Category Archives: Elderly living

Before Passing Along Valuables, Passing Along Values

Todd Fithian recently made a film for his four children. “I took the time to capture my stories, life lessons and family traditions, many of which have been passed down to me from my parents,” says Mr. Fithian, a 43-year-old managing partner of Legacy Cos., a Hingham, Mass., consulting firm to financial advisers. “These things…

Prepaid Funeral Plans Can Be a R.I.P.-Off

Paying for your own funeral in advance sounds like an ideal way to spare your survivors some stress and expense. But a growing number of consumers are finding that these “pre-need” funeral arrangements can come with unexpected costs and, all too often, outright fraud. A slew of recent state and federal investigations have uncovered everything…

What making a documentary about elder fraud taught me

http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2012-08/what-making-documentary-about-elder-fraud-taught-me

Recognizing Elder Abuse

As elders become more physically frail, they’re less able to stand up to bullying and or fight back if attacked. They may not see or hear as well or think as clearly as they used to, leaving openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage of them. Mental or physical ailments may make them more trying…

Aging Drivers and the Law

Eight states (Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia) and the District of Columbia require elderly drivers to take a vision test when renewing a license. Another way states monitor older drivers is by not allowing drivers over a certain age to renew their licenses by mail. Seven states (Alaska, Arizona, California,…

Avoiding Expensive Funerals

When planning a funeral, the expenses can add up quickly. The average funeral costs about $7,300, including the casket, embalming, and transportation, and if you include extras like flowers, obituary notices, and acknowledgement cards, the price goes even higher. However, there are several ways you can save on funeral expenses. Read more here.

Cohabitating seniors: protect your rights

More and more seniors are living together without getting married. According to U.S. Census data, the number of cohabiting seniors nearly doubled between 1989 and 2000. For some seniors, marriage isn’t financially worth it‚ they don’t want to lose their former spouses’ military, pension, or Social Security benefits. Other seniors don’t want to have to…

Delta Township, Michigan Senior Fair

Raymond A. Harris with U.S. Representative Tim Walberg at the Delta Township Senior Fair, March 13, 2010.

Texas Advocates Rally Against Cuts to Community-based Services

Independent living for the elderly and individuals with special needs has been shown to save money and frees these folks from the confines of institutions. But because of budget shortfalls, Texas is looking to slash their community based programs. “Proposed cuts in community-based care for the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill would increase…

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