Identity Theft: Dara Rose part 3

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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.

Older people want to live their lives to the fullest as long as they are able. They don’t want anyone to assume their judgment is impaired just because their mobility is declining. Older adults are usually willing to make life e...

Children with cerebral palsy have mobility issues that can be addressed quite easily as they grow. When they are still very young, they are not as independent and rely on you to carry them and help them get to where they need to...

The number one reason elderly people visit the emergency room every year is related to falling.

The fall can occur because of vision problems, weak leg muscles, poor footwear, and home hazards such as uneven steps, clutter lying...

There are all kinds of security systems out there. Which one works best for your loved one?

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...

     Growing up I was the youngest of three children. In fact, I was what many would refer to as, “the late in life accident”. My mother was forty when she had me, while my father was forty-one. While I was in college my father...

Accidents, two-thirds of which are falls, are the fifth largest cause of death in the elderly and can both be caused by, and/or result in, mobility problems. As a consequence, various issues arise that should be dealt with.

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In today’s economic environment, more people are considering or re-considering their living arrangements. I see movement from assisted living facilities back to home environments, movement into continuous care retirement communi...

Did you know that the #1 cause of home fires is stove fires?  40% of all home fires originate at the stove top.  Even though a stove fire may be small in size, it can fill a home with smoke very quickly.  Smoke inhalation is the...

(ARA) - When you think of your aging loved ones, what do you worry about most? Is it a heart attack or stroke cutting short their life, or perhaps cancer? While these illnesses are very real worries for everyone as they age, it...

Elder abuse is rampant and growing. Recent research has shown that nearly one-third of Senior Care facilities in the United States have been cited for elder abuse violations. According to the Department of Human Health and Servi...

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MEDICARE FRAUD

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 www.stopmedicarefraud.org

 

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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