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The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle designed to expedite the construction of the much-anticipated Arcola Lakes Senior Center. The project, approved by voters with funding from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program (BBC GOB), had been delayed due the inflation of construction costs from when the project was first approved in 2004, and concerns from County administration over how to maintain the operational cost of the facility. However, Commissioner Rolle, who has staunchly supported the facilitys construction in his district from its inception, made the case to continue the project.
At today's Commission Meeting the City of Miami accepted a $132,950 grant from the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition to provide educational opportunities for working-age and elder adults in a jointly sponsored pilot for what will become a comprehensive countywide digital inclusion initiative. The initial pilot will target 120 residents from selected locations in the most economically challenged neighborhoods of Miami (current grant funding will allow a maximum of three neighborhoods to be addressed in this pilot). The pilot is designed to create awareness and provide Internet access, training and equipment to residents, so as to prepare Miamians to participate effectively in the global digital economy.
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that Social Security is asking members of the public, as well as current and former employees, to help the agency celebrate its 75 years of public service by sharing their personal stories and reflections about how Social Security has touched their lives.  To share your story, go to and click on the box that says  “Social Security Celebrates 75 Years of Public Service. Selected stories will be edited for content and brevity and posted for everyone to read.
(ARA) - Coming home from the hospital or other care setting after an illness or surgery can be worrisome for both patients and the friends and family members who care for them. Planning ahead can make the process much easier. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has advice that is useful to the millions of Americans who are actively involved in caregiving. Through its caregiver initiative, Ask Medicare, CMS recommends the following steps to prepare for a transition:
Senior citizens can save money and headaches with four simple insurance tips. These can help ensure you're adequately covered and getting all eligible discounts. "Home and auto insurance needs change at every stage of life," says Charles Valinotti, senior vice president of QBE Regional Insurance, which underwrites property and casualty coverage through the General Casualty, Unigard, Farmers Union Insurance and QBE Agri brands. "Seniors may not realize that downsizing from a home to a condo or driving less could have important implications for their insurance."