Tax Scams Targeting Older Adults

Being caught in tax scams can happen to anyone, even though most of us think we’re too smart to get fleeced. Unfortunately, even the most cautious person can get ripped off. When older adults are defrauded, the effects can be devastating.

One insidious fraud making the rounds during tax season involves IRS impersonators. Swindlers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card, money order or a wire transfer. They threaten those who refuse to pay with a grand jury indictment, immediate arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. Read More

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Age-friendly bathroom remodels

Activities that are easy now may become more difficult in the future: Going up and down stairs, standing up from sitting, getting in and out of the tub, catching your balance if you start to slip. . . . As you consider aging in place, it is wise to keep these issues in mind, particularly about the bathroom.

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What Is Aging Life Care?

Overwhelmed by the choices and decisions involved with caring for an older loved one? Hit with an emergency or crisis situation and not sure where to start? Or do you want to plan for your own aging and make your own decisions?

No matter your individual situation or preferences, Aging Life Care Professionals™ offer a client-centered approach to guide individuals and families to actions and decisions that focus on well-being and the best care choices for your situation. Read More

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Social Security and the newly single

Life has a way of throwing us curveballs.

The unexpected death of a spouse—or a divorce—can certainly wreak havoc on your emotions. It can also throw a wrench in your finances.

If you are age 62 or older, here are some Social Security basics to bear in mind as you regain your financial footing or make contingency plans.

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Know Your Options: The Pros and Cons of Living at Home as You Age

Aging in place, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is “the ability to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.” Ninety percent of individuals 65 years of age and older report that they would prefer to continue living in their current residence as they age.

There are times, however, when the desire to age in place doesn’t match reality. If and when an individual’s home can no longer support independence, safety, and comfort, or when a health change makes it difficult to thrive within that environment, it might be time to consider options.

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