Identity Theft: Dara Rose part 3

Identity Theft, Dana Rose: Part Two

Identity Theft: The Fastest Growing Crime in America

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It’s a fact that the US population is living longer and therefore may be in need of Aids to Daily Living. A large portion of these aids are related to mobility and therefore may be helpful due to arthritis, accident or illness. Total Joint Replacement (TJR) is becoming one of the most commonly performed elective surgeries. This includes total hip replacement (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR). One such mobility aid is the portable EZ-Step Stair Climbing Cane, made by EZ-Step Mobility. For close to 20 years, the EZ-Step has been assisting those individuals with ambulatory or mobility issues, climb stairs, curbs and sidewalks. It’s also great for getting in and out of automobiles, travel trailers and motorhomes with large steps.

A University Study concluded that using the EZ-Step Stair Climbing Cane reduces both the Range of Motion (ROM) and Joint Force Impact required when ascending and descending stairs. Since falling is the number one injury to seniors, the lightweight (2 lbs.) design of the EZ-Step Stair Climbing Cane may help prevent such an accident.

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If you are caring for an aging parent, chances are you are going to have to make some difficult medical decisions about his or her medical care. There are some things you can do to ease the burden of having conflicts about which...

The practice of “Aging in Place” has increased dramatically over the past decade. Due to the rapid changes in technology and advances in medical treatment, it’s become a lot easier for the elderly to remain in their homes rather...

Mobility issues impact a large number of seniors. In fact, just over 10% of all seniors use a cane, 4.6% use a walker and 3% use a wheelchair or a scooter. Loss of mobility often leads to frustration and depression. If your love...

Dad goes out with his shirt on inside out. Mom gets lost on her way to the grocery store. Even though you know your parents are aging, there’s still a lot of denial about just how bad it’s gotten. We tend not to discuss the unpl...

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Genetic Testing Fraud

Georgia Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) recently became aware of a scheme involving genetic testing laboratories conducting fraudulent and unnecessary tests on Medicare beneficiaries. These schemes are being conducted at senior centers, meal sites, community centers, and senior housing facilities.

The laboratory representative offers to host an ice cream social or other event for the center and will also provide free genetic or DNA testing to the Medicare beneficiaries at the event.

Laboratory representatives collect the beneficiary’s Medicare number, take cheek swabs of Medicare beneficiary and then submit claims to Medicare for payment. In some cases, they offer to send the testing kits directly to the beneficiary’s home address.

Things to remember about genetic testing:

  • Medicare will only pay for medically necessary genetic testing

  • Genetic testing is very expensive and only needed under very specific circumstances

  • Medicare requires an order from a physician or qualified health care practitioner

  • Medicare requires a signed beneficiary consent form prior to paying for genetic testing


To learn more or if you have been a victim of this scam, please call Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-877-272-8720
or visit


This alert has been brought to you by Georgia Senior Medicare Patrol— A non-profit organization funded in part through a grant from the US Administration for Community Living.


This project was supported, in part by a grant (Nos. 90MP194-01-01, 90MP0196-01-00 and 90MP195-01-04), from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

Is there a way to test
for memory loss?

Yes, there are many tests on line, but it’s important to do your homework first, because not all memory tests are created equal. To save you some time, here’s a link for Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) from the University of Massachusetts. 

This test is used by clinicians to diagnose memory loss. If you find your results suspicious, you might want to talk to your doctor.

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