Seniors with Dementia Focused on in ‘Sham Marriages’

Senior citizens have, time and again, become victims of scamming. But just recently, officials are on high alert with a scheme known as the “fake love scam”. The scheme, according to authorities, victimizes those with dementia or are prone to having one. A 92-year-old in Chicago reported losing a huge sum from his life savings from the time he met a woman at McDonald’s. Eventually, she deceived him into marrying her. She also asked him to buy a van costing $40,000 as well as laundromat at $80,000. He even fell into changing his will so she would inherit his home worth $260,000. This incident and many more are just clear depictions of financial cons taking advantage of the elderly’s frailty.

How to Maintain Safety in the Senior Years

12.5 million seniors, in 2014, lived by themselves, the Administration on Aging reports. With this, promoting a safe environment for the elderly is a must. If you are already a senior, take note of these tips when living alone. Take note of emergency numbers. They should come in handy when the need arises. These should include your nearest family member or relative, your health care provider, 911, poison control, and others. Familiarize yourself with your neighbors. Getting to know them would not only help you gain a social life but also have that needed support in case of emergencies. Make your home fall-proof. In doing so, you will get to avoid accidents caused by a hazardous home. Try ins

Sarcopenia, Now a Reportable Condition

A muscular condition among the elderly has been paid particular attention due to its epidemic status. Sarcopenia, a medical concern that robs individuals of their strength and muscle mass when they age, has now been considered a “reportable condition”. Physicians can, therefore, officially diagnose this in their patients. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) move regarding this condition is thus a vital step in promoting awareness among doctors, patients, caregivers, and researchers regarding sarcopenia. It also aims to provide comprehensive standards in its diagnosis and treatment. Although sarcopenia has just been recently considered to be “reportable”, studies have shown

Trump’s Presidency and Senior Health Care: What’s in Store for Them?

A Forbes November 9 article shared views on what the Trump presidency may have in store for seniors’ health. With the continued Republican majorities in the Senate and House, analysts foresee great cuts in programs catering to the elderly and others with disabilities. Programs that may be affected include the following: Medicare, Medicaid, Meals on Wheels, information assistance and adult day. Although Trump reiterated that he will be leaving Medicare and Social Security untouched all throughout his campaign, there are congressional Republicans who have focused on such programs and it is still uncertain if Trump would look into cutting benefits should congressmen propose such. Likewise, with

Elderly Athletes and Endurance Sports: Key to Better Health

Sports and the elderly? Do they go together? Well, yes! Seniors, too, can get fit and healthy by engaging onto various kinds of sports, that to include endurance sports. Think about a 66-year-old grandma who still swims like a 40-year-old does. Or a 75-year-old grandpa preparing for his upcoming triathlon match. This is not impossible, especially if done properly. Despite other studies claiming that endurance sports would just lead to worsening cardiac conditions, such risk is just so small compared to its benefits — that to include looking younger and fitter, weighing just right for their age, being less prone to illnesses, and basically gaining a positive outlook in life. With the various

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