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Colorado Springs Beacon (Newspaper) - August 1, 1989, Colorado Springs, Colorado Inside in traditional activities to the youth classified ads 39 dining out 20/21 healthcare. 12/18 living Faith 5 Money 30/35 senior Center 38 Sere dips to senior life festival the third annual seniors life festival presented by the Penrose St. Francis healthcare system will be held from 9 00 . To 5 00 p.m., Friday and saturday september 8 and 9, at the Broadmoor hotel Colorado Hall. Admission is free and open to the Public for this two Day Community event. The focus of the festival is to educate and inform seniors their families friends and caregivers about the resources and opportunities available to them throughout the pikes Peak Region. Highlights of the event include free informative seminars on a variety of topics. On site health screenings seepage 2 Anne Brown culture is traditionally passed on from one generation to the next. Children learn to be members of a society by absorbing the attitudes values and ways of doing things from the older generations. In this time honoured tradition the pioneers museum devoted a Day last month to Folk Art classes. Instructors from the Colorado Springs senior Center taught children from the boys and girls club of Colorado Springs How to make Flowers Cross stitch sculpt from Clay and Square dance. The project was offered in conjunction with the exhibition a the grand generation memory Mastery organized by the smithsonian institution travelling exhibition service it explored the preservation and transmission of traditional culture through the artistry of older americans. It Fea tured photographs and of baskets made by older Amer with an emphasis on the jets such As Wood carvings icons from different ethnic interaction Between the older whittled miniatures pm and regional groups across and the youngest generations Broide Ries quilts pottery and the country. Gee Page 3 voluntary catastrophic program raises kept Icisie James b. Gaffney mature life features Washington sen. Lloyd Bentsen a decision last month to consider making the medicare catastrophic healthcare program Volun Tail has drawn mixed reactions of enthusiastic support and scepticism from Many older adults opposed to the controversial Law. Under current Law participation in the new medicare program is mandatory for All persons 65 and Over. In what some observers Are calling the worst dramatic political turnaround in recent memory Bentsen a announcement came As an unprecedented grassroots rebellion by Many older adults Over the Cost and financing method of the program continues to be a political Thorn in the Side of Capitol Hill lawmakers. Bentsen a Texas Democrat and chairman of the Senate finance committee helped seepage 6 National news highline medicare plan to Cut doctors1 fees a plan to sharply curtail the amount of Money government spends on physician services under the medicare program was approved recently by the House ways and Means committee in a 25-11 vote. Under the plan the Federal government would set annual a expenditure targets for total outlays to physicians according to each specially. Fees paid to physicians for each service they perform would be adjusted in later years to recapture the excess if total outlays in any year exceed the target. The three part program includes a uniform National fee schedule for some 7,000 services performed by physicians for medicare patients. In addition a Cap on the amount of Money doctor could charge medicare patients above what medicare reimburses for would be phased in Over three years. The plan has drawn Sharp criticism from some lawmakers who believe it will Lead to a rationing of healthcare dollars and services in the zeroes in on generic drug fraud Many older adult prescription drug users have been denied Access to less costly generic brands due to instances of alleged fraud and favouritism by key employees of a food and drug administration office charged with implementing the new medicare prescription drug program. A former Fra generic drug review chief and a chemist have pleaded guilty to Federal charges of accepting bribes from a generic drug manufacturer official to delay approval of a competitors product. Other indictments Are expected. The prescription drug Benefit of the catastrophic healthcare program is expected to help Stem rising medicare costs by requiring physicians to prescribe generic drugs unless the Brand name drug is a medically older adults consume More than 30 percent of All prescription medications. For Low income older adults the savings can be significant As generic drugs Cost from 20 to 80 percent less than the name department head pension crisis could dwarfs amp a mess poor regulations and inept enforcement of Federal Laws Are putting More than $1.6 trillion in pension funds at risk creating a potential a Nightmare a . Department of labor inspector general j. Brian Hyland said recently. Hyland who has urged Congress to investigate suspected cases of abuse and Slack enforcement standards said that employers and pension fund managers Are hiding administrative gaffs from the government and that the understaffed labor department is virtually powerless to catch offenders. Hyland stated that the Cost of saving the nations 870,000 private pension funds could Dwarf the seepage 2 vol. 9 no. 8 serving Active seniors in Colorado Springs area August 1989senior Beaconia focus for people Over 50 a a a a i Quot. To a a a 5 a amp a it j. Helen Sells teaches Cross stitch to a group of Young learners

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