5 Sources Older Americans Use to Pay for Senior Living

Posted in Financial, Senior Living Resources on November 5, 2019

Ask any older American and it is a question that is on their mind.  If I need it, how do I pay for senior housing and/or long-term care? We take a look at 5 options for doing just that. Private Funds Government Programs Long-Term Care Insurance Veteran's Benefits - Aid and Attendance Life Settlements Private Funds Fact is, most people pay for independent living and assisted living with private funds. They may use personal savings, Read More »

How do I start planning my move?

Posted in Senior Living Resources on October 29, 2019

As you begin to prepare for your move to a senior living community, there are several ways to make this a smoother transition for you and your family. One thing is certain – it’s never too early to start the downsizing process. If you’re moving from a home to an independent living apartment or assisted living space, it’s likely you will need to make decisions about what to bring with you. While some older adults Read More »

Anything Can Be Found on USA.GOV

Posted in Caregiving, Financial on October 3, 2019

So that may be a little bit of a stretch – I’m not sure my mom’s chocolate chip recipe is on there.  Nor is the video of my granddaughter’s kindergarten school play.  But nearly everything else is truly there. A public clearinghouse of information, this website searches federal, state and local government websites to bring you official information on a nearly uncountable number of topics.  As an added plus – there are no advertisements! Want Read More »

The Power of Touch

Posted in Health & Wellbeing on October 2, 2019

Whether we are a newborn infant, a petulant teenager, an overwhelmed new mother or an aging senior citizen, the power of touch can produce miraculous results. With a simple touch, we can express love, support, gratitude, sympathy, and trust. A simple gesture of holding hands, patting shoulders and giving hugs can make all the difference in the world.  Sight can be shut off by closing our eyes, we can plug our ears to block out Read More »

Making Good Diet Choices

Posted in Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle on October 2, 2019

With all the diet and nutritional ads in the media these days, it’s difficult to know just exactly what you should and should not be eating to stay healthy.  Lining the grocery shelves are labels screaming gluten free, diary free, nut free, soy free, grain free …  all touting their individual benefits.  Just how do you decide what is right for you? The National Council on Aging has some great advice for maintaining a nutritious Read More »

Finding New Hobbies

Posted in Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle on October 2, 2019

Any parent of a child who is stuck indoors during a rainy day knows the continual complaint “what’s there to do!” For those of us who enjoy crafty hobbies, we are equally as familiar with the pleads from our family and friends – “please, no more doilies!”  While the joy of exploring our hobbies can sometimes last a lifetime, there are often stages of our life where we search for new ideas and new adventures. Retirement years Read More »

Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors

Posted in Financial, Senior Scams on October 2, 2019

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts. Financial scams also often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they’re devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. It’s Read More »

FBI Tips For Protecting Against 3 Popular Senior Scams

Posted in Financial, Senior Scams on October 2, 2019

Senior scams are too common A terrible fact is that seniors get scammed out of $36 billion each year. Even worse, most of this money can never be recovered. Fraudsters are ruining lives by stealing hard-earned savings. Being aware of popular senior scams helps you protect your older adult from losing money to thieves. Since stolen money isn’t likely to be recovered, the key is to shut down the scams before they can do serious damage. We Read More »

When is The Tax Man Not the Tax Man?

Posted in Financial, Senior Scams on October 2, 2019

Imagine this. You have just come home from the park with your grandkids. As your 3-year-old granddaughter plays on the floor with her toys and your 8-year-old grandson reads at the table, you receive a phone call. Your heart skips a beat when you hear who is on the other end of the line. It’s the IRS and they are calling to tell you that they haven’t received your tax payment. Always skeptical, you ask Read More »

Fraud Against Seniors

Posted in Financial, Senior Scams on October 2, 2019

The FBI’s Common Fraud Schemes webpage provides tips on how you can protect yourself and your family from fraud. Senior citizens especially should be aware of fraud schemes for the following reasons: Senior citizens are most likely to have a “nest egg,” to own their home, and/or to have excellent credit—all of which make them attractive to con artists. People who grew up in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s were generally raised to be polite Read More »