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BBB Scam Alert: Social Security impersonation calls hitting Central and Eastern Kentucky areas

Better Business Bureau serving Central and Eastern Kentucky is hearing from senior citizens about scammers calling them pretending to be with the Social Security Administration. Seniors reporting these calls say they’re told their numbers have been used in “criminal activity” and must call a number to keep their benefits from being suspended. “This is an old scam, but is hitting Central and...

Louisville-based nonprofit Elderserve names Patty Belden to succeed retiring CEO Julie Guenther

ElderServe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving senior citizens in the Louisville area, has announced that its board of directors has selected Patty Belden as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer. On November 16, Belden, who currently serves as the organization’s Chief Development Officer, will succeed current CEO, Julie Guenthner. Following a thorough review and comprehensive...

Lexington workshop will teach senior citizens low-cost ways to prevent falls within their homes

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for senior adults in the United States. To help reduce this number in Fayette County, Lexington is joining with the Friends of the Lexington Senior Center to host a “Building Independence” workshop to teach seniors low-cost ways to improve safety within their homes. The workshop will be held on July 26 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at...

Survey shows nearly two-thirds of seniors have been victims of online cyber scams

Financial and online fraud against aging adults are now considered the “crimes of the century” by the National Council on Aging. Scammers often target seniors because of perceived accumulated wealth, and feel that seniors are less likely to report crimes due to fear of embarrassment. In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network of franchised businesses...

Jeff Rubin: Crimes, scams against the elderly a growing concern for Kentucky

In fiscal year 2015, Kentucky’s Adult Protective Services investigated nearly 46,000 reports of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation in Kentucky. Yet, despite the fact that a growing number of elderly are increasingly vulnerable to a broad range of exploitation and abuse, knowing just how many and who they are, is often quite difficult to identify. According to a report by the U.S. Department...

Mirror, mirror on the wall … older Americans like what they see most of all, Gallup reports

By Justin McCarthy Gallup.com   Though many may pine for the physical appearance they had in their younger years, America’s seniors are the most confident in their looks, according to a recent Gallup poll.   Two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans aged 65 and older “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they always feel good about their physical appearance, compared...

Bluegrass aging network aims to keep older adults living at home, in their communities

In the mid-1960s, during a time when civil rights were being extended to more Americans, several organizations went to bat for a group of people who might otherwise have been overlooked: older Americans. Those organizations began lobbying Congress and, soon, alongside Social Security and Medicare, the Older Americans Act of 1965 was passed. The OAA would not only provide protection against discrimination,...

Adult children would rather talk to aging parents about sex than about taking car keys

Imagine the most uncomfortable conversation you could have with your aging parents. Is it about finances? End-of-life plans?   Here’s a talker just in time for Older Americans Month. A national poll reveals more than three out of four (79 percent) adult children say telling their parents they’re taking away their car keys because they’re no longer fit to drive is the most uncomfortable conversation...