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IDHS and IDPH join forces to help control prescription drug abuse in nursing homes
June is Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program Month

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[May 02, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Long Term Care (LTC) initiative, an unprecedented opportunity to change the drug prescribing culture in nursing homes. Based upon concerns regarding substantial use of behavioral health medications within the nursing home population, IDHS and IDPH entered into an interagency agreement to reduce the use of chemical restraints and improve the quality of care. (Click here to continue reading)

How to Achieve a More Meaningful Retirement
Advisor Shares 4 Benefits of Charitable Giving

June is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – a designation for most people to, if nothing else, take stock in the good fortune they and their families have enjoyed, and consider contributing something for charitable purposes. (Click here to continue reading)

How men can help guard against poverty in their golden years
Insurance industry expert shares 3 tips during men’s health month

June is Men’s Health Month, a reminder for men to do the things that they generally don’t do as well as women: getting screened for conditions that, detected early, are easily treated; seeking education about health issues, and supporting each other’s well-being.  (Click here to continue reading)

Department on Aging launches a newly designed, user friendly website
Information about state programs and protections to seniors available at 

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., today announced the launch of the agency’s redesigned website. The updated website provides a simplified and more accessible experience for users. The newly designed website is available at   (Click here to continue reading)

How to avoid fumbling the football in the red zone of retirement
The 6 documents you need for your estate plan playbook

The start of football season may be months away, but the game’s on the minds of many after the NFL draft. Minicamps are gearing up and team personnel are organizing in preparation for the 2014-15 season.

Football is a big deal in the United States – and so is the surge of retirees – 10,000 baby boomers every day for the next 18 years, says multi-certified planner Larry Roby. The last thing pre-retirees want to do at this stage of their lives is to fumble while in the red zone of their retirement date, he says.  (Click here to continue reading)

Return of the Medical Alert Scam

Call it the Ghost of Scams Past. Last year, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office warned about consumers in Illinois receiving unsolicited calls that they either were eligible for a free medical alert system or that a friend or family member had purchased one for them. The caller would then ask for personal information, which might include a bank account number or Medicare number. (Click here to continue reading)


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“Pay Up or Face Arrest!” – Two Government Imposter Scams

Yesterday, an AgeOptions employee received a call on her cell phone. The caller knew her name and said he was calling from the “National Bureau of Crime Enforcement” because there was a warrant for her arrest. The caller then transferred her to a “senior officer” who said she owed the government money, and if she did not resolve this issue, he would arrest her.  (Click here to continue reading)

Long-term care crisis prompts more aggressive collection tactics
Insurance industry expert shares tips for protecting your family from 'filial' support laws

Most people do not understand filial support laws, which are spreading to more states — 28 and counting, says insurance industry expert Chris Orestis.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

New e-book, 'Help on the Way,' explores long-term health-care funding

Chris Orestis, senior health-care advocate and CEO of Life Care Funding, has published a free e-book, "Help on the Way," that details the slowly unfolding crisis happening now in the United States: a "Silver Tsunami" of aging Americans with no way to pay for long-term care.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Three steps for turning a real estate or business sale into the ideal retirement
Financial experts share common mistakes & how to avoid them

Throughout life, we encounter a number of "financial impact points" -- pivotal events with the potential to make our dreams come true, say financial advisers Chris Snyder and Haitham "Hutch" Ashoo, co-authors of "Exiting Strategies: The CEO's Seven Critical Steps To Cashing-Out of a Business, Managing and Preserving Wealth."  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Don't stress over fraud

By Becky Whitlow,
Social Security district manager in Springfield

April is Stress Awareness Month, but one thing that should never cause you stress is doing business with Social Security.    (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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