Avoiding Senior Fraud

Avoiding Senior Fraud

Sadly, seniors are especially vulnerable to fraud.  While fraud affects over 25 million people per year if you are older than 60, you are at an increased risk of being a target.  Fraud comes in many forms.  Some con artists sell fake products and services by email or telephone.   With election season right around the corner, electoral fraud is another potential threat.  Posing as political volunteers, they try to lure voters into donating money by asking for cash or a credit card number. They may even offer to register you over the phone if you provide your social security number (which is not a legal method of registration in any state).

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How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

Many seniors receive therapy at home for various physical, occupational, speech or cognitive issues.  Are they ever “done”?  How much is “enough”?

The answer to this question clearly varies from person-to-person, but the simplest answer comes from the recipient.  If the therapy recipient is not convinced that they are ready to move on without further help, chances are they are not.  It is incumbent on the therapist in this situation to advocate on behalf of the patient to continue their therapies at home.

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Home Care for Stubborn Aging Parents
Stress: When You are the Caregiver

Stress: When You are the Caregiver

The challenges of taking care of an ill or disabled loved one can place significant stress on a family caregiver.  Unfortunately, dealing with daily stress makes caregivers susceptible to health issues themselves. Caregivers often exhibit signs of stress such as high blood pressure and sleep issues.  This stress can even suggest an increased risk of stroke.

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Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

While 38 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, of those who are older than 70, only 30 percent have hearing aids.  While age is the greatest predictor of hearing loss, the average senior waits seven years to address it. The effects of living with diminished hearing include social isolation which can lead to poorer health consequences.  Men are more likely than women to experience hearing loss.

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Are Pets Your Best “Medicine”?

Are Pets Your Best “Medicine”?

Many seniors feel isolated as they get older. They may have lost close friends or family members and there are fewer opportunities to make new friends as they age. Owning a pet can change that – particularly dogs. Since dogs are pack animals, most welcome social interaction with both people and other dogs. This encourages us to put ourselves out there as well.   Pet ownership provides a common experience that becomes an instantaneous icebreaker.  People tend to bond over animals. We amuse other people with their antics.  We tend to brag about them like they are our children.

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