Senior Living


Health & Spirit

Senior Center seeks financial help

ASHTABULA -- The burden of maintaining two buildings last year has put the Senior Center in a precarious financial situation, according to the Ashtabula County Council on Aging.

With an annual operating budget of $240,000, the Senior Center operates five days per week, serving dozens of area seniors with hot meals, help paying for ...Read more

Elder abuse a 'huge, expensive and lethal' problem for states

WASHINGTON - We know that victims of elder abuse tend to be socially isolated, physically weakened and struggling to maintain their independence. They are reliant on family, friends or caregivers who violate their trust.

What we don't know, because elder abuse is underreported, is how big the problem really is.

There are no official ...Read more

Detroit Free Press Susan Tompor column

Chicago street gangs, rap videos and guys who are skilled at "making paper" are all on the front edge of a scam that's already cost banks millions of dollars.

It's called "cracking cards."

What's weird about this scam is that con artists don't target and trick the elderly. Instead, millennials naively hand over PIN numbers for their ATM ...Read more

Ways to value-travel this summer

It's already baking hot and beads of perspiration are more due to weather than stress, but this is a good sign because it means summer holidays are coming. Children's examinations are over, and increment time is just round the corner--both good excuses to pack bags and fly away.

This year, Mint Money's holiday special's theme is ...Read more

Advocates seek more funds to fight elder abuse

Ramona Wilson tidied her house, parked both of her cars in her garage, shut all the doors and turned on the engines.

But before she could climb behind the wheel and asphyxiate herself, she was interrupted by a tap, tap, tap on her front door.

Two strangers stood on her porch. Wilson was angry at being interrupted and wanted to chase them away....Read more

Javier Moreno: Wrestling a dream

It's been said that "life is like a deck of cards and we each have to play the hand we're dealt." While somewhat funny and somewhat cynical, this statement is 100 percent true. As a kid, if I had a chance to start all over or to be the card dealer of life, I probably would have cheated or fought hard to deal myself a better hand.

Javier ...Read more

Medical alert scam shut down

Most people who got those annoying robocalls offering them free medical alerts knew the devices weren't really free. We now know how much they cost..

Authorities announced a settlement earlier this month with nine companies and four individuals they allege were behind the deceptive calls. The settlement imposed a judgment of about $23 ...Read more

The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) Paul Muschick column

Most people who got those annoying robocalls offering them free medical alerts knew the devices weren't really free. We now know how much they cost.

Authorities announced a settlement last week with nine companies and four individuals they allege were behind the deceptive calls. The settlement imposed a judgment of about $23 million, the ...Read more

Officer's killing is backdrop to Mendota Heights election

The killing this summer of a Mendota Heights police officer is proving to be a notable backdrop to the campaigns for mayor and council.

In a public forum this month, much of the discussion revolved around crime.

When it didn't, a key target for many was economic development: attracting more of the businesses so critical to a city's tax ...Read more

Should people eligible for food stamps take them? Poll

We published a story the other day about a survey that showed Oregon's economy would get an estimated $500 million if citizens eligible for food stamps but not presently taking them suddenly accepted the federal money.

One of the key points of the story was that a Portland-based nonprofit was reaching out to senior citizens, many of whom are ...Read more

Los Angeles Times Sandy Banks column

It began with a geriatric black-Lab mix who'd been picked up as a stray and locked in a cage at the South Los Angeles animal shelter. Hillary Rosen was trolling the shelter for dogs to save last summer when she spotted the woebegone mutt.

"She was horrible-looking and she barked at me from her kennel," Rosen recalled. "But there was ...Read more

Food stamp use keeps rising among Erie County's older population

Like thousands of other older people in Erie County, Davis Feaster signed up for the federal food stamp benefit since the recession triggered by the 2008 financial crisis. Most have not been as desperate as Feaster.

"Right now, I don't have food," the 78-year-old Feaster said one day last week outside an East Side supermarket. "I'm cashing ...Read more

Interns, getting foot in the door, bring diversity to workplace

TERRE HAUTE -- Shanya Tompkins interviewed with Coldwell Banker-Troy Helman Realtors, anticipating an eight-week, part-time summer internship.

Instead, Bernice Helman was so impressed with the 18-year-old Terre Haute North Vigo High School graduate, she hired her as a full-time intern for the summer. Tompkins also will continue to work ...Read more

Seniors on edge as South Sacramento mobile home park opens to all

On a bright summer morning, the streets of the Capital Estates mobile home park in south Sacramento are quiet -- just the way the residents like it. The early risers who work out in the neatly kept clubhouse have been and gone, and it's not quite time yet for the park's ongoing slate of potlucks and senior-oriented activities, including a "...Read more

Critical connections

Al Gilmour stumbled across a gem for bringing together professionals in the elder services industry while on a business trip to Olympia. Three years later, Spokane County has a similar group to network and build businesses and services that specialize in aging while also raising money to help local seniors in need.

The Senior Action Network...Read more

Spirit of America awards local volunteers

AUBURN -- David Trider is one of those people.

Whenever someone is in need in the town of Leeds, Trider seems to be around, chipping in with carpentry work here, an electrical fix there and, of course, those 55 years on the volunteer Fire Department.

"There are just so many wonderful things that David has done," Leeds Administrative ...Read more

Senior fair provides information on local resources

FARMINGTON -- Resources to help prevent and deal with elder abuse were highlighted at a forum Tuesday at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Several organizations and businesses showcased some local resources during the Polishing Your Golden Years: A Senior Resource Fair.

Hosted by the Franklin County Domestic Violence Task Force, the fair ...Read more

Movie guide alt: Independent, limited release and foreign-language films

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian...Read more

For LGBT seniors, affordable housing is scarce and often unwelcoming

The walls of Alice Herman's home are covered in photographs.

Herman and Sylvia Purdue, her partner of 45 years, smile in scenes from birthdays and hospital rooms. In black-and-white photos from their younger days, their hair is teased, their makeup flawless.

After Purdue died a few years ago, Herman was left with two cats and enough money ...Read more

Investigations launched into billing by lawyers appointed as guardians

When a woman in his care fell and was injured, an attorney-guardian billed her $135 to talk to her family about what happened and give her father directions to the hospital.

An attorney-guardian charged seniors with dementia legal fees to buy them Christmas presents with their own money.

And another charged an elderly woman $300 for time ...Read more


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