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Watch Out For Social Security Scams

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

While it is difficult to determine what is a scam and what isn't, it seems that most telephone calls requesting account information can pretty much be chalked up to being inapprpriate. This is especially true when dealing with government agencies, and big corporations, like banks. They will never call to request account information and other personal data.  They will write to you through the U.S. mail. If in doubt, you can always ask to call them back, in order to verify that they are i...

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New Medicare Cards Are Coming

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (3)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Services have announced that new Medicare cards will be sent to all by April 2019.  They are removing Social Security Numbers from the cards, and a new identifying number will replace it.  You may receive your card at a different time than your neighbor, and this helps to keep mail thieves away.  Mailing begins this April.

The card will be printed on paper, and if you ever lose it, you can always print a new one yourself!...

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What Constitutes Old Age Memory Problems?

Posted on May 20, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (11)

I went to visit a friend who had recently been placed in assisted living.  I had lost touch with her over the last couple of years, becoming too busy in my life to keep much social contact going.  When I entered her room, I came upon a slightly slumped over, little old lady, watching the news in a wheelchair beside her made-up bed.  I touched her shoulder, gently, then came around to the other side of the bed to sit, before bombarding her with social chatter. ...

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Is Alzheimer's Passed to Me Genetically?

Posted on January 20, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (4)


How to Pay for a Stay in Long Term Care

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

When this question comes up, it is usually because of some emergency.  Someone has either had an accident, or surgery, and needs to recover after leaving the hospital.  They usually need more care than staying at home can provide.  Or, they are in an advanced stage of a terminal disease, and need medical care before hospice is necessary.  How does one pay for this kind of 24-hour care?


Until the person is able to be taken care of at home, with less than r...

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Tips on Care Giving Someone with Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

If you are caring for a veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Veteran's Administration has a tip sheet full of great suggestions:

Is the Social Security Agency Sending Me Emails?

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

"Get Protected"

"S.A.F.E. Act 2015"

"...a new Security features that helps you as a tax payer..."

Besides the obvious bad grammer and misspellings, these types of emails should stand out to you that something is not quite right.  The email might have even made it to your Spam Folder, and not your Inbox; another sign that it might not be a legitimate email from the Social Security Administration.  These are usually phishing emails, des...

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Scam Calls and Emails Using IRS as Bait Persist

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A reminder from the IRS about scams this tax season:

 

Scams using the IRS as a lure continue. They take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. They use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try to steal your money. They may try to steal your identity too.

 

Be wary if you get an out-of-the-blue phone call or automated message from someone who claims to be from the IRS. Sometimes t...

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Choose Your Tax Preparer Wisely

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It's that time of the year when we pull out all those receipts we've been hoarding during the previous year to either do our own taxes, or drop on a professional tax preparer.  Doing them yourself is so much easier with the few computer programs out on the market, but if the idea of devoting several weekends to working through that program's myriad of questions is not your idea of finding your best return, hiring a professional may be the next item on ...

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Identity Theft

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Tax season is here, and since we are stopping our lives to take care of business, so-to-speak, we can also stop to make sure we have some practices in place for the New Year.  This isn't about eating right, or getting in more walks per week, but about getting into the habit of checking our personal information and passwords out there in the digital realm.  

Let this serve as a reminder to some that their information is out there in a digit...

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