Senior Life

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Older drivers and new cars: What you should know

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[December 12, 2012]  (BPT) -- You've spent a lifetime carefully saving your dollars and cents for important life moments -- college tuition, a new house and retirement. But as you age, it's more important than ever to make smart spending and lifestyle decisions. This doesn't mean that you have to resign yourself to driving a vehicle that was new when you opened your first 401(k) account, though. In fact, people age 50 and older now account for 62 percent of buyers of new vehicles sold in the U.S., according to a study from AARP and J.D. Power.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Women urged to speak up about silent symptom of menopause

(BPT) -- Mood swings, hot flashes and night sweats are common complaints from women going through menopause. But there is another common menopause symptom that is affecting millions of women, yet only 25 percent of sufferers seek medical help. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Hospice care provides support for dying patients and their families

Coping with a terminal illness is traumatic for most people. But hospice care can make a remarkable difference by providing compassionate end-of-life care and support for patients and their families.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Holiday 'Home Safety Checklist' for aging parents

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois HomeCare and Hospice Council, the nation's oldest home care association, released its "Home Safety Checklist" to help ensure that aging parents can remain living independently.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

New service hours for Social Security offices

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday

Closed Wednesday afternoons next year

SPRINGFIELD -- Effective Nov. 19, Illinois Social Security offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. In addition, beginning Jan. 2, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday. 

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State calls attention to the residents of long-term care in observance of Residents' Rights Month

SPRINGFIELD -- With respect to the observance of Residents' Rights Month, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., says the department works to make sure that residents living in long-term care facilities are not forgotten, are safe and receive quality care. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Medicare Part D open enrollment period going on now

Department of Insurance offers free counseling on options

Call 800-548-9034 toll-free or visit 

SPRINGFIELD -- On Monday, Illinois Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron announced that free counseling assistance is available to help educate Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers about available Medicare Part D insurance options. The department's Senior Health Insurance Program, known as SHIP, provides free counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. The Medicare Part D open enrollment season runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Top 10 scams targeting seniors

From the National Council on Aging

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they're now considered "the crime of the 21st century."  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Nursing home oral health care matters

Elderly people who live in nursing homes are at greater risk for oral health problems compared with elderly people who live independently, according to a study published in the July-August 2002 issue of General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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