Protecting yourself and loved ones from identity theft


Published in January/February 2020 Issue

Senior identity theft is growing rapidly and people ages 50 and older are commonly targeted.

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Warn Seniors About "The Grandparent Scam"

Published in April/May 2017 Issue

These scammers play on the emotions of a grandparent, knowing that love and concern often will override prudence. The request is always urgent, and the scammer often includes a plausible reason why the grandparent should keep the situation a secret.

FDA Cracks Down on "Miracle" Skin Products

Published in October/November 2015 Issue

There are things we can do to protect our skin, but we won’t find most of them in a fancy jar.

"Planning for Long-Term Care" Wordfind

Published in June/July 2015 Issue

No one can predict the future…but everyone can plan for the coming years. Learning about senior living options is an important part of preparing for the future of every American.

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Paying for Home Improvements

Published in April 2014 Issue

If you are concerned that paying for senior safety improvements is beyond your means, remember that help is available.

Are the Baby Boomers Prepared for Retirement Care?

Published in November 2013 Issue

While a majority of middle-income baby boomers report having at least a rough retirement financial plan in place, an alarming number—72 %—have no plan of any kind to address the day-to-day care they may someday need in retirement, according to a recent study released by the Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement (CSR).

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Hiring a Home Care Worker: The Agency Advantage

Published in October 2013 Issue

If you're not familiar with eldercare options and how to help an aging loved one, chances are you will be in the future! Today, 40 percent of Americans are already involved to some degree in the care of an elderly person. And when older adults prefer to stay in their own homes rather than move to a nursing home or other senior living facility, home care can be a real life saver for the older adult and family caregivers alike.

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People with Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace: Frequently Asked Questions

Published in October 2013 Issue

You have probably heard that a key part of the new healthcare law, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, began on October 1. Seniors on Medicare have expressed confusion about how they are impacted by this new law and what they should do.


Safe Social Networking for Seniors

Published in October 2013 Issue

In the September 2013 issue of Hand in Hand, we took a look at the growing use of internet communications among people over 65. This month, learn about some precautions seniors should take to avoid being victimized by scam artists.

Don't Be Part of the Medical Identity Theft Epidemic

Published in August 2013 Issue

During the ongoing national debate over healthcare reform, there is one point most people can agree on: the need to curtail the growing epidemic of healthcare fraud.

Unnecessary Hospitalizations: Bad for Seniors, Bad for the Economy

Published in May 2013 Issue

he January 22 cover story of the Journal of the American Medical Association focused on the growing problem of unnecessary hospitalization. As our nation's lawmakers wrangle over the topic of health care reform, this is one thing everyone can agree on: these unnecessary hospital trips cost money, and aren't good for the health of seniors.

Top Ten Things to Discuss With Your Senior Parents

Published in February 2013 Issue

Discussing important and very private issues with loved ones who are growing older can be a challenge. 

Three Months Until the Social Security Electronic Switchover

Published in January 2013 Issue

If you are caring for a loved one who receives federal benefit payments by paper check, or if you receive a check on behalf of someone else, you should know that the U.S. Department of the Treasury is requiring that these payments be switched to an electronic option by March 1, 2013.

Avoiding Charity Scams

Published in December 2012 Issue

For many of us, along with exchanging gifts and celebrating traditions, the holidays are a time to feel the spirit of giving by sharing with the less fortunate. This year especially, the need is great and there are many fine organizations that can help ensure our gifts of money or goods get to those who need them.

Online Holiday Shopping: Buyer, Be Cautious

Published in November 2012 Issue

In advance of the holiday season, the FBI reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.

Hospitalized Seniors May Be Surprised By "Observation Stay" Status

Published in October 2012 Issue

Concerned that a growing number of seniors have been unexpectedly forced to pay thousands of dollars for nursing home care after a stay in a hospital, Medicare has launched a pilot project to test whether relaxing its hospital payment rules could help beneficiaries.

Balancing Work and Caregiving

Published in September 2012 Issue

If you are one of the 44 million Americans who is currently caring for an elderly parent or other loved one, chances are you often feel torn between work duties and the tasks of your caregiver role—transportation, personal care, healthcare appointments, and so many other responsibilities.

"If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is"

Published in May 2012 Issue

Unfortunately, criminals and con artists often target vulnerable seniors. Scams and unethical sales methods aimed at older people can cause serious financial loss. Seniors who have been victimized are often ashamed to discuss the incident. Educate yourself and older loved ones about crooked sweepstakes, identity theft and unscrupulous salespersons.

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Advance Directives: Plan Now, Just in Case

Published in April 2012 Issue

We like to think that we will always be capable of making our own health care decisions. Sometimes it works out that way; sometimes it doesn't. Fortunately, advance directives give us a powerful way to think and act ahead of time for such situations, just in case. There are two types of legal documents that are referred to as "advance directives"