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Hearing loss, often undetected, can lead to depression and cognitive decline, new research shows.
Whistleblower reprisal alleged at Health Dept.'s elder abuse division.
Treatment center failed to monitor her contact with an adult.
Highly valued in Minneapolis' American Indian community, but faced financial problems.
Designed for people with hearing and speaking disabilities — or when silence makes a difference.
"It's beautiful, isn't it?" says the woodworker, holding up a freshly carved stick. "I'm peeling back history with every draw of that knife."
In recent weeks this coalition, known as Elder Voice Family Advocates, has emerged from obscurity to play a central role in early efforts by the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton to reform Minnesota's troubled system for responding to violent crimes and other forms of abuse in senior homes.
He'll appoint AARP officials to lead reform efforts ahead of 2018 Legislature.
The federal agency that regulates nursing homes must take more aggressive steps to prevent and respond to violent crimes and other forms of abuse in senior care facilities, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Tuesday. In her letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she cited a five-day, Star Tribune special report.
Advocates say the case highlights deeper problems with the often-secretive response to elder crimes.
The eating disorder clinic will focus on patients with severe and dangerous eating disorders.
Prenatal alcohol exposure affects about 7,000 newborns in Minnesota each year, and its effects remain deeply misunderstood.
Sen. Karin Housley says problems outlined in Star Tribune investigation are "untenable."
PART 5 OF 5: A dedicated team of prosecutors, investigators and victims' advocates in San Diego County has made elder abuse a priority in the region's crime-fighting strategy.
PART 4: Across Minnesota, families who take complaints to the state Department of Health encounter dead ends and delays. Yet when they take their complaints directly to the management of their care homes, many find themselves facing retaliation.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he would create a task force to deal with abuses in senior homes revealed in a Star Tribune series this week. "The senior care failures are really appalling," he said.
A current shelter at First Covenant Church is inside the Super Bowl security perimeter.
David Rikhus' work has led to more than 30 convictions and hundreds of thousands of dollars in recoveries for elderly victims.
lymouth attorney Mark Kosieradzki has a long history of multimillion-dollar legal victories, earning a reputation as one of the nation's most feared elder abuse litigators.
PART 3: Altercations between residents have grown more frequent and more serious in recent years as senior care facilities have allowed more seniors with psychiatric problems to live alongside frail elderly residents.
PART 2: Long delays in Health Department investigations leave many families in limbo, making it impossible for them to move on with their lives and eroding their faith in the state's ability to protect the elderly.
In Minnesota, state law often bars families access to any details about incidents of abuse and neglect at senior care facilities.
The history of a northern Minnesota assisted-living facility highlights a deeper breakdown in the way the state regulates the rapidly growing assisted-living industry.
Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted or robbed in senior care homes. Their cases are seldom investigated, leaving families in the dark.
"Too many lives have been lost already," state commissioner says.
Patients under court commitment strain hospital's resources, officials said.
State took unusual step after investigation found repeated violations.
Report: Senior home did not keep catheter clean.
Colleen Carol Timbers, a feisty champion who empowered thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities to take charge of their lives, died in August at her sister’s…
Lawsuit had challenged constitutionality of sex offender confinement.
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Facility still faces allegations that it hid incident from family members.
Investigation finds new instances of abuse at East Grand Forks facility that already lost executive director over similar case
The state Health Department has agreed to provide money to keep Crisis Connection open until late September.
Friends and relatives remember Langworthy as an eccentric polymath who became so immersed in the rural societies he studied.
Crisis Connection service helped 20,000 callers a year, but suffered chronic financial losses.
The share of Anoka-Metro's population coming from jails has nearly tripled since 2013, according to state data released last week.
Another worker, who is not identified, recorded portions of the abuse and shared the recordings with Lino Lakes police.
Michelle Heizelman was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes debilitating condition known as "nightmare disorder," defined by frequent, extremely vivid dreams that usually involve threats to one's survival. Then, after 40 years, came a miracle.
Goal is to help young patients rally more quickly after traumatic "breaks."
In a civil rights action, attorneys for a national child advocacy group allege that the state and Hennepin County have failed to meet their legal obligations to provide secure homes.
Mental health services company is accused of overbilling for client care.
Crisis center will be a place for patients to gain strength before re-entering society.
Resident of a Bemidji nursing home wanted to document poor care.
Lawsuit claims Minnesota's sex offender program violates the Constitution.
Rare forfeiture move follows evidence of a suspicious wire transfer.
The decision, in the case of a man burned over 35 percent of his body, will likely prevent facilities from insulating themselves from often-costly lawsuits.
Marietta E. Spencer, a former executive at Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, was a pioneering social worker whose research and work with families helped to…
Expert witness appears on fourth day of Thomas Duvall's discharge hearing.
In tearful testimony, Thomas Duvall describes his violent past and pleaded to be released.
Some say Thomas Duvall did "benefit from treatment"; state is expected to disagree.
A panel is hearing testimony this week on whether Thomas Duvall, 61, is still a danger.
They rose 25 percent last year for the second straight year of sharp increases. State officials are pushing reforms aimed at preventing child abuse.
Legal experts say the decision is among the first of its kind in Minnesota and could embolden others.
Emily Piper said proposed $600 million cut would reverse a year of progress.
GOP 'repeal and replace' plan would slash Medicaid for thousands.
Clinic stirred up controversy during Michele Bachmann's last campaign.
Investigators say nurses didn't follow doctor's resuscitation order or try CPR.
The Minneapolis nursing home had no system to ensure that staff members followed a physician's signed order for lifesaving treatment, the Minnesota Department of Health said in an investigative report.
For thousands of Minnesotans with neurodegenerative diseases, losing one's ability to speak is one of the most devastating consequences.
Families lobby Legislature for reduced fees in the state TEFRA program.
The decision comes weeks after state regulators cited the facility for severe safety violations.
Industry is less regulated than nursing homes.
Minnesota spent roughly $2.4 billion in 2015 on home and community services.
With isolation a major health risk, agencies reach out to older Minnesotans.
Flooded hot line has families of vulnerable adults waiting months for investigations.
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Without pay reform for personal care aides, 'people will die,' they tell legislators.
State regulators have placed its license on conditional status.
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The incident underscores serious gaps that still persist in Minnesota's system for screening thousands of caregivers and other staffers who care for vulnerable adults and children.
They won in St. Paul, lost in St. Louis.
Minnesota on Tuesday will announce the launch of new savings accounts that could lift hundreds of people with disabilities out of poverty by allowing them…
Arbitration clauses at many senior homes cause confusion, block lawsuits.
State says the substance abuse facility falsified a record, broke other rules.
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