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Robocall scams are targeting seniors

Spoofing is no longer a joke.Once upon a time, it commonly referred to imitations of something — perhaps a film genre or one particular film — for comic effect.

Thursday 06/06/2019
Understanding your Social Security benefits
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 11:34 am

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American, whether at the birth of a child, the loss of a loved one, the onset of a disability, or the transition from work to retirement. For more than 80 years, our programs have contributed to the financial security of the elderly and the disabled. Social Security replaces a percentage of a worker’s pre-retirement income based on their lifetime earnings. The amount of your average wages that Social Security retirement benefits replaces varies depending on your earnings and when you choose to start benefits. If you start benefits after full retirement age, these percentages are higher. If you start benefits earlier, these percentages are lower. Most financial advisers say you will need about 70 percent of pre-retirement income to live comfortably in retirement, including your Social Security benefits, investments and personal savings.

You can learn more about retirement benefits at socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement. Our resources and publications are easy to share with people you think might need the information.

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Buried since ’71: Marvin Gaye’s ‘You’re The Man’
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 11:29 am

This past April marked what would have been the 80th birthday of one of Motown Records’ greatest talents, Marvin Gaye. Sadly it also represented the 35th anniversary of his senseless death as his father shot him in what appears to have been a domestic dispute.

To commemorate Gaye’s contributions to popular music, the United States Postal Service has issued a stamp with his portrait. In addition, Universal Music Group, which now owns the Motown Records catalog, has just released “You’re The Man,” an album that was recorded in late 1971 and set for release the following year. It never saw the light of day until now.

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Thursday 05/02/2019
Nurses work with elderly in hospitals, homes
Updated: May 02, 2019 - 2:09 pm

Nurses are of vital importance to the elderly, whether it be in the home or at the hospital, long-term or short-term.

“I think the care of seniors is absolutely critical,” said Kerri Scanlon, the deputy chief nursing officer of Northwell Health and associate executive director of patient care services and chief nursing officer of North Shore University Hospital.

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Social Security supports military members
Updated: May 02, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Every year, on Memorial Day, the nation honors service members who have given their lives for our freedom. Social Security acknowledges the sacrifice of our military’s service members, and we honor these heroes and their families who may need help through the benefits we provide.

Widows, widowers and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. You can learn more about those benefits at socialsecurity.gov/survivors.

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Thursday 04/04/2019
QICA, at 48, honors senior advocates
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:16 pm

As Queens Interagency Council on Aging marked 48 years of advocating on behalf of seniors at its annual anniversary celebration last Thursday evening, it paused to pay tribute to three leaders for their outstanding commitment to the population the organization serves.

The group honored state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) and Queens County Clerk of the Queens County Supreme Court and Commissioner of Jurors Audrey Pheffer.

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Thursday 03/21/2019
Anxious about outliving your savings?
Posted: March 21, 2019

After a certain age, scary is no longer a long walk in an empty parking garage or a knock on the door in the middle of the night.

Scary is the thought you may not have saved enough for retirement, that you may live longer than your money.

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Senior centers provide camaraderie
Posted: March 21, 2019

While seniors look to maintain their independence, it is still important for them to remain socially active.

A number of seniors are single and others have families that don’t live nearby. Limited income and perhaps not being able to drive are other influences.

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Know when it’s time for a joint replacement
Posted: March 21, 2019

It was recently announced that Robbie Coltrane, the 68-year-old actor who portrayed the half-human, half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, is using a wheelchair as he continues to battle crippling osteoarthritis while awaiting knee surgery.

Coltrane joins millions of other people around the world who are affected by the disease, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is the most common form of arthritis.

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In-office cosmetic procedures for seniors
Updated: March 21, 2019 - 11:49 am

As we age, we wear the effects of sun, stress and life experiences on our faces. Fortunately, with advances in dermatology, there are minimally invasive outpatient procedures that can help reverse that trend to improve appearance and confidence.

The most common procedure requested by mature patients is botulinum toxin (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) to reduce the visible signs of aging. Tiny injections of this medication can help smooth lines on the forehead and between the brows (Figure 1, real patient treated by Dr. Hooman Khorasani). They can also help address “crow’s feet” around the eyes. Because the procedure uses very small needles, most patients experience little or no pain. There is no downtime after receiving the injections.

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Medicare: Rules for those with higher incomes
Posted: March 21, 2019

If you have higher income, the law requires an upward adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) premiums. But, if your income has gone down, you may use form SSA-44 to request a reduction in your Medicare income-related monthly adjustment amount.

Medicare Part B helps pay for your doctors’ services and outpatient care. It also covers other medical services, such as physical and occupational therapy, and some home healthcare. For most beneficiaries, the government pays a substantial portion — about 75 percent — of the Part B premium, and the beneficiary pays the remaining 25 percent.

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Thursday 03/07/2019
All the cool kids (retired) are on Facebook
Updated: March 07, 2019 - 2:43 pm

Travel nurse Virginia Blackert remembers when it could take days to get a telephone call through to friends of hers in Tbilisi, in then-Soviet Georgia.

“Now, it’s nothing,” she said, thanks to the wonders of Facebook. She joined around 10 years ago simply because “people were talking about it,” and now she finds herself using it on a daily basis.

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Social Security resources for women
Updated: March 07, 2019 - 2:29 pm

March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time when we reflect on the achievements and contributions of our nation’s remarkable women. Many of these heroes might be people close to you: mothers and daughters, aunts and grandmothers. Each of them plays a special role in our lives as they provide love and support.

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Emergency prep for seniors on the agenda
Updated: February 07, 2019 - 3:06 pm

Expect the unexpected.

That will be one of the messages offered at a comprehensive program on emergency preparedness at Queens Borough Hall on Friday, Feb. 8 beginning at 9 a.m.

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Monday 02/04/2019
On the Road Again: Palm Springs
Updated: February 07, 2019 - 1:07 pm

Palm Springs, located about a two-hour drive away from both Los Angeles and San Diego, is an oasis in California’s Sonora Desert. Its dry climate and fresh air have long made it a favorite place for celebrities to have second homes.

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Thursday 12/06/2018
Understanding your spouse’s Social Security benefits
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 3:18 pm

Marriage is a cultural institution that exists all over the world. Having a partner means sharing many things including a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you’re planning for your fun and vibrant golden years, here are a few things to remember:

If you accept reduced retirement benefits before starting your spouse’s benefits (your spouse is younger), your spouse will not receive 50 percent of the worker’s benefit amount.

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How Christmas and Chanukah have changed
Updated: December 06, 2018 - 12:54 pm

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... and Chanukah, too.

But somehow the holidays are different than in the days of yore, at least through the eyes — and memories — of those who have celebrated them for half a century or more.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Medicare: What’s at stake on Nov. 6?
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 12:41 pm

National polls indicate the possibility of a split Congress being seated in Washington, DC, in January.

And on the subject of Medicare, people speaking with the Chronicle say a great deal is riding on the outcome of the federal elections on Nov. 6.

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Thursday 10/04/2018
Now’s the time to sign up for Medicare
Posted: October 04, 2018

People with Medicare, it’s time to mark your calendars! Open Enrollment Period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.

Open enrollment is but one of the terms you will encounter when trying to decipher the maze known as Medicare. Let’s not forget initial enrollment period; general enrollment period; original Medicare; Medicare Advantage; supplemental insurance; prescription drug coverage; and late enrollment penalties.

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Advice for seniors seeking employment
Posted: October 04, 2018

Senior citizens looking for full-time or part-time employment don’t need to feel left out.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of workers in the labor force who are 55 years of age and older increased steadily from 29.9 percent in 1993 to 40.4 percent in 2009. Since then, the rate has remained steady.

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Tuesday 10/02/2018
How to enjoy retirement and maximize income
Updated: October 02, 2018 - 4:32 pm

Baby boomers are now becoming senior boomers. Even a love of classic rock, the music of eternal youth for a lot of us, can’t turn back the age clock. Whether we like it or not understanding the often confusing world of retirement economics, as well as knowing how to smartly stretch fixed income dollars, is a necessity.

Social Security

Social Security rules can be quite byzantine, particularly if you decide to start collecting your benefits at an earlier age than the actuaries at the Social Security Administration would prefer.

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Thursday 09/06/2018
Fall is a fine time to hit the road, or the sea
Updated: September 13, 2018 - 12:16 pm

Vacation time may be over for the younger set, but senior citizens can enjoy their own favorite diversions through travel all year round.

According to Bruce Levy of Pied Piper Travel, an agency in Forest Hills that specializes in all things cruises, they are usually “a good choice for seniors,” especially for those with limited mobility. “They can get around easily,” he said.

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Medicare explained
Updated: September 06, 2018 - 3:09 pm

Social Security and Medicare have a few things in common. Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for our family and friends. Although both programs are household names, many people may not be familiar with the details of Medicare.

Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. The program helps with the cost of healthcare, but it doesn’t cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care. You have choices for how you get Medicare coverage. If you choose to have original Medicare coverage, you can buy a Medicare supplement policy (called Medigap) from a private insurance company to cover some of the costs that Medicare does not.

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Thursday 08/02/2018
What seniors need to watch for in the eyes
Updated: August 02, 2018 - 1:24 pm

Oftentimes many people take their vision for granted, since glasses are so readily available and eye drops are sold anywhere.

When a person’s vision starts to falter, it can be a scary time, and as you age these problems may arise quicker than expected.

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ASK SOCIAL SECURITY
Updated: August 02, 2018 - 1:56 pm

Need to replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card? If you live in New York, our online application makes getting a replacement card easier than ever. There’s no need to sit in traffic or visit a local office or card center.

As long as you’re only requesting a replacement card, and no other changes, you can use our free online service from the comfort of your home or office. All you need to do is create a my Social Security account online.

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