By Maureen Patterson | 6.22.2020 The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has been receiving complaints of unsolicited callers using the fear and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic to prey on Medicare beneficiaries. SMPs, who operate in every state, help beneficiaries prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse. How to spot a scam or fraud
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“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The
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Every month in Sex at Our Age, award-winning senior sexpert Joan Price answers your questions about everything from loss of desire to solo sex and partner issues. Nothing is out of bounds! If you’re over 60, submit your questions to this column by emailing Joan directly at sexpert@seniorplanet.org.  A reader asks:  I would like to
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Although the end (hopefully) to lockdown is almost in sight for some of us, once we emerge we’re going to find that living in pajama bottoms disguised all the weight we’ve gained by our limited activity (and unlimited fridge access). Personally, I was happy to just hold the line, maybe lose a pound or two.
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By Susan Stiles, PhD | 6.12.2020 “I look forward to the calls each week.” This comment was typical of the feedback that Peggy Schmidt received when she offered a virtual Aging Mastery “book club” to her rural constituents in Wisconsin. As the Caregiver/Health Promotion Specialist for the Aging & Disability Resource Center there, she transformed
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When the nationwide advice to stay at home to stop-the-spread of coronavirus was issued in mid-March, an estimated 70 million U.S. grandparents faced the most emotionally wrenching part of stopping the spread: keeping your distance from the grandkids. Older adults, more vulnerable to a severe infection if they got COVID-19, can’t visit their grandchildren. At
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By Brandy Bauer | 6.3.2020 In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people used NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp® to get help to afford food and prescription medications during this troubling economic time. While the economy is slowly recovering, it’s important to know that BenefitsCheckUp® can connect older adults, caregivers, and the professionals who serve them
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If you want to order groceries online, know that supermarket policies for delivery and pickup vary – wildly! Here are current policies for some major chains; pay on their website by credit or debit card. We chose to use a gallon of whole milk to use for price comparisons.  Safeway Type your zipcode to see if
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We’re going into the third month of lockdown.  How are you doing?  What’s your biggest challenge, and how have you addressed it? Have you picked up a new hobby? Learned a new skill?  Do you binge watch TV?  Have you tackled some long-delayed chores?   Started an online class? What gets you through the day?
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By Terri Maxwell, Ph.D., APRN | 5.29.2020 The role of community-based palliative care (CBPC) for supporting seriously ill people at home has never been more critical, with the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting the chronically ill and those age 60+. This vulnerable population faces a double risk, first from the virus and second from the effects
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If you’re feeling the raw edge of the terrifying world pandemic of COVID-19, you are not alone. And while now might seem a tough time to experience gratitude, doing just that can provide soothing comfort in these scary weeks.  Look around. If you’re healthy with a roof overhead, there’s lots to be grateful for. Are
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It’s like Festivus came early this year!  Some of us are entering the third month of lockdown, and tempers are getting especially frayed, but you don’t need three months of house arrest to start feeling a little…tetchy.  Being confined to home and “suiting up” before for that rare trip outside, foregoing haircuts – it all
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Welcome to our second week discussion of… The Dutch House by Ann Patchett We read chapters 8-15 this week. What did you think? What are you liking so far? What questions are popping up for you? Start discussing in the comments below! For next Tuesday, June 2, we’ll read part III of the book (chapters
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