Elder fraud has become an epidemic among senior citizens, and as unfortunate as it may be, scam artists view your elderly parents as easy targets. Since elder fraud often goes unreported, the exact figures are unknown, but it is estimated that over $40 billion is stolen from senior citizens in the U.S. each year. While law enforcement is making strides in protecting against elder fraud, it is difficult to bring the perpetrators to justice since their trail usually leads to a dead end as schemers move on to the next fraud. It is important for caregivers to help their elderly loved ones protect themselves against fraud. The following list provides an outline of what the elderly should do to avoid becoming victims of fraud.
Monthly Archives: June 2018
We are rapidly approaching that time of year when we wish America a Happy Birthday. One would be hard pressed to find a single American who doesn’t have fond memories of the Fourth of July. The excitement, the music, the baseball games, the family picnic ‚ oh yeah, AND the fireworks. Their sheer beauty alone makes the day worth it. It is all fun and games but everyone should think about fireworks safety.
Research shows that senior citizens are among the fasted growing segment on Facebook. This makes sense because social media sites like Facebook allow seniors to keep in touch with friends and family across the miles. Using social media also provides an opportunity for interaction with their favorite brands or television shows. Web chatting sites such as Skype or Google Hangouts also provide face-to-face interaction as a way to truly stay connected to friends and family.
The cliche of “use it or lose it” holds true when it comes to both your body and your mind. That is even more crucial in the elderly. If they keep their minds and bodies active and healthy they will age more gracefully and will be more engaged in life’s activities for much longer. An active mind and body will help them to live a more full life.
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month is sponsored by the National Safety Council. Each week has a different focus. At LifeFone, your safety is out number one priority. With that in mind, the National Safety Council breaks it down into several steps you can take to ensure your home and surrounding are safe.
Caregiving is among one of the most important jobs a person takes on during his or her life. It's a task that takes time and patience and one that most of us are never prepared for. Being a family caregiver takes a lot of time, effort and work. For many, it's a role that comes on suddenly, without warning or simply evolves.
Now that your children have grown and moved out, you may be thinking, it’s time to travel. At Lifefone, we agree! After decades of cramming travel into long weekends and limited vacation time, it’s time to set new goals to see new places. If you’ve retired, or shifted gears to a job with more flexibility, you have the time to explore and do more things. Here’s some tips to get you started on the right foot.
Being a ‘senior’ no longer equates with being ‘old’ and ‘unable’. It can actually have many perks associated with it, and one can be that you are able to downsize your living space. Having a large house is great when you are raising small children, but after they’ve grown and started their own families, smaller and less to take care of could be a good thing.