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Eyesight loss a public health concern

As people grow older, their eyesight can weaken. But left untreated or complicated by disease and other factors, age-related weakening eyesight can lead to vision loss.And while New York City and the federal government often are not on the same page these days, officials of both entities agree that it is a serious public health matter.

Thursday 08/01/2019
When do I get my Soc. Sec. payment?
Updated: August 01, 2019 - 2:07 pm

Timing is everything and the arrival time of your monthly payment from Social Security can be key to keeping your financial house in order.

As you budget to pay your bills and save for future needs, keep in mind that your monthly retirement or disability benefit will be paid at the same time each month. To see your next payment date, create or log on to your my Social Security online account and go to the “Benefits & Payments” section.

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On The Road Again: Portland, ME
Updated: August 01, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Portland is both Maine’s largest city and the last major town as you head north on I-95 toward the Canadian border. Although it has long been a favorite weekend getaway for Bostonians, it has become “discovered” by those outside of New England in the last decade.

The city’s downtown is both very walkable and also has ample parking.

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Thursday 07/18/2019
Staying alert to scams and financial fraud
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:02 pm

“Staying aware will help you avoid or limit the fallout if there are any problems.”

This is one bit of advice offered by the NOLO website, an online legal encyclopedia, aimed particularly at senior citizens who are the most likely victims of a wide variety of schemes, scams and frauds.

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Jamaica Hospital MC ups its game in the ER
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:06 pm

A healthier, longer-living population poses challenges to the medical field.

“Ten thousand baby boomers are turning 65 every day,” said Dr. Shi-Wen Lee, vice chairman of emergency medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in an interview last week.

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What you should know to avoid skin cancer
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:09 pm

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined.

Heather Summe, a dermatologist with Northwell Health, said the recommended sunscreen to use is SPF 30 or greater broad-spectrum but a big issue she sees is that people aren’t putting on sunscreen correctly.

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Thursday 07/04/2019
Taking precaution and staying out of the heat
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 11:51 am

Barbara, a resident of Forest Hills, was walking along Queens Boulevard one day last week. The midday sun was beating down when, all of a sudden, she witnessed a nearby elderly woman fall in the street, the victim, she suspected, of overheating.

According to Barbara, the police arrived and helped the woman back onto her feet and waited with her until an ambulance arrived.

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On the road again: Portsmouth, NH
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 11:57 am

Located halfway between Boston and Portland and right on both I-95 and US-1 it is somewhat surprising that Portsmouth isn’t a bigger city than it is. The great thing about that, however, is that it has retained its Revolutionary War era small-town charm.

John Paul Jones, the father of the American Navy and a key figure in the United States winning independence from Great Britain, resided here for a short duration and the home in which he rented a room is still standing. The John Paul Jones “home” was also where the delegates from Russia and Japan met in 1905 to hammer out a peace treaty to end the Russo-Japanese War. Many of us learned about Portsmouth for the first time in our junior high school social studies class because of that historical nugget.

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Sign up for Medicare and estimate Medicare costs
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 12:03 pm

Affordable medical coverage is something everyone wants, especially as people age. Luckily, our nation has safeguards for workers as they get older. Millions of people rely on Medicare and it can be part of your health insurance plan when you retire.

Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, as well as younger people who have received Social Security disability benefits for 24 months, and people with certain specific diseases. Two parts of Medicare are Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medicare Insurance). You are eligible for premium-free Part A if you are age 65 or older and you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years. Part B usually requires a monthly premium payment.

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Thursday 06/06/2019
Robocall scams are targeting seniors
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 12:37 pm

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.

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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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