Government Imposter Scams

Via Federal Trade Commission By Carol Kando-Pineda You get a text, call, or email from someone who says they’re with the government. They may claim to be a U.S. Marshal, saying you must pay a fine for missing jury duty. Or the IRS, saying that you owe thousands in back taxes. Some might threaten legal action, deportation, or arrest if you don’t pay up or … Continue reading Government Imposter Scams

Social Security Helps You Care for Seniors

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. This is an opportunity for everyone, all over the world, to voice their opposition to abuses inflicted on some of the most vulnerable members of our society. For more than 80 years, Social Security has provided for the elderly as part of our everyday mission. Sometimes a family member … Continue reading Social Security Helps You Care for Seniors

Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By: Rachel Autera-Polzin, Volunteer Intern Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, but who comprises the elderly population? Anyone can become a victim, including your grandmothers and grandfathers, neighbors and friends. Elder Abuse Awareness Day was created to raise awareness of abuse and neglect of older adults. In Michigan, there are approximately 40,000-50,000 elder abuse cases annually; which include physical abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. However, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of elder abuse cases that go unreported each year. Some of the abusers in these cases are family, caretakers, or medical personnel. Cases are unreported … Continue reading Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Share financial information with your spouse now to avoid problems later

Via Consumer Financial Protection Bureau By Erin Scheithe It’s common for couples to share their financial lives but not the responsibility for managing household finances. It might be time-consuming for both of you to review your bills, as well as spending and savings plans each month. But if responsibilities unexpectedly shift due to a sudden illness or loss of a spouse, getting up to speed quickly … Continue reading Share financial information with your spouse now to avoid problems later

May 2018 is Older Americans Month – The 2017 Profile of Older Americans

Every year, an annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population is compiled by the Administration on Aging (AoA). AOA uses the latest statistics from U.S. Census data and this data provides a Profile of Older Americans. The profile shows data on changes in demographics of the population over age 65. The profile is available in PDF format. Data tables are also available … Continue reading May 2018 is Older Americans Month – The 2017 Profile of Older Americans

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator  National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be celebrated this year during the week of April 8-14th. This is a week dedicated to raising awareness about victimization, the effect it has on the individual, their family, friends, and the community around them.   The theme for this year’s event is “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims”. This is meant to emphasize the importance of communities, organizations, professionals, and … Continue reading National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Caregiver’s Guide to Driving Issues

By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls each week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when there are concerns about a loved one’s driving. In this post, I will discuss issues that arise when a caregiver becomes aware of potential problems for an older driver, and the resources that are available … Continue reading Caregiver’s Guide to Driving Issues

8 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Card

By Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator In April 2018, new Medicare cards will be sent out and the new card will include a new Medicare Number. The mailing for these new cards will be staggered throughout the year and it is expected to end by April 2019. Here are 8 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Card: Medicare will mail you a new card, and this change … Continue reading 8 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Card

The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  Even though you may have smoked for years and had no difficulties that you know of, it would benefit you greatly to quit. It will be difficult but not impossible. You may need help and may have to try several different approaches to find the one that will work best for you. If you are not successful at your first attempt, do not give up. If you … Continue reading The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

Airbag Safety for Aging Drivers

By Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator Older adults (age 65 and up) comprise 20% of all drivers licensed in Michigan, and this number is projected to increase. Older drivers are more likely than other age groups to engage in the following crash related driving behaviors: failure to yield, disregard of traffic control, improper lane use, improper turn, and improper backing.  In addition, the risk of injury or death is higher for … Continue reading Airbag Safety for Aging Drivers