High-tech gets SEIU president Stern:
brief exposure PUblIcatIon oF tHE YEar
By Brett Bakshis
It’s no “accident.” Electronic under-
I’m clocking out soon McKnight’s Long-Term Care News
bESt onlInE nEwS SEctIoN
wear that monitors incontinence 2008, 2009
is being introduced across New
South Wales, Australia.
The pads, which look like reg- At Deadline
ular incontinence pads but come
with sensor strips, send text mes- » Baxter International’s
sages and pages when they sense Gammagard helped people
dampness. The Smart Incontinence with Alzheimer’s retain better
Management system (SIMsystem) cognitive function than others
has undergone successful trials who received a placebo, a
in Victoria, according to a news recent study found. A more
report. The invention will sig- intense investigation is
nificantly reduce the time spent underway to see if the results
on incontinence management at can be replicated over a larger
nursing homes, said Simavita, the study group.
company that owns the product.
It first appeared on ABC’s New » People playing brain
Inventors program in 2008. n Stern grew the SEIU by reaching out to nursing home workers, janitors and games do not necessarily im-
other employees that few other unions seemed interested in representing.
prove their cognitive abilities
By John O’Connor belong to the 2.1 million-member more than people surfing the
Andy Stern is retiring after 14 years organization. Internet, according to a study
as the boss of the Service Employ- He grew the SEIU while overall paid for by the British Broad-
ees International Union. Thanks labor membership was declining. casting Corporation. Full
to Stern’s unmatched ability to SEIU had 625,000 members in findings were published online
unionize employees in the long- 1981. The number was just over 1 April 20 by the journal Nature.
term field, he leaves a mixed legacy. million when he became president (See page 36 for more.)
Among workers, he is almost uni- in 1996.
Dancing: Healthier than thought. versally revered. Among operators, Stern, who could be both char- » The Food and Drug
he is similarly reviled. ismatic and polarizing, is one of Administration is launching a
Dancing helps His deputy, Anna Burger, is his