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LIFELINE/NEWS IN BRIEF PRESCRIPTION CARD ASSISTANCE

Many people in the Buffalo area who are eligible for Medicare Discount Prescription Cards have not yet signed up.

The Centers for Medicare/Medicare Services, Black Leadership Forum, Near East Side Community Health Task Force and Erie County Department of Senior Services are hosting community forums to assist seniors fill out paperwork from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at 1490 Enterprises, 1490 Jefferson Ave., and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 in Belle Center, 104 Maryland Ave.

The main objective is to help low-income beneficiaries take advantage of a $600 credit for this year before the opportunity expires Dec. 31. People with higher incomes may qualify for other prescription drug assistance programs, and all enrollees can benefit from lower drug prices.

Call 843-7585 to pe-register for one of the forums. Bring all your medications for help in selecting the best card for your own situation. The maximum discount card fee is $30 per year.

Movies for dieters

If you tend to overeat, skip sad flicks, advises Prevention magazine. Researchers in Australia found that "downer" movies cause a drop in the feel-good hormone serotonin, which can lead to overeating for some people. The reason may simply be that food's good taste works as a distraction, or it could be the serotonin-spiking qualities of highly refined carbohydrate foods such as chocolate, chips and candy, the health magazine says.

Binge-buster movies suggested by Prevention include:

"Bridget Jones's Diary"

"Starsky and Hutch"

"When Harry Met Sally"

Binge-booster movies are:

"Monster's Ball"

"21 Grams"

"Mystic River"

Holiday room at the inn

Residence Inn by Marriott in Cheektowaga is offering free hotel rooms for people visiting loved ones in area hospitals, nursing homes and treatment centers on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. For more information about the "Room in the Inn" program, call the inn at 892-5410.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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