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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.
Read more . . .


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.
Read more . . .


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Older Americans Month and COVID-19


Annually, we set aside May to recognize Older Americans. And while this year is no exception, seniors are in our thoughts more than ever in May 2020.

That’s because, as an age group, they are most at risk for severe complications or death from Covid-19.

And while we have all become familiar with the symptoms to look for related to Covid-19 – most commonly fever, insistent cough and shortness of breath – a recent report from Kaiser Health News indicates, there are several atypical symptoms when it comes to older adults.

In fact, the report said seniors may have none of the common symptoms.
Read more . . .


Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Recent Upsurge in Senior Scams


The new year brings many things but unfortunately, among those new year’s gifts was an apparent rash of new efforts by scammers to victimize all of us – and especially our elderly population. This increased effort by scammers seems to manifest in two forms – phone calls and emails.

Sadly, this is big business. Estimated annual losses to scammers range from $2.9 billion to $36.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Dec. 7


We’re down to only a few days before the end of the Medicare Open Enrollment period, which ends, Saturday,  Dec. 7.

Open Enrollment started Oct. 15. If you are eligible for Medicare, and you have not acted yet, you have very little time to take any action during this annual period when you can make adjustments to your Medicare health and drug plans.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Staying in Mental Shape


As we age, we begin to suffer from a variety of physical ailments. While there are things that we can do over the years to keep our bodies in the best physical shape possible, age will eventually win the physical battle.

Yet, while physical aging takes its toll, there may be nothing more difficult for our seniors and their loved ones than watching the changes that occur when  the beginnings of memory loss manifest itself in full-blown Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

The exact causes of dementia remain largely unknown, which makes early detection challenging. For most people, dementia symptoms are their only warning, so it’s important to know your risk.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Elder Abuse: A Continuing and Growing Problem


We have written here many times about the dangers of elder abuse. Our elders are arguably the most victimized portion of our population, and the problem continues almost unabated.

Elder abuse comes in several forms, according to the National Council on Aging. They include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Confinement
  • Passive neglect
  • Willful deprivation
  • Financial exploitation

At least 1 in 10 American 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse, with some estimates suggesting that as many as 5 million seniors are abused annually. Unfortunately, these numbers may actually be an underestimate because only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Best Time to Start Collecting Social Security


Here’s two questions we often hear from people getting ready to retire. When can I start collecting Social Security, and when should I start collecting Social Security?

You may be surprised to know that the answer can be different depending on your age and financial situation.

You may not yet realize it, but there's no one age at which everyone starts collecting Social Security. You can actually start collecting at age 62, or you can put it off until age 70. Most people start collecting at 62, usually because of a financial need.
Read more . . .


Monday, July 29, 2019

Advocating for Your Loved One in a Nursing Home


One of the biggest challenges occurs when your loved one is no longer able to live on their own or with you and instead has to move to a care facility.

While this change is always hard for the person whose living situation is changing, it may be equally challenging for the caregiver. There are a number of emotions and fears when you first have to leave your loved one in the care of a stranger 24/7.

The biggest concern for a caregiver is often who will advocate for your family member if you are not there to speak for them all day every day. Among the caregiver fears, especially if your loved one cannot speak for themselves, is whether they will become a victim of abuse.


Read more . . .


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