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“Pa. to eliminate asset test for food stamps”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Philly.com website talks about a change coming to the SNAP (Food stamp) program.  It has been said in this article that as of Monday the asset test is being removed from the SNAP program.

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English: Logo of the . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check”

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This January 30, 2015 AP news article found on the Lancaster Online Website talks about the recipient of the first Social Security check, and offers a stark reminder that without action on the part of the federal government, Social Security Disability will be out of money in 2016.  The rich seem to view the disabled as expendable and as such when costs need cut, the first cuts to occur generally impact the poor, disabled and middle class.  If those on Social Security don’t come together and rally for change, we will remain easy targets for the rich to prey on.

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Seal of the United States Social Security Administration. It appears on Social Security cards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Applications Being Accepted”

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This November 8, 2014 Levittown Now article offers information about the Pennsylvania LIHEAP program and includes links to information about where to apply.

“Mental health and treatment more complicated for older adults”

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This October 26, 2014 InsuranceNews.net article talks about issues surrounding the treatment or lack of treatment of mental health issues in the elderly.

“Good neighbors are good for your heart People who reported feeling more ‘social cohesion’ were less at risk for heart attacks”

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This August 22, 2014  WFMZ News segment actually has a bunch of smaller segments within it.  Some of the topics covered include ….

Information about how having a good neighbor can decrease your risk of a heart attack.

A segment offering insight into lesser known mental health risks due to giving birth, which can include PTSD and anxiety among other things that people typically don’t think of happening as the result of giving birth.

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and a segment on a study done involving 5th graders, violent video games and results that show a possible link between the kids who played for more than 2 hours per day and an increased risk of depression.  The researchers are saying further research is needed to better determine if the depression is caused by the gaming or if the gaming more than 2 hours per day could be in response to the depression and be viewed as a possible symptom of the depression.  The researches did say they really need to do more research to better understand the possible link between violent video games and depression so they can better understand the cause and effect between gaming and depression.

“Certain Antipsychotic Meds Tied to Kidney Problems in Elderly”

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This August 19, 2014 Health Day article  found on the Philly.com website talks about studies that seem to point to a possible link between 3 specific antipsychotics and the potential for kidney damage in the elderly.  The article suggests things to consider before medicating the elderly such as are they comfortable, is the room too hot or too cold, did a family member that typically visits every week not make it to see the person?  It also suggests diverting the persons attention and energy into something more productive and if everything has been considered or tried, then consider medication as a last resort.

“Elders Think Slowly But More Accurately”

 

 

 

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This January 3, 2012 article on the BrainPhysics.com website talks about a study done on the elderly and on children.  The study looked to see if there was a difference in the accuracy of responses based on age.  The study found that children tended to be slow and not as accurate in their responses, but the elderly who were also slow to respond were actually quite accurate and that the slower response time in the elderly was probably because they were trying to be perfect and not make any mistakes.

 

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