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American Legion Auxiliary donates to Taylorville Senior Center
TAYLORVILLE — The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 73 in Taylorville recently made a generous donation to the Taylorville Senior Center for transportation of area veterans to Veterans Administration medical centers and facilities. Pictured from left are: Jeannie Brown, Angie Clark, Liz Frisina, Marcy Koches, Executive Director Gerry Mahr, Kris Ballion, Yolanda Marucco, Betty Meadows, Dana Frasier, and Julie Pearson.
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TAYLORVILLE — The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 73 in Taylorville recently made a generous donation to the Taylorville Senior Center for transportation of area veterans to Veterans Administration medical centers and facilities. Pictured from left are: Jeannie Brown, Angie Clark, Liz Frisina, Marcy Koches, Executive Director Gerry Mahr, Kris Ballion, Yolanda Marucco, Betty Meadows, Dana Frasier, and Julie Pearson.
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TAYLORVILLE — The American Legion Auxiliary of Post 73 in Taylorville recently made a generous donation to the Taylorville Senior Center for transportation of area veterans to Veterans Administration medical centers and facilities.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018


First time dealing with credit card fraud? You got this
(NerdWallet via AP) — When Amanda Abella was 23, her wallet was stolen from her purse while she was at work. Before she realized it was missing, she began receiving texts from her bank about unusual account activity. It was the first time she had experienced fraud on her debit and credit cards.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Price tag on gene therapy for rare blindness: $850 k
WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000, less than the $1 million price tag that had been expected, but it’s still among the most expensive genetic therapies in the world.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Food pantry partners with senior center to assist seniors, others
TAYLORVILLE — Food insecurity is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Food insecurity affects all segments of the American population; in 2015, 8 percent or roughly 5.4 million Americans over the age of 60 were food insecure. The number of food insecure senior citizens is projected to increase by over 50 percent in 2025 when the youngest of the Baby Boomer Generation reaches age 60.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Milestone year: Gene therapy finds a place in medicine
(AP) — After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wrong mutual fund can rob years of retirement income
(NerdWallet via AP) — You may not know it, but there’s a class system inside your investment portfolio.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

TMH to host bi-weekly coffee group for seniors
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program will soon host a free bi-weekly coffee group for seniors.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Alzheimer's Association plans longest day event
SPRINGFIELD — The Longest Day is a day that’s all about love—love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. People across the globe will team up with the Alzheimer’s Association and select an activity they love, or an activity loved by those affected, to help end Alzheimer’s through a do-it-yourself fundraising event. Together, they will raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Time to travel: Consider these top destinations
(AP) — Many travel brands, guidebook publishers and websites offer lists of places to go in the new year. Here's a look at some of those lists for 2018. They include destinations from every continent, cities large and small, islands, rural regions and wilderness areas, places in the news and places you've never heard of.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

NerdWallet: Refusing to pay could hurt you more than you hurt them
(NerdWallet via AP) — Oh, the injustice of it all.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Test may help predict which breast cancers will recur
(AP) — A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Juggling bills may be a key indicator of food insecurity
URBANA, Ill. — Pawning family valuables or paying one bill while letting another bill slide may be warning signs that someone is at risk for being food insecure. A new University of Illinois study uses data collected from people who visit food pantries to show that these financial coping strategies can help identify people who are very food insecure or at risk for becoming food insecure.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How to 'death clean' or unclutter your finances as you age
(NerdWallet via AP) — The phrase "death cleaning" may sound jarring to unaccustomed ears, but the concept makes sense. It's about getting rid of excess rather than leaving a mess for your heirs to sort out.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A better mammogram? Is a pricey 3-D scan better?
WASHINGTON (AP) — A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray — and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice really improves screening for breast cancer.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Patient: 'Doc talked on cell phone during surgery'
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

You can cross these four items off of your year-end investing checklist
(NerdWallet via AP) — Good news: There’s still time to slash your tax burden, boost your retirement savings and get a head start on investing wisely in 2018 — all before Auld Lang Syne plays on New Year’s Eve.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The most wonderful time to celebrate - earmuffs
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Earmuffs are all the rage on at least one day of the year.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Volunteer Of The Month
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry presents Richard Petes with an honorary plaque at Monday evenin’gs Taylorville City Council meeting, recognizing Peters for his volunteer efforts through Christian CountyTRIAD, a senior advocacy group.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stem cell clinics in Texas attract patients, scrutiny
HOUSTON (AP) — Martha Barden hobbled around in so much pain — barely able to navigate stairs, always calculating distances she could walk — that her husband told her she needed knee replacement.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Popular arthritis pill could come back on market
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Could there be a second life for the once-popular arthritis pill Vioxx? A startup pharmaceutical company hopes so.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Behavioral health expert offers advice to caregivers
SPRINGFIELD — Financial and emotional costs of caring for elderly parents, especially those with dementia or traumatic brain injuries, can become overwhelming for their children. That's why it's important for caregivers to make time to take care of themselves and not feel guilty about it, says a licensed clinical social worker with Memorial Behavioral Health-Counseling Associates.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Only WWI flying ace from downstate Illinois died 75 years ago Thursday
CARLINVILLE — He rubbed elbows with the likes of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. Few had a greater impact on the early history of aviation in the state.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Program addresses alcoholism among seniors
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — If Vicki Burkhow were younger, she'd be drunk by now.

It's 2 p.m., a time of day when she was intoxicated for much of her life. Those were the days when she lost her job, was jailed for drunken driving, and "pretty much drank myself to death."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nearly half of all US adults have high blood pressure under new guidelines
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New opera examines California Gold Rush
NEW YORK (AP) — Move over Puccini, and make way for the Girls.

A new opera by American composer John Adams aims to tell the true story of California’s Gold Rush, capturing the excitement but also the greed, brutality and racism that followed the quest for instant riches as prospectors from all over the world flocked to the Sierra Nevada in the early 1850s.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Memorial holding lung cancer awareness event
SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Medical Center will host a free community event to inform and educate people about lung cancer on Thursday, November 16, at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), 228 W. Miller St.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

St. Mary's Hospital hosting driver safety program
 DECATUR — Cars, traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads we travel every day change constantly. Keep your knowledge and driving skills up-to-date and you’ll feel more confident on the road.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DAR to learn about quilts in history and politics
MORRISONVILLE — The November meeting of the Peter Meyer Chapter NSDAR will be held Saturday, November 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Morrisonville.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Veteran volunteer program provides vet-to-vet visits to dying fellow veterans
PANA — Quad County Home Health & Hospice, located at 8 Huber St. Pana provides services to four counties, Christian, Shelby, Fayette and Montgomery Counties.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Some docs say global warming taking a toll on health
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is hurting people’s health a bit more than previously thought, but there’s hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts said.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Graduation
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County TRIAD held its Sportsmans Raffle drawing at their Senior Police Academy graduation luncheon recently. Pictured is guest speaker Greg King, chief division counsel for the Springfield office of the FBI drawing the winning tickets, assisted by Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile. First place winner was Joe Girrulat, second place was Gary Carter and third place was Jim Olive.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Daring, victorious WWI Australian battle reenacted in Israel on centennial
BEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) — A century to the day after Australian horsemen broke through Ottoman defenses in a daring First World War victory, nearly two hundred re-enactors, including descendants of the soldiers who fought that day, were participating today in a memorial to those killed in a battle that helped turn the tide of the war and shape the modern Middle Eas
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

FDA approves better vaccine against shingles virus
(AP) U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Aging Dept. assists seniors on Medicare enrollment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department on Aging’s (IDoA) Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is reminding seniors of the free counseling assistance available to Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers during Medicare Open Enrollment occurring October 15 through December 7.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Memorial School Third Graders Send Halloween Cards
TAYLORVILLE — Miss McCallister's third grade class at Memorial Elementary School has been working hard on a writing unit. They completed the unit by making Halloween cards for the residents at Meadow Manor.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017









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