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Chron.com | Katrina’s toll on the sick, elderly emerges

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/3484843.html

All told, the dead from nursing homes account for about 10 percent of Louisiana deaths from the storm. Most died not as floodwaters rose or even in the immediate hours after the storm, according to interviews, but instead succumbed after days in brutal conditions. Their deaths and the effects on survivors represent the worst medical catastrophe for the elderly in recent U.S. history.

It isn’t just a medical catastrophe, but a social one if we all assume that the elderly are doing fine because they have “nice place” to live and none of us have to deal with them.

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