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Disability benefits are not just for grown-ups (access required)

When you hear about disability benefits, you probably think about adults. But disability benefits are not just for grown-ups: Children can receive benefits too. If your child under age 18 who lives with you has a disability and you also have limited income and resources, your child may be able to receive Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. SSI is a needs-based program run by Social Security and funded through general tax revenues.

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14 Tips on Downsizing in Pennsylvania (access required)

Like a lot of Boomers, he also does not know if he is going to stay retired. "I don’t know if this is a real permanent retirement, although must say I am busy," he says. "It is not clear what sort of part-time or self-managed opportunities might arise." In rural areas, the idea of selling the old family homestead and buying something new and smaller is hard to pull off, says Steve Niebler, director of the Adams County Office for Aging...

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Wait! Don’t flush those pills! (access required)

Grandma just passed away, leaving a medicine cabinet stocked with bottles of prescription medication—some never opened. What should you do with them? Water companies and environmentalists discourage flushing drugs down the toilet because they pollute the water system; You can’t throw them in the trash because they could end up in the hands of a child or someone who they weren’t prescribed for...

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Tweet remembrances: Keeping up with family through technology (access required)

Friending, following, tagging and tweeting have become a part of life for most Generation Xers, Millennials and the teen set. But social media isn’t just for those born after the �70s, it’s now also for those who are in their 70s. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype have been catching on with the older generations—and for good reason. The main use of social media networks for all ages is to keep in touch with family and friends.

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Rules of the road: Older Drivers in Pennsylvania (access required)

In Pennsylvania, it’s not uncommon for older folks to get behind the wheel well into their 70s, 80s and beyond. The state puts no restrictions on older drivers unless alerted by a doctor or law enforcement officer that there is a reason to do so. But what do you do if you are concerned about the driving of an older family member? Each year PennDOT receives 27,000 reports from the medical community, 2,500 reports from law enforcement and 500 letters from concerned family and friends alerting them to potentially unsafe older drivers...

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Media in the delivery room (access required)

Elyse Houghton remembers it like it was yesterday: There she was giving birth to her son, Aiden, and in the midst of the pushing, she looked up between contractions and instead of seeing her doctor, she saw her father taking pictures. Looking back, she doesn’t quite remember how he got into the delivery room but now, almost three years later, she’s glad he did. "Those are once-in-a-lifetime pictures," said the Lancaster County mother. "You can never duplicate that moment."

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In the blink of an eye (access required)

What is that old saying? "Every day is like a year and every year is like a minute." It’s so true! I was thinking about this as I picked out my new 2012 calendar. Today it is blank, yet by tonight, I will have filled it up with birthdays, orthodontist appointments and other important meetings—and another 365 days of busyness will begin and end in a blink. Of course, I won’t remember any of it. These notations that take up all the white space in my day planner are entirely forgettable. The good stuff is what happens in between...

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The Adventures of TinTin (access required)

What a fun movie! I haven’t read the comic books by Belgian author Herge (a.k.a. Georges Remi) on which The Adventures of Tintin is based, but no matter. It’s an action-packed caper with smart dialogue and great character development, despite the motion-capture animation. It will also bring Herge’s wonderful stories to a whole new audience unfamiliar with his work...

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War Horse (access required)

If you’ve seen enough Steven Spielberg movies, you can almost spot one at a glance. Lush production with authentic locations, attention to the smallest detail, gorgeous cinematography by longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski, epic score by John Williams, well-cast actors and believable dialogue. War Horse has all that and more, set against the backdrop of World War I in rural England...

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It’s snow time to be inside (access required)

It’s a new year! A time for new adventures. Don’t let January’s cold weather keep you huddled up in the house curled up on the sofa under the nearest blanket. Instead, grab your coat and head outside. Cold means snow � and snow brings skiing and snowboarding and snow tubing and ice skating and snow ball fights and igloos and snowmen. So rather than hibernating all winter and having bored kids, pile in the car and head out to the mountains for a fun winter adventure. And let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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Overwhelmed by stuff? Get organized now! 10 Tips to help (access required)

You know the feeling: You open an overflowing junk drawer, confront a basement that’s bulging or stare at a garage that has no room for a car and sigh, shrug and say, "Some other time." We all have stuff that clutters up our home and our lives. Whether you have an extreme case of hoarding or just an old-fashioned messy closet, unless you are Martha Stewart, it’s tough to stay organized. Martha’s secret, of course, is that she has help...

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Does Everyday Math add up? (access required)

In today’s reality television culture, perception is sometimes mistaken for reality. If, for example, one were to read the comments posted on this magazine’s Facebook page with regards to Everyday Math, one could conclude that EM might be the worst math curriculum ever created. But is that a common perception or reality?

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Disorganization may work (access required)

It is beyond belief how messy my middleschooler’s backpack is. I have tried to give him organizing hints, but he just keeps shoving all his schoolwork in the bag—even his neatly done homework. How can I help him get organized?

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