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Is it time to get a Background Check?

Background checks aren’t just for gun owners. Scamsters abound, online and offline, and it’s difficult to measure the impact because victims are too embarrassed to go to the authorities. Professional scammers will use personal information that they have obtained to gain the victim’s trust, or present themselves  with a completely fake personal or professional history.…

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Navigating Long-term care

While you’re probably hoping to live in your home in good health without assistance as you age, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, someone turning age 65 has nearly a 70-percent chance of needing some form of long-term care in his or her lifetime. Long-term care is costly, and prices vary…

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FTC says Taxtime is scamtime

They’re at it again… tax scammers scheming new ways to steal personal information and money. In the first scenario, identity thieves file a fake tax return and have the refund deposited into your bank account. The thieves then contact you, often by phone, and — posing as the IRS or debt collectors for the IRS…

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My relatives fell for this new scam. Will you?

By Ismat Mangla I recently learned about a nasty new scam making the rounds while visiting older relatives in Michigan during the holidays. Last October, my family members received a phone call from a company dubbed Utility Savings Expert, whose website (utilitysavingsexpert.net) features the tagline We are here to help you, but omits the second half…

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Are you pushing away your adult children?

(This article previously appeared on Grandparents.com) Ask parents their biggest concerns about their relationships with their adult kids, and many will tell you: not enough time together, not enough regular communication, not feeling needed or wanted unless the kids NEED something and not understanding why they aren’t closer. Barring a child’s serious issues, like substance abuse…

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Fashion after 60 shouldn’t be dull!

If you follow the annual Pantone Color of the Year announcements, you no doubt heard that the color for 2018 is Ultra Violet. For many, Ultra Violet is not an easy color to wear. You must have a cool and somewhat bright complexion or you will look ghostly wearing it. I think the choice this…

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Quick online safety tune-up

Just like we work to improve our physical health and well-being, it’s also vitally important to improve our cyber health and keep ourselves safe from online danger. Here are five easy fixes to keep yourself cyber safe this year: 1. What You’re Doing: Clicking in Emails What You Should Be Doing Instead: Never click on…

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Medicaid Work Requirements Update

The Trump Administration recently announced that it will allow states to require Medicaid recipients to work, take job training, or do community service to stay eligible for the program. To date, ten states have asked to make this change, and the administration has given the greenlight to the first—Kentucky. What will the requirement mean for older adults,…

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