Alert: Social Security E-mail Scam
Administration officials have asked the news media to alert the public
about a new e-mail scam.
The e-mail, purportedly sent
by the SSA and designed to frighten recipients with a scary message and
phony deadline, has the words "Cost-of-Living for 2007" in the subject
line. The message contains information about the 3.3 percent benefit
increase for 2007 and includes the following words in bold-face type:
"NOTE: We now need you to
update your personal information. If this is not completed by November 11,
2006, we will be forced to suspend your account indefinitely."
The recipients of the e-mail
are directed to a Web site designed to
the SSA's Internet Web site. When they arrive at the counterfeit site,
they are asked to register for a password and to confirm their identity by
providing personal information such as their Social Security number, bank
account information and credit card information. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM
Information on Preparing For the Cold Weather, from the house to the car,
to illness, to storms. Links to an
extremely useful series of
articles from the CDC--Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is a must read before winter.
The day before my mother died, she asked my sister, "What
will happen to Pepsi (her little dog) if something happens to me?"
My sister reassured her that she would care for Pepsi. Do not underestimate how important
a Senior's pet is to their mental well-being. Can they afford
a medical checkup? Shots? Treatment. This would be a
great Christmas or
birthday gift to a senior. I am a Senior, and I
would be thrilled to receive this magnificent gift.
|3. If you feel overwhelmed
at times, and need time to yourself,
call your church. I'll bet
they will arrange for parishioners to spend some time with your Senior
while you disappear for a while. We did this when my mother was ill. They
really helped us. Never underestimate the willingness of the redeemed!
4.Enter the type of product you are looking for, and Able
Project will provide a comprehensive list of suppliers. SeniorArk has
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children can help parents manage their medical care
Charlotte Observer -
Charlotte,NC,USA July 3, 2006
... As a geriatrician, Dr. Danny Honeycutt, medical director of
Charlotte's Senior Health Connection, often fields questions
from adult children of his patients. ...
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someone needing a caregiver, should investigate this site to see if you
find some helpful information. We use their own
words to describe their mission:
"Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and
guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, we
produce Today's Caregiver magazine, the first national magazine
dedicated to caregivers, the "Sharing Wisdom Caregivers Conferences", and
our web site, www.caregiver.com
which includes topic specific newsletters, online
discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver
magazine, chat rooms and an online store. Caregiver Media Group and all of
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valuable all-around health guide for Seniors and their Caregivers:
There are several types of senior
housing, some for
making lifestyle changes in retirement and others for accommodating
changes in the physical, social, emotional, mental, and financial status
of older persons. This is a wide
ranging discussion of the specific options available, and how to
for Senior stocking up for
pandemic, long storm, other
catastrophy (internal page)
Practical Safety Guide for Seniors (internal page)
generally not a good idea to use thirst alone as a guide for when to
drink. By the time one becomes thirsty, it is possible to already be
slightly dehydrated. Further, be aware that as you get older your body is
less able to sense dehydration and send your brain signals of thirst.
Excessive thirst and increased urination can be signs of a more serious
medical condition. Talk to your doctor if you experience either.
To ward off dehydration and make sure
your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice.
Nearly every healthy adult can consider the following:
Drink a glass of water with each meal
and between each meal.
Hydrate before, during and after
Substitute sparkling water for
alcoholic drinks at social gatherings.
If you drink water from a bottle,
thoroughly clean or replace the bottle often. Refill only bottles that are
designed for reuse.
Though uncommon, it is possible to drink
too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water,
the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in a
condition called hyponatremia (low sodium levels in the blood). Endurance
athletes — such as marathon runners — who drink large amounts of water are
at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much
water is rare in healthy adults who consume an average American diet.
If you're concerned about your fluid
intake, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian. He or she can
help you determine the amount of water that's best for you.
12. As part of its Caregiver Initiative, Johnson & Johnson has
launched a Web site,
www.strengthforcaring.com, with information on many aspects of
an out-and-out product endorsement by the editor
of SeniorARK. Gillette pays us nothing
for the endorsement, and does not know that it
is posted. Summer before last I received in the mail a
Gillette Fusion razor, blade, and the
fusion gel that foams on contact with wet skin.
It was a Gillette
I presume. When I first saw this razor, with 5
blades, I said--"You've got to be kidding!
What's next, 10 blades?" But
now I have used the razor for over a year and a
The blade(s) have only been changed 4 times, and still
work fine. I had nicked my face almost every
time I shaved FOR YEARS. But for 18 months I have not had a cut. Not one! Not bad
for Senior skin. And at times I've shaved a
little roughly to try causing a cut. None! There
are five blades on the main surface, placed
closer together than typical shaving systems.
There is a single blade on the back for close
trimming. The blade release is a very easy
push-button, and the new blade snaps in easily.
No risk of getting cut changing blades. The
razor and one blade cost somewhere around $8,
and I think four additional blades cost around
$13. A BARGAIN for a cheap guy like me.
Very high compared to the Trac-2 system I have
used for a long time. But if you want a close,
nick-free shave, consider it. There is even one
with a AAA battery inside. I read that it causes
a subtle vibration for an even closer shave. I
may try that one, but hardly see the need for
it. I have not used it without the foaming gel,
so cannot say how it would do with normal foam.
For information go to:
Monoxide is a silent killer of many
unsuspecting Seniors. Read our
comprehensive article on the subject:
PROJECT FOR EVERY SENIOR This is
a project every homeowner and renter should do at least once a year, so
why not do it NOW. After all, you may be in a cold climate where
you can't even watch the grass grow. oR DO IT IN THE WARM SUMMER.
Analysis of Medicare Part D Finds
Low-Income Nursing Home Residents Have a Poor
Chance of Being Enrolled in the Best Available
low-income nursing home residents have a poor
chance of being enrolled in the Medicare Part D
plan that best covers their medications -- and
most could immediately switch to a better plan
at no cost
if they were allowed to receive help from their
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