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Wills & Estate Plans Are More Necessary Than Ever During Covid-19

When the reality of the coronavirus Covid-19 initially began to sink in, people everywhere rushed out to buy toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and other items essential for staying at home indefinitely. Now that Covid-19 is an indispensable part of our daily conversations, individuals are becoming aware of another critical necessity: Coronavirus uncertainties emphasize the need to have in place a complete

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FBI Warns of Internet Extortion Scams During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned that they have seen a number of of reports of online extortion scams during the current “stay-at-home” orders due to the COVID-19 crisis. These scams have been around for a long time but because most of the population is staying at more and using their email and internet to communicate they are seeing an increase in the number of online extortion scams.
The fraudsters are emailing users that they are to release sexually explicit photos and/or videos to friends and family if they do not pay them money. Scammers will adapt their schemes to capitalize on current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and other high profile new stories.
The FBI warns that many of these emails have similar characteristics. Please read below for just a few of the similarities.
  • The email comes from an unknown party and is often written in broken English with grammatical errors.
  • Some of the recipient’s personal information (such as a user name or password) is provided in the e-mail or letter to make the threat more intimidating.
  • The recipient is accused of something that would put them in a compromising situation if it got out, like visiting adult websites.
You can the whole Press Release from the FBI here.

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Telehealth: How It Works and Why It’s So Beneficial

This article was originally posted on Seniors Guide

For patients who are homebound, telehealth may be the next best thing to an in-person doctor visit. Telehealth is a broad term defined as any part of the healthcare system practiced remotely, using digital information and communication technologies. If you monitor your health on a mobile health app, that

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How to Help a Senior Safely Manage Allergy Season

This article was shared on AgingCare.com

Unfortunately, some of the nicest weather and foliage during the year are accompanied by an onslaught of allergens. As pollen fills the air, people afflicted by seasonal allergies begin to groan.

The 2018 National Health Interview Survey found that 19.2 million Americans over age 18 had been diagnosed with hay fever (allergic rhinitis) in the past 12 months. While allergies are often considered a condition that presents earlier in life, seniors are not exempt from bothersome allergy symptoms. In fact, research suggests that age-related changes to the immune system may leave older adults at greater risk for autoimmune diseases, infections and allergic inflammation. To complicate matters further, seniors often have chronic diseases and take multiple medications that can make it difficult to diagnose, manage and treat their seasonal allergies.

Tips for Managing Allergies in the Elderly

Christopher Randolph, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and allergist/immunologist in private practice in Connecticut, offers the following suggestions to help caregivers make allergy season more bearable for their aging loved ones.

  1. Look for Allergy Symptoms
    Allergies don

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These Mental Habits Help Resilient People Thrive During a Crisis

This article was shared on Inc.com

The current pandemic is taking an emotional toll on just about everyone. Most of us have been cut off from our workplaces and

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Coping With COVID-19

This blog was in a newsletter shared by Dianne Savastano, BSN, MBA, President of Healthassist.
In previous newsletters, I

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List of Important Items To Have Available During This Coronavirus

For years, before the coronavirus pandemic, we advised clients to have important legal and health documents in a file or folder and to tell family members the location of the file so they were available in an emergency. The current pandemic has added a few extra dimensions to what you need to include if a loved one requires hospitalization.

Remember that visitors are NOT allowed in hospitals. It will become difficult, if not impossible, to get these items to your loved one and if they do not bring them with them when admitted to a hospital.

  1. Clearly written and UPDATED accurate list of medications: name, dose, frequency and name, and phone number of the prescribing doctor.
  2. The name of your primary treating physician, their office number, emergency number, office address.
  3. Legal documents including Health Care Proxy, Advance Directive, and/or POLST (Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, printed on a single sheet and in a bright or neon color).
  4. A complete and updated written list of emergency contacts and phone numbers, including the password for your phone. Remember, you may be unconscious; your phone may be locked. There will be no way for medical staffers to contact your next of kin.
  5. If you have a pacemaker or defibrillator: a copy of the pocket information card that states the brand, model number, MRI compatibility. The same goes for any medical device, like a port or pump.
  6. If you use inhalers, bring them.
  7. Extra batteries for hearing aid or other medical devices.
  8. Prescription eye drops.
  9. Bring a cell phone charger. Bring a spare if you can, and if you have extra batteries, bring those too.
  10. Inexpensive headset.
  11. Pack up a toothbrush, toothpaste, underwear in a plastic bag, and any hair items you need.

Article provided by Stephen J. Silverberg, Attorney at Law, Founder of the Law Office of Stephen J. Silverberg, one of New York

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3 Rules to Help Avoid IRS Scams This Tax Season

Don’t let fraudsters add to your filing stress

This article was originally posted on AARP

In the long list of Adult Things That Aren’t Fun, filing your taxes is pretty close to the top. Even worse is getting ripped off in a tax scam.

If you want to safeguard your money