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Friday March 20, 2009 - Issue #424

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Session Lesson

This week marks the tenth anniversary of my annual pilgrimage to the National Council on Aging/American Society on Aging annual conference. This is always a great time to catch up with many of the nation’s eldercare thought leaders as well as find out what is new with regards to information and advice for family caregivers. One very interesting session that I attended dealt with new statistics about an issue of great importance to us- preventing elder financial abuse. Our friends at MetLife Mature Market Institute, the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have just come out with comprehensive guidelines addressing the issue. And it is no small concern since annually almost three billion dollars are lost to financial abuse of our elder loved ones.

Here are a few of their important tips to help avoid being a victim of financial abuse:

  1. Involve people you trust in making important financial decisions.
  2. Use direct deposit for Social Security and other payments to prevent mail theft.
  3. Sign all of your own checks.
  4. Keep important papers and legal documents in a safe, secure place.
  5. Never give out your social security number over the telephone.
  6. Keep your important legal documents (such as power of attorney) updated.
  7. Do not share your important passwords with anyone.
  8. You are not being rude by hanging up when a solicitor calls.
  9. You can add your name and phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry by calling 1888-382-1222.
  10. Be wary if someone asks you to change your will or add his or her name to your bank accounts or property title.
  11. Do not be afraid or embarrassed to discuss your concerns with someone you trust. The situation could become worse if you do nothing.
  12. If you receive a solicitation that sounds too good to be true – it probably is.

The lesson of the session: as in all things of importance to our loved ones wellbeing, you can do no better than to trust your own instincts.


Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Living Separate Lives "Together"

When advanced care means living apart
from your spouse

By  Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Marriages that last for a lifetime are rare and precious. Older couples have experienced joys, weathered many storms and have endured the tests of time.  ....Continued

Additional Article
What's In A Name?

By  Patricia Hampton, Staff Writer

Scooters. Just the name alone makes you feel sporty, zipping along from here to there to get the job done. That they’re often used by those whose mobility is otherwise limited is a sobering reality hidden beneath the speedy application of innovative technology.  ....Continued

Guest Column
A Call to Action:
Caregivers to Fight for Consumer Directed Care
By  Gema G. Hernandez, D.P.A.

Caregivers are the backbone of this society and as such, the country must begin to honor and support their needs and desires. Without caregivers willing to give up their personal lives to keep their loved ones at home, the economic crisis our country is presently facing will be much worse and the Medicaid deficit may reach a trillion dollar amount within the year. ...Continued

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Caregiving 101 
By Michael Plontz

A family member has just been diagnosed with an illness that will eventually require round-the-clock care. Of course you want to be the one giving that care. This decision is usually made without hesitation; of course we want to be our loved one’s caregiver. ...Continued



I am the caregiver for my brother. He will soon be 69 and he has Medicare and insurance from his retirement, but neither will pay anything toward the cost of incontinence supplies. He is not eligible for Medicaid. After we pay bills and buy food , we have no money for anything else. He has diabetes, dementia, and he has had two strokes. Now he has developed this severe incontinence problem of the kidneys and the bowels. It is extremely difficult to keep him clean . If there are any resources available that will help fund these products, I would certainly appreciate the information. 

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Session Lesson
Living Separate Lives "Together"
Guest Column
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