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LIFE after 50 - Current Issue - December 2014 Vol. 24 No. 12

Brookdale communities celebrate merger and renaming

1214_01_Brookdale1Brookdale Senior Living’s seven communities in Colorado Springs hosted ribbon-cutting ceremonies to celebrate their renaming last month.

The renaming occurred as the result of a merger with Emeritus Senior Living, which was completed this fall.

At Brookdale Briargate, formerly Sterling House Briargate, resident Charles Yancey wielded a giant pair of scissors to snip a blue ribbon signifying the new name.

Yancey, a star fullback and alternate captain of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, helped his team earn an undefeated record in the 1940 season.

Playing against archrivals the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs entered the fourth quarter of the season-ending game up 7-0.

Yancey clinched the victory by intercepting a Crimson Tide pass at his own 45 yard line and returned it to the 23 yard line. On the next play, he tore through the Alabama line and dashed across the goal line.

The extra point was blocked, Mississippi State won the game 13-0, finishing the season with a 9-0-1 record. The only blemish was a tie with Auburn earlier in the season.

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Part B premiums, deductibles remain the same for 2015

The Medicare Part B premium will be $104.90 in 2015, exactly the same as it was in 2014.

Medicare Part B helps cover physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment and other items.

The Part B deductible, which will be $147 in 2015 is also the same as it was in 2014. This is the amount one pays towards Medicare Part B services before Medicare pays. However, most preventive benefits have no out-of-pocket costs and are completely covered by Medicare.

Read more: Part B premiums, deductibles remain the same for 2015