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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

Chinese émigré Xi Hu was hired as a file clerk at at Penn Asian Senior Services Inc. (PASSi) as a result of her training with the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). (Photo by Paola Nogueras)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Job programs help mature workers

By Marcia Z. Siegal

In 2015, 1.3 million Americans 55-plus were actively seeking work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many older adults need to work out of financial necessity. Others pursue work to stay productive. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and JEVS Career Solutions for 55+, both funded by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), offer free assistance to help local seniors find employment.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging News & Research: January 22-26, 2018

  • Conceptual and Empirical Approaches to Financial Decision-making by Older Adults: Results from a Financial Decision-making Rating Scale. Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.; Katja Ocepek-Welikson, M.Phil.; Lisa J. Ficker,  Ph.D.; Evan Gross, M.A.; Analise Rahman-Filipiak, Ph.D.; and Jeanne A. Teresi, Ed.D., Ph.D. Clinical Gerontologist, Volume 41, 2018 – Issue 1, pages 42-65. Published online: October 27, 2017. The LFDRS thus offers clinicians and researchers alike a novel way to assess capacity for financial decision-making.
  • Risk Profiles for Injurious Falls in People Over 60: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Stina Ek, M.Sc.; Debora Rizzuto, Ph.D.; Laura Fratiglioni, M.D., Ph.D.; Kristina Johnell, Ph.D.; Weili Xu, M.D., Ph.D.; Anna-Karin Welmer, Ph.D. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Medical Sciences, Volume 73, Issue 2, January 16, 2018, pages 233-239. Published online: June 9, 2017. Five clusters were identified including: a “healthy,” a “well-functioning with multimorbidity,” a “well-functioning, with multimorbidity and high FRID consumption,” a “physically and cognitively impaired,” and a “disabled” cluster. The risk of injurious falls for all groups was significantly higher than for the first cluster of healthy individuals.
Senior can be particularly at risk of cold stress as temperatures drop.
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Know these winter resources, health tips

By Alicia M. Colombo

Winter can be harsh on your wallet, as well as your body. Don’t let high utility bills cause a crisis. Several discount and assistance programs are available to people who are older, low- income and/or living with disabilities. This article offers health tips and a roundup of resources to help you weather the season safely and comfortably.

LIHEAP and other programs can help low-income consumers with energy bills.
Posted By Alicia Colombo

LIHEAP now open for 2017-18 season

On Nov. 1, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) opened for the 2017-18 season.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: October 16-20, 2017

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: October 10-13, 2017

Reverse mortgages can pose risks. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Help available to couples with reverse mortgages

By Elizabeth P. Shay, Esq., director of homeownership rights, SeniorLAW Center

Reverse mortgages have become popular as the result of marketing and television commercials that claim this is a simple way for seniors to get cash from their home with no repayment until after they die. While this type of loan is not suitable for many borrowers, it may be useful for a senior living on a fixed income who is facing foreclosure of their conventional mortgage. But for most seniors, a reverse mortgage is expensive and may pose big risks to borrowers. If you already have a reverse mortgage, take a moment and look over the deed to your home.

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