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The majority of people aged 65 and over cast ballots for John McCain in 2008, but older voters will not necessarily favor Republicans in future presidential elections, according to an article in the latest issue of The Gerontologist (Vol. 49, No. 5).

Author Robert Binstock, PhD, a renowned authority on seniors voting patterns, analyzed data from the 2008 national Election Day exit poll conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International, which was financed by major television networks, newspapers, and magazines.

With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 57 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2010.

This will be the first year without an automatic Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) since they went into effect in 1975. “Social Security is doing its job helping Americans maintain their standard of living, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security said.

With the goal of keeping seniors safe on the roads, driving experts will stage a new safety program designed to help seniors find out how the “fit of their personal vehicle affects their driving.

Older adult drivers (60 +) can take advantage of this event at the University of Miami (Coral Gables campus at 1550 Brescia Avenue) on November 6th (4 - 8 pm) & 7th (9 am -12:30 pm) and be able to take part in CarFit, an innovative national program designed to give a quick comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. The event will also provide motorists with community traffic safety resources intended to keep them driving safely longer.

The University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Palace Management Group, one of South Florida’s leading companies specializing in senior housing and care, recently announced a partnership that will bring adult education courses to residents as well as Kendall’s older adults.