Social Security Informing You About Recent Scams

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist The most effective way to defeat scammers is to know how to identify scams.  You should just hang up on any call you’re uncertain of and ignore suspicious emails.  Scammers are always finding new ways to steal your money and personal information by exploiting your fears. One common tactic scammers use is posing as federal agents … Continue reading Social Security Informing You About Recent Scams

Prevention of Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Home

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan We can prevent many common slips, trips, and falls in the home. Many accidents in the home happen because of some simple things we overlook. However, when we get older, we should make changes in the home for safety reasons so we can continue to be independent in our homes longer. Since I … Continue reading Prevention of Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Home

Safety Tips for Seniors Who Live Alone

By Shanon Gallagher, MiCAFE Network Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Most people enjoy the independence of living on their own, so it is not surprising that you and your loved ones would prefer to continue to live on your own for as long as possible. However, as you age you may go through subtle changes that make you more susceptible to accidents. According … Continue reading Safety Tips for Seniors Who Live Alone

Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors Citizens

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan June is crime prevention month for senior citizens. The senior citizen population is a vulnerable age group because they are more likely to be on low or reduced incomes, more likely to live alone, and more likely to suffer from physical and cognitive impairments. Some types of crime could be but are not limited to … Continue reading Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors Citizens

Helpful Hints for Unwanted Apartment Invaders

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you need some helpful household hints to ward off or proof your home against some of the most popular guests; stink bugs (brown marmorated), bed bugs, roaches, and ants? Do you just need those unwanted guests not to enter your home, or pack-up and move out as soon as possible? Even with limited … Continue reading Helpful Hints for Unwanted Apartment Invaders

Keeping Warm and Staying Safe During the Winter Months

By Betsy Smith, Network Shareholder and Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan It is no joke that Michigan winters can be brutal, and we are just now heading into the coldest part of the year. Between trying to keep warm and stay safe in wintry weather, older adults are faced with several challenges during the winter season. Older adults can lose body heat easier than when … Continue reading Keeping Warm and Staying Safe During the Winter Months

2019 Fall Season Health and Safety Reminders for Seniors

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan The 2019 fall season is upon us with cooler temperatures, changing colors of leaves, animals gathering food for storage, and people letting go of the hustle and bustle of the hot weather. However, this is a critical time for the senior population. Fall marks the time to remind seniors of health and safety … Continue reading 2019 Fall Season Health and Safety Reminders for Seniors

Domestic Violence Awareness

By Shirley Brown, Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Domestic violence is one of the most horrific crimes a person can be subjected to. The individual who commits the crime quite often goes unpunished. Perpetrators often hide their behavior from the public and seem to be ordinary upstanding people; pretending to be a loving and caring partner in public, while at home … Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness

Protecting seniors from financial exploitation

Via The Sault News By Scott Brand Addressing what some call “The Crime of the 21st Century” Dr. Peter Lichtenberg of Wayne State University delivered an eye-opening presentation on the prevalence of financial exploitation in older adults. And the statistics reveal that it is growing at a rapid rate. In 2013, there were on average 1,300 suspicious activity reports a month, a figure that jumped … Continue reading Protecting seniors from financial exploitation

Protecting Finances in your Golden Years

Via Cheboygan Daily Tribune By Scott Brand With swindlers, con artists and unscrupulous family members stealing billions of dollars annually from older Americans, Empowerment Specialist Stephanie Woods of Elder Law of Michigan has partnered with local agencies to help protect senior in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. “He’s a national expert in financial capacity assessment and financial exploitation of older adults,” said Woods in introducing Dr. … Continue reading Protecting Finances in your Golden Years