Senior Life

News & information for the seniors in our community

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Retirement planning dos and don'ts

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[April 03, 2012]  (ARA) -- As with most things in life, it's never too early to plan. And even if you are not at the doorstep of retirement, there are some critical dos and don'ts related to retirement planning, that anyone could benefit from. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Protecting your nest egg from virtual crows

One out of every five people older than 65 -- 7.3 million Americans -- has been the victim of a financial swindle, according to a survey sponsored by the Investor Protection Trust. Identity theft statistics are also alarming: In 2010, more than 1 million people older than 65 were targeted by identity thieves, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Factor in everyone older than 50, and that number soars to more than 3.5 million. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Baby boomers: Don't let your world fall silent

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(ARA) -- Larry Crum didn't realize how bad his hearing really was until he was hunting one afternoon with some friends. He couldn't hear a wild boar grinding his teeth just a few yards away. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Understanding and spreading knowledge about the risks of Type 2 diabetes

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(ARA) -- Knowing your risk for developing type 2 diabetes is the first step in preventing or delaying the disease. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Women and Social Security

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March is Women's History Month -- a time to focus not just on the past, but on the challenges women continue to face in the 21st century. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Watch out for scams involving benefits applications

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The Illinois SMP program at AgeOptions has been receiving reports of health care companies offering to do benefits applications for older adults in senior buildings in various parts of the state. While there is nothing inherently wrong with health care providers assisting with benefit applications, we would like to provide a couple of relevant tips to ensure that consumers protect themselves from potential fraud. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Part D phone scam

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The Delaware SMP reported a scam this week in which a caller claims to be verifying that the person they are calling is enrolled in Part D. The caller asks the person for his/her address, phone number, and banking information. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Boomers: Big-impact health activities you can do in 15 minutes or less

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[April 03, 2012]  (ARA) -- The American baby boomer generation isn't content sitting still -- they live full lives working, traveling and pursuing their favorite hobbies. Age is only a number for this determined group whose population is pushing an estimated 78 million. If you are one of the many active baby boomers, you understand your health is a priority, but that doesn't mean you want to spend long hours each day making sure you stay well. Luckily some of the best things you can do for yourself only take a matter of minutes each day. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

7 simple steps to senior bathroom safety

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(ARA) -- One in three seniors over the age of 65 will experience at least one fall annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for the elderly. Slick floors, small spaces, sharp edges and few things to grasp make mobility difficult and increase chances for dangerous falls. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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