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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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I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.

For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.

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Coping With COVID-19

This blog was in a newsletter shared by Dianne Savastano, BSN, MBA, President of Healthassist.
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Common Misunderstandings Shared by Families in Crisis

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Parents Didn’t Plan – How Do YouDeal With It?

I found this question on Aging Care. You can Click Here to read the original article with the question plus all of the answers.

I’m curious- how would you respond to this situation? Is this something you can talk about with your siblings or mom or dad? Please post in the comments and share your thoughts or concerns!

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Money, money, money. Parents did no planning – how do you deal with it?

Sorry all, just venting because I am just so angry. My parents were irresponsible in saving for retirement and ended up with SSI as their only means of income. My mother passed last month and now one SSI check is gone. The thing is they could have had a sound retirement as my father made a very good salary but chose instead to spend it on cars, houses (moved a lot) and just really bad/short-sighted financial decisions. He told me he never thought his health would be bad and that he’d be working forever! My mother, when she was alive, said she never thought about the future. I found about their problems when they nearly went into foreclosure last year.

Now I have been trying to clean up the mess of credit card debt that will never be paid, managing my father’s limited finances, and trying to figure out his long-term plan for housing since he’s not NH ready/can’t afford AL. It’s overwhelming and made even more difficult because he’s taken such a casual attitude about it.

I know the horse has left the barn, so to speak, but I think I’m just flabbergasted that a man who was seemingly so smart made such stupid decisions and now I have to deal with it. Seriously, I am awake most nights with worry and feeling overwhelmed. And I admit a shameful thought that I do hope he doesn’t live for many years.

Anybody else in a similar situation and if so, how do you deal with it?

Thanks for the vent, all!

 

diana beam

I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.

For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.

Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let

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8 Things I Tell My Dog But Not My Husband

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HOLIDAY HOPE: TIPS FOR SENIORS SHOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY

The holidays are rapidly approaching, which means seasonal sales are kicking into full gear. Whether purchasing Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for your grandkids or picking up a little something special for yourself, Black Friday is still one of the best times to get into the season of giving.

This day-after-Thanksgiving tradition has changed a lot over the years and promises to be very different in 2018 and into the years ahead thanks to online shopping and Cyber Monday (the Monday following Thanksgiving). In fact, the endless lines that form the night before Black Friday have begun to fade away

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Drinking Wine Can Help You Live Longer

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The Home Healthcare Sector Continues to Grow at an Impressive Pace

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Retirement Communities Are Key to Living Well

Today, growing older doesn’t necessarily mean slowing down your life. In fact, just the opposite is true, as thousands of seniors have already discovered how to enjoy their “golden years” with vigor and style.

Not content with sitting in front of the television, today’s senior citizens are swimming with dolphins, learning a new art form and even plunging from a plane in their first skydive.

What is the key to their happiness and well-being? According to a recent study, it could be living in a retirement community.

According to a University of Michigan study, people who live in retirement communities are more satisfied with their daily lives and are more likely to be happy than their contemporaries who remain in their own homes.

Residents of these communities also are more likely to say their health is better today than it was two years ago, the study concluded.

Many retirement communities not only give seniors a place to share common interests, but also provide unique opportunities to try new hobbies and experiences.

For instance, the Fountains communities, located in 13 states at 19 locations, plan activities and excursions for their residents. On a recent excursion to Key Largo, Fountains residents age 78 to 98 swam in natural lagoons with six Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

Creative expression also is encouraged at the Fountains, home to hundreds of artists – both

professional and amateur. Each year, the company produces an annual calendar featuring the work of its resident artists.

Communities such as the Fountains also offer various styles of retirement living to meet different needs and desires.

For seniors who want to maintain or enhance their independent lifestyle, the Fountains’ “Town Center” neighborhoods offer apartments, cottages, cabanas, casitas, bungalows, suites or condos. Amenities include dining venues, fitness centers, salons, lounges, movie theaters, bank branches, convenience stores and wellness clinics.

For seniors who want to live independently with some assistance and supervision, the Fountains provides ready access to services, gentle encouragement and motivation from the community’s 24-hour staff. Medicare-certified nursing care for those recuperating or rehabilitating from illness is also available at many locations.

A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.

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