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Looking for a Nursing Home?!

April 19, 2018

So, what are the chances that you will be able to find a bed in a quality, highly-rated facility in your state?  Here’s the breakdown (courtesy of the AARP Bulletin) by percentage of beds by state (highest versus lowest).

Highest percentage
1. Maine (56%)
1. Washington (56%)
3. Utah (55%)
3. Vermont (55%)
3. Minnesota (55%)
3. District of Columbia (55%)
7. Delaware (54%)
7. Rhode Island (54%)
9. New Hampshire (53%)
9. Colorado (53%)
10. New Jersey (52%)
10. Arizona (52%)
10. Idaho (52%)
10. Montana (52%)

Lowest percentage
1.West Virginia (26%)
2. Louisiana (27%)
3. North Carolina (28%)
3. Texas (28%)
5. Kentucky (30%)
6. Georgia (32%)
6. Oklahoma (32%)
6. New Mexico (32%)
9. Virginia (35%)
9. Illinois (35%)
9. Pennsylvania (35%)
10. Alabama (37%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, March 2018 issue, p. 44; U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; America’s Health Rankings/United Health Foundation.  All percentages are rounded.

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College Basketball 2018, Week Sixteen!

February 26, 2018

The Big Ten conference regular season has officially come to a close and the Spartans are the conference champions; and March is right around the corner.   The Spartans finished the season this week with wins over Illinois (at home) on Tuesday and then over Wisconsin (on the road) on Sunday and will enter the Big Ten Tournament later this week as the top seed.    The Big Ten continues to have four teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan State [#2], Purdue [#9], Ohio State [#16], and Michigan [#17].

Next up for the Spartans: the Big Ten tournament where they earned a double-bye and won’t play their first game until Friday against the winner of Thursday’s game featuring Maryland (#8 seed) versus Wisconsin (#9 seed).

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#3) losing to unranked Creighton by six (6) points.
Texas Tech (#6) losing to unranked Oklahoma State and losing to Kansas (#8) by two (2) points.
Auburn (#12) losing to unranked Florida by six (6) points.
Arizona (#14) losing to unranked Oregon by five (5) points in overtime.
Clemson (#15) losing to unranked Virginia Tech.
Houston (#23) losing to unranked Memphis by six (6) points.
Florida State (#25) losing to unranked North Carolina State.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Wisconsin by five (5) points.
Gonzaga (#6) defeating unranked San Diego by five (5) points.
North Carolina (#10) defeating unranked Syracuse by four (4) points.
Wichita State (#13) defeating unranked SMU by six (6) points.
Ohio State (#16) defeating unranked Indiana by two (2) points in double overtime.
Rhode Island (#18) defeating unranked La Salle by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#19) defeating unranked Florida by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:

College Basketball 2018, Week Fifteen!

February 19, 2018

It is not yet March, but the “madness” has been going on all season as the list of ranked teams losing to unranked teams continued this week.  Following their big win over Purdue last week, the Spartans moved up to #2 in the rankings (in the AP-poll; they are #1 in the Coaches poll) and won easily (30-point margin) on the road at Minnesota on Tuesday but had to rally back from as many as 27 points down in the first half (we were down 22 points at the half) on the road at Northwestern on Saturday!  What a comeback win on the road (the largest comeback in Big Ten history)!  Woot!  After allowing the Wildcats to score 49 in the first half, the Spartans held them to only 11 points in the second half!  The Big Ten conference currently has four teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#2], Purdue [#6], Ohio State [#8], and Michigan [#22].

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Illinois tomorrow (February 20th) and then finishing up the regular season on the road against Wisconsin on Sunday (February 25th).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#3) losing to unranked Providence by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#5) losing to unranked Houston by five (5) points and losing to Wichita State (#19) by four (4) points.
Purdue (#6) losing to unranked Wisconsin by four (4) points.
Texas Tech (#7) losing to unranked Baylor by two (2) points.
Ohio State (#8) losing to unranked Penn State and losing to Michigan (#22).
Auburn (#10) losing to unranked South Carolina.
Clemson (#11) losing to unranked Florida State by two (2) points and losing to Duke (#12).
Rhode Island (#16) losing to unranked St. Bonaventure by three (3) points.
Tennessee (#18) losing to unranked Georgia.
Texas A&M (#21) losing to unranked Missouri by four (4) points and losing to unranked Arkansas.
Oklahoma (#23) losing to unranked Texas.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Northwestern by five (5) points.
Purdue (#6) defeating unranked Penn State by three (3) points.
Kansas (#13) defeating unranked Iowa State by six (6) points.
Tennessee (#18) defeating unranked South Carolina by three (3) points.
Nevada (#24) defeating unranked Boise State by five (5) points and defeating unranked Utah State by six (6) points..

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#3) defeating Xavier (#4).
Texas Tech (#7) defeating Oklahoma (#23).
Kansas (#13) defeating West Virginia (#20).
Arizona (#17) defeating Arizona State (#25).

College Basketball 2018, Week Fourteen!

February 12, 2018

What a season this is turning out to be.  The upsets among the top-25 continue as we rapidly approach March Madness and the Road to the Final Four.  The Spartans eked out yet another tough win on the road at Iowa on Tuesday and followed this up with a great win at home against the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday (both wins by a mere three points).   The Big Ten conference continues to have four teams in the AP top-25 (and with the new poll, possibly three within the top-10): Purdue [#3], Michigan State [#4], Ohio State [#14], and Michigan [#20].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to take on Minnesota tomorrow (February 13th), and then on the road against Northwestern on Saturday (February 17th).

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#1) losing to unranked St. John’s by four (4) points.
Virginia (#2) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by one (1) point in overtime.
Purdue (#3) losing to Ohio State (#14) by one (1) point and losing to Michigan State (#4) by three (3) points.
Auburn (#8) losing to unranked Texas A&M by one (1) point.
Duke (#9) losing to North Carolina (#21) by four (4) points.
Kansas (#10) losing to unranked Baylor.
St. Mary’s (#11) losing to Gonzaga (#12).
Arizona (#13) losing to unranked UCLA.
Tennessee (#15) losing to unranked Alabama.
Oklahoma (#17) losing to West Virginia (#19) by two (2) points and losing to unranked Iowa State.
West Virginia (#19) losing to unranked Oklahoma State by three (3) points.
Michigan (#20) losing to unranked Northwestern.
Nevada (#23) losing to unranked UNLV.
Kentucky (#24) losing to unranked Texas A&M.
Miami (#25) losing to unranked Boston College by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Virginia (#2) defeating unranked Florida State by four (4) points.
Michigan State (#4) defeating unranked Iowa by three (3) points and defeating Purdue (#3) by three (3) points.
Xavier (#5) defeating unranked Butler by five (5) points in overtime and defeating unranked Creighton by one (1) point.
Ohio State (#14) defeating Purdue (#3) by one (1) point.
Tennessee (#15) defeating Kentucky (#24) by two (2) points.
North Carolina (#21) defeating Duke (#9) by four (4) points.
Miami (#25) defeating unranked Wake Forest by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Tennessee (#15) defeating Kentucky (#24) by two (2) points.

College Basketball 2018, Week Thirteen!

February 5, 2018

A weekend full of upsets (and a lot of “close calls”) among the ranked teams, but the Spartans were able to win both of their games this week.  The offensively-sluggish, turnover-prone Spartans once again found themselves fighting back from a double-digit deficit on Wednesday evening (twelve points behind early in the second half).  They eventually started hitting some shots and managed to rally to victory against the Penn State Nittany Lions.   Saturday evening had the Spartans on the road to Indiana where they held a lead for most of the game but only managed a three-point victory.  But a victory, on the road, nonetheless. The Big Ten conference has four teams in the AP top-25: Purdue [#3] Michigan State [#5], Ohio State [#17], and Michigan [#24].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to play Iowa tomorrow (February 6th) and then at home versus Purdue on Saturday (February 10th).

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#4) losing to unranked St. John’s by four (4) points.
Kansas (#7) losing to unranked Oklahoma State by five (5) points.
Arizona (#9) losing to unranked Washington by three (3) points.
Oklahoma (#12) losing to unranked Texas by five (5) points.
West Virginia (#15) losing to unranked Iowa State.
Wichita State (#16) losing to unranked Temple by two (2) points in overtime.
Kentucky (#21) losing to unranked Missouri.
Florida (#23) losing to unranked Georgia and losing to unranked Alabama.
Arizona State (#25) losing to unranked Washington by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Purdue (#3) defeating unranked Rutgers by two (2) points.
Michigan State (#5) defeating unranked Indiana by three (3) points.
Xavier (#6) defeating unranked St. John’s by five (5) points and defeating unranked Georgetown by five (5) points in overtime.
Texas Tech (#10) defeating unranked Texas by two (2) points.
Oklahoma (#12) defeating unranked Baylor by two (2) points.
Saint Mary’s (#13) defeating unranked San Diego by three (3) points.
Clemson (#20) defeating North Carolina (#19) by four (4) points.
Kentucky (#21) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by two (2) points in overtime.
Rhode Island (#22) defeating unranked Massachusetts by two (2) points.
Michigan (#24) defeating unranked Minnesota by three (3) points in overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:

Binge Drinking!

February 3, 2018

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), binge drinking is defined as “a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks or women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours.”  When it comes to the “who” re: binge drinking, the CDC further identified the following groups (for the full report, check out this CDC Fact Sheet):

  • One in six US adults binge drinks about four times a month, consuming about eight drinks per binge.
  • Binge drinking is most common among younger adults aged 18–34 years, but is reported across the lifespan.
  • The prevalence of binge drinking among men is twice the prevalence among women.
  • Binge drinking is more common among people with household incomes of $75,000 or more than among people with lower incomes. However, people with lower incomes binge drink more often and consume more drinks when they do.
  • Over 90% of U.S. adults who drink excessively report binge drinking in the past 30 days.
  • Most people younger than age 21 who drink report binge drinking, usually on multiple occasions.

Here is the breakdown by percentage per state (highest and lowest) for adults 65+ who report chronic (more than 1-2 drinks per day) or binge (more than 4-5 drinks at a time) drinking.

Highest percentage:
1. Alaska (10.7%)
2. Wisconsin (10.4%)
3. Nevada (9.8%)
3. Washington, DC (9.8%)
5. Hawaii (9.5%)
6. Oregon (9.4%)
7. Washington (8.5%)
8. Montana (8.3%)
8. Michigan (8.3%)
10. Illinois (8.0%)

Lowest percentage:
1. West Virginia (3.3%)
2. Tennessee (3.8%)
3. Mississippi (3.9%)
4. Arkansas (4.2%)
4. Oklahoma (4.2%)
4. Utah (4.2%)
7. Kentucky (4.3%)
8. South Dakota (4.5%)
8. Alabama (4.5%)
10. Kansas (4.8%)

Source: America’s Health Rankings: Senior Report 2017, AARP Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2018, p. 48.

College Basketball 2018, Week Twelve!

January 29, 2018

It was a big week for the Spartans who had three games, two of which were on the road.  And they won all three!  Woot!  They started the week at Illinois where they faced a stifling defense but manged to eke out a double-digit victory despite turning the ball over twenty-five times!  A double-digit victory on Friday at home against Wisconsin where the Spartans went ahead 5 to 3 and never looked back.  And finally, on Sunday the Spartans traveled to Maryland, trailed early by as many as 13 points, but pulled out this important road victory in the second half.  The Big Ten conference continues to have four teams in the AP top-25: Purdue [#3], Michigan State [#6], Ohio State [#13], and Michigan [#25].

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Penn State on Wednesday (January 31st) and then on the road against Indiana on Saturday (February 3rd).

The upsets this week included:
Kansas (#5) losing to Oklahoma (#12) by five (5) points.
West Virginia (#7) losing to unranked TCU and losing to unranked Kentucky.
North Carolina (#10) losing to unranked Virginia Tech and losing to unranked NC State by four (4) points in overtime.
Oklahoma (#12) losing to unranked Alabama.
Ohio State (#13) losing to unranked Penn State by three (3) points.
Florida (#20) losing to unranked South Carolina by five (5) points.
Arizona State (#21) losing to unranked Utah by three (3) points in overtime.
Nevada (#23) losing to unranked Wyoming by one (1) point in double overtime.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Villanova (#1) defeating unranked Marquette by three (3) points.
Michigan State (#6) defeating unranked Maryland by six (6) points.
Arizona (#11) defeating unranked  Utah by one (1) point.
Ohio State (#13) defeating unranked Nebraska by five (5) points.
Texas Tech (#14) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by five (5) points.
Clemson (#18) defeating unranked Georgia Tech by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#22) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by five (5) points.
Rhode Island (#24) defeating unranked Duquesne by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Virginia (#2) defeating Clemson (#18) and defeating Duke (#4) by two points.
Purdue (#3) defeating Michigan (#25) by four (4) points.

Plugged In!

January 25, 2018

In our modern world, electricity is king.  And for some seniors, relying on electricity to keep their home health equipment running is a life-preserving reality.  How many seniors would be at risk in the event of a power failure?  Here are the state comparisons of the percentage of Medicare beneficiaries who currently rely on electricity to keep their equipment running.  Oklahoma came in at 6.2% (middle of the pack).

Highest percentage
1. Wyoming (12.7%)
2. Colorado (11.9%)
3. Utah (11.1%)
4. New Mexico (9.8%)
5. West Virginia (8.2%)
6. Kentucky (7.6%)
7. Arkansas (7.3%)
7. Nevada (7.3%)
9. Idaho (7.0%)
9. Tennessee (7.0%)

Lowest percentage
1. Hawaii (2.1%)
2. District of Columbia (2.5%)
3. Rhode Island (2.6%)
4. New Jersey (3.1%)
5. Massachusetts (3.2%)
6. California (3.3%)
7. Maryland (3.4%)
7. New York (3.4%)
9. Connecticut (3.5%)
9. Wisconsin (3.5%)
9. Minnesota (3.5%)
9. Alaska (3.5%)

Sources: Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; AARP Bulletin, December 2017, p. 34.

College Basketball 2018, Week Eleven!

January 22, 2018

The Spartans only had one game this week against the Hoosiers of Indiana and they found their groove for a dominating victory (despite their continued propensity for turnovers).   Only eleven (11) games remain in their conference schedule and the Spartans will be on the road for seven (7) of them.  This will be a huge test for the inconsistently performing and turnover prone Spartans who will have to bring all the intensity and discipline they possess to close out the season with some momentum.  The Big Ten conference now has four teams in the AP top-25 as the polls have finally included (rewarded?) both Ohio State and Michigan for their excellent play of late: Purdue [#3], Michigan State [#9], Ohio State [#22], and Michigan [#23].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road against Illinois tonight (January 22nd), at home versus Wisconsin on Friday (January 26th), and then on the road against Maryland on Sunday (January 28th).

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma (#4) losing to unranked Kansas State and losing to unranked Oklahoma State by two (2) points in overtime.
West Virginia (#6) losing to Kansas (#10) by five (5) points.
Wichita State (#7) losing to unranked SMU by five (5) points and losing to unranked Houston.
Texas Tech (#8) losing to unranked Texas and losing to unranked Iowa State.
Gonzaga (#13) losing to unranked St. Mary’s by three (3) points.
Arizona State (#16) losing to unranked Stanford.
Auburn (#17) losing to unranked Alabama by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#18) losing to unranked South Carolina and losing to unranked Florida by two (2) points.
Seton Hall (#19) losing to unranked Creighton.
Tennessee (#21) losing to unranked Missouri by four (4) points.
Michigan (#23) losing to unranked Nebraska.
TCU (#24) losing to unranked Kansas State.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Kansas (#10) defeating unranked Baylor by three (3) points.
Xavier (#11) defeating unranked St. John’s by six (6) points.
Arizona (#14) defeating unranked Stanford by two (2) points.
Ohio State (#22) defeating unranked Northwestern by six (6) points.
Michigan (#23) defeating unranked Maryland by one (1) point.
Miami (#25) defeating unranked NC State by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#5) defeating Miami (#25).
Xavier (#11) defeating Seton Hall (#19).
North Carolina (#15) defeating Clemson (#20).

College Basketball 2018, Week Ten!

January 15, 2018

The Spartans seem to be struggling (big time) and while they managed to pull out a win at home in overtime against unranked Rutgers, being at home was not enough against their cross-state rival Michigan who came into East Lansing and took care of business to hand the Spartans their second loss in the Big Ten.  The Big Ten conference still only has two (2) teams in the AP top-25 (Purdue should remain in the top-5), but Michigan State will drop a bit.

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Indiana on Friday (January 19th).

The upsets this week included:
West Virginia (#2) losing to Texas Tech (#8) by one (1) point.
Michigan State (#4) losing to unranked Michigan.
Texas Tech (#8) losing to Oklahoma (#9).
Arizona State (#11) losing to unranked Oregon by four (4) points.
Seton Hall (#13) losing to unranked Marquette.
TCU (#16) losing to unranked Texas by one (1) point in double overtime.
Miami (#18) losing to Clemson (#19).
Clemson (#19) losing to unranked North Carolina State by one (1) point.
Florida State (#23) losing to unranked Louisville by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
West Virginia (#2) defeating unranked Baylor by three (3) points.
Michigan State (#4) defeating unranked Rutgers by four (4) points in overtime.
Wichita State (#5) defeating unranked Tulsa by three (3) points.
Purdue (#5) defeating unranked Michigan by one (1) point.
Oklahoma (#9) defeating TCU (#16) by five (5) points.
Arizona State (#11) defeating unranked Oregon State by two (2) points.
Kansas (#12) defeating unranked Iowa State by five (5) points.
Kansas (#12) defeating unranked Kansas State by one (1) point.
North Carolina (#20) defeating unranked Notre Dame by one (1) point.
Kentucky (#21) defeating unranked Texas A&M by one (1) point.
Florida State (#23) defeating unranked Syracuse in double overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#1) defeating Xavier (#10).
Oklahoma (#9) defeating TCU (#16) by five (5) points.
Xavier (#10) defeating Creighton (#25).