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Why the holidays are a prime time for elder abuse, and what you can do to thwart it
The holiday season brings up memories and emotions for people of all ages, but elders are often overlooked. This time of year also can provide an opportunity to become more alert to signs of elder abuse, aware of how to help and available to begin sincere conversations with older adults about their perceptions of abuse and the remedies they recommend.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Inventor of the ubiquitous UPC dies at age 94
George J. Laurer,  whose invention of the Universal Product Code at IBM transformed retail and other industries around the world, has died. He was 94.

A funeral was held on Monday for Laurer, who died Thursday at his home in Wendell, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. Sean Bannon with Strickland Funeral Home in Wendell said he had no information on Laurer’s cause of death.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Guest Speaker Discusses Health Topics
Taylorville Memorial Hospital infection prevention and control coordinator Peggy Chapman, RN  spoke with the residents of Hickory Estates on different ways to keep healthy. Residents learned about the importance of good hand hygiene as well as taking care to cough and sneeze in their sleeve.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Five financial tasks you should tackle by year-end
A task without a deadline is just wishful thinking.

Sometimes, you can get away with procrastinating. If you never get around to alphabetizing your spices, no one’s life will change. But putting off some tasks could have a huge impact on loved ones.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

State Military Museum showcases Illinois National Guard history
Tucked in behind Camp Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois, is a building resembling a castle that houses the history of the Illinois National Guard.

The Illinois National Guard has a rich history dating back to 1723 when Kaskaskia residents participated in the first militia muster under the French. It wasn't until 1878 when the Illinois State Legislature mandated the Illinois National Guard to house and maintain its artifacts and archives, which tell the story of the Illinois National Guard.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

At 94 and 96 sisters still exercise every week
Twenty minutes of treadmill.

Twenty minutes on a stepper.

And 20 minutes of arm cranks.

Add in some exercise bike at home.

Twice a week, every week.

Those are important prescriptions for two sisters in their 90s who credit their good health to their regular workouts.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Community event teaches public about bleeds
Featuring simulations in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, a free community event will teach the public how to handle life-threatening bleeding incidents.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

What to do if your parents need financial help
Most parents in the U.S. provide some sort of financial support to their adult children, multiple surveys have found. But often, financial aid goes the other way.

A 2015 survey by TD Ameritrade found 13% of American adults provided financial support to a parent. Millennials were far more likely than older generations to report they were helping their folks. Of people born between 1981 and 1996, 19% helped support their parents, compared with 13% of Gen Xers (1965 to 1980) and 8% of baby boomers (1946 to 1964).

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Still teaching at 95, Jimmy Carter draws a crowd
The pilgrims arrive early and from all over, gathering hours before daybreak in an old pecan grove that surrounds a country church. They come, they say, for a dose of simple decency and devotion wrapped up in a Bible lesson.

The teacher is the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Social Security will forecast your retirement: Will you get what's promised?
The Social Security Administration will happily forecast your future monthly retirement check. Trouble is, it's often off the mark. Understanding the sometimes-flawed assumptions underlying the estimate can help you make smarter decisions about when to claim your benefit.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

HSHS provides tips to stay healthy during flu season
Flu season is upon us. Although HSHS has not seen an increase of patients presenting in the emergency department with symptoms of the flu yet this season, it is important to be prepared.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Carol Burnett returning to 'Mad About You' revival
Carol Burnett will be among the familiar faces gracing the “Mad About You” revival.

Sony Pictures Television announced Monday that Burnett will reprise her Emmy-winning role as the mother of Helen Hunt’s character. “Mad About You” is returning for a limited run on the Spectrum Originals streaming service later this month.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Speedier payment systems could curb your costs
Here’s an illustration of the many ways slow payment systems can inconvenience you and cost you money.

Let’s say Homer is two days from payday. The family checking account at First Bank of Springfield is on fumes. There’s just enough in the account, Homer thinks, to gas up his Plymouth sedan and buy Bart a Squishee at the Kwik-E-Mart.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

1 in 2 seriously ill Medicare enrollees struggles with bills
More than half of seriously ill Medicare enrollees face financial hardships with medical bills, with prescription drug costs the leading problem, according to a study published Monday.

The study in the journal Health Affairs comes as legislation to curb drug costs for seniors languishes in Congress and the growing financial exposure of patients with insurance is getting more attention in the nation’s health care debates.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

These tips can help you choose the right health plan
When we’re given a choice about our health care plans, we often choose badly.

In one study, more than 80% of the employees at a Fortune 100 company picked the wrong plans, often choosing low-deductible options that ultimately cost them more. Another study found that inertia — sticking with the same plan, rather than evaluating the options each year and choosing a better one — cost workers an average $2,032 annually.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Seniors Enjoy Lunch With Liberty
On OCtober 22, 2019, the Senior Citizens of Christian Coutny went on their monthly “surprise trip.”  In the morning, they were given a tour of the Christian County Historical Society Museum. The seniors learned about the history of the area.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

New stories of an aging Olive in "Olive, Again'
It should come as no surprise that Olive Kitteridge does not mellow with age.

The large, gruff woman who was the propelling force in Elizabeth Strout’s book of short stories that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction — the simply titled “Olive Kitteridge” — returns in Strout’s new collection of stories, “Olive, Again.”

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

CBD oil and arthritis
Health-conscious consumers have no doubt encountered advertisements for CBD oil at some point in recent memory. Supplement stores, pharmacies and even gyms may promote CBD oil, prompting consumers to wonder just what CBD is and how it may or may not play a role in the treatment of certain conditions, including arthritis.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Jesse White Hosts "Preserving Their Memories"
Secretary of State Jesse White hosted “Preserving Their Memories” to pay tribute to veterans and their contributions to the Illinois Veterans’ History Project at the Illinois State Library in Springfield. The Illinois Veterans’ History Project honors Illinois veterans by documenting and preserving their experiences.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Low blood pressure could be a culprit in dementia, studies suggest
Decline in brain function often occurs as people age. People often worry that declining brain function is an inevitable part of growing old and will lead to dementia, but it is not. Many people do not experience age-related cognitive decline.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Memoir: Julie Andrews reflects on her Hollywood years
Everyone is on their best behavior when Julie Andrews is around.

 It’s early June in Los Angeles and Andrews is coming to film segments for a night of guest programming on Turner Classic Movies and speak about her new book, “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years,” which hits shelves Tuesday. The air is thick with anticipation before her arrival. When her car does appear — as prompt as Mary Poppins — the crew, the producers and even the catering staff all abandon their lunches and stand to attention. When she steps out, some even start to softly clap, as though she is royalty or perhaps even something bigger than that.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

In 'SIM swap,' criminals really have your number
If you’re not familiar with SIM swap fraud, prepare to be terrified.

 This scam, also known as port-out or SIM splitting fraud, allows criminals to hijack your cell phone number. Once they have your number, the bad guys can clean out your financial accounts, confiscate your email, delete your data and take over your social media profiles.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lincoln lectures focus on home and neighborhood
At the Museum of the Grand Prairie we’ve been proud to celebrate our area’s Lincoln heritage each year for the past eleven with a Lincoln Lecture Series. The 12th Annual Lincoln Lecture Series, happening this fall, includes four experts who will speak on the theme of home. Lincoln’s neighborhood, his many residences, his parent’s last cabin and the historic homes of the Lincoln era will all be featured on four Sundays in October and November. These free public talks occur on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. at the museum, at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 North Lombard, Mahomet IL 61853. For more information contact Barb Garvey, 217-586-2612.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It's common to procrastinate about writing a will
You know you should have a will, but you keep stalling. No one likes to think about dying or about someone else raising their children. But if you get no further than scribbling notes or thinking about which lawyer to hire, you risk dying “intestate” — without a will that could guide your loved ones, head off family feuds and potentially save your family thousands of dollars.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Local assistance with Medicare enrollment available
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is fast approaching. During Open Enrollment, October 15 through December 7, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to evaluate their current Medicare Part D plan, compare and switch plans if they so choose. 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

TMH Senior Life Solutions offers support for seniors
Taylorville Memorial Hospital hosted the bi-annual networking luncheon for staff of area hospitals whose work is dedicated to the elderly population on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The group gathered to discuss ideas on community education efforts and how to effectively reach out to community referral sources. Hosted in the TMH Janice Hopper Auditorium, they were able to discuss sensitive information in a private environment.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

TRIAD conference to honor assistance to, from seniors
NORTHLAKE, Ill. (AP) — Senior volunteers and those who assist the elderly will be honored this week at the Illinois State TRIAD Conference .
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Lack of toothbrushing for seniors a serious health risk
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Elderly people in nursing homes often go without a good toothbrushing.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Avoid the six biggest retirement mistakes to make sure your money lasts
(NERDWALLET via AP) — One of the biggest retirement mistakes you can make is not realizing what you don’t know.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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