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Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

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Free Online Seminar – Back To School Checklist for Special Needs Kids

parentI’ve found we have a number of parents who may or may not have a chronic illness themselves but do have a child with special needs. In the I saw this posted in the Disability Resource Exchange and wanted to pass it along: Parents of Children with Special Needs: Sign up for Free Teleseminar on Getting Ready for the School Year.

It is Wednesday, August 19, 12 noon Eastern Time. Joan Celebi, Ed.M., CLC, Founder and President of will be sharing her checklist for back to school time with a child with special needs.

We’ll talk about how to ease the family’s transition into the school routine, tips for starting the school year off right with your child’s teachers, and how to take advantage of the unique opportunity September brings to start creating a more manageable, balanced life for you and your family.

Click here for details and interesting comments!

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Social Security Benefits Not Expected to Rise in ’10

Time to Start Taking Those Vitamins!

Time to Start Taking Those Vitamins!

According to the New York Times, for the first time in thirty years, federal forecasters predict that  Social Security recipients will not get any increase in their benefits next year.

The absence of a cost-of-living adjustment, calculated under a formula set by law, will be a shock to older Americans already hit by plummeting home values, investment losses and rising health costs. More than 50 million people receive Social Security.

The forecasts, by the Obama administration and the Congressional Budget Office, indicate that Social Security beneficiaries will not receive any cost-of-living increase in 2010 or in 2011. The COLA is intended to preserve the purchasing power of Social Security, by increasing benefits to keep pace with consumer prices. In the last year, overall inflation has been low, largely because of the economic downturn and a decline in energy prices.

A freeze in Social Security benefits would have major implications for Medicare because the COLA, in effect, puts a cap on premiums for Part B of Medicare, which covers doctors’ services.

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