Author: Meleisa Holek

Older Adults Lose $3 Billion a Year to Financial Scams

{Read in 3 minutes}  Have you ever been scammed? Scammers are often professionals who know how to get people to respond. Seniors are often targeted for many reasons; • they aren’t as tech-savvy, • they are more trusting, • they can be lonely, and • they may have large nest eggs. Older adults lose an estimated $3 billion…
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From Digital Divide to Digital Inclusion

{Read in 4 minutes}  Imagine what life was like just 20 years ago. Many people were using personal computers both in the office and at home. Cell phones were handheld but mainly used for phone calls. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that digital innovation really picked up speed. The internet became mainstream, social media…
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Food Insecurity Among Seniors

{Read in 4 minutes}  I’ve never been really hungry. Hungry like your stomach aches because you have not had a meal in a few days. Hungry like you open the refrigerator and there is nothing in there to make a proper meal. We often have the opposite problem where we cook too much food, and…
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Your Second Job — Family Caregiving

{Read in 4 minutes}  Many of us look back fondly to the time we got our driver’s license in our teens and were able to drive ourselves to the movies, the mall, and friends’ houses. This was our first taste of freedom.  To a senior, being able to drive represents that same sense of freedom…
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The Growing Impact of Isolation

{Read in 3.5 minutes}  This past April, the oldest resident of the U.S., Hestor Ford, passed away at 115 years old in the home she lived in since the early 1960s. She lived through sharecropping, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, Jim Crow laws, the civil rights movement, and…
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