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Mark your calendar: November is National Family Caregivers Month. Contact the National Family Caregivers Association, (800) 896-3650; website: www.nfcacares.org. It's also American Diabetes Month, American Diabetes Association, (800) DIABETES; website: www.dia betes.org. And it is National Hospice Month, Hospice Association of America, (202) 546-4759; website: www.hospice-america.org. December brings the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis, Arthritis Foundation, (800) 283-7800; website: www.arthritis.org.

Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Three medical conferences are being held together at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. Contact each through the appropriate website: the Consumer Directed Health Care Conference and Expo, www.cd hcc.com; the Emerging Technologies and Healthcare Innovations Congress, www.tethic. com; and the Healthcare Research and Innovations Congress, www.hcric.com.

Dec. 6-8. "Improving End-of-Life Care," Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Md. Admission: Free. Sponsor: NIH. Contact: (888) 644-2667; e-mail: endoflifecare@air.org. Proceedings to be webcast at http://videocast.nih.gov.

Dec. 7-12. "Designing for the 21st Century III" at the Sofitel Rio Palace. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sponsor: Adaptive Environments. Audience: practitioners and promoters of universal design, multidisciplinary professionals in aging and disability. Contact: Valerie Fletcher, (617) 695-1225, ext. 26; e-mail: info@AdaptiveEnvi ronments.org; website: www.designfor21st.org.

Dec. 9. "An Uphill Climb for Women: Building Retirement Income Security," a half-day symposium at the Conference Center, 101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Sponsor Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement. Contact: (202) 452-4855; e-mail: info@wiser women. …