Prevent Elder Fraud by Getting Rid of Junk Mail

Posted in Financial, Senior Scams on October 2, 2019

Elder fraud is a 36 billion dollar problem Thieving fraudsters are making a business of taking advantage of older adults. Almost 4 in 10 seniors are affected, losing over $36 billion each year to financial abuse. And this isn’t only happening to the very old or those with Alzheimer’s or dementia – younger, more educated seniors are actually losing more money. Did you know that the amount of junk mail your older adult receives is a sign of their fraud risk? It Read More »

How Online Thieves Can Steal Your Credit Card Information

Posted in Financial, Senior Scams on October 2, 2019

BY JENNIFER STERN Do you avoid online shopping to avoid identity theft? Do you feel safer shopping at traditional brick-and-mortar stores than you do online? Even if you have never shopped online, used email or browse the Internet at a public computer, you may still be at risk for identity or credit card theft. Those chip-enabled credit cards in your wallet are indeed convenient, but they could be putting you at risk when you simply leave Read More »

Protect Seniors from 2018’s Two Most Common Tax Scams

Posted in Financial on October 2, 2019

Protect seniors from 2018’s two most common tax scams Tax season gives con artists and scammers another way to fleece older adults, preying on their fear of the IRS. This year is especially dangerous because of the recent Equifax breach that leaked the personal information of at least 143 million Americans. AARP warns us of the top two tax scams that are making headlines this year – tax identity theft and the IRS imposter scam. To protect your Read More »

Seniors Guide to Fighting Fraud

Posted in Financial, Senior Scams on October 2, 2019

The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office provides this guide to help alert you to the dangers of consumer fraud directed at older people. Awareness is the most effective way to attack this problem. This guide will inform you about the common scams aimed at seniors and the steps you can take to thwart the swindlers. Fast Facts on Fraud Telemarketing fraud alone is a $40 billion a year business. Although people in their twenties report being Read More »

High Tech Tool Helps People and Families Coping With Dementia

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

High Tech Tool Helps People and Families Coping With Dementia The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has launched a new program that allows early-stage dementia patients to participate in their own care planning, potentially easing the burden for both the person with dementia and their concerned family members. Known as SHARE, the program outlines a care plan for loved ones to follow as the condition progresses. Based on two decades of research by Benjamin Rose, the SHARE toolkit includes an Read More »

Debunking Common Assisted Living Misconceptions

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

Assisted living can be a feasible option for many families. It gives seniors the opportunity to live their lives as independently as possible in a safe and caring environment, which makes a positive impact on well being. But often families hesitate to explore assisted living as an option for their loved ones, based on assumptions about what assisted living means. In order to put families at ease and help seniors access the support they deserve. Here Read More »

How To Help Alzheimer’s Patients Enjoy Life, Not Just ‘Fade Away’

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

How To Help Alzheimer’s Patients Enjoy Life, Not Just ‘Fade Away’ By Judith Graham Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again. Yet, a sizable body of research suggests this Alzheimer’s narrative is mistaken. It finds that people with Read More »

Effectively Communicating with Older Adults

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

Effectively Communicating with Older Adults: Expert Advice Abounds Many adult children have experienced this paradox: At the very time they need to communicate with their aging parent about important issues in their life, the older person begins experiencing impediments that make communication difficult. Many times, it’s a medical problem—i.e., recovery from a stroke, cognitive impairment, diminished hearing or eyesight. Other times, it can be a psychological or emotion issue—such as depression, anxiety, fear of death—that Read More »

Theresa Guelzow, Hero Award Winner

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

Theresa Guelzow, Hero Award Winner Tell us about a specific time when the nominee went above and beyond day-to-day responsibilities and demonstrated an exceptional commitment to residents. One example of Theresa’s dedication to our residents occurred in July of 2018 when our community was forced to partially evacuate our residents due to an explosion that occurred down the road from our community. While we were loading residents into waiting buses, Theresa was a consummate professional, Read More »

Helping An Elderly Parent Settle Into A Senior Care Facility

Posted in Caregiving on October 2, 2019

Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to make this transition smooth and comfortable for everyone. So, let’s talk about the before, during and after of helping an elderly parent to move into a senior care facility. Helping your mom or dad to move into a senior care facility can be a stressful, chaotic process. Not only do you have the usual stress that comes with any move, but, you may also Read More »