Unfortunately the aging population is a target for scam artists to make money. Elder Fraud seems to accelerate as the summer heats up. Crime prevention experts tell us the statistics on summer scams against seniors shouldn’t be ignored. If you are the adult child of an older adult, educating them on the most common types of scams is the best defense.
The Internet, social media, and technology in general have all made identify theft a growing problem. Seniors are often targeted for a variety of reasons. Experts say some of the more common ones include:
• Home loans that are paid in full
• Lower debt makes applying for credit in their name easier
• Seniors are less likely to check their credit report or apply for a loan
Every fall, November is designated as National Home Care and Hospice Month. This is a time of year when hospice advocates work to educate the public about end-of-life care and all the benefits it provides for patients and their families. It also gives hospice organizations the opportunity to honor and thank the teams of professionals who dedicate their lives to providing quality care and support.
The holidays can be an especially difficult time for those grieving the loss of a loved one, and yet they also provide us with an opportunity to remember those we’ve lost and the light that still shines in our hearts in remembrance.
As the age of the population climbs, there are more grandparents alive today than ever before. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts one in five people will be over the age of 65 by the time we reach the year 2030. It will mark the first time in history when there are more people over the age of 65 than children under age of five in the U.S.
Taking good care of your skin is important at any age. And it goes beyond just the cosmetics of trying to look younger. Did you know that skin cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States. It has become an epidemic in more recent years. Research shows that over the past three decades, more people in this country have been treated for skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined. One in five people will be treated for it in their lifetime.
The holidays can be a tough time of year to eat healthy. For older adults who live with chronic health conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes, making healthy food choices at holiday gatherings and events is important, as is avoiding the extra few pounds many people pack on during the season. To help you make better choices during this year’s festivities, we’ve pulled together a few suggestions.
For some older adults, the medications developed to help relieve the pain and symptoms of arthritis can create side effects including kidney problems and stomach ulcers. There are, however, some natural remedies that might prove to be of help.
Studies show that complications and mortality among seniors who break their hip is higher for men than women. Some research shows a man’s risk to be as much as three times greater than a woman.
Most of us are aware of how important it is to continue to exercise as we age. Having a regular exercise routine can help seniors in a variety of ways, ranging from fall prevention to avoiding depression and relieving arthritis. The challenge that often presents itself is how to find safe forms of exercise that can accommodate the physical limitations aging often causes.