Harrington woman gets special birthday party

HARRINGTON — Frances Benson had been hoping for a big 80th-birthday celebration this year. COVID-19 forced her family to get creative in fulfilling that wish. On Dec. 19, family and friends gathered in Harrington and drove by the home of the woman known to so many simply as Ms. Pammy. About 150 people, including city […]

Social Security checks to rise 1.3% in 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients will get a modest 1.3% cost-of living-increase in 2021, but that might be small comfort amid worries about the coronavirus and its consequences for older people. The increase amounts to $20 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Tuesday by the Social Security Administration. That’s […]

Governor extends state of emergency amid outbreaks at long-term care centers

DOVER — Amid rising numbers throughout the state and three separate outbreaks at long-term care centers, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced six COVID-19 related deaths on Friday. Of the six deaths, five were new while the other was found through a routine review of death certificates, the DPH said. It increases the […]

DHSS to begin approving plans for indoor visitation at Delaware’s long-term care facilities

NEW CASTLE — The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced Thursday it will allow eligible long-term care facilities to resume indoor visitation at facilities with low rates of COVID-19 cases, pending approval of plans submitted to the DHSS. Visitation have not been permitted at Delaware’s 88 long-term care facilities since mid-March, when […]

Cuomo takes heat over NY nursing home study

NEW YORK – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes was “not a significant factor” in some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks. Scientists, health care professionals and elected officials assailed the […]

Letter to the Editor: Where are safeguards for seniors?

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a copy of a letter sent to state Sen. John Walsh, D-Stanton. Sen. Walsh: My wife will be 83 in September. I will be 84 the same month. We both have underlying health conditions. Fortunately, we are blessed and can remain in our home. While we can presently remain at […]

Letter to the Editor: Delaware should do more to protect the most vulnerable

Delaware’s Division of Public Health recently announced an update to its coronavirus numbers, adding 67 newly counted deaths, most of which were in long-term care facilities. That’s about 64% of all COVID-19 deaths statewide. The national average is just 40%. The 10 largest long-term facilities in Delaware account for 45% of all Delaware COVID-19 deaths. […]

Disproportionate share of Delaware COVID deaths involve nursing homes

DOVER — Delaware’s latest weekly update on COVID-19 in the state’s long-term care facilities included 19 additional deaths and 303 new cases, although the large jump partially stems from a review of the data. Those statistics also do not count employees, information the state hopes to compile and share at some point. The Division of […]

Delaware way: no transparency, accountability

Nationwide, one-third of all deaths from COVID-19 are senior citizens in long-term care nursing homes, while in Delaware, they represent two-thirds of all deaths. Yet not one member of our General Assembly has written about this in our Delaware newspapers. Thankfully, the commentary written by AARP’s state director (“Steps needed to protect long-term care facilities,” […]

Letter to the Editor: Heartfelt thank you to Harvest Years

This pandemic has revealed heroes great and small.  All heroes, nevertheless.  The Harvest Years Senior Center of Camden plays the hero part very low key.  However, they are doing a great service to senior citizens who are now homebound.  The coronavirus has been life altering.  This is particularly so for those of us who are […]