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On cold, rainy days, McHelen Spencer's ankles and joints swell so she wears her favorite socks to keep from slipping in her Madisonville apartment at the James Baker Housing Authority Complex. "I got a drawer full of these hospital socks," she said. Spencer, 85, suffers from diabetes, and has lived alone in the apartment for more than 15 years.

McHelen Spencer

story by Sara Holcombe

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