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Should You Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance?

You know that it is important to plan for retirement, but is it necessary to plan for long-term care? Long-term care insurance is coverage that goes beyond your basic health insurance or Medicare to cover assisted living, nursing homes or even meal delivery services. No one likes to think about a time when they will need daily assistance, but preparing for this time is the best way to ensure top-notch care.

It is impossible to predict your future needs and the costs of those needs, but 70 percent of senior citizens will need to utilize long-term care, whether it is respite care or just occasional housekeeping. To get a better idea of the costs of long-term care, calculate the...

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Help Be Prepared. Give Blood.

RedCrossLogoAmerican Red Cross urges donations during heart of summer

America’s blood supply is an important piece of our country’s ability to respond to disasters. By donating blood, people can help prepare for the unexpected and help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed.

Any disaster, man-made or natural, can result in people being injured and needing blood,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “While people often join together to help after a disaster, it’s just as important to be organized...

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Type O Negative Blood Supply Drops to Critically Low Levels

RedCrossLogoRed Cross extends blood drive hours and asks eligible blood donors to make and keep appointments

The supply of type O negative blood at the American Red Cross has dropped to critically low levels. Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Type O negative donors are needed now to help prevent the type O negative blood supply from declining further.

The American Red Cross is extending blood drive hours and reaching out to eligible blood donors, sponsors and community leaders...

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Celebrate Independence Day: Donate Blood

RedCrossLogoCommunities across America celebrate the Fourth of July each year with fireworks, barbecues and get-togethers. And while such activities are long-time summer favorites, citizens can add another tradition to the mix by coming to donate blood with family and friends through the American Red Cross.

Giving blood can be a powerful way to honor the birth of our nation,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “When you donate blood, you’re giving of yourself so others may have a second chance at life.”

A blood donation around...

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Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

VNA-BLUEThe Visiting Nurse Association Meals on Wheels Program needs more volunteers in Kouts, Hebron, Chesterton and Valparaiso. "If you have an hour or so between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., once a week or once or twice a month, we'd love to talk to you," says Janelle Zolkowski, VNA Meals on Wheels Coordinator. Volunteers are also needed to help fill on when regular drivers are ill or on vacation.

Anyone who is looking for something worthwhile to do in the line of community service and who has a valid driver’s license is welcome to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver. Individuals, local businesses, and community organizations can volunteer. Zolkowski says, "We have a number of churches,...

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World Blood Donor Day is June 14

RedCrossLogoVolunteer donors key to meeting universal need for blood

Strengthening the base of volunteer blood donors who help ensure a stable blood supply across the globe will be the focus of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

The need for blood is universal, just like air or water,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “World Blood Donor Day provides the chance for all of us to recognize that blood is essential to healthcare across the globe.”

Give Blood and Rock to Your Favorite Bands this Summer

RedCrossLogoVans Warped Tour promotion helps the American Red Cross connect with youth

In the Indiana-Ohio Region, 565 blood drives a year are held at high schools and colleges, representing approximately 31,000 units of blood in our community alone. When school is out, donating blood often takes a back seat to other summer activities. And when the majority of these donors aren’t donating over the summer, it creates a unique challenge for the Red Cross during these months.

To encourage these blood donors to continue to give during the summer months, the Red Cross is offering special VIP passes...

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School Is Out, Blood Donation Is In

RedCrossLogoPublic encouraged to reconnect and give throughout summer

Summer means sun, fun and sometimes, a drop in blood donations. That’s because school’s out, and donors who regularly give throughout the academic year might wait until fall before donating blood again.

High school and college students donate about 20 percent of the blood collected through the American Red Cross. Many give at scheduled drives at their high schools and colleges, typically held two to three times during the traditional school year. And when those drives stop, most students probably won’t think about going to...

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American Red Cross to Host Fallen Officer Blood Drive

RedCrossLogoCampaign honors fallen officers, raises awareness of need for blood

Throughout the month of June, the American Red Cross will participate in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign. This is the fifth year the Red Cross will host blood drives across Indiana to honor fallen officers and raise awareness of the need for blood.

Janice Starnes, whose husband Sergeant Daniel Starnes was killed in the line of duty in 2001, founded the campaign and continues to organize it each year. “Most encouraging,” Starnes says, “is that the blood drives continue to grow and...

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Rittenhouse Senior Living of Portage 100% Customer Satisfaction Survey

Rittenhouse Senior Living of Portage would like to thank their employees, residents and family members for their 100% Customer Satisfaction Survey. “I am proud of not only my employees, residents, and families; but also the community of Portage for embracing our opening and welcoming Rittenhouse Senior Living. Thank you everyone” expressed Marsha Leonard, Executive Director.

Blood Donations Carry Special Meaning for Memorial Day

RedCrossLogoWhile Memorial Day may signal the unofficial start of summer, the holiday’s true meaning is inescapable for those wishing to honor members of the United States Armed Forces.

Making a blood donation through your American Red Cross is one way to pay homage to the service men and women who protect and defend our nation. Coming to donate blood before, during or after the long weekend can also help strengthen and maintain America’s blood supply for the summer season.

Your blood donation this time of year works as both a tribute and a testament to our nation’s armed forces,” said Sharyn Whitman,...

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