Monthly Archives: October 2013

Social Security Announces 1.5 Percent Benefit Increase for 2014

As predicted, the Social Security Administration published a news release yesterday announcing the cost of living adjustment for 2014 will be 1.5%. Here is the release: Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans … Continue reading

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Computers Can Increase Seniors’ Quality of Life

This guest post Bill Williams, a writer from New Mexico. Older Americans are embracing the digital age. According to the Pew Research Center, more than half of all Americans older than 65 are now online, but the rest can enjoy … Continue reading

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FDA Puts Black-Box Warning on Glaxo’s Potiga

Bloomberg News reports GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-seizure drug Potiga was given a black-box warning “on risks including potential vision loss.” The warning “underscores risks of abnormalities in the eye, vision loss and skin discoloration, all of which may become permanent, the FDA said … Continue reading

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HUD & VA Announce More Vouchers to Help Homeless Vets Get Into Permanent Homes

This news release is from the Department of Veterans Affairs: The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the second round of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) funding to local public housing agencies across … Continue reading

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Texans Lag in Health Care Access and Quality, Regardless of Income

Do you think that the quality of medical care you receive in Texas depends on how much money you have? That’s what I thought until I read a recent article in the Dallas Morning News. The gist of the article … Continue reading

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Text Spammers Target Texas and Dallas County

Seniors, unfortunately, are among the most likely victims of scams of all sorts. Now we discover that Texas, and especially Dallas County, is a prime spot for scammers who send fake text messages to smartphones. Perhaps it’s good that many … Continue reading

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No Solution Yet in Sight for Long-Term Care Costs

The cost of long-term care in this country can be enormous, and quite a shock to families when they first have a need for it. Whether it’s home health care, assisted living, or a skilled nursing facility, the annual cost … Continue reading

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Seniors Advised on How to Avoid Becoming Fraud Victims

On its website, Fox Business reports the Federal Trade Commission’s 2013 report said people “50 years and older are the most common victims of fraud, making up 36% of all complaints.” The article offers “expert tips for seniors to lower their chances … Continue reading

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Medicare — How Hospital Status Can Help or Hurt Seniors

This guest post is from Christopher Wise. Chris retired last year from a 30-year career as a health care administrator to get busy in the grandparenting business. He writes about health and health care when he’s not coaching Little League or shuttling … Continue reading

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VA Resuming Normal Operations as Government Shutdown Ends

Press release from the Department of Veterans Affairs:  WASHINGTON (Oct. 17, 2013) – Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs are working to resume normal operations as quickly as possible.  Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) regional offices are re-opening their doors and … Continue reading

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