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How can seniors learn more about benefits available to them?

BenefitsCheckUp is a web-based service that helps seniors. It is especially helpful for those with limited income and resources, their family members and, social service organizations. It connects people to over 2,000 public and private programs. Many adults over 55 need help paying for basic needs. Some of the benefits screened for are health care services, prescription drugs, rent assistance, in-home services, meals, heat, and energy assistance, and transportation.

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Ukrainian Embroidery

In this short video Uliana explained the beautiful dresses and other items from Ukraine at the Ukrainian Festival at Pokrova Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Parma.




Who's in Charge?

Everyone wants to be in charge at one time or another. I know I did. One summer during school vacation Mom said to me, "Now I'm counting on you. You're in charge."

Wow. As the door closed behind her, I realized that the only person in the apartment was me. I was in charge of me. What's the fun of being in charge unless you can boss somebody around?

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Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall

Judge Ralph Perk Jr. introduced Terrence J. Smith for a special presentation at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio's 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017. Mr. Smith gave a recreation of Ronald Reagan's June 12, 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany with the famous line "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

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Terrence J. Smith

Terrence J. Smith


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Joe Meissner given Freedom Award

ClevelandSeniors.com columnist Joe Meissner was given the Freedom Award at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio's 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017.

Irene Morrow, Joe Meissner and Ralph Perk Jr.

Irene Morrow, Joe Meissner and Ralph Perk Jr.


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Grandparent POAs and Caretaker Authorization

Grandparents sometimes find themselves caring for a grandchild unexpectedly. This often happens without any formal court order giving the grandparent custody or guardianship. Without custody or guardianship, the grandparent will face problems getting medical care for the child or dealing with the child’s school.

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How do I name a Durable Power of Attorney?

A durable power of attorney can be one of the most helpful estate planning tools a person uses, but it can also be very risky. A durable POA gives a person (who is called an “attorney in fact”) legal authority to act for another person in a variety of matters, including banking, benefits, housing, taxes, real estate, litigation, and more. (The durable POA is different from a Health Care Power of Attorney, which is the form used to appoint a person to make decisions about health care.)

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Are Wills Really That Important?

:When my mother died in 2012, we discovered that her will was from 1959 and had not been updated to reflect the many changes in her life since then: she had four more children, she bought a house, furniture, an automobile, jewelry, and a dog. As a result, my mother died without a valid will. Following her death, bills had to be paid, property sold, her furniture, jewelry, the car divided, and someone had to take in the dog."

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Lunch with a Legend by Vietnam Vet Joe Meissner

A lawyer friend of mine, who is also a Vietnam Veteran, had acquainted me with Lance Woodruff and provided an introduction for me. This legendary figure is world famous not only for his fifty years of humanitarian labors in both Viet Nam and Asia, but also for his stunning and haunting photography. So I emailed Mr. Woodruff that I would like to meet him and I invited him out to lunch.

The rest of Joe's lunch with Lance Woodruff


Polish World War II Heroine (and Cleveland Senior) turns 90

Cecilia Wilk-Pech (Zagorski) celebrated her 90th birthday and was honored at St. Casimir Church for her bravery in WWII. Cecilia risked her life to save 3 American soldiers shot down over Germany in 1944.

Cecilia Wilk-Pech and husband James with John Niedzialek at St Casimir Church

Cecilia Wilk-Pech and husband James with
John Niedzialek at St Casimir Church




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Colors of Asia Fashion Show

One of the highlights of the annual Cleveland Asian Festival was the Colors of Asia Fashion Show. Countries represented in 2017 included China, Laos, Vietnam, Japan, India, Korea and Mongolia.

Models wearing the colorful fashions of Asia at the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival

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