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N.J. Natural Gas plans open house on controversial pipe plan. 10A

Sickest seniors
test health care
10,000 patients with multiple ailments can cost
Medicare $1B; Ocean County rate among highest

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Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a meeting Tuesday in Manchester,


New Hampshire, finishing a two-day visit to that state.

Christie
prevails in
high court
on pension
BOB JORDAN @BOBJORDANAPP

ROBERT DEUTSCH USA TODAY

David Preston with his wife, Patti, at the Toms River home for Alzheimers patients where she lives. David has made changes in
his own lifestyle in order to better care for Patti.

MEGHAN HOYER @MEGHANHOYER

When Debby White of Lakewood was rushed


to the hospital last fall with a rare type of blood
cancer, what worried her wasnt her own medical
problems: It was the health of her husband Jack.
Jack, 74, suffers Lewy body disease, with
symptoms similar to Parkinsons and Alzheimers. He takes nine medications a day, and no one
but Debby who retired two years ago to care
for him knew how to dispense the doses properly.

So as Debby underwent chemotherapy, her


sister brought all of Jacks medications. On her
hospital bed, they meted out Jacks pills for the
weeks ahead.
The Whites dilemma, of one sick person caring for an even sicker partner or family member,
is becoming more and more common.
Two-thirds of traditional Medicare beneficiaries older than 65 have multiple chronic conditions, according to a USA TODAY analysis of
See SICKEST, Page 6A

Illness, age leave


many needing help

TRENTON New Jersey has averted a billion-dollar


scramble, thanks to Tuesdays state Supreme Court ruling backing Gov. Chris Christie in his fight with public
employee unions.
The decision, however, did little to clear up the
states murky financial picture. It merely put off the
pain and hard decision-making for another day.
The high court, in a 5-2 ruling, reversed a lower circuit ruling that Christies decision to slash $1.57 billion
from state pension funding violated the rights of public
employees.
That means theres no rush to come up with the
shortfall in the three weeks remaining in the fiscal year.

Taxpayers still face pinch


Thats the good news for taxpayers. The bad news is
See PENSION, Page 4A

Berkeley man, 27,


dies of mystery
gunshot wound
STEPH SOLIS @STEPHMSOLIS

KALA KACHMAR @NEWSQUIP


SOUTH TOMS RIVER As it turns out, Willie Z. Love
III was safer behind bars than beyond them.
Love, 27, of the Bayville section of Berkeley, was
pronounced dead at 11:27 p.m. Monday at Community
Medical Center in Toms River, after suffering a gunshot wound, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the
Ocean County Prosecutors Office.
The circumstances were unclear. The Toms River
Police Department was summoned to the hospital about
a half-hour earlier on a report of a gunshot wound, Della
Fave said. The Ocean County Prosecutors Office and
Ocean County Sheriffs Department were called as
well.
Preliminary indications were that the shooting hap-

Aging seniors with serious health problems


often face more than just physical ailments
many suffer from depression and have trouble
coping with loneliness, illness and the fear of becoming dependent.
Those who have little or no family support
have to rely on others volunteers, friends or
county services to help them do every day
things like shop and get to doctors appointments.
Brick resident Marie Sidoti, a vibrant, 76year-old native New Yorker who has lived in a
See HELP, Page 7A

See GUNSHOT, Page 7A

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Dowd says hes


out as coach of
Manasquan-Point
Beach hockey. 1C
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