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Tax Season Is Prime Time for Scammers

Posted by ComForCare on March 10, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Tax season is upon us and so are the con artists. The most popular scam as of late is not a new one; it’s been happening since October 2013 and has collected about $26.5 million from their victims - the tax scam. In this hoax, a caller pretends to be an agent from the IRS, complete with a badge number. Even the phone number has a Washington D.C. area code. The phony IRS agent says you owe money and threatens arrest, court action, deportation or license revocation. They try to scare the person by reading off their address, Social Security number and other personal information.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Safety

Swindling Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 25, 2016 at 10:08 AM

The Nigerian prince hoax is one of the most well-known scams in the U.S. The con runs like this: A royal family member in a faraway country asks the victim, through a letter or email, to transfer millions of dollars out of his or her country by depositing it for safekeeping in the victim’s bank account. The royal may even ask for money to pay a fee or taxes for the transfer. Either way the victim has money stolen from them.

This hoax may seem pretty obvious or you may think highly of others – people are intelligent enough to see through the deceit. However, scammers are still raking in the dough. According to the Financial Fraud Research Center, about $40-$50 billion are lost to scams each year. Con artists’ incomes depend on tricking everyone, even you, so they learned to be cleverer than the worn out prince scheme.

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Topics: Safety

Senior Safety in the Home

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 22, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Home should be a place of comfort and safety. However, as time passes, those familiar surroundings may pose safety concerns for elderly people. Due to increasing age, older adults see and hear less clearly, their balance is less steady, and their reaction times are slower. Household and personal tasks that were once safe and easy to complete can become difficult and even dangerous.

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Topics: Safety

3 Things About Safety Supervision for the Elderly You May Not Have Known

Posted by ComForCare on June 23, 2015 at 8:38 AM

As a senior care service provider, safety is a top priority. We want to ensure that you senior is as comfortable as possible while being safe and cared for. Some safety concerns are obvious, but other safety concerns may not have crossed your mind. Below are some in-home safety concerns you should keep in mind.

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Topics: Aging, Safety

Baby Boomer Driver Statistics

Posted by ComForCare on June 20, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Boomers face a lot of stereotypes, not the least of which being that they tend to be, let’s say, less than fantastic drivers.

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Topics: Aging, Safety

Senior Driving Safety Tips

Posted by ComForCare on February 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Aging does not automatically make driving an unsafe practice. However, driving can become dangerous when health conditions begin to impair senses and functions needed for driving. The following tips may help family members and caregivers ensure the safety of elders and others on the road.

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Topics: Safety

Summer Benefits for Seniors

Posted by ComForCare on July 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

It took a long time, but summer has finally graced us with warm weather. That means it’s time for barbecues, fireworks and simply spending time outside. Not only is being out in the open in the warmer months enjoyable, it is also good for senior health.

We already know how important exercise is for seniors. Sometimes the bitter winters make it next to impossible to go outside and be active. But when the snow melts and the winter coats are packed away, it’s far more inviting to step outside into the warm sunlight and be active.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

4 Tips to Prevent Online Fraud Against Older Americans

Posted by ComForCare on April 18, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Older Americans are increasingly using the Internet, which makes them even more susceptible to fraud. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, 56 percent of Americans aged 65 and older are online.

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Topics: Aging, Finances, Technology, Safety

Help Seniors Stay Safe and Warm This Winter

Posted by ComForCare on December 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Slick roads, bone-chilling cold, ferocious winds – winter weather presents a host of unpleasant challenges.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Safety

Staying Safe in Winter: Tips for Seniors

Posted by ComForCare on December 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM

This winter has been an early and rough one in all the way across the U.S., with freezing cold temperatures and lots of snow, ice and slush. While everyone must be careful in this weather, seniors are especially vulnerable to the dangers of winter. Especially as travel ramps up for the holidays, here are some basic tips for making sure your aging loved ones stay safe through the winter.

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Topics: Aging, Safety

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