December 2019 News
Scams targeting seniors are on the rise. Sadly, this is something that is happening every day across America. Seniors are being targeted by tech support scams, bogus prize promotions, and scammers who impersonate family and friends. Regardless of whether or not you have been personally targeted, this is a great time to educate yourself and your loved ones on this ongoing issue. The following are two examples of common scams which target not just seniors, but everyone who has a phone.

Have you ever gotten a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration? These scammers will even leave a voicemail message asking you to call and provide personal information. If you do ever receive this type of message, do not return the call! The Social Security Office will never call you and ask you to verify your data over the phone.

What about a call from a loved one's phone number claiming your loved one is in trouble? With technology advancing farther than many of us ever imagined, hackers are able to call your phone and have the call appear to be from the phone number of someone you know. When you answer, the hacker pretends to be a loved one and demands a payment to ensure your loved one's safety. These hackers prey on your vulnerability. They will provide instructions on how to send the payment, whether by giving you wiring instructions or a physical address for mailing a payment. Don't automatically give out information. If anyone contacts you and insists on payment by a wire transfer or gift card, more than likely, it’s a scam.

These are only two of many types of popular scams. Evidence suggests that increased public awareness of scams reduces the risk of people falling victim to them. Click here to read about several other common types of scams, and consider passing this helpful information along to your family and friends to raise awareness of this issue.

The FTC recently sent a report to Congress called  Protecting Older Consumers 2018-2019 . The report suggests steps to take to help protect older consumers from fraud. But the evidence also shows a thing or two everyone else can learn from them. Check out the sometimes surprising findings in this year’s report. If you think you have been scammed, you can help protect others by reporting the incident that happened to you to the appropriate authorities. Report suspected scams here.

Want to learn even more? Check out this video about scams here.

TPC Elder Advocacy and Law Boot Camp
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Come join us on March 27th for our next Elder Advocacy and Law Boot Camp! This event provides continuing education credit for nurses, social workers, and nursing home administrators. Even if you don't need continuing education credit, it is sure to be an informative event with lots of helpful information about aging-related issues. Mark your calendars! More information coming soon!

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Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cobbler
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Last month, we focused on the two primary changes to Medicare that you should know about. First, there are more Medicare Advantage plans being offered as a substitute for Original Medicare. Additionally, the "Medicare Plan Finder," which is Medicare's online way for people to compare Medicare plan options, has undergone some renovations which has created some confusion for individuals who are trying to enroll. For more information about Medicare Advantage offerings, click here . For more information about the Medicare Plan Finder changes, click here .
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