Tuesday, April 10, 2012

States Work to Shrink Reliance on Long-Term Care

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The aneurysm that blew out the lights in J.B. Rushing's head left him momentarily blind, his left side numb, his mouth twisted and unable to form words.
It left him without a life of his own.
He was in his 40s when he entered a nursing home, the whippersnapper among mostly elderly folks, some of whom lay in bed by the hour, their lives ticking down with each stroke of the clock.
"I would watch them," said Rushing, now 50, of Clarksdale, "and it seemed like there was no hope for them; I didn't want that to be me."

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