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.
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 2030’s are expected to be an important decade for the U.S. population. In 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65 meaning that 1 in every 5 residents will be at retirement age. “The aging of baby boomers means that within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history,” said Jonathan Vespa, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau. “By 2035, there will be 78.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.7 million (previously 76.4 million) under the age of 18.”
A growing number of Americans are living to age 100. Nationwide, the centenarian population has grown 65.8% over the past three decades, from 32,194 people who were age 100 or older in 1980 to 53,364 centenarians in 2010, according to new Census Bureau data. In contrast, the total population has increased 36.3 percent over the same time period. Centenarians in the United States are considerably different from the overall population. LifeFone has collected three characteristics of centenarians.
In the recent headlines, we are seeing inspirational senior citizens who have completed marathons, graduated from college, raced in NASCAR, surf, and much more. Senior citizens are having quite a moment, or perhaps, movement is the better word. The U.S. population is getting older, with the average life expectancy of 76 for men, and 81 for women. Many of today’s seniors aren’t content to sit still and age quietly, nor should they be.
One of the most important things we can do for our aging loved ones is to make sure that they are keeping themselves properly nourished. Often times it can be hard for them to get out to the grocery store, or to even consider what they may even feel like eating. Because of that, taking the time to do some meal prep ahead for them may be an option that would work for your loved one.