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Award-winning middle schooler proud to be different

Aaron Goldman won Murray Middle School’s Principal’s Award. At age 2, he was diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder. Aaron Goldman has never followed the crowd. Doing his own thing hasn’t been easy, but it has paved the way to earning Murray Middle School’s prestigious Principal’s Award, as well as three other distinguished awards. In spite of being diagnosed at age 2 with a pervasive developmental disorder, having some characteristics of autism, Aaron forged forward with determination. Intervention therapies and a special diet set him on his way to success. “It has been an amazing journey,” said his mother, Helayne Levy. Aaron did not anticipate that he would receive the Principa

Dignity, Death and America's Crisis In Elder Care

By late 2014, Chabela Lawrence wasn’t doing well. She had mostly stopped cooking and cleaning for herself and began, every so often, to get lost on her way home from the neighborhood coffee shop–the one she’d been to a least a hundred times. The following March, the 74-year-old former catering manager was diagnosed with dementia, and it was clear she needed help. But it was then that she ran headlong into one of the most crushing failures of the U.S. health system: there’s no good way to pay for extended long-term care. Medicare doesn’t cover it. Private health plans don’t cover it. And for most, paying roughly $80,000 out of pocket, the average annual cost for a shared room at a skilled nur

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