FYI

Am I Having a Stroke?

~ By Scott London, MD, Neurologist ~ Do I look alright? Is my face crooked? I feel so dizzy do I seem off balance? Why can’t you understand me when I speak? Stroke symptoms are multiple and serious. In fact stroke, the interruption of normal blood flow to the brain, is the presentation of sudden […]

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

~ By Ken Cohen, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer ~ Soon the pine pollen will be coating the cars in the morning. Certain individuals among us will greet the pollen with fits of sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. Then there are those who do well until August when the grasses dry out and the […]

Checking Tires Regularly Adds to Vehicle Safety

Taking good care of your vehicle’s tires will save you money and, perhaps, your life. In addition to lasting longer and helping with fuel efficiency, properly inflated and well-maintained tires support optimal handling and traction. No matter how old or new the vehicle, its tires should be inspected monthly and always before a long trip. […]

Some Seniors Can Save Money on Property Taxes

~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ DENVER, Colo. – There is an old saying you can “escape everything but dying and paying taxes”. For some seniors, while they may not be able to escape paying taxes, they may be able to reduce the amount of property taxes they owe each year on their primary residence.

Medicare Monday Features 2015 Prices and Benefits

~ By Eileen Doherty, M.S. ~ Denver Colo. – Each year the federal government makes changes to the Medicare. Many beneficiaries are advised to go through the process of determining if they are satisfied with their current coverage with a Medi­care Supplement, a Medicare Advantage Plan and/or prescription drug coverage. The Colorado Gerontological Society is […]

If Something Seems Fishy, Fraudsters are Probably Phishing

~ By Gerald Rome, Acting Colorado Securities Commissioner ~ Gone are the days of pickpockets and purse snatchers. People can no longer protect themselves by simply avoiding bad neighborhoods and locking their doors. Today’s criminals are moving out of dark alleys and in front of computer screens. Their weapon of choice isn’t a knife or […]

My Dad Died Without A Will, What Do I Do?

~ By Nathan L. Andersohn, Esq. ~ If your dad was a widower or divorced, it will be up to you and your siblings to handle his affairs. The first thing is to determine if your dad had a pre-paid burial plan or any written instructions as to his final plans. If he was a […]

Drug Danger

Detectives from the West Metro Drug Task force will update us on both the danger of drugs manufactured in your neighborhood and the misuse of prescription drugs as “street drugs.” Sometimes called “pharming,” prescriptions are stolen from stores and seniors homes and then are sold on the street. The talk is hosted by Triad of […]

Legal Lingo: Good to know!

Agent: The person named in a power of attorney to act on the principals behalf. Sometimes called an attorney-in-fact. It is extinguished at death. Beneficiary Deed: A revocable deed designating persons to receive your Colorado real estate while avoiding probate. Codicil: An amendment to a will.

Ten Tips for Avoiding Investment Fraud and Abuse in Your Golden Years – Part Two

~ By Gerald Rome, Acting Securities Commissioner ~ In the first installment of this three part series we discussed how older Americans are frequently targeted by investment con artists and abusive stockbrokers and financial planners. We also covered three tips that you can follow to help yourself avoid becoming a victim. These tips included 1) […]

Reverse Mortgages: How Do They Work?

~ By Paulette Wisch, Universal Lending Corporation ~ A reverse mortgage is a loan against property that turns a portion of the value of the home into spendable money and requires no monthly payments. Customers cannot get access to full value of the home but get a percentage based on age, appraised value and rate. […]

Four Ways to Protect Seniors from Winter Home Repair Fraud

~ Home Helpers Offers Advice on How to Spot Scammers ~ Winter’s blizzards, hail and ice storms can cause significant damage to the exterior of homes, leaving elderly residents vulnerable to scam artists who conveniently appear on the doorstep offering to fix the roof, patch cracks in the driveway and trim limbs from damaged trees. […]

Veteran’s Post

If you have an older ID card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, your Social Security number could be at risk for theft. If your card is pre-2004, your date of birth and Social Security numbers are right on the front of the card. Since 2011, the VA hasn’t issued ID cards with those […]

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week: January 13-17

The Internal Revenue Service uses your Social Security number to make sure your filing is accurate and complete and to see that any refund you are due is handled properly. If your Social Security number is lost or stolen, an ID thief may use it to report their earnings under your number and/or to claim […]

Get Your Social Security Benefit Verification Letter Online

~ Social Security Today by Monica Ochoa ~ Do you need a letter from Social Security verifying your benefits? The fastest, easiest, most convenient way to get a benefit verification letter these days is to go online to www.socialsecurity.gov. You may need a benefit verification letter for a number of reasons. Perhaps you need proof of […]