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Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 7 Ways You Can Help

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIt’s easy to miss elder abuse. Austin, Texas. Mid-1980s. I’m sitting at lunch with a casual friend, who is living with and taking care of her mom. Mom is slack-jawed, with a vacant stare, but she knows what she wants: her portion, and more, of the french fries she’s sharing with her daughter. As mom reaches for one more fry, my friend’s hand flashes out, spearing her mom’s hand with a fork. Mom’s reaction is much quieter than it should …

Are Your Parents at Risk for Financial Fraud?

Posted on 06/13/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAfter a lifetime of working and saving, our parents shouldn’t have to fend off fraudsters trying to siphon their funds. But financial exploitation of older adults is happening with increasing alarm, officials say. So to help them detect and avoid all sorts of financial abuse, from identity theft to reverse mortgage fraud, a new online curriculum and guide was launched by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It’s the latest effort by regulators to curb elder financial fraud, which …

Best Senior Discount Ever!

Posted on 05/31/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayIf you’re like my wife, you may resist the notion of taking advantage of a senior discount. We’re at a tender age, and she’s not keen for people to think she’s older than she really is. But if we move to the Philippines and are lucky enough to make it to 100, I’m not giving her a choice. Legislation being debated there would give centenarians up to a 75 percent discount on all sorts of goods and services. That’s on …

A Lesson from Oklahoma: Wisdom Saves Lives

Posted on 05/29/2013 by | Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringBy now, you may have heard of Nancy Davis.  Nancy lives in Moore, Oklahoma and yes, her house was destroyed by the recent tornado that devastated several Oklahoma communities. Like many, she is reeling from the aftermath and will, no doubt, for some time. What makes Nancy unique is that she is 94-years old and she lost her home not once, but twice.  She lost her home on May 3, 1999, the last time an EF5 tornado hit Moore – …

Bright Ideas to Keep You Healthy

Posted on 05/24/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyYes, the talking companion dog stole the show at the Healthy Aging Forum on Capitol Hill May 23 (you can meet him in the video below), but there were plenty of other ideas on display from government agencies, big health care companies, foundations and entrepreneurs about improving the lives of America’s aging population. If the turnout was a bit underwhelming, the products, services and innovations on display had the power to change lives in ways both big and small. Sponsored …

Love: A $56 Million Ripoff

Posted on 05/24/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Sid Kirchheimer: Love don’t cost a thing?  Not according to the latest findings of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. More than 10 percent of total financial losses in online scams reported last year — about $56 million out of the $525 million overall — involved romance ripoffs. The biggest losers, in money and heartbreak: Women 50 and older, who lost $34 million, roughly two of every three dollars in romance scams. Similarly …