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Compassionate Allowances are a way of quickly identifying diseas-es and other medical conditions that clearly qualify for Social Se-curity and Supplemental Security Income ( SSI) disability benefi ts - allowing for faster decisions in the most obvious cases. Michael J. Social Security Today Mike Baksa Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced 38 more con-ditions added to the Compassion-ate Allowances list, expanding the original list of 50 conditions that was announced in October 2008. e new conditions range from adult brain disorders to rare diseas-es that primarily aff ect children. " e addition of these new con-ditions expands the scope of Com-passionate Allowances to a broader subgroup of conditions like early-onset Alzheimer's disease," Com-missioner Astrue said. " e expan-sion we are announcing means 10' s of 1000' s Americans with devas-tating disabilities will now get ap-proved for benefi ts in a matter of days rather than months or years." In developing the expanded list of conditions, Social Security held public hearings and worked close-ly with the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer's Associa-tion, the National Organization for Rare Disorders ( NORD), and other groups. " e diagnosis of Al-zheimer's indicates signifi cant cog-nitive impairment that interferes with daily living activities, includ-ing the ability to work," said Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association. " Now, individuals who are dealing with the enormous challenges of Al-zheimer's won't also have to endure the fi nancial and emotional toll of a long disability decision process." " is truly innovative program will provide invaluable assistance and support to patients and families coping with severely disabling rare diseases," said Peter L. Saltonstall, President and CEO of the Nation-al Organization for Rare Disorders ( NORD). " On behalf of those pa-tients and families, I want to thank Commissioner Astrue and his en-thusiastic team for creating and now expanding a program that will have a direct impact on the quality of life of thousands of individuals." " We will continue to hold hearings and look for other diseases and conditions that can be added to our list of Compassionate Allow-ances," said Commissioner Astrue. " ere can be no higher prior-ity than getting disability benefi ts quickly to those Americans with severe and life- threatening condi-tions." To learn more, and for a list of the 38 new conditions, read the press release at www. socialsecurity. gov/ pressoffice/ pr/ cal021110- pr. html. For a complete list of the 88 Compassionate Allowance condi-tions, visit www. socialsecurity. gov/ compassionateallowances. ? ? Public Affairs Specialist Mike Baksa may be reached at michael. baksa@ ssa. gov.
Page 4 . 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . May 2010 Each year thousands of caring in-dividuals use the Charitable Gift Annuity ( CGA) to secure a life-time income and provide criti-cal fi nancial support for Salvation Army programs and services in their communities. What is a Charitable Gift An-nuity? It's both a charitable gift and an annuity- a secure promise of lifetime income. When you es-tablish a CGA you do not sacrifi ce income from your gift asset. Ac-tually, you may be able to increase your income. Your payments are fi xed for life and are not aff ected by changes in the stock market. e CGA is a simple contract between you and e Salvation Army promising fi xed payments for life at an attractive rate based Maximize Your Income and Impact With a Salvation Army Charitable Gift Annuity on the age of up to two annuitants. For example, our annuity rates range from 5.7% if you are 65 to 10.5% if you are 90. Your income can begin immediately or be de-ferred to a later time, like retire-ment. You can fund the annuity with cash or other property, such as appreciated stock or real estate. Your gift also qualifi es for major tax benefi ts. Finally, your gift serves as a per-sonal statement of your commit-ment to the men, women, and children in your community. To learn more about how a Charitable Gift Annuity could work for you, simply call Patricia Owen, Planned Giving Director at e Salvation Army at 303- 866- 9215. The Scamming Game Last year over 60 billion dol-lars were lost to the scamming of Americans of all ages and 35% of them were se-niors. Many el-derly do not re-alize that they were scammed, or are too em-barrassed to re-port the scam-ming, thinking it is their fault. It is not. e key is to be alert to the techniques of the scammers and prevent becoming a victim. Here are some tips to help you stay protected: 1. Learn to say NO. You do not The Golden Years Dr. Eva Mor have to be liked by everyone. 2. If it seems too good, it is. Noth-ing is given away for free. If some-one tries to sell you a bill of goods, stop them; they become more con-vincing the more you let them talk. 3. Protect personal information: never give any information if someone calls you. It is important not to give out a SS number. 4. Never give your credit card in-formation over the phone. 5. Never use your credit card as a verifi cation of identity 6. Before committing or signing anything, ask to see everything in writing. Read and re- read. 7. Discard all mailing about " priz-es" you have won. ey are trying to trick you. 8. Trust your instincts. When you have a bad feeling about some-thing, it's usually right. ? ? Dr. Eva Mor is the author of Mak-ing the Golden Years Golden For more information: www. goldenyearsgold-en. com To meet the needs of residents with a Chronic Mental Illness diagnosis, e Health Center at Franklin Park initiated a Special-ized Behavioral Program, in con-junction with a special program by the Colorado Department of Health and Finance. e Health Center at Franklin Park begins providing specialized services to mentally- ill adults, designed to in-crease the possibility of returning to the community, Independently. e services include specialized groups for life skills, relaxation techniques, managing symptoms, cooking, basic house keeping and an employment program. e lat-ter allows residents to apply for, and interview for specifi c jobs, to be employed and paid for the work that they complete. is program was stated April 1, 2010, and part of the program, our staff have and will continue to re-ceive training specifi c to working with this population. Training in-cludes Crisis Prevention Interven-tions, understanding Psychotropic Medications commonly utilized in treatment, managing suicidal resi-dents, etc. e staff and e Health Center at Franklin Park are excited about this new chapter in our community. Franklin Park Health Center Begins Special Program