Don’t Let Scammers Spoil the Season

Don’t Let Scammers Spoil the Season

While you’re busy making holiday plans, the crooks are making their wish list. If you know what these con artists are up to, it’s easier to spot scams rather than fall for them. Unfortunately, seniors are a common target for fraudsters, especially during the holidays. Why? Seniors often have nest eggs, own their homes, excellent…

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Food or Medical Care? Our Seniors Shouldn’t Have to Choose.

Food or Medical Care? Our Seniors Shouldn’t Have to Choose.

After a lifetime of hard work, often for reasons beyond their control, many older adults in Central Oregon are forced to choose between healthcare and hunger.  Many are struggling with food insecurity for various reasons, including limited finances and resources, the cost of healthy foods, competing priorities such as medication, functional limitations, and stress. Some…

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Making Communication Age-Friendly for Seniors All Over the World

Making Communication Age-Friendly for Seniors All Over the World

The single barrier to communicating with older people is how information is presented in the print form or audibly. The font size on text materials, mainly hard copy and visual displays such as television, can often be too small to read.  Product labels and instructions, particularly for medications, can be hard to decipher. Page layouts…

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Let Us Help You Make the Right Medicare Choices

Let Us Help You Make the Right Medicare Choices

Our in-depth, one-on-one Medicare insurance counseling sessions are designed to help Medicare beneficiaries and their families, friends, and caregivers. During open enrollment, Robert Cohen, a long-time SHIBA counselor for the CoA, helps hundreds of people make the right choices for each individual situation.  “I try to steer people in the right direction, so they can…

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Helping Seniors Navigate the Path of Aging

Helping Seniors Navigate the Path of Aging

Feelings of isolation and loneliness are on the rise and the lockdown has exasperated the problem. Many seniors don’t know where to turn. They didn’t plan to worry about surviving a pandemic. But life doesn’t come with a script or any guarantees. By providing access to the information seniors need, and services such as Medicare…

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How Our Social Security System Unfolded: It’s Quite a Story

How Our Social Security System Unfolded: It’s Quite a Story

It all started with the Great Depression in the 1930s, which left more than half of the people in the U.S. unable to provide for themselves. The depression brought about the crumbling of the stock market and the disappearance of retirement savings for many senior American citizens. As a result, Social Security was implemented as…

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National Senior Citizens Day, August 21st

National Senior Citizens Day, August 21st

It was 1988, when, through Proclamation 5847, Ronald Reagan deemed August 21st the day America would celebrate seniors. Over 30 years later, as older people live longer, healthier, and more productive, the cause for celebration is more appropriate than ever. Reagan intended National Senior Citizens Day to be a time to give back to older…

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Senior Isolation and Loneliness. An Epidemic of Pandemic Proportions

Senior Isolation and Loneliness. An Epidemic of Pandemic Proportions

As we age, the inevitable happens. Friends and relatives pass away. Social circles become smaller. Married couples lose a spouse. Physical limitations limit activities when an aging adult can no longer drive, has mobility issues, hearing difficulties, or trouble following a conversation. Anyone of these scenarios can leave an older adult feeling very lonely and…

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Bob Bailey, Information  & Resources Specialist, Is Your Answer Man

Bob Bailey, Information & Resources Specialist, Is Your Answer Man

Over the course of our life time, our circumstances are likely to change. Information, answers to questions, and access to resources aren’t always easy to obtain. That’s where Bob Bailey comes in. As our Information and Resource Specialist, he’s always happy to help answer inquiries from an aging adult, their caregivers, or concerned children. Bob…

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