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Advance planning for your online life

Today’s seniors are more digitally connected than ever, with some estimating that as many as 34 % of Americans (65 and above) use social networking sites. From ordering food online to digitally transferring money, these apps have our personal and financial data stored online. It’s vital to take measures to secure personal data to ensure…

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How can women make friends after 60?

The world is changing for 60-year-old women. We no longer have the social context that we enjoyed as a wife, parent or co-worker. Building community and creating a network of like-minded friends is a challenge, but not impossible. There are many groups that are trying to offer a platform for people to connect with one…

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Long Term Care Insurance: the basics

Many older Americans will need help as they age. Among those reaching age 65 in 2017, almost 70 percent will need some form of long term care in the future, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While most Americans expect long term care to cost $25,350, the actual price tag is more…

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Thinking out of the box

While death marks the end of an era, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of our time on Earth—physically at least. Though the passing of a loved one is always a difficult time, each person’s service is a special testament to a wonderful life lived and a way for families to celebrate shared love…

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The latest on new Medicare cards

To prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been distributing new Medicare cards that don’t have the beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers on them. Senior Planet asked for an update on the new cards; here’s the latest from Ray Hurd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regional Administrator…

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Statement on Leaving No One Behind

The Gray Panthers (one of the few NGOs actively addressing the concerns of older people on the global stage, learn about them here) made a big impact at the United Nations recently. Sylvia Beales, renowned advocate for the rights of older persons as well as for social protection platforms in Africa and worldwide, represented The Gray…

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Online dating for Senior Men

If you are a single senior male, there is a good chance you are dating online. Today, it’s the best way to meet a woman. Dating online lets you know immediately who’s single and looking. That’s half the battle of dating: finding someone who is looking for the same thing you are. You’ll want to put…

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Vacation Rental Scams

By Ari Lazarus, FTC Plenty of us are still running around trying to book a last-minute vacation rental. If that’s you, here’s what you need to know: scammers are ready with fake vacation rental ads. Rental scammers try to get your rental booking and take your money. But, when you show up for the vacation,…

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Healthcare Data Breach: symptoms and cures

Having your records stolen in a healthcare data breach can be can be a prescription for financial disaster. If scam artists break into healthcare networks and grab your medical information, they can impersonate you to get medical services, use your data open credit accounts, break into your bank accounts, obtain drugs illegally, and even blackmail…

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Tips to Age in Place

Most seniors would prefer to live in at home rather than in an assisted living community, enjoying your independence and comfort as long as possible. As seniors’ needs change, though, “home” can become less than welcoming.  Luckily, more and more resources are becoming available to keep you living at home (AKA “aging in place”) – as…

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