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What's up: Mom, get out of my house! Big band swings on PBS; here's help for Medicare costs

Are your Medicare costs ailing?

If you have Medicare coverage but are struggling because of limited income and resources, there may be assistance. The federal government may help pay part of the monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments under the new Medicare prescription drug program. For those who qualify, it may be worth an average of $3,900 per year. Find out about qualifying at

Investments down, but keep your chin up

America has faced recessions before — and we've gotten through them. It's hard not to worry, but it's also not healthy. Beat this economy's mental stress: Don't pore over your investment portfolio every day, says Virginia psychologist Michael Oberschneider, writing in the Washington Post. He recommends scheduling 30 minutes at most on the weekend to review and make adjustments. Other tips: Avoid the "It's gotta turn around soon" or "This has to be the bottom, right?" statements. It's a self-defeating mind game. Come up with a mantra, such as "I have what I need today." And check the cable news/talk networks briefly, once in the morning, once at the end of the day. Then turn the channel.

'Don't Want Mom to Live With Me Anymore.'

Talk about an ice-breaker. That's part of the energy of, which offers an active, engaging and sometimes laugh-out-loud message board. From the hundreds of responses to this post: "My dad is at a hotel now because I finally found the words to tell him I am not going to be his slave anymore." It's not all venting. Everyday challenges are met, including this topic: "Dad Won't Shower or Change His Clothes. What Do I Do?" One reply from a woman caring for her elderly mother-in-law, who has late-stage Alzheimer's: "When I get her up in the morning, I give her the happiest face I can and tell her that she should get ready for her shower. She tends to respond to a happy face better than to words . . . It helps that she wants her coffee, which comes only after the shower! . . . She knows she can't reach her back, so she lets me. I then just quickly go on to all the other parts. . . . It's worked so far for us." also posts news, feature articles and polls and offers a free weekly e-mail newsletter.

Folks, here's the story of Minnie the Moocher . . .

Yes, we love Cab Calloway. There's a cavalcade of classic musicians, singers and band leaders featured on several two-hour PBS shows about the big band era, doo-wop and the best of '50s pop. Here's the playlist on WEDU-Ch. 3:

Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop, 9 p.m. Thursday: Frankie Valli, Jerry Butler and Lloyd Price host. Performers include Little Richard, Lenny Welch, Jay and the Americans, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Contours and the Fleetwoods.

The Big Band Years, 9 p.m. Saturday: Peter Marshall hosts this celebration of big bands of the 1930s and '40s. Included: Glenn Miller, Harry James, Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway, as well as singers Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra).

Magic Moments: The Best of '50s Pop, 8 p.m. June 2: Performers include Mel Carter, the Four Aces, the Chordettes, Patti Page, Don Cherry and the Crew Cuts. Hosts: Pat Boone, Patti Page and Debbie Reynolds.

Compiled by Mimi Andelman, LifeTimes editor

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