Scammers and identity thieves particularly like to target seniors. Their loneliness, trustfulness, and willingness to listen make them more vulnerable to fraudsters. The Federal Trade Commission said in a 2017 report that 35 percent of all fraud complaints and nearly 19 percent of identity theft complaints affected those 60 and older. This adds up to about $36.5 billion lost in fraud every year for this population alone.
If Mom or Dad used to be very particular about her or his appearance, but no longer seems to care about changing clothes or showering, this is an situation that cannot be ignored.
Imagine how seniors feel when they get a threatening phone call, such as, "Your grandson is in jail and if we don't receive $5,000 he won't be released for quite some time." This can cause panic and fear.
As we approach the holidays, we hear more and more stories about suspicious phone calls that older adults are receiving.
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Eskaton, a nonprofit with 50 years of experience serving seniors, is working hard at identifying a new language for dementia and Alzheimer's care and is hosting an interactive dementia tour.
Philanthropy is a very personal choice and Eskaton believes that anyone can be a philanthropist. Our success in meeting the needs of seniors is based on the generosity of our donors. Learn about charitable giving and annuities.
Did you know that both Aretha Franklin and the singer/songwriter Prince were without a final will upon their deaths? Recently, Attorney Amy Ruggles, Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, spoke at an Eskaton sponsored event to share her expertise about wills, trusts and probate. She shared many stories with the audience about mistakes people make and how to avoid making the same errors. A trust in addition to your will has great value and protection. Please take a few minutes to read this informative article by Ms. Ruggles to learn the benefits of having a living trust in California.
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If you are on Medicare and want to make a change, now is the time to do so. You can add or reduce coverage or change your Advantage Plan insurance carrier if you are covered under Medicare Part C. Here is what you need to know if you plan on making a change:
Marleyn Awuy, Wellness Nurse at Eskaton Village Roseville, shares signs that your loved one may need assisted living:
Most people have heard the term dementia but don’t have a personal experience with it. Often the term is interchanged with Alzheimer’s disease. However, Alzheimer's disease is just one type of dementia that accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. There are many types of dementia ranging from Parkinson’s disease to vascular dementia to Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). The term dementia is used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with cognitive change including memory loss, impaired judgment, difficulty speaking and mood changes such as depression. Dementia may cause a person's ability to perform day-to-day activities to become challenging over time. But there is hope that the challenges can be lessened by creating the right supportive and adaptive environment.
Eskaton is calling on seniors to sign up for its Telephone Reassurance program, where volunteers reach out to let them know they are not alone.
For more than two decades, Eskaton, a nonprofit organization serving seniors for 50 years, has reached out to home bound and isolated seniors via its Telephone Reassurance program. The program consists of volunteers who contact seniors to check up on them and provide an opportunity to socialize.