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Watch Out for Fake Celebrity Scams Targeted toward Seniors

By |2021-11-12T07:18:52-08:00November 17th, 2021|

Celebrities are fun to follow in the news and on social media. It’s entertaining to read stories about celebrities’ families, their homes, and other details about their personal lives. So, it’s easy to see how someone can quickly become star-struck when they receive an unexpected message from their favorite actor, athlete, or musician. While it

Beware of Holiday Scammers– Red Flags to Watch For

By |2021-11-12T07:14:14-08:00November 10th, 2021|

The holiday season is one of the best times to spend time with family, friends, and neighbors.  However, as people prepare for gift exchanges and other festivities, the generous mindset of the season can open up opportunities for scammers. Senior scams have been around for years.  But the holiday season tends to be especially high

Tech Support Scams: What Not To Do

By |2021-10-12T15:59:33-07:00October 20th, 2021|

Everyday, people of all ages are connected via smartphones, tablets, and computers. While technology is a great resource, it can be frustrating when problems arise. Tech support is often required to resolve digital issues. Yet, for seniors, getting tech support can often turn perilous. Scammers know that families rely on tech support. They have embraced

Seniors: Beware of Telemarketing Scams

By |2021-10-12T15:54:37-07:00October 13th, 2021|

Telemarketing scams have been around for years. Yet, people continue to fall victim to them.  Often, scammers view older adults as ideal targets since they are low risk and typically have robust retirement savings. You can protect your loved ones by teaching them about phone, computer, and marketing scams. Sharing this information helps them implement

Tips for Managing Stress for Seniors During Turbulent Times

By |2021-09-07T21:37:25-07:00September 15th, 2021|

It may feel like everywhere you turn, you are met with upsetting updates. Whether it’s the news about Covid-19, an incoming hurricane, or concern about a family member, it seems you can’t escape from troubling stories. What tools can you implement to healthily process what you are hearing without letting it get you down? If

How to Recognize and Address Depression in the Aging

By |2021-09-07T21:32:42-07:00September 8th, 2021|

Depression in aging adults is prevalent. It often goes unnoticed. Sometimes it is due to elder abuse or neglect, wherein the caretaker is not paying attention to the signs and symptoms of depression. Other times, depression can creep up slowly. It is not always apparent unless you’re looking for signs. Here are some signs of

How Scammers Use Obituary Details to Target the Bereaved

By |2021-08-20T11:51:19-07:00August 18th, 2021|

Be very careful when you post an obituary for your loved one. Scammers can glean key information, such as the person’s full name, birthplace, birthdate, and date of death, with the intent to steal their identity and more.  Some scams targeting the bereaved include: Posing as insurance agents or debt collectors, saying that the deceased

Medication Safety in Nursing Homes: What to Watch For

By |2021-07-01T14:16:01-07:00July 14th, 2021|

Nursing homes should be places of support and safety, serving the needs of residents who require lifestyle assistance. When a family chooses a nursing home for a loved one, careful consideration is paid to location, quality care, and other factors. The nursing home staff is a critical component, given that this is where the potential

How to Report Elder Abuse Anonymously

By |2021-07-01T14:03:05-07:00July 7th, 2021|

Older adults are often at risk for various types of elder abuse. This can include physical, emotional, mental, sexual, and financial abuse. Unfortunately, these seniors can’t always protect themselves from the perpetrators. You can help by monitoring the situation and reporting any unusual activity when appropriate. It can be shocking to discover an incident of

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