Category Archives: Finances

Are You Aware of the Financial Scams That Target Older Adults?

Unfortunately, there a scammers in the world who are particularly fond of taking advantage of older people. Fortunately, the National Council on Aging has assembled a helpful list of the top ten financial scams that you need to know about … Continue reading

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Were You Born in 1952? A Complete Guide to Enrolling in Medicare

My Medicare Matters from the National Council on Aging offers this helpful guide to Medicare enrollment. Visit their website for more useful information.    

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Free Tax Preparation Help

The Los Angeles Public Library has partnered with the AARP Tax Foundation, CSULA, CSUN, and UCLA to provide free income tax preparation at selected libraries. Click here for more information. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax … Continue reading

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Helpful Income Tax Information

The tips in this article from the National Council on Aging were developed by the Senate Special Committee on Aging to help older people with filing their tax returns this year. Find out if your Social Security income is taxable, if you … Continue reading

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Genetic Testing Fraud

One of the latest ways that fraudsters have come up with to target older people is to offer free genetic testing. Scammers approach visitors at local health fairs, even canvas senior housing and community centers looking for targets. Supposedly, all … Continue reading

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The Casino Trap: Gambling Addiction in Older People

From an alarming AARP Bulletin report by John Rosengren about gambling addiction in older people and the complicity of casinos: “Older adults are an especially desirable demographic for the gaming industry because they fill the floors during off-peak hours, and casinos … Continue reading

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Get Your Benefits Check Up

Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,500 federal, state, and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how … Continue reading

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News from Coventry Court: Art and Finance

From Coventry Court in Tustin, CA: Art Class Instructor Meloney Morse reports: “We use a different medium each week and learn a new technique every class. Students are always encouraged to create a finished product.  Anna is especially appreciative and … Continue reading

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International Perspective: Trouble for Pensions in Greece

Greece’s economic woes have been in the news quite a lot recently. “As it confronts creditors over its huge debts and how best to recover from a still-crippling downturn . . . Greece’s big creditors — other eurozone countries, the … Continue reading

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Another Face of Poverty in the U.S.

From the Huffington Post: “William McPherson has a Pulitzer Prize, but little money to his name. “In a candid personal essay published in The Hedgehog Review, the 81-year-old journalist revealed his descent into near poverty. While his trajectory was unexpected, … Continue reading

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