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Ask Emily: On Medi-Cal and shut out of nursing homes? Here's how to claim your bed.

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| It can be extremely difficult for people on Medi-Cal to snag a spot in a nursing home, especially if they’re transferring from home or an assisted living facility.

Orange County's wealthiest cities have biggest opioid problem

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In Orange County, the highest rates of opioid-related emergency room visits and deaths are in its wealthiest cities, according to a new report.

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Eat better, exercise more to stave off dementia, study suggests

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The study in The Lancet identifies risk factors that increase people's likelihood of developing dementia, including obesity in mid-life and smoking after age 65.

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How Obamacare helped the self-employed in California

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Self-employed Californians have higher uninsurance rates than other workers, but an analysis released Thursday shows that improved under the Affordable Care Act.

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'Boot camp' helps Alzheimer's caregivers

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UCLA runs "boot camps" for caregivers that teach them how to manage stress, make their homes safe and handle difficult behaviors.

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'Pre-Hospice' helps more stay at home near end of life

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A San Diego-area health system's program treats elderly people with chronic illnesses at home, improving their quality of life and saving money.

A spike in emergency room visits for falling California seniors

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The number has risen sharply in recent years, as the older population grows and lives longer with chronic illnesses.

Nursing home rule revisions give residents more control

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The wide-ranging revision of federal rules gives patients a say in diet and roommates. The rules also strengthen the grievance and discharge procedures.