Katie B. Hines Senior Center News

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 19 January 2016 05:00

We are back to our normal hours—Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Lunch at 12:00.
We still offer exercise Monday,  Wednesday, and  Thursday at 9:00 AM. Bridge is offered at 1:00PM every Tuesday.
Line Dancing is 3:30PM on Monday. Quilting is at 10:00AM on Thursday. We have started a new class of basket weaving at 10:00AM on Thursday.  If you want to play cards come Monday evening at 6:30PM or on Tuesday after lunch. Bingo will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Need help A Veteran representative will be at the Center on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Local company creates free Senior Scam Alert Guide as weapon

(January 2016) - Scammers beware. 2016 is the year seniors resolve to fight back and stop becoming easy targets.
Financial scams aimed at seniors are considered “crimes of the 21st century.” From email and phone calls to mail, criminals use all sorts of methods to steal from unsuspecting seniors. According to recent reports on elder financial abuse:
 Seniors lose $36.48 billion each year to scams.*
Elderly victims reported losing an average of $30,000, while some suffered losses of more than  $100,000.** 
SYNERGY HomeCare wants to help stop this crime spree targeting the elderly by arming seniors and their families with valuable information on how to spot a scam.
The free downloadable SYNERGY HomeCare Senior Scam Alert guide lists the top eight most common scams that target seniors, along with the warning signs of each scam and information on how to avoid becoming a victim.
 Silver Scam Alert!
The illicit eight includes:
• Contractor fraud
• Romance scams
• Phishing
• Grandparent scams
• Overpayment scams
• Medicare scams
• Bogus charities
• Prize award calls and mail
“Scammers recruit their victims in various ways, but the goal is the same — to fool their victims into giving away either their hard-earned money or to steal their identity,” says Peter Tourian, Founder and CEO of SYNERGY HomeCare, a leading in-home senior care company with offices in our area. “We’re tired of con artists taking advantage of seniors, so we decided to help seniors fight back by creating a guide outlining the latest scams and giving them the tips and tools to help them avoid becoming victims.”
 Easy Targets - Why are seniors easy prey? Seniors tend to be more trusting, plus they are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts.
Crime But No Punishment
Seniors typically don’t report the crime either because they’re afraid or embarrassed. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that for every one case that gets recognized, dozens more go unreported. Financial crimes are also hard to prosecute, and it’s even tougher to recoup any losses. The key is spotting a scam before becoming a victim!
Knowledge is power. Help us get the word out to local seniors and their families. We’re happy to set up interviews with representatives from SYNERGY HomeCare in your area and possibly seniors, too. Don’t forget you can download and print out your free copy of the SYNERGY HomeCare Senior Scam Alert Guide  here - or post the link on your website and other social media accounts: www.synergyhome care.com/media-room/audiovideo/2016/senior -scam-alert-guide/
About SYNERGY HomeCare: SYNERGY HomeCare is a national franchise of non-medical home care dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need -- including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more.  For additional information, please visit  www.synergyhomecare.com

Nation Must Embrace Families Caring for Older Adults Too

The Assisted Living Federation of America, which advocates for excellence in senior living, applauds President Obama’s remarks in the State of the Union speech highlighting the need to hire veterans and support working families caring for children. We hope that as a nation we can also make progress on supporting those members of our growing aging population and the families who love and care for them. In 2013, the Commission on Long-Term Care submitted a report to Congress with recommendations for expansion of private savings incentives and access to workplace savings options along with reforms and improvements in the private long term care insurance market. “We support public policy initiatives that increase access to private-pay solutions for funding long term services and supports and stand ready to work with the Administration and Congress to come together to develop workable and common sense reforms to address the needs of our nation’s aging population,” ALFA President and CEO James Balda said.
“The state of our nation is changing at a remarkable pace, including the makeup of its population that will affect the fabric of the United States for decades to come,” Balda said. “The swelling ranks of the nation’s older adults are creating a complex array of opportunities and challenges for issues including healthcare, lifestyle choices, healthy aging, and long-term care financing.”
By 2040, aging baby boomers will push up the U.S. population aged 80 and over to 28 million, more than three times the number in 2000, according to a 2014 study from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation. Many of these boomers today are looking for options in places to call home for their parents and in a decade or two, perhaps for themselves. Currently, more than 735,000 seniors live in senior living communities where they can get the assistance they need when they need it while maintaining their privacy, dignity, and respect with the assistance of a professional, caring staff. A 2013 poll shows that 94% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of life in their community.  “While senior living communities are working for many people today, there are challenges in providing long term services and supports (LTSS). For example, finding a way to pay for these services is a growing concern for older adults, persons with disabilities and their families,” Balda said. “Anything we can do to expand private pay options that will alleviate growing pressure on Medicare and Medicaid is well worth pursuing and in the interest of all Americans.”
About the Assisted Living Federation of America - Since 1990, ALFA has advocated for choice, accessibility, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all seniors. ALFA’s programs promote business and operational excellence designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in the field of senior living. Visit ALFA’s website at alfa.org.


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