To obtain the contact information for Adult Protective Services in your area, call the Eldercare Locator, a government sponsored national resource line, at: 1-800-677-1116, or visit their website at: www.eldercare.gov.
"While using the Internet is a great skill at any age, the slower speed of adoption among some older people makes them easier targets for automated Internet scams that are ubiquitous on the web and email programs. Pop-up browser windows simulating virus-scanning software will fool victims into either downloading a fake anti-virus program (at a substantial cost) or an actual virus that will open up whatever information is on the user’s computer to scammers.
Their unfamiliarity with the less visible aspects of browsing the web (firewalls and built-in virus protection, for example) make seniors especially susceptible to such traps. One example includes:
Email/phishing scams: A senior receives email messages that appear to be from a legitimate company or institution, asking them to “update” or “verify” their personal information. A senior receives emails that appear to be from the IRS about a tax refund."
Read more here: https://www.ncoa.org/economic-security/money-management/scams-security/top-10-scams-targeting-seniors/
"Millions of Californians are newly eligible for a health care benefit that could determine the treatment they receive in their final days – and most don’t know it.
Medi-Cal, which covers more than 13 million Californians, and Medicare, with more than 5 million California enrollees, now pay for “advance care planning” discussions with doctors..."
Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/news/state/california/article87576907.html#storylink=cpy
Caring for a loved-one with Alzheimer's or dementia can be challenging. Inspired by love for a grandfather that battled Alzheimer's, a teen invented SafeWander-- a sensor/app that can alert caregivers if a loved one wanders. This invention can give families a peace-of-mind and help keep dementia patients in secure and loving environments. To learn more about this clever teen's project, visit: http://www.aarp.org/disrupt-aging/stories/solutions/info-2016/kenneth-shiozuka-wearable-sensor.html?cmp=SNO-ICM-FB-BDA-BR&socialid=483424719
The National Parks Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Summer is a great time to enjoy our beautiful national parks. To encourage seniors to visit, the National Parks Service offers a senior pass. To learn more about it, visit their site here: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html?linkId=25307158