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Medicare applications raise anxiety for seniors in pandemic
At greater risk from COVID-19, some seniors now face added anxiety due to delays obtaining Medicare coverage.

Advocates for older people say the main problem involves certain applications for Medicare’s “Part B” coverage for outpatient care. It stems from the closure of local Social Security offices in the coronavirus pandemic.

Part B is particularly important these days because it covers lab tests, like ones for the coronavirus.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Anguish mounts over virus-hit nursing home: Dad's an inmate as much as he is a patient
Desperate to talk to their dad, Scott Sedlacek and his brother, Steve, stood outside his open nursing home window and shouted. They could barely hear his weak replies, but one came through clearly.

“I feel like (expletive),” the 86-year-old told them.

Chuck Sedlacek arrived at the Life Care Center of Kirkland three weeks ago for physical therapy, just before the suburban nursing home became the epicenter of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

When the market drops, play the long game with your retirement savings
The stock market has been on a punishing roller coaster ride this week, suffering its largest one-day drop in more than 30 years Thursday, on concerns that the spread of COVID-19 will hit the global economy hard.

While stocks made gains during Friday trading, it’s safe to say that volatility with a capital V is back — a situation that probably only day traders like. For the rest of us, trying to ignore market free falls is not a bad strategy, especially when it comes to a long-term goal like retirement.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The kids have flown the nest, and you're downsizing
Estate appraiser Julie Hall advises downsizing clients not to take it personally when their adult kids don’t want their furniture and other possessions. But when Hall asked her 23-year-old daughter what she might want from the four-bedroom family home, the younger woman mentioned just three items.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Virus and the elderly: Avoid crowds and cruises
The U.S. government's coronavirus recommendations tell older adults to avoid crowds, cruises and long plane rides -- advice that one public health official acknowledged won't be welcomed by many.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Historic fashion exhibit to open at state museum
There is perhaps no more intimate connection to the women of the past than the clothing they left behind — garments that were once worn on a living, breathing person going about her daily business; garments that were soiled and washed and mended and altered; garments that expressed her aspirations and reflected her condition.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review: A real-life Cinderella story set in Gilded Age
Adam Hochschild is among the most readable of historians. With his latest book, “Rebel Cinderella,” he has latched on to an extraordinary love story, with echoes of the classic fairy tale, set in a time of enormous social upheaval during this country’s first Gilded Age.

It centers on Rose Pastor Stokes, a penniless Russian Jewish immigrant, socialist and union organizer, who in 1905 married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of a wealthy WASP family whose fortune flowed from the Phelps Dodge mining empire, as well as railroads, real estate, and gold and silver mines.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Don't be pushed out of a stable job involuntarily before you're ready to retire
Losing a job is almost always traumatic. In your 50s, job loss can be devastating — and devastatingly common.

More than half the workers who entered their 50s with stable, full-time jobs were laid off or pushed out at least once by age 65, according to an analysis of employment data from 1990 to 2016 by the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica and the Urban Institute, a nonprofit think tank. Only 10% of those who lost a job ever found another that paid as much, and most never recovered financially.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Breast cancer support group to discuss bone health
The March meeting of the breast cancer support group at Memorial Medical Center will discuss bone health.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

HSHS helping patients vote while hospitalized
The HSHS hospitals in central Illinois are working with their respective county clerks’ offices to help hospitalized voters get information on how to cast their ballots in the upcoming primary election at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Woman, 84, sinks putt across court to win new car
All that 84-year-old Mary Ann Wakfield needed to do to win a new car was sink a putt across the entire length of the court at the University of Mississippi’s basketball stadium.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Drugs fail to slow decline in inherited Alzheimer's
Two experimental drugs failed to prevent or slow mental decline in a study of people who are virtually destined to develop Alzheimer’s disease at a relatively young age because they inherited rare gene flaws.

The results announced Monday are another disappointment for the approach that scientists have focused on for years — trying to remove a harmful protein that builds up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, the leading cause of dementia.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Beware of annuities, reverse mortgages, cash-value life insurance and more
good rule of thumb when you’re trying to eat healthy is to beware of any food you see advertised. The most beneficial fare — whole grains, fruits, vegetables — tends not to have a marketing budget.

Similarly, investments that are enthusiastically pushed by commission-earning salespeople may not be the best for your financial health. Before you buy any of the following, you’d be smart to investigate lower-cost alternatives and to consult an objective, knowledgeable third party, such as a fee-only financial planner.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Springfield sites holding volunteer training Feb. 29
The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site will host an orientation and training session on Saturday, February 29 for individuals interested in volunteering at either the famed Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence or the Vachel Lindsay Home in Springfield.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020







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