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How does In-home Senior Care in Belcher, LA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Belcher, LA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Belcher, LA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.


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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Belcher,LA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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The Clippers promote Shaun Fein, add Wesley Johnson and Cookie Belcher to their coaching staff

The Clippers lost three assistants this offseason, as Kenny Atkinson got a promotion to co-lead assistant in Golden State, and Chauncey Billups became the head coach in Portland, ...

The Clippers lost three assistants this offseason, as Kenny Atkinson got a promotion to co-lead assistant in Golden State, and Chauncey Billups became the head coach in Portland, taking Roy Rogers with him.

In their stead, the Clippers recruited another talented group of assistants to help lead the franchise in the 2021-22 season.

Brian Shaw’s hiring was reported back in July, and his ties to Ty Lue and Paul George date back decades. He’s a like-for-like replacement for Billups. The team also confirmed the hire of Jay Larranaga, who spent the last nine seasons as an assistant in Boston, meaning he overlapped with Lue on the Celtics for one year.

Shaun Fein will be heading up the player development program in Atkinson’s place, as Fein earns a promotion to full-fledged assistant coach. The Clippers have also added two more player development assistants to Fein’s staff: Wesley Johnson and Cookie Belcher.

Johnson is well-known to Clippers fans. He spent three of his nine NBA seasons with the Clippers, making his only two trips to the playoffs with this franchise. He began his coaching career this summer with the Toronto Raptors and now returns to Los Angeles. Belcher is a former college teammate of Lue who has coached for the past eight years at IMG Academy.

Ty Lue needs to hire Cookie Belcher... that dude played left handed for 5 games cause his right was broke. Tough hombre, Mexico Missouri duo... put him on staff @HuskerHoops

— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) October 15, 2020

The Clippers are also adding a new senior performance physical therapist, Jesse Phillips, who was with the Wizards medical staff for the last five seasons. Phillips has deep L.A. roots. He got his doctorate of physical therapy and completed his sports physical therapy residency at USC. He also worked as a physical therapist for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2013.

Sources: The Clippers have hired Jesse Phillips, who was on the Wizards’ medical staff the past five seasons. Phillips was most recently director of athletic performance and rehabilitation in DC and will hold a similar role with the Clippers.

— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) September 25, 2021

The new coaching staff will get its first game action on Monday, Oct. 4 for the Clippers’ preseason opener.

1988 Dodgers player profile: Tim Belcher, the rookie

The 1988 Dodgers were second in the National League in both ERA (2.96) and ERA+ (114). But it wasn't just Orel Hershiser who provided the mound work that season. Rookie pitcher Tim Belcher emerged as a key member of the Dodgers' rotation, in his first full season in the major leagues.Over his final 21 appearances of the season, including 17 starts, the rookie Belcher was 9-2 with three saves, a 2.26 ERA, 94 strikeouts, and 28 walks in 115? innings, including a s...

The 1988 Dodgers were second in the National League in both ERA (2.96) and ERA+ (114). But it wasn't just Orel Hershiser who provided the mound work that season. Rookie pitcher Tim Belcher emerged as a key member of the Dodgers' rotation, in his first full season in the major leagues.

Over his final 21 appearances of the season, including 17 starts, the rookie Belcher was 9-2 with three saves, a 2.26 ERA, 94 strikeouts, and 28 walks in 115? innings, including a sparkling 1.06 ERA in September.

How acquired: The Dodgers traded pitcher (and current pitching coach) Rick Honeycutt to the Athletics on Aug. 29, 1987, and five days later received Belcher as the player to be named later.

Prior MLB experience: Belcher's first tast of major league action came in 1987 when he pitched in 34 innings in September. Belcher was the first pick of the 1983 draft by the Twins, but did not sign. He was taken first overall again in the January secondary draft in 1984 by the Yankees, then sent to the A's three weeks later as a free agent compensatory pick. He spent four years in the minor leagues before getting his first big league chance in Los Angeles.

"I think [the '88 season] made my career. ... I was becoming, in a lot of people's eyes, more of a suspect than a prospect. And to be a key member of a world's championship team in '88, rookie pitcher of the year and everything," Belcher in 1998 told Tim Kawakami of the Los Angeles Times. "Had that move never happened or had we never won or had I never been an integral part of the winning, I think my career would've been quite a bit different."

1988 age: 26

1988 stats: Belcher was 12-6 with a 2.91 ERA in his rookie campaign, with 152 strikeouts and 51 walks in 179? innings. Belcher started 27 times during the regular season and made nine relief appearances, including four saves. He finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting behind Chris Sabo of the Reds and Mark Grace of the Cubs.

Regular season game of the year: This one is a close call, between a pair of starts four days apart. Belcher pitched his first major league shutout to beat the Astros in Houston on Sept. 20, but the choice here is his start on Sept. 16 in Cincinnati. Belcher allowed just three hits and a walk, with seven strikeouts, and allowed just one unearned run in his eight innings. But unfortunately for Belcher and the Dodgers, his mound opponent was even better, as Tom Browning threw a perfect game for the Reds.

NLCS performance: Belcher won both of his starts, Game 2 and Game 5. He had a high ERA of 4.11, but struck out 16 in his 15? innings, and pitched deep into both games, and was staked to leads of 5-0 and 6-0, respectively.

World Series performance: Belcher became just the ninth rookie to start Game 1 of the World Series, but his Fall Classic debut didn't last very long. He threw 71 pitches, including 33 balls, in just two innings in Game 1, and gave up a laser grand slam in the second inning for a 4-2 Dodger deficit ("I was trying to throw 900 miles an hour," Belcher told Sam McManis of the Times). Belcher rebounded with a solid effort in Game 4, as he pitched into the seventh inning and allowed three runs while striking out seven. He picked up the win in Game 4, a 4-3 triumph by the Dodgers that gave them a 3-1 series advantage.

Post-1988 playing career: Belcher followed up his rookie campaign with a 15-12 year in 1989, with a 2.82 ERA in 230 innings, a major league leading eight shutouts and an NL-best 10 complete games. On Nov. 27, 1991, the Dodgers traded Belcher and a young John Wetteland to the Reds for Eric Davis and pitcher Kip Gross. Belcher pitched until 2000, and won 146 games for the Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Tigers, Mariners, Royals, and Angels.

Where he is now: Belcher has a role in baseball operations with the Indians, and 2013 will be his 12th season with the organization in his hometown state. He served the last three years as pitching coach with Cleveland before resigning at the end of the season.

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Belcher Issues Statement Regarding Park

For the second straight day, Angel pitcher Tim Belcher declined to discuss his fight Saturday with Dodger pitcher Chan Ho Park. He did, however, compose a statement in which he called Park’s behavior “adolescent,” in italic letters.Park was ejected Saturday after throwing an elbow into Belcher’s forehead and then kicking him, igniting a bench-clearing incident. Park said he believed Belcher had used excessive force in tagging him out on the play and said Belcher cursed him, inciting the physical response from P...

For the second straight day, Angel pitcher Tim Belcher declined to discuss his fight Saturday with Dodger pitcher Chan Ho Park. He did, however, compose a statement in which he called Park’s behavior “adolescent,” in italic letters.

Park was ejected Saturday after throwing an elbow into Belcher’s forehead and then kicking him, igniting a bench-clearing incident. Park said he believed Belcher had used excessive force in tagging him out on the play and said Belcher cursed him, inciting the physical response from Park.

“HANG WITH ‘EM! That phrase, hard tags and men cursing have been a part of our game forever,” Belcher said in his statement. “When players and teams fight, there are certain unwritten rules of engagement. His adolescent exception was to attempt to kick my face with his spikes. My reaction was self-defense and justified.”

National League officials are expected to review the incident and suspend Park. Belcher was not ejected.

Dodger Manager Davey Johnson declined to take the bait and respond to Belcher’s taunting of Park.

“I don’t think there’s any need for me to say anything else,” Johnson said. “I like Tim Belcher. He’s a heck of a competitor.”

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Angel Manager Terry Collins is leaning toward using Belcher on three days’ rest Wednesday as a replacement for Omar Olivares (strained hamstring). He said he will wait to see if Belcher has any lingering pain from Saturday’s fight.

“When you’re on the bottom of a pile like that, with a whole bunch of guys on top of you, your back can be a little stiff the next couple days,” Collins said.

There was no indication that Belcher was hurt beyond a bruised left arm and being spiked in the thigh. He is certainly in better shape than Olivares, who strained his left hamstring running out a ground ball Friday.

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Olivares threw Sunday, but said he limited his movement to “50% or 60%.”

“I’m not concerned about the pitching, but what if I have to field a ball and run over to first base?” Olivares said. “When there is a foul popup, I usually take off after it. I don’t want to do anything stupid now and miss three or four starts.”

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Baseball in the ‘90s, when a cap is not a tradition but a marketing opportunity: Eric Young, getting dressed before Sunday’s Dodger photo day, looked inside his locker at the white cap, the blue cap, and the blue cap with the gray bill. He grabbed the white cap.

Said a clubhouse attendant: “Blue hat today.”

Said Young: “The new ones?”

Said the attendant: “No, the old ones.”

Bob's Burgers: The Movie -- everything we know about the Belchers' film

Say it in Linda's voice: All right! The Belcher family, of Bob's Burgers fame, is heading to the big screen.Bob and Linda Belcher run Bob's Burgers restaurant in an unnamed seaside town and live above their restaurant with their three quirky kids, Tina, Gene and Louise. The critically acclaimed animated TV show has been ...

Say it in Linda's voice: All right! The Belcher family, of Bob's Burgers fame, is heading to the big screen.

Bob and Linda Belcher run Bob's Burgers restaurant in an unnamed seaside town and live above their restaurant with their three quirky kids, Tina, Gene and Louise. The critically acclaimed animated TV show has been renewed for a 10th season on Fox. The show is known for its sassy humor, family love and musical numbers.

Now, there's going to be a movie. The coronavirus pandemic means it's been moved from 2020 to 2021 and again to 2022, but devoted fans can't wait. Here's what we know so far. We'll add to this post as new information is revealed.

The basics

What's it called? As much as we love Bob's elaborate Burger of the Day names (Baby, You Can Chive My Car), sometimes simple is best. The film's just called Bob's Burgers: The Movie. That was easy.

As you'd expect from a show where Tina has devoted herself to, uh, "erotic friend fiction," Bob's Burgers believes in fan service.

"We're thrilled to be invited to bring Bob's Burgers to the big screen," show creator Loren Bouchard said when the movie was announced. "We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who've never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob's -- but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!"

Release date, production info

Good burgers take time to cook. July 17, 2020, was the original date given, but then the coronavirus outbreak happened, and the film moved to April 2021. But it's been moved again. The movie will now open on May 27, 2022 -- Memorial Day weekend -- a fitting weekend for Bob and his burgers, since it's got to be one of the top weekends for grilling out.

Cast: Who's who?

There's no way this film can be made without the familiar voices behind the Belchers and their friends. The voice cast should be the same as the show. (We're rooting for non-Belchers, like Marshmallow and Gene's friend Alex to be part of the movie too.) If we hear of special guest stars or confirmed minor characters who'll make an appearance, we'll note that here.

Plot news, rumors, theories

Honestly, the plot is of less interest in a Bob's Burgers movie than just having the whole gang together on a bigger canvas, selling burgers and plotting hijinks. But here's what we know anyway.

According to Entertainment Weekly, in 2018 Bouchard said the "movie will reunite Louise with her beloved nightlight Kuchi Kopi in her dreams for another trippy adventure."

Why does Louise, the youngest Belcher, always wear pink bunny ears? Bouchard says the movie will explain it.

Fans know how often the Belchers and their friends seem to burst into song. ("Bad Things Happen in the Bathroom," anyone?) So it's good to hear Roberts say that although the cast doesn't yet know the film's plot, "I do know it's very musical and I'm sure it's going to be great!" You're singing our song, John/Linda.

I’m not crying, you’re crying. ‘Bob’s Burgers’ delivers a heartfelt holiday episode

Aug. 15, 2023 7:30 AM PTIn the “Bob’s Burgers” episode “The Plight Before Christmas,” Bob and Linda Belcher realize that their three children are all performing in different holiday programs at the same time — Tina has a play, Gene has a concert and little Louise has a reading of a poem she’s written. The couple scramble to attend them all in hilarious &...

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In the “Bob’s Burgers” episode “The Plight Before Christmas,” Bob and Linda Belcher realize that their three children are all performing in different holiday programs at the same time — Tina has a play, Gene has a concert and little Louise has a reading of a poem she’s written. The couple scramble to attend them all in hilarious — and heartwarming — ways.

Supervising director Simon Chong says he knew they had a winner as soon as he’d read the script, written by show co-creator and two-time Emmy winner Loren Bouchard. “I just loved the way all the stories we were tracking paid off in the end,” he says. “When Tina shows up for her sister Louise towards the end, it makes me cry every time. It’s a really wonderful script in which every character shines.”

Not only does the Emmy-nominated holiday outing deliver an emotional third act, it also features a brilliant rendition of Philip Glass’ “Mishima / Closing” (from the film “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters”) performed by Gene’s all-xylophone school band. “Usually, we have characters talking very quickly on the show, but in the last five minutes of this episode, there’s not a lot of talking; it’s just music — the ‘Mishima’ soundtrack — playing. Finding the music that really sold that piece was tricky,” Chong says. Music arranger Courtney Swain rearranged the song to work with what the production had. “Philip Glass was so happy with what we did that they are rereleasing our arrangement of the song in a few weeks,” Chong adds.

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As with most other episodes of the series, “The Plight Before Christmas” took about nine months to produce by Bento Box in Burbank and Yeson Entertainment in South Korea.

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Chong believes that one of the reasons “Plight” was so effective is because it highlighted the importance of people being there for their friends and family in a meaningful way. “I think that really resonates with audiences today, because there’s so much going on in our world that is not really great,” he notes. “It’s easy to go on social media and just doom-scroll. But the Belchers truly care for each other and turn up for each other. This episode had a really nice payoff for fans who have really connected to these characters for the past 13 years.”

The director points out that Bouchard’s involvement also made the episode stand out. “Loren knows these characters inside and out — all our writers do, but this one was really his baby. It felt like he poured so much of himself into this episode. He is always very involved with the show, but he hadn’t written an episode himself for a while, until last year’s season finale — the ‘Blade Runner’ episode [titled “Some Like It Bot”] — which he co-wrote with Nora Smith. I think that probably gave him a little taste for writing again.”

Chong’s own involvement with the show is nearly as inspiring. A London-based art director, he had always been a fan of “Bob’s Burgers.” So, in his free time, he made an animated crossover fan video mixing characters from “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers.” “It took me seven months to make this silly little short. About 24 hours after I posted it, Loren tweeted me and asked me if I wanted a job!” recalls the Welsh artist. “I had only worked in advertising and didn’t have any TV experience. I made the short just to teach myself how to animate better: I really had no idea that I’d be offered a job from the creator of the show and that I’d move to Los Angeles. It’s mind-blowing, because it really proves that there is no one way to get into this industry.”

Chong says two big animated holiday specials made a big impact on him: the Channel 4 British adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman” and the first holiday episode of “The Simpsons.” “That’s how I learned to draw,” he says. “I just kept drawing Homer endlessly. I remember watching that episode, and it gave me the same kind of vibe that ‘Bob’s Burgers’ does, where we see a family really caring for each other.

“It’s not easy to make people laugh, but it’s even harder to make people cry and feel emotion,” he says. “We’ve had a lot of the same writers on the show from the beginning, and they really understand these characters. We’re a show that never punches down. Everybody’s kind to each other, and we just get to live in that world for 20 minutes and come away feeling like we’ve had a big hug.”

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