Fighting for Texas Instruments Workers to Receive Benefits Under EEOICPA

At peak operation, the Texas Instrument’s Plant, formerly known as Metals & Controls Corp. or Attleboro Plant, employed nearly 6,000 workers in 23 buildings. From 1952 – 1981 the site focused on producing enriched uranium foils for the US Military. The plant was critical to the local economy.

By 2001 it became clear, work at the Massachusetts Plant and others like it across the country, exposed workers to unsafe levels of radiation and toxic chemicals. Rates of cancer and chronic ...

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How to Receive A Cold War Victory Medal

As of 2014 there has not been an official military authorized “Cold War Victory Medal.” Many cold war veterans and advocates have been fighting for a military authorized victory medal since the early 90s. A number of bills have been introduced with limited success.

While the Cold War did not involve traditional military confrontations, Cold War Veterans sacrificed greatly and deserve recognition for their service. The lack of recognition precludes these veterans from joining a number of organizations including the ...

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Policy Change: OWCP Pharmacy Fee

The Department of Labor’s, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has occasionally altered their prescription drug fee schedule throughout the years. The prescription drug fee schedule is essentially a formula which determines the maximum amount the OWCP will pay for claimants’ prescriptions. The schedule applies to all four federal programs; the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Federal Black Lung Benefits Act (FBLBA), and the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program ...

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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Seniors Have More Than They Think

It cannot be denied that Americans are getting older. Here are some staggering stats that I keep coming back when considering the aging of America: Over 10,000 U.S. seniors will turn 65 years old every day for the next 20 years; every six seconds, someone turns 50 years old; 55 million people in the U.S. are now 55 or older and 34 million are 65 or older (those last two figures will double); and the over-85 age group is the ...

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Your Inheritance: Pass It On

Many Augusta-area “Cold War Veterans” who served their country as employees of the SRS plant, unfortunately, have/are currently suffering from a myriad of physical ailments –the majority causation being some of the many forms of nuclear exposure.

In response to this horrible (and unfortunately rampant) phenomenon, the federal gov’t (via the Dept. of Labor) has vowed to compensate these people by providing both considerable monetary awards and no-cost healthcare (which includes up to 24/7/365 home health care so as to avoid ...

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Making “Age in Place” a Reality

“Some researchers now believe that relatively small changes in living spaces and daily strategies can keep them out of nursing facilities for months or even years, saving families – and, potentially, the nation – millions of dollars.”

Forbes.com has published a very informative article at about a research effort in Baltimore, MD called CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders) that is exploring the effectiveness of providing seniors access ...

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Food for the Holidays: Pass the Organic Please

With the holidays just around the corner, most of us are probably going to enjoy our share of delicious foods and some of us are probably going to enjoy more than our share.

And when we’re not eating, we’re likely to be sitting around a table and parsing various subjects, one of which could well be: Are organic foods really the best approach to health and wellness?

Well, it probably depends on who you ask. Advocates of organic and naturally-grown foodstuffs will ...

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Music Therapy: How Music Can Benefit Aging Seniors

Whether it’s Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” or Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” music strikes a chord within just about all of us.

Studies show that people in every age group benefit from music therapy, which relaxes the body, reduces muscle tension, boosts productivity, decreases stress levels, and strengthens memory and learning.

Seniors especially benefit from the healing power of music through better awareness and concentration, enhanced interest levels, improved memory and recall, and increased mobility and coordination.
The Alzheimer’s ...

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Long Distance Caregiving: How to Help Aging Family Members Who Live Far Away

Once upon a time ago families weren’t nearly as scattered (geographically speaking!) as they are today. Grandparents lived in the same neighborhood, if not the same city, as their grown children, helping take care of grandchildren, while they in turn were care for by their children (and in some ...

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