Senior Life

News & information for the seniors in our community

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Longer life spans shifting focus toward dignity, quality of life

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[June 29, 2012]  (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.)

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.)

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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.)

Consuming more fatty acids may reduce symptoms of dry eye

(ARA) -- Spring weather may bring warmer, humid air, but millions of Americans still experience discomfort associated with dry eye syndrome. Dry eye is a condition where tears lack sufficient moisture and lubrication, which is necessary to maintain good eye health and clear vision. Tears not only wash away dust, but also soothe the eyes, provide oxygen and nutrients to the cornea and help defend against eye infections by removing bacteria.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Medicare releases home health compare tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services now have a tool that beneficiaries can use to search for and compare home health agencies in their area. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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