Senior Life

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Most Americans don't have life insurance, but wish they did

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[July 13, 2012]  (ARA) -- If you know you need life insurance, but still don't have individual coverage, you're not alone. According to the Life Insurance and Market Research Association, most Americans say life insurance is important, yet only one-third of them are covered by an individual policy. That's the lowest level in 50 years.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

With boomers coming, hospice industry diversifies

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Forget that image of a hospice worker sitting next to a hospital bed in a dimly lit room. Today, hospice care is delivered everywhere from the golf course to the casino.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Longer life spans shifting focus toward dignity, quality of life

(ARA) -- The life expectancy for average Americans is longer than ever before -- 78 years for a child born in 2007 versus 71 who was born in 1970, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Seniors urged to apply for Circuit Breaker grant by June 30

Program ends July 1

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SPRINGFIELD -- June 22, 2012.  Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is reminding Illinois seniors about their last chance to get approved for Circuit Breaker property tax grants before the program ends July 1. The Circuit Breaker program provides grants to eligible seniors and persons with disabilities to help them reduce the costs of property taxes, license plate renewals and rides on public transit. After June 30, property tax grants will no longer be available.  The General Assembly did not appropriate funds for Circuit Break[er] property tax grants for fiscal year 2013.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

How to ease arthritis pain

(ARA) -- For the 50 million American adults currently suffering from arthritis, symptom management is the name of the game. Although it's the leading cause of disability in the U.S., and the second most frequently reported chronic condition, there are currently no cures for the family of musculoskeletal disorders known as arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Therefore, arthritis treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving joint function.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Springfield Social Security office moves to new location

SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield Social Security office will move to its new location at 3112 Constitution Drive on June 25. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Avoid becoming 'unscoreable' and maintain your credit history as you age

(ARA) -- You've spent your whole life managing your money with flawless proficiency. You have a sparkling credit score and very little debt. But is it possible to get to a point where you have so little debt that you could actually fail to register a credit score?  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Disability: What you don't know can hurt you

(ARA) -- The average adult rushes off each weekday morning to work or school, focused on the busy day ahead. No one ever thinks that one day, suddenly, his or her life will be changed forever by a sudden, unexpected disability.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Tips to help seniors avoid identity thieves

(ARA) -- Tommy and Susie aren't the only ones who love Grandmom and Grandpop. Identity thieves love seniors too.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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