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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Protect your assets: Why you need a will

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Death can be an unpleasant topic, but it is important to think about which family members or friends you want to inherit your property and other assets after you are gone. Having a will can help give you peace of mind and assure your money and other possessions are left to the people you designate.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Older workers face opportunities, challenges after retirement

By Michael Hanisco

Whether it’s needed to pay the bills, a way to earn extra pocket money, or simply a strategy to stay engaged with others, many people end up returning to the workplace after retirement. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 1977 and 2007, the employment rate for workers 65 and older rose by 101 percent.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

When elder financial abuse occurs within the family

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Financial exploitation is the fastest-rising form of elder abuse – costing seniors more than $36 billion each year – and more than half of those who victimize seniors financially are family members, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Heating bill help available

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application period for the 2018-19 LIHEAP season is still open.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Funding crisis is looming for PCA’s Emergency Fund

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians, which provides crisis assistance to help low-income seniors to purchase food, fuel, medications and other necessities, is itself in crisis and may have to shut down soon if it doesn’t receive additional donations. Its balance is less than half of what is was last year at this time, according to Chris Gallagher, director of PCA’s Helpline call center, who oversees fund distribution.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Having the retirement you want

By Sally Friedman

“Retirement.” The word inspires dueling emotions, and when it crops up, those emotions can run high. People’s take on retirement can be as varied as how they see themselves, their lives and their natures. Exploring the future can be daunting, but retirement is more than just an abstract concept for many who are at or near what is generally regarded as “retirement age” – which, based on American culture and tradition, seems to hover around 65.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Help preventing foreclosure

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Nothing can rip away your sense of peace and security more than the prospect of losing your home to foreclosure because you are behind on city property taxes or mortgage payments. And this growing problem is hitting close to home in Philadelphia. According to Philadelphia City Council, foreclosure petitions filed for unpaid property taxes have risen 1,200 percent in the past eight years. Philadelphia mortgage foreclosures also are on the rise from 4,000 per year. But help is available for those who need it.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Pennsylvania attorney general warns seniors of IRS scams

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro warns consumers about fraudulent calls and scams from individuals impersonating IRS agents.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: Feb. 26-March 2, 2018

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