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Hurricane Harvey Scams: Callers Lie About Flood Insurance

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is informing the public that homeowners and renters in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey are getting robocalls telling them their flood premiums are past due. Consumers are told they need to submit a payment immediately in order to have coverage. However, a better course of action is to maintain contact with the insurance agent who handles the household's homeowners or renters policy.

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Assessing Fall Risks Can Help Seniors Avoid Them

Every year, millions of senior citizens fall, threatening their health, independence and even their lives. Fall injuries also rack up $31 billion annually in medical expenses, which is expected to rise as 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 every day. The seniors behind those statistics are the reasons why Cedar-Sinai Medical Group now is offering increased access to comprehensive falls assessments in time for Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 22.

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Dementia vs. Alzheimer's: What’s the Difference, Why Does it Matter?

"Dementia" is a general term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills, including judgment, reasoning, and complex motor skills. There are several dementia-related illnesses, and Alzheimer's is just one of them.

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Living With – Or Without – Cataracts: It’s Your Choice

Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts which cause cloudy, blurry or dim vision and often develop with advancing age. As we grow older, the lenses of our eyes thicken and become cloudier. Eventually, we may find it more difficult to read street signs. Colors may seem dull. These symptoms ...

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Technology Continues Softening the Blows of Aging Process

The notion that aging means disability will soon be laid to rest -- and with that, the stigma of being old ...

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Collins, Casey Hail Capture of IRS Phone Scammers

The leadership of the Senate Aging Committee has something to cheer about this week. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) says that eight individuals have been arrested for their role in an IRS impersonation scam that for months has been a focal point for the committee. The suspects are accused of stealing nearly $8.8 million from more than 7,000 victims by impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents.

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Need Cannabis But Fear U.S. Drug Policy? Check Out Canada

If you’re among the thousands of older Americans who depend on marijuana for a host of medical-related reasons -- e.g., everything from glaucoma to arthritis to cancer treatments -- you may want to consider moving to Canada. The Canadian government has announced plans to consider new legislation to legalize marijuana, therefore fulfilling a promise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set out on his campaign trail.

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Want to Relieve Your Back Pain? Here’s How

The body's natural instinct is to move. Yet, various studies have found that an American adult spends from eight to ten hours a day sitting.

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‘Retirement Planning Week’ – A Time for Forward Thinking

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is encouraging all Californians to understand their financial needs as they move toward retirement in recognition of National Retirement Planning Week. People are living longer than ever before so it is important consumers evaluate how much money the...

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‘Biza Chair’ Wins Stanford Center’s Chair Challenge

The Stanford Center on Longevity has named “Biza Chair,” a student entry from Brazil’s Centro Universitário Newton Paiva, as the winner of its “Chair Challenge” – a one-time special prize associated with the Center’s annual Design Challenge competition. The Biza Chair team describes its entry as seeking to provide ergonomically accurate support for older persons, based on clinical studies and in-lab experiments. “Biza,” the team explains, is a colloquial term in Brazilian Portuguese for “nana” or “grandma.”

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