Fraud Prevention Checklist

New technology & communication, while opening the door for many positive avenues of progress, also makes us more susceptible as targets for scammers.  These individuals reach out to as many people as possible under some guise until they find someone who falls for their tricks.  The range of tricks being used by such scammers is […]

How to Get Rid of Junk Mail and Telemarketing Calls for Good

As a child, I used to get so excited when I received something in the mail. Maybe it was because the only time I would get mail was either around my birthday or Christmas and it usually contained a check from my grandmother. Now, as an adult, my relationship with mail is quite the opposite. […]

Senior Living Communities Urged to Protect Residents from Financial Exploitation

Older adults are at high risk of financial abuse and scams. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a government agency that helps consumers take more control over their economic lives, older Americans lose close to $3 billion to financial exploitation each year! The CFPB even calls this threat “the crime of the 21st […]

Not All Senior Financial Advisors Are Created Equal

Our nation’s growing senior population means that an increasing number of older adults will need help managing their household wealth, retirement accounts and other assets. In response, more financial advisors are claiming to be experts on the financial needs of older adults. But according to a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the […]

Five Things to Know Before Consulting Dr. Google

Every evening for two weeks, Susan experienced a stomach ache. She kept meaning to call her doctor, but the pain always disappeared by morning. Susan decided to go online to research her symptoms. Going to her favorite search engine, she keyboarded “stomach pain.” Scrolling through the results, she clicked on links: Appendicitis? Colon cancer? A […]

Senate Special Committee on Aging Launches Anti-Fraud Hotline

If you or someone you know suspects they have been the victim of a scam or fraud aimed at seniors, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has set up a toll-free hotline to help. The hotline was unveiled in late 2013 to make it easier for senior citizens to report suspected fraud and receive […]

Resolving Conflicts Over End-Of-Life Care: Mayo Clinic Experts Offer Tips

It’s one of the toughest questions patients and their loved ones can discuss with physicians: When is further medical treatment futile? The conversation can become even more difficult if patients or their families disagree with health care providers’ recommendations on end-of-life care. Early, clear communication between patients and their care teams, choosing objective surrogates to […]

Safe Social Networking for Seniors

Safe Social Networking for Seniors Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites, once the domain of young people, are increasingly popular with older adults. They are using social networking sites to stay connected with family and friends, and to make new friends. University of Alabama Birmingham researchers showed that going online diminishes depression. And a […]

Help Protect Seniors Against Fraud

If it sounds too good to be true…. We are bombarded by solicitations, contest forms and requests for donations—in our mailbox, by phone, in our e-mail, at the front door, in magazines. [pullquote]“You have won…!”  “Your name has been selected…!”  “Here is your opportunity to buy at a fraction of the cost…!”  “Earn thousands a […]

Subtle Brain Change May Cause Increased Gullibility

A 75-year-old retired professor still regularly delivered guest lectures at universities around the country. “Dad is still so sharp,” his adult children often said. And yet, his family learned that he had fallen victim to an investment scam that cost him thousands of dollars. It has long been known that seniors are at higher risk […]