Home for the Holidays, Snacks and Facts, 2015 Older Americans Month
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Perspectives on Aging December 2014

Home for the Holidays

It is said that love is the greatest gift of all.  As many families gather together during the holiday season, it may provide a good opportunity to express how much care through frank and open discussion with older relatives about their wellbeing.  If you are not living in the same town as your older relatives it is easy for you to see changes in health status.  This is a good time to begin the discussions.  As we age and live longer, financial, legal, health care and long term care issues affect the whole family not just the older person.  AgeSmart links older consumers and their families to aging series. Below are some ways that you might be able to initiate conversations.
  • Find out what financial benefits are provided by your parents Social Security and pension.  Determine if they are eligible for other financial programs.
  • Be certain that each family member has a living will. Know where you parents’ insurance policies, wills, trust documents, tax returns, investment and banking records are located. “Thirty percent of adults do not know where their parents keep important papers such as their health insurance care, financial statements or will.”  -  Family Circle and Kaiser Foundation
  • Understand that Medicare generally does not cover long term care (e.g. nursing home or extended home care), and Medicaid pay for only low-income individuals.
  • Investigate what type of long term care insurance coverage may be best for you. 
  • Identify what community services are available that can help your parents maintain independence in the home for as long as possible, such as home modification programs that can install assistive devices.  Learn whether housing options are available to meet their changing needs. 
Families may avoid potential problems and be in good position to deal with later life needs by understanding and being prepared to face the following issues: Financial Organization, Legal Preparation, Health Insurance and Community Services.  These conversations may seem difficult but be brave and start them.  It will make everything easier should you have to find out this information during a crisis.
Older Americans Month 2015 Theme Announced
Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), ACL is focused on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The theme for Older Americans Month 2015 is "Get into the Act."
The 2015 Older Americans Month can serve as a vehicle for individual and community empowerment. By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can "Get into the Act." As Older Americans Month approaches, ACL will provide additional information on events and activities.
January 13th, 12-1pm – Snacks & Facts, AgeSmart Community Resources, 2365 Country Rd, Belleville, IL                   62208,  618-222-2561
If you would like to help us provide home and community based services, click on the donate now button. You may also mail your contributor to the Development Association for Aging , 2365 Country Road, Belleville, IL 62221.  Thank you for your support.
Fraud in the News

 Health Care Fraud:
  1. "OIG Most Wanted - Captured Fugitive: Luis Marin" (HHS OIG) 
2. "December 2, 2014 OIG Monthly Update Podcast" (HHS OIG)
3. "Settlement with the FTC and Florida Attorney General Stops Operations that Used Robocalls to Fraudulently Pitch Medical Alert Devices to Seniors" (FTC)
Consumer Fraud: 
 4. "1 in 4 Didn't Notice ID Theft for at Least 2 Years. Would You?" (AARP)
 5. "Prepaid Cards May Get Added Fraud Protections" (AARP)
 6. "Debt Brokers Expose Sensitive Financial Info" (FTC)
 7. "FTC Cracks Down on Tech Support Scams" (FTC)
 8. "A New Dog...and Scammers' Old Tricks" (FTC)
Join the members of the Advocacy Committee and help represent the interests of older persons to local level and executive branch officials, public and private agencies and organizations as well as monitor, evaluate, and where appropriate, comment on all policies, programs, hearings, levies, and community actions which affect older persons. 
If you are interested in participating in the Agency's Advocacy Meetings please email or call 618-222-2561,to receive regular meeting notices.
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