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October 2018 Archives

Elder abuse approaches epidemic proportions

As the baby boomer generation ages, the population of people living in nursing homes in California and across the country continues to grow. Various levels of care are required by nursing home residents, which means the facilities must employ caretakers of different training and skills. Elder abuse can come in many forms, but a high percentage of incidents occur when minimal, basic care is not provided to a resident.

Safety data released for National Teen Safety Driver Week

According to new research out of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, when teen drivers only have one other teen passenger in their vehicle, the rate of crash fatality goes up by 51 percent. When older passengers aged 35 years or older were in the vehicle, fatalities decreased by 8 percent. In 2016, there were more than 1 million crashes involving teen drives, resulting in more than 3,000 fatalities.

Inappropriate sedation common in nursing homes, study finds

According to a report from Human Rights Watch, nursing homes in California and across the country often use powerful drugs to control residents' behaviors. The practice of using antipsychotic drugs on nursing home residents with dementia continues despite rules prohibiting the use of drugs as "chemical restraints." This abusive practice has continued, despite research linking the use of antipsychotics in elderly people with dementia to a sharp escalation in fatalities.

Traffic fatalities down overall, truck deaths rise

Overall, drivers in California may be safer on the roads than they were in 2015 and 2016. Those years saw a surge in traffic fatalities after a downward trend, but in 2017, traffic fatalities dropped nearly 2 percent. Fatalities also appear to be down in the first half of 2018 based on preliminary numbers. However, accidents are up among SUVs and larger trucks.

Studies finds drivers do not understand safety feature limits

Many California drivers whose cars have safety features may misunderstand how those features work and the extent to which they can offer protection. The AAA Foundation for traffic safety conducted a study and found that drivers in general may not be prepared to operate partially automated vehicles because of this lack of understanding.

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