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Monday, January 18, 2021

Your Estate Planning Should Protect Minor Children


The common misconception is that estate planning is only necessary for people who are wealthy or old. But that’s far from the truth.

 

Estate planning is for everyone – no matter your age or income.

 

One of the most important groups of people when it comes to estate planning is parents with young children.

 

If you are a parent with a minor child or children, what would happen to them if tragedy struck you? Worse yet, what would happen to them if something happened to both parents? If we learned anything during this last year of pandemic, it is that anything can happen to anyone at any time.


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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Social Security COLA Increase


The Social Security Administration announced recently that the COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) will increase 1.3 percent in 2021.

That means if you are collecting Social Security, your monthly payment will increase by that amount starting with this month’s benefits which are payable in January 2021. Because Jan. 1 is a holiday, that payment will actually come at the end of this month.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

A New Scam Warning From the IRS


The IRS and several tax agencies issued a new warning last week related to scammers taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And, as always, the people most victimized by these scammers are our seniors.

This latest scam, generally in the form of a text, tries to get victims to disclose their banking information by suggesting it is necessary to receive their $1,200 COVID-19 economic impact payment.

“Criminals are relentlessly using COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments as cover to try to trick taxpayers out of their money or identities,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, when issuing the warning. “This scam is a new twist on those we’ve been seeing much of this year.
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Thursday, November 12, 2020

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month


November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Hospice care is a specific type of palliative care that helps children and families cope with terminal illness. Hospice helps provide a better quality of life at the end of life.

This is the month we honor all those who work in the broad field of home care and hospice work – this includes physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, physical therapists, and so much more.

 


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Monday, October 12, 2020

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Oct. 15


The annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period for 2021 begins soon – Thursday, Oct. 15, and it lasts through Monday, Dec. 7.

If you are on Medicare, this is a critical time of the year. It is during this period that you can change or update your Medicare health and prescription plans for 2021 without any penalty.
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Thursday, September 17, 2020

World Alzheimer’s Day and Month: What Does It Mean for Family Caregivers?


Every day and every month is significant in the lives of family members caring for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. But we take time in September to recognize World Alzheimer’s Month and specifically Monday, Sept. 21 – World Alzheimer’s Day.

So, on this day and month, we take the time to help raise awareness about this disease and associated dementia.

This is a disease that impacts more than 5 million Americans of all ages , with the vast majority of them being 65 or older, and 80 percent age 75 or older.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

COVID-19 and Scammers


We wrote here several months ago about scammers trying to get seniors Medicare information by taking advantage of fears related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the time, we focused on an alert from Medicare that talked about robocalls offering respiratory masks, testing kits, cures, protective equipment and even immunity pills, as well as bogus charities asking for help during the pandemic.

That was back in May. Here it is September, and little has changed. In fact, if anything has changed, it is that there are even more scams happening, and they are especially, as always, impacting our senior population.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

An Increase in Phone Scammers Regarding Social Security Numbers


During the last several months there has been a sizable increase in telephone scams related to Social Security numbers. In fact, several people we know locally have received these calls.

The increase in these scam phone calls has been significant enough that a few months back Social Security Administration issued a warning about it.

In most cases, the recorded caller will spoof a real Social Security phone number so you might think it really is a call from a Social Security office. The caller will then tell you that your number has been suspended for suspicious activity or that the number has been compromised.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The HABIT® Program


A unique program developed by the Mayo Clinic and offered by the MCI & Dementia Prevention Laboratory  at the UF College of Public Health and Health Professionals is designed to help people with mild cognitive impairment.

MCI affects thinking and memory. People with MCI are often more susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. 

The program is designed to strengthen the person’s cognitive ability and physical activities, ultimately making them more independent.

Normally, the 10-day, 50-hour program would be open to people dealing with MCI and their partners.
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Friday, August 7, 2020

COVID-19 and the Threat to Seniors and Others


As COVID-19 lingers, we are learning more and more about its long-term impact, especially when it comes to our seniors or young people with pre-existing medical issues.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced a new set of issues and concerns to consider.

The report explained in detail that people of any age with certain pre-existing conditions are at extreme risk, and other conditions may result in people being at risk. Read more . . .


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Scammers, Medicare Fraud and COVID-19


With the COVID-19 pandemic apparently here with us for the foreseeable future, it is important to remember that scammers will take advantage of any situation to reach their objectives.

And, as we have seen many times in the past, the largest target audience for these scammers is our senior population.

A recent alert issued by Medicare warns seniors that scammers have stepped up their efforts to obtain your Medicare number and other personal information to gain access to  your finances. These latest scams are using several methods.

One of these methods uses robocalls to offer respiratory masks.
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