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Should Older Drivers Face Special Restrictions?

| January 2, 2017

Legislatures have become increasingly reluctant to restrict driver’s licenses for seniors or impose extra requirements — such as vision or road tests — for getting them renewed based solely on their advancing age.

Along Palm Coast Parkway, Yet Another Tattoo Parlor, and Yet Another Assisted Living Facility

| November 21, 2016

The two businesses may add upwards of 50 jobs in the city’s core commercial center along Palm Coast Parkway—an assisted living facility for dementia patients, and at least the third tattoo studio along the Parkway approved in recent years.

America’s Other Doping Problem: Drugging Up the Elderly in Hospitals

| September 2, 2016

An increasing number of elderly patients are on multiple medications, raising chances of dangerous drug interactions. Often the drugs are prescribed by different specialists who don’t communicate, and hospital doctors add to the list of drugs, sometimes unnecessarily or unsuitably.

In Jury Selection for Anna Pehota Trial, Pronounced Sympathies for the Killer

| July 18, 2016

Anna Pehota, 76, facing a second-degree murder charge for shooting her husband in the Hammock last September, is benefiting from inherent sympathy going into her trial, which began with jury selection Monday and starts in earnest Wednesday.

Hear Us Roar, Older Residents Tell Palm Coast Council as They Clamor for a Senior Center

| April 12, 2016

But the Palm Coast City Council is cool to the idea of a dedicated senior center: it has an active community center on Palm Coast Parkway and is ramping up uses of its new city hall’s community wing.

Elder Abuse: A Huge, Expensive and Lethal Problem

| May 31, 2015

There is little doubt that elder abuse is growing, driven by growth in the elderly population. To address it, some governments are training police and social workers to investigate it.

Rash of Palm Coast Burglaries Targets Elderly and Jewelry in Sea Colony and Grand Haven

| March 6, 2015

In one case, a couple was burglarized of $50,000 worth of jewelry, with three other cases’ value adding up to more than $12,000. The thefts take place during relatively brief absences of the homeowners.

Emergency Grants of Up to $600 Available to Flagler Seniors For Home Energy Assistance

| February 27, 2015

Eligibility is determined by income (gross household income must be below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines), and at least one member of the household must be at least 60 years old.

Palm Coast Man Is Defrauded of $55,000 Once Thieves Get Hold Of A Check

| February 11, 2015

A 76-year-old resident of the Hammock in Palm Coast, reported to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office that he was defrauded of $55,000 after unknown suspects obtained access to his Charles Schwab investment account.

Richard Mathews, Accused of Mercy Killing in Mother’s Death, Sentenced to Two Years

| October 6, 2014

Mary Shaw Mathews, 88, was found to have died by strangulation and over-medication on Feb. 21 at her Palm Coast home. Her son Richard told detectives that she had asked him to end her life as she had been suffering and declining fast. Today’s outcome reflected a judicial system grappling with the gray area between mercy killing, which is not allowed by law, and a form of induced death.

Argument Over a Dog Leads to Burglary and Child Abuse Charges Against 70-Year-Old

| May 27, 2014

David Corson of Palm Coast allegedly became angry that the neighbors “had been confrontational and disrespectful to his wife,” and allegedly punched an 11-year-old boy in the chest after burglarizing neighbors’ property the evening of Memorial Day in the F Section.

Suspect, 18, Accused of Battering a 71-Year-Old Employee at CVS Over a Phone Charger

| February 17, 2014

Dakota S. Walls, 18, of Palm Coast, is accused of slugging a 71-year-old employee of CVS pharmacy after allegedly trying to steal a phone charger then claiming that the employee had taken his $20. Karen Breen, a Palm Coast resident, is accused of a similar charge after allegedly purposefully colliding with her elderly parents during an argument, and in front of a cop.

Flagler Beach Police Launch Initiatives to Protect Residents and Property, But Public Records Expose Vulnerability

| January 31, 2014

Though the initiatives are very well-meaning, participating residents who want their house watched while they’re away or who live alone and need a daily check-in must fill out detailed applications that reveal a lot of personal information and details about their property. The documents are public records, and may potentially create vulnerabilities for the very residents police are aiming to protect.

California Sharply Improves Regulatory Oversight of Assisted-Living Facilities

| January 22, 2014

The wide-ranging array of proposed regulations would mandate annual inspections of the facilities and increase the size of financial penalties that the state can levy for failures in care. The proposals would also step up mandatory training for assisted living employees, require facilities to employ registered nurses in some instances and demand that California post inspection results online for the public to review.

Assisted Living Facilities Beware: State Looking to Shut Down Unlicensed Operations

| October 9, 2013

A Florida Senate panel Tuesday instructed the Agency for Health Care Administration to draft legislation — fast — that would allow the state to shut down unlicensed assisted-living facilities as quickly as possible.

Thieves Target Elderly Las Palmas Residents in a Rash of Credit Card Fraud and Cash Heists

| August 2, 2013

The four residents at Las Palmas, the independent living facility in Palm Coast’s Town Center. are between 82 and 90 years old, and all had their credit cards or cash stolen, around the same time on July 22, likely by two women working together. Video included.

From Bankruptcy to Granny Nannies: Navigating the Shoals of Long-Term Care

| February 27, 2013

Long-term care insurance is expensive, but the costs of long-term care are far more so. The experiences of local residents and businesses contending ding with reality almost everyone will eventually face illustrate the dilemmas of aging in a society with a meager safety net. A special report.

When Doctor-Assisted Suicide Is the Humane Option

| January 29, 2013

In oncologists’ offices and Alzheimer’s nursing homes, illness is not “a portrait in blacks and whites, but unending shades of gray, involving the most profound of personal, moral, and religious questions.” Including when may it be right to help end a life.

Spying on Grandma: Health Companies Sell Surveillance as a Benefit and a Saving

| January 10, 2013

Health care is joining a national trend toward greater surveillance of everyday life. Whether this costly technology will ultimately prove clinically or economically effective remains uncertain. So, too, is whether a benign health care purpose can help overcome the unsettling “Big Brother” overtones.

Man Accused of Biting His 8-Month-Old, Another of Hit-and-Run on 88 Year Old

| June 28, 2012

Kevin R. Evans, 25, allegedly bit his 8-month-old boy’s arm during an argument with his girlfriend. Robert Tucker kept driving after rear-ending an 88-year-old’s car on palm Coast Parkway, then hid from a cop behind a banana spread at Winn-Dixie.

When Elderly Is an Offensive Term

| May 28, 2012

The elderly are simultaneously the country’s most powerful single demographic and its least respected. But if the elderly don’t want to be infantilized, if they don’t want to be referred to as the elderly, it may be time to means-test the term and the literal benefits it entails.

Record 43.6 Million in Poverty; Record 50.7 Million Uninsured; Only Elderly Thrive

| September 16, 2010

The Census Bureau’s annual poverty, income and insurance report is the hardest data yet on the severity of the recession. The elderly are not only spared: they improve.

Prescription Pill-Popping By Far a Leading Killer as Florida’s Drug Deaths Spike 20%

| July 1, 2010

Oxycodone, the addictive prescription pain-killer also known as OxyContin, directly caused more deaths in Florida in 2009 than cocaine, heroin and morphine combined.

Flagler Beach Hired Police Officer
Despite Violent Record

| June 17, 2010

Flagler Beach’s Lt. Robert Milstead, arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday, has had issues in previous law enforcement agencies.

Allegations of Racist Slurs and Excessive Force Land Flagler Beach Police Officer in Jail

| June 15, 2010

Robert Milstead is accused of using excessive force on an elderly man and pepper-spraying him and another individual when both were handcuffed.

Palm Coast: Best Place to Retire Or
Real Estate Hell? Take Your Pick

| June 2, 2010

One publication declares Palm Coast real estate gold for retirees, another declares Palm Coast a lost cause for home prices.

Why Tea Parties Are More Bunkers than Bunker Hill

| May 22, 2010

The tea party’s booting out of Utah Sen. Robert Bennett from his state’s GOP primary, despite Bennett’s extreme conservative credentials, is emblematic of a movement in the grip of its own delusions.

Flagler Mayors: You Call That a Transportation System?

| April 16, 2010

A day after a county-wide meeting of government leaders on transportation, Flagler County’s mayors blistered the county’s public transportation system but showed little vision themselves.

Florida House: Medicaid “Reform” for All?

| April 6, 2010

House leaders late Monday released a proposal that would require almost all beneficiaries statewide to enroll in managed-care plans — including seniors who need long-term care.

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