senior citizens http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis Elders Spur Boom In Care Facilities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-elders-spur-boom-care-facilities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perhaps the most visible sign of St. Louis’ baby boomers growing old is the local construction surge of senior licensed care facilities. Over the past three years, construction, renovation and expansion projects in the metro area have added up to nearly one quarter of a billion dollars with more development on the way.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 02:16:45 +0000 Joseph Leahy 35691 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Elders Spur Boom In Care Facilities St. Louis Rabbits Live A Therapy Dog’s Life With A Mardi Gras Flair http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-rabbits-live-therapy-dog-s-life-mardi-gras-flair <p><em>Some St. Louis rabbits are working like dogs <em>–</em> as service and therapy animals. On Sunday, one will also don another hat – more of a crown, really <em>–</em> for the Mardi Gras Pet Parade.</em></p><p></p><p>It’s not uncommon to see service dogs assisting vision- or hearing-impaired individuals. But a St. Louis woman named Nisha Full Moon uses a <a href="http://www.rabbitmatters.com/flemish-giant.html">Flemish Giant rabbit</a> as a service animal.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 04:58:43 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33854 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Rabbits Live A Therapy Dog’s Life With A Mardi Gras Flair Local lawmakers push tax relief bills for struggling seniors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-lawmakers-push-tax-relief-bills-struggling-seniors <p>Tax Day can be a tough time for anyone, but it&rsquo;s especially hard for seniors facing rising personal property taxes on a fixed income. That&rsquo;s according to some local lawmakers who are asking the state to give seniors a break.</p><p>State Representatives Jill Shupp&nbsp;and Scott Sifton are pushing two bills in Missouri&rsquo;s legislature to help seniors:</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:13:31 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3496 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local lawmakers push tax relief bills for struggling seniors Ill. budget cuts reduce drug benefits for seniors, people with disabilities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-budget-cuts-reduce-drug-benefits-seniors-people-disabilities <p>About 20 percent of seniors and people with disabilities will lose prescription drug coverage because of cuts in the Illinois state budget.</p><p>State officials are sending letters to 43,000 participants saying they won&#39;t qualify for &quot;<a href="http://www.illinoiscaresrx.com/">Illinois Cares Rx</a>&quot; as of Sept. 1. Those who are still enrolled will pay more out of pocket for their prescriptions.</p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:24:20 +0000 The Associated Press 1657 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. budget cuts reduce drug benefits for seniors, people with disabilities Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-calls-missouri-prescription-program-seniors-disabled-continue <p>Often programs called "important" and "a blessing" by lawmakers on both sides of the isle aren't in much danger of elimination, but this time might be different.</p><p>207,000 low-income seniors and disabled people in Missouri participate in the <a href="http://www.morx.mo.gov/">Missouri Rx</a> prescription drug assistance program. Well, at least until it expires in August 2011.</p><p>Unless the <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/">Missouri General Assembly</a> reauthorizes it.</p><p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 21:14:30 +0000 Julie Bierach & Kelsey Proud 119 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon calls for Missouri prescription program for seniors, disabled to continue Mo. Gov. Nixon opposes changes to senior, disabled tax break http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gov-nixon-opposes-changes-senior-disabled-tax-break <p><a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Gov. Jay Nixon</a> is opposing efforts to end a <a href="http://dor.mo.gov/personal/ptc/">Missouri tax break</a> for some low-income seniors and disabled residents.</p><p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:39:55 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 101 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gov. Nixon opposes changes to senior, disabled tax break