Alabama Seniors, Retirement

Keeping Your Financial House in Order

With 35% of the nation’s wealth held by those over age 65, being aware of how your aging loved one manages his or her finances is important. Financial problems can result from financial abuse or money mistakes from the elder themselves. The Face of Financial Abuse Older Americans lose $2.9 billion a year from financial abuse. Half of elder financial abuse comes from cons and robbery by strangers. Sadly, 34% of the culprits are family, friends, and neighbors. The most common crimes are check forgery, stolen credit cards, and asset transfers without consent. Rounding out the perpetrators are the business…

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Alabama Seniors

5 Gift Ideas for Grandparent’s Day

Grandparents Day falls on September 12 this year. How will you celebrate your grandparents? As we all know, grandparents think everything about their grandchildren is incredible and noteworthy. Who are we to disagree? Decide to find ways to make their day special and to return the love that they give so freely. Try these ideas and show your grandparents how special they are! 1) Use sites like Shutterfly or Kodak Gallery to create a personalized photo album or calendar. With a calendar, they can enjoy seeing their grandchildren everyday! 2) A fruit basket can be a healthy gift, especially for…

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Alabama Seniors

4 Stages: Ease Your Stress During a Hospital Stay

Making a trip to the hospital is daunting for anyone, especially older adults with cognitive or physical difficulties. Preparing for all stages of a hospital stay can ease stress in the unfamiliar surroundings of a hospital.   Stage 1: Before You Arrive Review with your doctor why you are being hospitalized. Ask about any planned tests and who is in charge of your care at the hospital. If you would like an advocate for your hospital stay, inform your doctor and the admitting staff in advance. Gather these items and take them with you to the hospital. Photo ID Results of tests done six weeks ago or less…

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