Annapolis Capital, May 14, 1995

Annapolis Capital

May 14, 1995

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Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland MOTHER'S DAY f f I America's Cup goes to New Zealand Cl Will city close or open its SEE ARUNDEL REPORT Dl MAY Legislators sit on golden pension egg Golden pensions The following are a few examples of pensions which could be earned by lawmakers with varying years of service All examples are for retirees at age 60 and calculated for 1995 Pensions for past and present lawmakers are based on the current salary for a legislator This year the salary is 3 Years of service Year of retirement salary 1995 annual benefit 8 8 22 22 1994 1978 1994 1978 60 60 40 Source Maryland State Retirement Agency Care lacking for elderly with dementia By JENNIFER FOOTE Maturity News Service Our visions of nursing homes are conjured usually from flashes of memory clouded by age or dread We see them as the last resort of the elderly whose ailments heart cancer or broken bones are even inevitable They we the flawed but grimly adequate infirmaries of the very old That is what we think But we are wrong Today nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are de facto psychiatric overwhelmed by the needs of nearly 1 million elderly residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias The numbers will explode as baby boomers age Traditionally focused on medical the facilities are failing in many cases to deliver even marginal care to' elders with dementia A three month investigation by Maturity News Service and the Newhouse News Service into institutional care of elderly dementia patients found widespread evidence that lack of training and neglect have resulted in the physical and sexual abuse of patients in many their deaths These patients often are the defenseless targets of long- term care staff guided by the belief that a loss of cognitive ability diminishes a person's dismiss residents with dementia as beyond help and unworthy of Page Elder abuse rare in county By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer I Though not without Anne Arundel County nursing homes have worked with police and aging officials to keep abuse cases to a officials said this week don't think you can ever stop it but I think we do a reaHy good job of keeping people said county police Sgt Robert who supervises a unit that investigates allegations of abuse of adults considered vulnerable due to physical or mental disabilities The unit averages about 20 investigations a year into elder abuse or such as inappropriate use of money by a caretaker That figure includes cases at nursing homes and m private homes Only three to four of the resulted m criminal charges get more reports than I Sgt Tice the nursing home will report things just to be a liability and I can tell there's nothing to The unique nature of abuse cases involving residents with dementia also makes them difficult to he said Dementia patients often become aggressive and physically resist staff he said Page Huge disparity between state workers Capital graphic By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer In just eight a part time state legislator will earn a retirement nest egg that would take the average full time state worker 26 years to hatch That retired lawmaker's service in the General Assembly provides a pen sion worth a year more than three times the amount a typical state worker would earn for the same years The worker would need 18 more years to make up the difference It is a glaring disparity between the Employees Pension System and a legis lative retirement plan that is shrouded in secrecy without public access to its contributions assets or financial health A 1982 law keeps contributions made by legislators and the State Retirement Agency offers no separate accounting of General Assem bly mingling funds for this plan with those for all employees Compared to lawmakers in sur rounding states Maryland senators and delegates come out near the top The pension is better than that offered legislators in Pennsylvania and almost twice as lucrative as Dela wares plan Maryland lawmakers who are in session onlv three get a com parable pension to their New Jersey even though New Jer sey's legislature meets year round As of July the state s combined Employees Retirement and Pension Systems including the legislative plan was about billion short of meeting its obligations two decades into the future according to the State Retirement Agency's annual report But there is no way to determine how much of that is attributed to the 370 members and beneficiaries of the legislative plan because the retirement agency combines all the invest- ments and expenses of pension pack ages The General Assembly instructed it to do so years ago We don't keep a separate account said Peter executive director of the State Retirement Agency don't 'Is the legisla- tive retirement plan sound9' No In legislators need not concern themselves with the their pensions Page Roadside Shrines As memorials for loved the number of crosses lining area roads has increased By David W Trozro The Capital Frances Stephens next to a cross she maintains on southbound Interstate 97 at the exrt ramp at BenfleU Road In memory of grandson John who died there In an auto accident. Frances' Is at her side. this slows other drivers down and helps save another family the same grief we've it's worth Frances Stephens By P. J. SHUEY StaffWriter On Interstate 97 in a cross for John Pumphrey stands where he died four years next to the highway that runs through his family's farm The 17-year-old Old Mill High School senior was killed in a Jan. auto accident along with Brian M. Brazil of Glen Burnie The car Mr. Brazil was driving ran off the exit ramp from southbound 1-97 to eastbound Benfield Boulevard and crashed into a man-made embankment To this Mr Pumphrey's Frances maintains the white cross bearing the words' John Rocks lie at the base of the cross and flowers have been planted nearby. Mr. Pumphrey's marker is among a growing number of memorials around the county for victims in accidents or other deaths. like a shrine for Ms. Stephens said. this slows other drivers down and helps save another family the same grief we've it's worth Ms. Stephens knows the memorial is serving its at least in one instance. A friend told her that it makes her son ByJ Henson The Capital Shady Side resident Florence Bast's daughter died In a traffic accident In 1988. The elder Mrs. Bast has made a prac- tice of building memorials for acci- dent victims In south county. drive safely 'Every time my son goes by he thinks of John and he knows not to go too fast on that Ms. Stephens said. Betty director of the Bereavement Center at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in said such memorials are helpful as long Page WEATHER 7055 HMH LOW Cloudy clearing tomorrow. D2 Mighty Mike Mike Mussina pitched the first complete game in the American League this limiting Cleveland to three hits as the Orioles beat the Tribe 6-1. Mussina walked struck out five and faced only 28 batters. Cl AIR WARS The growth boom that took off last year at BWI Airport has finally come in for a landing And while the abundance of rock bottom airfares so prevalent last year has officials may actually be somewhat relieved by the slower pace. LIFESTYLE MARYLAND At her first meeting as chairman of the Maryland Hall Foundation board in Anna E Greenberg took a most characteristic step going to get these blueprints into she said The The Capital project starts this summer El a S2 patfM Arundel Report 01 Editorials A10-11 Business Bl Lottery A4 Books E3 Movies E2 Classified Fl 15 A23 Capital Camera F16 Obituaries 02 Classified...................268-7000 Circulation.................2684800 ;

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