.

This publication is part of the Elder Fraud training module.

Những kết quả chính từ nghiên cứu về vết bầm do sơ ý ở người lớn tuổi
Bruising in Older Adults: Accidental Bruising andBruising from Physical Abuse

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my dad, Gene Gagliardi, to the Milpitas Dads, and all fathers, everywhere! Happy Father's Day to my dad, Gene Gagliardi, to the Milpitas Dads, and all fathers, everywhere!

You can watch the slide show or download the pictures from Flickr. Many of these pictures were taken durning Senior ESL classroom activities.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Elder Abuse Resources in Spanish

Guía Para Cuidadanos Ciudadanos Para Prevenir Y Denunciar El Abuso De Ancianos

Un folleto educativo que sirve como guía para que ancianos y personas encargadas de cuidarlos aprendan a reconocer señales de abuso; con prácticos consejos sobre cómo evitar ser víctima y cómo informar una sospecha de abuso. Este folleto está disponible al público sin costo alguno. Puede ser obtenido a través del internet o por escrito: Office of the Attorney General, 1300 I Street, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA 95814. Reporte Entero [PDF

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Elder Abuse Resources in Chinese

Elder Abuse - KTSF Chinese Language News

instituteonaging — October 20, 2009 — Chinese language news report on elder abuse in San Francisco

Also see: A Citizen's Guide to Preventing and Reporting Elder Abuse - Chinese

Just Say NO! To Senior Scams (2009) (Chinese) 只要搖頭說"不"!預防老年人受騙

Fraud Bingo Game (Chinese) 預防遭受詐騙賓果遊戲

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Preventing Elder Abuse in the Asian/Pacific Islander Community

API Legal Outreach, established in 1975, provides multi-lingual and culturally competent legal, social, and educational services to the Asian and Pacific Islander community designed to prevent elder abuse. API Legal Outreach's staff speaks over 13 different Asian languages and provides both attorney representation and social services for seniors.

For free training, community workshops, materials, questions about elder abuse in the API community, please contact us by email ( or telephone 415/567-6255.

Special thanks to my sister-in-law, Pam Croad-Gagliardi, who shared this resource with us.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reporting Elder Abuse in Santa Clara County

How to Report Elder Abuse in Santa Clara County

The San Jose Police Department and Adults Protective Services are the two agencies charged with receiving reports of elder abuse occurring in San Jose. These agencies are also responsible for the joint investigation of elder abuse allegations. You may report suspicions of elder abuse to the San Jose Police Department 24 hours a day by calling 911. The operator will ask you to describe the circumstances and then dispatch a patrol officer to take a report.

You may also contact the Santa Clara County Adults Protective Services at:
(408) 975-4900 or (800) 414-2002 (within California Only).

Types Of Elder And Dependent Adult Abuse

  • Physical Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Neglect and Self-Neglect

Other Resources for Seniors in Santa Clara County

  • Senior Nutrition Program (SNP) 408-975-4860
  • Public Administrator/Guardian/Conservator (PA/G/C) 408-577-2500
  • In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) 408-975-4899
  • Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) 408-975-4848
  • California Department of Mental Health 916-654-3565
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman (OMB) 408-944-0567

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

5th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Break the Silence: Elder Abuse in America

From There is a silent crisis that effects every community in America: Elder abuse. Every year an estimated 5 million of America's older adults are beaten, ignored or financially exploited. Yet, as a country, we remain silent about this growing crisis.To begin to address this problem, Congress has an immediate opportunity to pass federal legislation that will provide a foundation from which we can begin to protect our country's elders -- the Elder Justice Act. But we cannot do this without your help. Please help us break the silence by adding your voice to the national campaign and urge Congress to pass the Elder Justice Act now! Visit:

Monday, June 14, 2010

National Center on Elder Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment.

State Resources: Helplines, Hotlines, and Information
If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, Click Here for state reporting numbers, or telephonethe Eldercare Locator at1-800-677-1116.If someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police for immediate help.

Click Here for fact sheets, ideas, and tools to help you or your organization raise awareness of elder abuse in your community. Together, we have the power to prevent elder abuse.

NCEA Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday, June 13, 2010


We encourage elders, members of the Aging Services Network, grassroots groups, senior centers, retirement homes, congregations, law enforcement, health care providers, academics and any individual with grandparents across the country to organize screenings and actions around An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America in a nationwide effort to increase public awareness of elder abuse in America and to give elders and advocates a voice in effecting needed policy changes. To learn more about the campaign and to see the faces and hear the voices of the elders this crisis affects please watch videos here and continue your visit at our site!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Finding New Ways to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

VOALearningEnglish — June 10, 2010 — This is the VOA Special English Health Report, from

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful disease that can destroy joints. Women are three times more likely to get it than men. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease, a disease where the body attacks healthy cells. The exact cause is unknown. But in a recent study, an experimental drug showed signs of halting the disorder in laboratory mice. (read more)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tele-Town Hall: The Affordable Care Act & Seniors

Tele-Town Hall: The Affordable Care Act & Seniors

whitehouse — June 08, 2010 — President Obama holds a national tele-town hall meeting with senior citizens to discuss the Affordable Care Act as well as efforts to combat fraud in advance of the first $250 "donut hole" rebate checks. June 8, 2010.

(Just posted--sub-titles will be available soon)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Milpitas Adult Ed supports Measure B!

Milpitas Adult Ed ESL/Citizenship proudly waving Measure B signs.

Vote Yes For Measure B! This is a group to encourage Milpitas residents to Vote Yes for a parcel tax on June 8, 2010. Schools will face more budget cuts again. If the ballot initiative is defeated, Milpitas schools could lose music, art, and sports programs.

A victory will require a two thirds majority. Meaning, for every No vote, the kids of Milpitas will need 2 Yes votes. The parcel tax is to save programs, not for salary.

The tax is $84 for 5 years for property owners. If you break it down, that equals $0.23 per day for 5 years. $7 a month for 5 years. Seniors are exempt.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Older Adults See Benefits from Tutoring Young Children

VOAVideo: Older Adults See Benefits from Tutoring Young Children

June 01, 2010 — Many retired Americans seek useful ways to spend their time and become volunteers. With their life time of knowledge and skills, senior citizens can be effective resource to society. As VOA's Carol Pearson reports for producer June Soh, the older adults who help children improve academic achievement may also get benefits in their health. Carol Pearson narrates.