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Your will: the overlooked bucket-list item

Financial expert explains the vital importance of this document

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[November 02, 2013]  Of the trendy terms to come around in the past decade, "bucket list" remains among the most useful, says retirement planning expert Jeff Gorton.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Stroke -- the leading cause of disability in Illinois and the U.S.

World Stroke Day, Oct. 29: Learn how to reduce your risk

SPRINGFIELD -- Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in Illinois and the leading cause of disability. This year's theme for World Stroke Day, Oct. 29, is "Because I Care," which emphasizes that stroke is preventable and the benefits of prevention extend to all those who care.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Medicare annual open enrollment period underway

Department on Aging offers free counseling on Medicare plans

SHIP helps with insurance options

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., announced Tuesday that free counseling assistance is available to help educate Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers regarding their Medicare insurance options. Medicare open enrollment started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. The department's Senior Health Insurance Program, known as SHIP, provides free counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.

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Annual meeting of Senior Services of Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD -- The 46th annual meeting of Senior Services of Central Illinois was on Sept. 26 at the Springfield Senior Center. That evening more than 80 board members, staff and guests celebrated the culmination of another year of quality nonmedical services to senior citizens in Sangamon, Logan, Mason and Menard counties.   (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Travel to Africa with This Golden Age at the Atlanta Public Library

ATLANTA -- This Golden Age, the Atlanta Library's program for folks over 50, continues on Oct. 15 with a visit from Drs. Keith and Lisa Wichterman of Springfield, who will share their experiences in working to set up hospitals in Ghana, Africa.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

More Americans choosing generic drugs

(BPT) -- Have you ever gone to fill a prescription and the pharmacist asks if you'd like the generic version of the medication, perhaps reminding you that it is at a considerable cost savings over the brand-named drug? Or you're told that your insurance will only cover the generic equivalent of what your doctor has prescribed?  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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