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America's other drug problem: prescriptions not taken

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[September 17, 2013]  (BPT) -- America has a serious drug problem, but it's not the one you might be thinking about. The problem is not illegal drugs or drug abuse, but rather an alarming percentage of Americans who do not take their prescriptions as instructed. Approximately 125,000 deaths per year in the United States can be attributed to medication non-adherence, according to the National Pharmaceutical Council.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Fraud alert: Grandparent scam continues to trick people out of money

(BPT) -- Imagine being wakened by a phone call in the middle of the night. It's your crying grandchild, who is asking for money because of an accident. Of course you want to help your loved one, so you do whatever you can in this emergency situation. You open your wallet without hesitation.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Oasis to host Lunch and Learn on Tuesday

In cooperation with Senior Citizens of Logan County, the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland has scheduled a Lunch and Learn program on Tuesday for informal caregivers of older adults and for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The program will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the temporary location of the Oasis Senior Center, St. John United Church at 210 Seventh St. in Lincoln.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Driving with dogs: Tips to keep everyone in the car safe

(BPT) -- It's only natural for man's best friend to stay close by his master's side, but for dog owners who drive frequently, bringing Fido along for the ride can be risky. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

In honor of Grandparents Day, state praises grandparents raising grandchildren

SPRINGFIELD -- In observance of Grandparents Day on Sunday, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., offered support as he praised grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. A grandparent who lives with and is responsible for most of the basic needs of grandchildren ages 18 and younger is a primary caregiver. In Illinois, it's estimated that more than 100,000 grandparents are serving as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren when the parents are unable to.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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The Oasis will rise from the ashes

The following is an article written by Oasis board member Ellen Burbage in the weeks after the devastating fire that left the building at the corner of Pulaski and Kickapoo streets in Lincoln seriously damaged.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Do you have a written income plan for retirement?

Think you have your golden years covered? Get it in writing! says expert financial planner

"Age 85 is a bad time to go broke," says expert retirement planner Jeff Gorton. Personal savings, various investments and, yes, Social Security may prove to be short of what you'd expected.   (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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